|Pearl Harbor, T.H.|
December 11, 1941.
|From:||The Commanding Officer.|
|To:||The Commander, Training Squadron EIGHT.|
|Via:||The Commander, BASE FORCE.|
|Subject:||December 7th Raid -- Report on.|
|Reference:||(a) Combasefor despatch 102102.|
0755 Executive Officer, Lt-Comdr. H.B. NERTY, USN, after ordering general quarters informed Commanding Officer that Fleet was being bombed. This vessel was berthed at Merry Point.
0800 3"/23 caliber AA battery and .30 caliber machine guns in action against enemy planes flying low and close aboard presumably torpedo planes, and against dive bombers. Ready ammunition boxes kept full and fuzes set. Fire maintained as targets present themselves. Topside personnel not in guns crews, armed with springfields.
0845 Steam up ready to get underway.
0930 (Approximate) Detailed men to handle Neosho's lines, berthing astern of Castor. During this operation enemy plane strafed Castor and Neosho.
1030 Transferred 284 rounds 3"/23 caliber ammunition to Neosho. Remained at general quarters throughout day. Observed several flight high level bombers over head but they were well out of range of ship's battery.
1930 Set condition II.
Number 3 (after) 3"/23 caliber gun in action against enemy torpedo plane, at range of about 500-700 yards altitude about 500 feet bearing due aft heading across toward Ford Island observed tail assembly and about two feet of fuselage shot away. The Commanding Officer observed this damage to the plane. Cannot definitely state damage caused by Castor, due to number of guns in action. Plane was observed to lose altitude and appeared to ground either on Ford Island or beyond.