Friday, December 7, 2018
December 7, 1941: Pearl Harbor
Continued from today's Not So Forgotten: War of 1812 blog.
Wade was a 3rd Class Gunner's Mate on the USS Nevada on the #1 Turret (the one closest to the bow). He was a powder man for a 14-inch gun and had to place three bags of powder, each as big as a five gallon bucket.
His ship was anchored near the USS Arizona.
During the attack a ship in the drydock exploded and he thought it was his ship, the Nevada. He went overboard into the water. He was pulled out and put back on his ship.
His was the only battleship able to get underway that day.
Afterwards he helped save sailors and pull the dead out of the water. A few days later he was back aboard the USS Nevada. The holes had been patched, water pumped out and the ship went back to the U.S. for repairs. Wade was transferred to the USS Pathfinder, a coast and geographical survey ship.
His action wasn't over as he was at Guadalcanal and Bougainville.