Wednesday, May 1, 2019
USS Grebe (AM-43)-- Part 1: At Pearl Harbor
I have been writing about this ship in my Not So Forgotten: War of 1812 blog and my Cooter's History Thing blog as this ship led a long naval career spanning from the end of World War I to part way through World War II. It was at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
It also spent nearly three years towing the USS Constitution to most every American port on the East and West Coasts.
After towing the Constitution, the Grebe was transferred to the West Coast. On 3 June 1940, the Grebe arrived in Pearl Harbor and was assigned to tow for gunnery and bombing practice. It was also assigned to mine sweeping practice.
The Grebe was in the process of repair when the Japanese attack came. Her three-inch guns had been dismantled in the overhaul, so the crew had to fight with rifles and pistols and is credited with shooting down one of three unidentified planes flying low over the yard.