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By John Garvey

Every little thing replaced at the morning of December 7, 1941, and existence in San Francisco used to be no exception. Flush with pleasure and tourism within the wake of the 1939 Golden Gate foreign Exposition, the town used to be shocked on the severity of the Pearl Harbor assault, and speedy settled into equipped chaos with its new position as an incredible deployment heart for the rest of the battle. "Frisco" teemed with servicemen and servicewomen in the course of and after the clash, endlessly altering the face of this waterfront urban. Warships roamed the bay, and fearsome gun embankments seemed at the cliffs dealing with the ocean, getting ready to repel an invasion that by no means occurred.

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At 2:45 a. m. on August 6, the Enola homosexual lifted off with Paul Tibbets and hiscrew en path to Hiroshima. At exactly9:15 a. m. plus 15 seconds, the world’s firstatomic bomb exploded. Pictured the following areauthor John Garvey and Brig. Gen. PaulTibbets (retired) on December 6, 2002, inPalm Springs. (Courtesy writer. ) Four-year-old Sean Garvey, withflag in hand, seems to be clear of the2003 Memorial Day carrier atthe USS San Francisco memorial,while USS San Francisco veteranDon Gritz and others face theservice. (Courtesy Tom Graves. ) this can be only a component of the USS San Francisco shipmates who attended the group’s thirtieth reunionin Sacramento in September 2004. Pictured the following on the Lone Sailor statue at the Marin sideof the Golden Gate Bridge are, from left to correct, R. Morley learn, Eugene Tarrant, Marvin W. Recknor, Edmund McGuire, George Holcomb, Henry Barrett, Johnny Johnson, Vincent Colan,LeRoy Ulmer, George Crane II, and Theodore Tupper. (Courtesy writer. ) U. S. army captain Vince Colan (retired) and a employees individual are pictured on the eastern NationalTourist workplace in San Francisco in September 2004. A veteran of 2 wars, Colan earned aSilver famous person for saving the USS David W. Taylor from sinking after hitting a mine and now, at theage of ninety two, has the strength and gumption to struggle to transparent the names and repair the ranks of twocommanding officials at Pearl Harbor—Adm. Husband E. Kimmel, less than whom Colan served onthe USS San Francisco, and Lt. Gen. Walter brief. either have been blamed for the japanese assault onPearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, that sank or broken 21 ships and killed 2,403 Americans,and either have been demoted. up to now, Colan’s efforts have failed. (Courtesy writer. ) The bell of the USS San Francisco is now on everlasting demonstrate within the foyer on the MarinesMemorial membership on Sutter highway in San Francisco. From left to correct are Maj. Gen. Michael Myatt(USMC, retired), Sgt. Don Jardine (USMC, Guadalcanal), Sgt. Glenn Adams (USMC, retired),and Capt. Vince Colan (U. S. military, retired), who used to polish the bell while he served on thevessel ahead of the struggle. (Courtesy writer. ) Iwo Jima veteran Ed Fulwider, left, writer John Garvey, middle, and actor Clint Eastwood arepictured in 2005 on the Marines Memorial membership at the sixtieth anniversary of Iwo Jima. Eastwood, whodirected films approximately Iwo Jima titled Flags of our Fathers and Letters from Iowa Jima, signsa replica of San Francisco resident Joe Rosenthal’s recognized photo that captured six men—fivemarines and one military corpsman—raising the flag. The six males who raised the alternative flagon Iwo Jima have been Ira Hayes, Franklin Sousley, John Bradley, Harlon Block, Michael Strank, andRene Gagnon. Strank, Block, and Sousley died presently after the picture was once taken. Bradley,Hayes, and Gagnon turned nationwide heroes inside weeks. (Courtesy San Francisco Examiner. ) Valentine Pena was once born in might 1922, in Beeville, Texas. After finishing boot camp in SanDiego, he was once assigned to the USS San Francisco in April 1942. Pena served on board this famousheavy cruiser, in all her activities, from the Solomon Islands in August 1942 to Okinawa in July1945.

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