Tribute: A DAY OF INFAMY AND UNCOMMON VALOR

By Richard L. Weatherly

Sunday morning, December 7th, 1941 began like so many others on the beautiful island of Oahu. After a busy week USS_Raleigh_(CL-7)_July_1942of patrols and training exercises, U.S.S. Raleigh docked on the northwest side of Ford Island.  Officers and crew not on duty had gone ashore or were planning rest and relaxation on the beach. At 0755, my Dad, A.C. Weatherly, stared at himself in the mirror while shaving, a final step before going ashore himself. His expression changed from calm to alarm when a torpedo dropped from a Japanese plane slammed amidships on the port side.

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A.C. (Ace) Weatherly Jr at Pearl Harbor

The ships klaxon sounded announcing General Quarters, “General quarters, general quarters. All hands man your battle stations.” This wasn’t a drill. Within five minutes, Raleigh anti-aircraft batteries opened fire with three-inch, 1-inch, and .50 caliber guns. Raleigh gunners recorded several downed enemy aircraft.  All crewmen not on damage control parties or manning the guns were ordered to assist the gunners by passing ammunition.

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6 Comments

Filed under 7 Dec 1941 a Day of Infamy, Attack on Pearly Harbor, Word War 2

6 responses to “Tribute: A DAY OF INFAMY AND UNCOMMON VALOR

  1. Thanks for reminding us of what a lifechanging day this was, especially for men like your father. :) Great post Rich!

  2. Rich, as usual your blog was timely and informative. I never tire of hearing great WW II stories and you just added another to me list. Thanks and keep ‘em coming. Hope to see you soon.

    Jim

  3. Sandy Coelho

    Great post Rich. After all this time, the event still feels fresh.

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