At the Battle of Surigao Strait, five of the battle ships “crossing the T” on the Japanese force had been sunk or MD OKdamaged at Pearl Harbor.

A look back at one heck of a salvage operation here.

So, Bluto was partially right, wasn’t he?

Bluto: Over? Did you say “over”? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!

Posted by Mark Tempest in History, Navy

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  • Byron

    Thanks, I’ve only gotten about a third of a way through it, but it’s good stuff. As a yardbird myself, I’ll tell you that this was brutal and very dangerous work. There were so many ways to die here I can’t even begin to list them. Miserable work too, they must have worked 12 hours a day for months to square things away and get them in hand. Both Navy and civilian members of the repair team may never get the headlines they deserved, but this yardbird KNOWS what kind of hell they went through to get the Navy a fleet back out to sea.

  • UltimaRatioReg
  • Andy (JADAA)

    A point for USNI to consider: A copy of “Resurrection” through the USNI bookstore will cost me, as a Member of the Institute, $29.56 Member Price, plus shipping. As an Amazon Prime member, it’s $24.69 with free shipping. One data point, I know, does not a trend make, but something you need to consider for your business model.

    Just sayin’…


  • UltimaRatioReg

    “One data point, I know, does not a trend make…”

    Unless it’s global warming.

  • Warrant Diver

    Great link there Eagle1! Another good book from the Diver aspect of the salvage operation at Pearl Harbor is “Descent Into Darkness”…the author’s name slips me at this time, the result probably of too many decompression dives and breathing compressed Navy air for decades.