December 7, 1941

Discussion in 'General Military Arms & History Forum' started by twobit, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. twobit

    twobit Active Member

    Sep 15, 2010
    DEC 7 1941
    A day that changed my family's world forever. My father was a 23 year old ranch hand in a Texas border town. Had never been more than 50 miles from home.

    After Dec 7th he joined the Naval Reserves and was deferred to work as a tradesman/plumber on the secret Hanford Nuclear Project during the construction phase of the housing for the nuclear research facility scientists. Hanford Project was in southern Washington state.

    Then he was sent to active duty and assigned to the floating dry-dock ABSD 3 in Guam. ABSD= Advanced Base Sectional Dock. He was an E3 Metalsmith. They put damaged ships back together again. He served over 18 months there till end of war. The ABSD-3 was scheduled to be moved up further north closer to Japan for the land invasion of Japan. The two nuclear bombs canceled those plans and ended the war. He came home alive and raised a family. I was born in 1960.

    Photos are of him (back row far left) and some of the ABSD 3 crew posed on the floor of the dry-dock with the nose of a battleship behind them. Gives you a good perspective of the sizes of those things. The second photo is of the battleship USS Pennsylvania in their drydock (ABSD-3) being repaired after it was hit by kamakazi (sp?) cira 1944. Third Photo is USS Idaho same time period (cira 1944).

    Rest in Peace Papa (1918-1986).



  2. Fast Forward

    Fast Forward Member

    Jul 16, 2011
    Chaska Minn
    Wow coincidence My old man was a machinist mate,,,on a Similar ship based in the south pacific

  3. jbmid1

    jbmid1 Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2011
    Tucson, AZ
    They did some amazing restoration work on damaged ships in the Pacific. My dad was impressed with the Island of Ulithi where they stopped on his way to Okinawa. Ulithi was a tiny atoll that we engineered into a secret superbase composed mostly of these floating drydocks from which we staged much of the latter operations in the Pacific.
  4. frow blucher

    frow blucher Member

    Mar 16, 2013
    Great photos twobit. I know alot about the Pacific war as my dad landed on Saipan and got shot by a Jap. (politically incorrect..?..sorry, that was a ruthless enemy my friends. They deserved everything we hit them with).

    But, I've never seen footage/photos of these dry docks. Cool, just plain cool. It's amazing what our troops did back then. It's no wonder how we got our damaged ships back in theatre to keep hitting back at such a ruthless, dangerous enemy. God bless your Dad and all who heeded the call to duty. (also, noticed the little dog in the picture....:)

    AL MOUNT Active Member

    Oct 9, 2006
    Cleaning my Thompson in The Foothills of the Ozark
    Outstanding post sir. :patriotic:

    may your father Rest in Peace.
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