HISTORICAL NOTES: Three Sailors at Pearl

At 1005 on Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941, the 33,000-ton battleship West Virginia sank in Pearl Harbor's waters, victim of half a dozen Japanese torpedoes. The attack had come so suddenly, the great ship was crippled so quickly, that 66 crewmen were caught below deck and went down with the West Virginia. Last week, 19 years after the disaster at Pearl Harbor, the U.S. Navy finally released a harrowing report on the ordeal of three sailors who were aboard the West Virginia.

It was a salvagers' report, dated 1942 and made after the West Virginia had been refloated to be refitted...

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