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DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY -- NAVAL
805 KIDDER BREESE SE -- WASHINGTON NAVY YARD
WASHINGTON DC 20374-5060
USS Pyro, Report of Pearl Harbor Attack
Pearl Harbor, T.H.,
December 10, 1941.
The Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Japanese Air Attack on Sunday, 7 December 1941 - Report of.
(a) CinCPac conf dispatch 102102 of Dec. 1941.
- In accordance with reference (a), the following report on
the part that the U.S.S. Pyro played in the action during
the Air-raid on Sunday December 7, 1941, as observed by the Commanding
Officer who was on board from the start of events is submitted:
- The Pyro was secured alongside West Loch
dock, starboard side to dock.
- At 0750-0755 noise of low flying aircraft passing over and
close to the U.S.S. Pyro was heard followed very shortly
by an explosion in Navy Yard area.
- A quick look through cabin port to westward disclosed two
low wing monoplanes flying about 100 feet above water heading
for Pyro's port beam. On approaching to within 500 yards
the planes zoomed to clear ship and masts when the Japanese aircraft
marking of a red circle was noted under each wing.
- That an enemy attack was in progress was instantly recognized
and general quarters sounded and ammunition for the two 3"/50
caliber A.A. guns and 4.50 caliber and 2.30 caliber machine guns
was started from the forward and after magazines. Main engines
were ordered to prepare to get underway.
- All planes which approached close enough were taken under
fire starting about 0820.
- At about 0912 one dive bomber approached from the port bow
at altitude of 500 feet and released a bomb which landed on the
concrete dock about 12 feet from ship's side amidships. It penetrated
the concrete and exploded underneath jarring the ship heavily
resulting in damage given later.
- This plane was under fire from 2.50 caliber, 1.30 caliber
and Browning Machine guns which no doubt caused the pilot to
miss and it is believed that hits were scored on this plane.
- At 0832 two enemy planes were seen to crash and burst into
flames in the direction Barber's Point. The pilots were seen
descending in parachutes.
- Damage to Japanese: Airplane hit by Machine gun bullets.
- Damage to ship:
- Casting in steam line to starboard circulator carried
away. Repaired by ship's force.
- Relief valve on fuel oil heater carried away. Repaired by
- Supporting casting of auxiliary Air and Circulating pumps
under Auxiliary Condenser fractured in several places. Probably
beyond repair. Main condenser is used instead.
- All officers and enlisted men behaved splendidly. They performed
their duties under machine gun fire and bombing in a cool and
Source: Enclosure (E) to CINCPAC
action report Serial 0479 of 15 February 1942, World War II
the Modern Military Branch, National Archives and Records Administration,
8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740.