Pearl Harbor Raid, 7 December 1941
USS Shaw during the Pearl Harbor Attack



Among the drydocked ships in the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard when the Japanese attacked was the destroyer USS Shaw (DD-373). Raised out of the water in the floating drydock YFD-2, along with the old harbor tug Sotoyomo (YT-9), Shaw attracted the unwelcome attention of several dive bombers of the second strike wave. These hit her with three bombs at about the same time as they were attacking the then-nearby battleship Nevada. These bombs all hit the forward portion of the ship. The resulting fires proved uncontrollable, and Shaw was ordered abandoned. As efforts were underway to flood the drydock about a half-hour after she was hit, her forward ammunition magazines detonated in a spectacular blast, completely removing her bow. The blast also punctured YFD-2 and Sotoyomo. Both soon sank, the drydock partially and the tug completely, leaving Shaw's after portion afloat, with an intense fire raging at its front.

This page features, or provides links to, views of the destroyer Shaw during and soon after the 7 December 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Views of Shaw taken shortly after 7 December 1941,

Photographs of post-attack temporary repairs to USS Shaw,

Other pictures of, or related to, attacks on ships in and near the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard


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Photo #: NH 97417

Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941


Explosion of the forward magazines of USS Shaw (DD-373), in the floating drydock YFD-2, after a bombing attack by Japanese planes on 7 December 1941. USS Nevada (BB-36), also hit by the attackers, is at right.
Photographed from Ford Island, with USS Avocet (AVP-4) partially visible at left.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, NHHC Collection.

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Photo #: NH 86118

Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941


The forward magazine of USS Shaw (DD-373) explodes during the second Japanese attack wave. To the left of the explosion, Shaw's stern is visible, at the end of floating drydock YFD-2.
At right is the bow of USS Nevada (BB-36), with a tug alongside fighting fires.
Photographed from Ford Island, with a dredging line in the foreground.

NHHC Photograph.

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Photo #: 80-G-19948

Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941


Sailors stand amid wrecked planes at the Ford Island seaplane base, watching as USS Shaw (DD-373) explodes in the center background, 7 December 1941.
USS Nevada (BB-36) is also visible in the middle background, with her bow headed toward the left.
Planes present include PBY, OS2U and SOC types. Wrecked wing in the foreground is from a PBY.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives Collection.

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Photo #: 80-G-32457

Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941


USS Nevada (BB-36) afire off the Ford Island seaplane base, with her bow pointed up-channel. USS Shaw (DD-373) is burning in the floating dry dock YFD-2 in the left background.
Photographed from Ford Island, with a dredging line at left.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives Collection.

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Photo #: 80-G-32434

Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941


USS Shaw (DD-373) burning in floating drydock YFD-2 after she was set afire by Japanese dive bombing attacks, on 7 December 1941.
USS Nevada (BB-36) is on the right, with her bow afire.
Photographed from Ford Island, with dredge line just offshore.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives Collection.

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Photo #: 80-G-32719

Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941


USS Shaw (DD-373) burning in floating drydock YFD-2 after she was set afire by Japanese dive bombing attacks, 7 December 1941.
The burning bow of USS Nevada (BB-36) is on the right.
At left is a motor launch from USS San Francisco (CA-38).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives Collection.

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Photo #: 80-G-32739

Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941


USS Shaw (DD-373) burning in floating drydock YFD-2 shortly after the explosion that blew off her bow.
The drydock has partially sunk, allowing Shaw's after section to float free.
Note men on the beach, at left, playing fire hoses in the direction of the drydock.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives Collection.

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Photo #: NH 64481

USS Shaw (DD-373)


Burning in floating drydock YFD-2 at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, after she was hit by Japanese bombs and her forward magazines exploded.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, NHHC Collection.

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Photo #: 80-G-19939

Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941


USS Shaw (DD-373) wrecked in floating drydock YFD-2 on 7 December 1941, with fires were nearly out but structure still smoking. Her bow had been blown off by the explosion of her forward magazines, after she was set afire by Japanese dive bombing attacks.
In the right distance are the damaged and listing USS California (BB-44) and a dredge.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives Collection.

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