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

The repair ship Vestal (AR-4), moored outboard of the battleship Arizona on the morning of 7 December 1941, was hit by two Japanese bombs and received additional damage from the force and heat of Arizona's explosion. Casting loose from the sunk and burning battleship at about 8:30 AM, Vestal moved up the harbor a short distance and anchored. However, one of the bomb hits caused her to flood aft, and the water could not be controlled in the ship's old hull. Accordingly, she hoisted her anchor and was beached on Aiea Shoal, in Pearl Harbor's northeastern corner. Vestal was repaired by mid-February 1942.

This page features views of USS Vestal on and shortly after 7 December 1941.

For pictures and information on a USS Vestal officer who was cited for heroism during the Pearl Harbor attack,

For further images of the "Battleship Row" area during and shortly after the Japanese raid,

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Photo #: 80-G-19933

Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941

USS Vestal (AR-4) beached on Aiea shoal, Pearl Harbor, after the Japanese raid. She is listing from damage caused by two bombs that hit her during the attack.

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

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Photo #: NH 64480

Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941

USS Vestal (AR-4) after she was beached in Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. She had been damaged by Japanese bomb hits during the raid.
An Officers' Motor Boat is alongside her starboard quarter.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, NHHC Collection.

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