Steindaddie Posted April 17, 2011 Share #1 Posted April 17, 2011 These items came from Andrew Guna. a bosun's mate aboard USS Arizona in 1941, and here is his story. BM1c Guna and a dozen other Arizona shipmates had decided to take leave in early December 1941 and were aboard the navy transport USS Henderson headed for the mainland when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Details of the attack were not learned due to immediate strict radio silence aboard Henderson - too strict in fact; they shut down all communications and were totally in the dark. But these Arizona men assumed the best and figured the US had probably whipped the Japanese pretty good. When they arrived in San Francisco on Dec. 11th, they learned otherwise. How bad it was or whether their ship was hit, no one could or would say. Again, assuming the best, BM1c Guna and his Arizona shipmates went out on the town that night to celebrate their arrival. They drank and toasted to getting back to Hawaii and joining their ship in this new war. That spirit and optimism ended the next day. That next day, Dec 12th, the men were taken aside and told the news: their ship and everyone they knew in it were dead. The decision to take leave spared their lives. And literally so: Guna and several of his pals on leave were men from Nos 1 & 2 turrets, from which there were no survivors. The explosion that destroyed Arizona was in that area and, it was the berthing location for these men as well. Most of these items seen here had been mailed to his wife, or, they would still be in the ship today. Andrew Guna died a few years ago, but these are some of the things he had with him when the USS Arizona was his home. The Bosun's pipes and lanyard were brought home on that Dec 1941 leave to show his wife. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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