Friday, December 7, 2012
Pearl Harbor...for John John
Last Duty Station
1941-1941, USS California (BB-44)
Dec 07, 1941
Hostile, Died Reason
Other Explosive Device
Wars and Conflicts/World War II*
Location of Interment
Last Known Activity
Fireman Recruit John W. Martin was Killed in Action on December 7, 1941, during the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was stationed on board the USS California BB-44.
On 7 December 1941 USS CALIFORNIA was moored at the southernmost berth of "Battleship Row" and was with other dreadnoughts of the Battle Force when the Japanese launched their aerial attack. As she was about to undergo a material inspection, watertight integrity was not at its maximum; consequently the ship suffered great damage when hit. At 0805 a bomb exploded below decks, setting off an antiaircraft ammunition magazine and killing about 50 men. A second bomb ruptured her bow plates. Despite valiant efforts to keep her afloat the inrushing water could not be isolated and CALIFORNIA settled into the mud with only her superstructure remaining above the surface. When the action ended, 98 of her crew were lost and 61 wounded.