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Ward remembers that it was quiet after they secured from general quarters. Around three in the afternoon they had picked up most of the live survivors who were still in the water. There were quite a few bodies that were literally blown off of ships, after rescuers had rescued the living, they turned to the grim task of retrieving the bodies. Ward met a man in a Pearl Harbor survivors meeting that had to jump off of the USS West Virginia. About 40 men from the USS West Virginia were transferred to the USS San Francisco. Ward meets a man named Bill and they were able to joke and talk about shared experiences on the USS San Francisco. Ward could see people swimming, and he could see people who were not swimming. Everyone was in their white naval uniforms so the harbor was filled with white clad bodies. The men in the rescue boats worked all day making runs between the harbor and the beach. It was an all day thing. They were still picking up bodies up the next day. The Japanese never struck the Naval Yard, they were able to get one piece of the yard which was the drydock. The USS California was in drydock, and lost over a hundred men in combined casualties. There was a mine layer near the USS California that took a big hit. Near the air station was where the greatest damage was done. Ward notes that it is amazing that the USS Arizona is still leaking oil to this day. The tanks were full of oil. Ward does not even think of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Ward used to have dreams about the war that lasted five or six years. His wife used to wake him up in the middle of the night and to Ward's surprise he was thrashing, yelling, and making a commotion while he was sleeping. Ward will think about it if someone asks. Ward makes note that Honolulu was very much like the South because of how everything was segregated. The USS San Francisco had been in the yard of October of 1941. They were due to be out of the yard by the first of the year 1942. The San Francisco was being completely overhauled so most of the guns by that point were on shore. By Christmas they had been at sea for days. They put it together incredibly fast to get the ship back together after Pearl Harbor. They were moved out, refueled, they put water in the tanks, and they left a lot of small pieces out. The USS San Francisco was put into a task group that was supposed to relieve Wake Island. They were to screen the USS Enterprise. They realized they were going to do no good at Wake Island so they turned around and headed back. They steamed around in the Pacific for awhile. They saw Christmas twice because they were sailing near the date line. They only had one Christmas dinner on the ship. They ran out of food and had to resupply in Samoa. This was the day before replenishment at sea. When you resupplied in those days you pulled into a harbor and the supply ship was already waiting for you.


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