Pearl Harbor Attack

The USS Curtiss AV-4 was the first purpose-built Seaplane Tender in the US Navy. She was commissioned on November 15, 1940. On December 7, 1941, the USS Curtiss was anchored on the opposite side of Ford Island from Battleship Row near the entrance to Middle-Loch. She was one of the few ships that were able to get underway during the attack. The USS Curtiss claimed to shoot down one Japanese plane. This plane crashed into the USS Curtiss, destroying one of her aircraft handling cranes. She was hit by another bomb that did moderate damage to the ship. About an hour into the attack, the USS Curtiss spotted a periscope and began opening fire on the submarine. It returned fire with a torpedo which the Curtiss evaded. A destroyer, the USS Monaghan, then engaged the sub, ramming it and then depth charging it. The USS Curtiss suffered 19 dead and a large number of wounded. With minor damage, She sailed to San Diego for permanent repairs, which were completed in four days. From there, she sailed for the Pacific. The USS Curtiss served in the Pacific Theater until the end of the war. The USS Curtiss was decommissioned on September 24, 1957. Below is a list of the personnel killed on December 7, 1941. Please view the list to learn the names of those who lost their lives on that day.

The U.S. Navy seaplane tender USS Curtiss (AV-4) afire on 7 December 1941 at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (USA), after she was hit by a crashing Japanese Aichi D3A1 ("Val") dive bomber. The rails in the picture belong to USS Tangier (AV-8) from where the photo was taken. The repair ship USS Medusa (AR-1) is at right and is partially obscured by the rails. The timbers floating in the water in the foreground may be from USS Utah (AG-16), which had been sunk at her berth, astern of Tangier. Note the weathered paintwork on Curtiss and Medusa and that Curtiss is already equipped with an CXAM air search radar., Unknown author, Naval History & Heritage Command Accession number  NH 96660, PD-USGov

Broadside view of the U.S. Navy seaplane tender USS Curtiss (AV-4) off the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California (USA), on 31 October 1945., USN, Official U.S. Navy Mare Island Naval Shipyard photograph AV 4 6885-45, PD-USGov

S. No. Name, Rank S. No. Name, Rank
1 Joseph I. Caro, F1c 12 Lee H. Duke, Sea2c
2 Clifton E. Edmonds, Sea1c 13 John W. Frazier, Cox
3 Nickolas S. Ganas, Sea2c 14 George H. Guy, Sea2c
4 Kenneth J. Hartley, F1c 15 Edward S. Haven, Jr., Sea1c
5 Anthony Hawkins, Jr., MAtt2c 16 Thomas Hembree, AS
6 Andrew King, AS 17 Robert S. Lowe, Sea2c
7 James E. Massey, AS 18 Maurice Mastrototaro, Sea1c
8 Jesse K. Milbourne, AS 19 Dean B. Orwick. RM2c
9 William J. Powell, MAtt2c 20 Wilson A. Rice, Sea1c
10 Howard A. Rosenau, Sea2c 21 Benjamin Schlect, RM2c
11 Joseph Sperling, SF1c