Pearl Harbor & the U.S.S. Ward

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Pearl Harbor & the U.S.S. Ward

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | December 7, 2017
painting of a boat

On this day, outside of Pearl Harbor, the destroyer Ward with its crew primarily of reservists from St. Paul attacks and sinks a Japanese midget submarine. These were the first shots fired on the date of infamy, December 7, 1941.

See it in Collections Online.