ANDREW A. PINKO EM3c
KILLED IN ACTION
AT PEARL HARBOR, HAWAII

DECEMBER 7, 1941  

 

USS WEST VIRGINIA at Pearl Harbor

 U.S. Navy Photograph

 

USS West Virginia was moored outboard of USS Tennessee at Pearl Harbor on the morning of December 7, 1941.  The Japanese attack was immediately overwhelming and the battleship was hit by two bombs and seven torpedoes.  Listing badly, she was counter-flooded to prevent capsizing; thereafter she quickly sank to the bottom of the harbor.  Salvage efforts were completed and temporary repairs were made at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard.  In April 1943 West Virginia went to Puget Sound Navy Yard for modernization and final repairs.

Not all men awoke from their dreams, with the sound of romantic music and thoughts of swaying hula girls, when they crossed the bar, in the early morning of December 7, 1941.  One such man was Andrew Pinko EM3c, the son of a family friend, from Johnson City, New York. He was killed aboard the USS West Virginia, an old battleship.  Click here to view the names of men who died with him, on December 7, 1941.  May their souls rest in Peace.  They must never be forgotten. This web site is our way of keeping their memory alive.  

 

Tony Potochniak USS Gambier Bay - VC10 Web Site Historian


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