Listen as you tread the decks on the mid-watch, or swing at anchor on a foggy morn – listen and you can hear the voices of those who went before us:

TBD-1s of 'Torpedo Six' assigned to USS Enterprise off Hawaii (1941) Courtesy Life Mag.

Douglas TBD-1 Devastators of Torpedo Six (USS Enterprise) off Hawaii for battle fleet exercises (1941)

What lessons are being taught?  What wisdom passed?  Are we still linked today?

Enterprise (CV 6) flight deck crew

Enterprise (CV 6) flight deck crew debrief (1941)

Could they have known what the future, the future of a few short months or several years later might hold for them – young sailor, ancient mariner?

CAPT McKinney, CO USS Idaho (BB 42) Inspects the crew (1941)

CO of the USS Idaho (BB 42) inspects the crew – 1941

Listen to the ghosts talk – of ships great and small

USS Wilson (DD 408)

…talk of what once was

Battle Fleet maneuvers off Hawaii – 1941

– and what it became

Battleship Row – Dec 7th

To rise again, with a vengeance,

Battle Line – Leyte Gulf

And on the wings of the breeze, as the moment fades, comes a solitary word –

Torpedo Six off Hawaii – June 1941


(All pictures are from the newly opened Life photo archives)


  1. SJBill


    Just outstanding! Thanks for the link to this resource.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!


  2. Byron

    Thanks, Scribe, awesome photos’, well put together

  3. sid

    Was rummaging about google, and found this site:

    Kinda figured you would be interested in this:

  4. Scott Bogart

    Voices from those ghosts still speak. My father was a bluejacket aboard the USS Wilson from ’42-45. Commissioned in ’39 Bremerton Washington. De-commissioned 1946 and sent to Operation Crossroads. Survived Crossroads, and sunk as a target in deep water.

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