Quote of the Day:

Barney Ross

  • The gunner's mate came up and started breaking the locks on the ammunition. Everything was locked up for fear that someone might go in there with a cigarette or something.
  • We were very fortunate that the carriers weren't in the harbor.
  • We managed to get underway, and I don't know to this day why we didn't get struck or take a torpedo, but we didn't. We got outside of the exit of the harbor and we started dropping depth charges.
  • We got orders to strike the Marshall and Gilbert Islands. We had a task force with the Enterprise. We had two or three cruisers and probably eight or 10 destroyers.
  • They got word that the Japanese planes were coming back, so we sunk her ourselves so the Japanese wouldn't get it. We didn't want the Japanese to get it intact.
  • Our duty was to try and find the Japanese fleet. We never did find the Japanese fleet and I am awfully glad, because they had attacked us there with six carriers, three battleships, 10 or 15 cruisers, and about 20 destroyers.
  • It was lucky for me. It wasn't lucky for the nine people that got killed and the 20 that were injured.
  • I'd get a shell, they weighed about 80 pounds I think, but when I was 19 or 20 that was nothing. I'd take a shell and a bag of powder, I'd put it in the hoist and then I would send it up to the gun.
  • I was standing on the deck of the USS Blue, a destroyer. We were all alone out there at this buoy, tied up.
  • I was 20 years old at Pearl Harbor. I was in the Navy about a year and four months before the war.