V-J DAY at PEARL HARBOR
By: William Suter South Pasadina, California
MY DESTROYER, the USS Sigsbee, spent
the summer of 1945 under repair in Pearl
Harbor, where I joined her, June 11, 1945.
On a day of liberty, I was at the Army-Navy
YMCA in downtown Honolulu, the gathering
place for all servicemen and women, when we
got the word of Japanís surrender.
Outside in Waikiki, the streets were full of
sailors, soldiers and marines. There were few
civilians on the streets and the only women
were WAVES, happily being kissed by every
sailor in their paths.
Returning to our barracks - our ship had been
repaired but we were still living ashore. we
were all too excited to think of hitting the sack.
I was among the sailors who climbed onto the
roof of our one - story barracks, where we sat
and watched the commotion at Pearl Harbor.
Every ship had all its searchlights and signal
lamps lit and flares were being sent up as well.
I had a newspaper with me on the roof and at
10:30 at night I could read the paper clearly
with just the light from the harbor in the
Never before or since have I seen a fireworks
display to rival what I saw that night.
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Web Master's Note; The article above appeared in the current issue of "REMINISCE" and was sent to me recently, by my dear friend, Louie Marquez of Salt Lake City, UT (and Yuma, AZ) Thanks Louie! Billy Roberts, Glenn, CA