San Francisco in World War II (Images of America)

By John Garvey

Every little thing replaced at the morning of December 7, 1941, and existence in San Francisco was once no exception. Flush with pleasure and tourism within the wake of the 1939 Golden Gate foreign Exposition, town used to be shocked on the severity of the Pearl Harbor assault, and quick settled into prepared chaos with its new function as an immense deployment heart for the rest of the struggle. "Frisco" teemed with servicemen and servicewomen in the course of and after the clash, ceaselessly altering the face of this waterfront urban. Warships roamed the bay, and fearsome gun embankments seemed at the cliffs dealing with the ocean, getting ready to repel an invasion that by no means occurred.

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Invoice Hamilton (retired CCMH commander) for instituting the CCMH e-book sequence and to global battle II veteran Brig. Gen. Don Mattson (retired) for his imaginative and prescient of making a well-known country army Museum, the California country army Museum and learn heart, situated in Sacramento’s old outdated city. due to CW2 invoice Davies, U. S. military (retired), the director of the realm struggle II veterans oral historical past application on the California nation army Museum and learn middle; and to the museum’s director, CW4 Ernest McPherson. thanks to the entire international battle II veterans and those that shared their tales approximately California’s function within the struggle with me. a distinct due to the pilot of the Enola homosexual, Col. Paul Tibbets, who dropped the “Little Boy” atomic bomb over Hiroshima and who was once scheduled to drop a 3rd atomic bomb dropped at California over Japan after the second one atomic drop of “Fat Man,” over Nagasaki. (The fats guy drop, which brought on the abrupt give up, used to be made via Maj. Charles Sweeney, piloting the “Bocks motor vehicle. ”) Brigadier normal Tibbets (retired) said he was hoping that destiny clash can be resolved round a convention desk and never via battle, which used to be an identical sentiment of the opposite veterans interviewed. thanks to the workers of the San Francisco Public Library background Room, director Susan Goldstein, and particularly picture archivists Richard Marino and Pat Acker. Rob wooden at Hyper Gold and Peter Fairfield of Gamma labs are thanked for his or her photo and machine services. thank you additionally to Arcadia employees John Poultney, Jaquelin Pelzer, Christine Talbot, and Ryan Easterling. Please be aware that any benefit from this booklet after ebook expenditures, can be donated to the California country army Museum and study heart, which the CCMH helps for additional number of oral histories of global struggle II veterans for the California international conflict II veterans army academic undertaking, now utilized in California excessive colleges to coach our formative years approximately this era in American background. —CW2 John Garvey, Historian/Writer nation army Reserve, California heart for army historical past San Francisco detachment advent the town of San Francisco turned the gateway to the Pacific theater in the course of international conflict II. yet earlier than the conflict, town was once a mystical position. The Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge had opened, and Treasure Island hosted the 1939 World’s reasonable, the place Walt Disney provided a different Mickey Mouse movie show. Locals loved looking at the San Francisco Seals baseball staff and spent sun-baked afternoons on the Playland on the seashore leisure park. yet December 7, 1941, replaced this tranquility. Schoolgirl Betty Vella went ice skating at Winterland the day after the japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. She knew all people was once scared, and her kin was once heavily contemplating relocating inland to a kinfolk ranch close to Livermore. They proposal the japanese have been going to invade or even pop out of the sewers. Blackouts quickly begun, and the town by way of the bay readied itself for warfare.

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