By Cdr. Edward C. Raymer USN (Ret.)

ISBN-10: 1591147247

ISBN-13: 9781591147244

On December 7, 1941, because the nice battleships Arizona, Oklahoma, and Utah lie paralyzed and burning within the aftermath of the japanese assault on Pearl Harbor, a crack staff of U.S. army salvage divers headed by means of Edward C. Raymer are hurriedly flown to Oahu from the mainland. The divers were given a Herculean job: rescue the sailors and Marines trapped under, and resurrect the satisfaction of the Pacific fleet.

Now for the 1st time, the manager diver of the Pearl Harbor salvage operations, Cmdr. Edward C. Raymer, USN (Ret.), tells the full tale of the determined makes an attempt to avoid wasting crewmembers stuck inside of their sinking ships. Descent into Darkness is the one ebook to be had that describes the elevating and salvage operations of sunken battleships following the December seventh attack.

Once Raymer and his workforce of divers entered the interiors of the sunken shipwrecks--attempting untested and most likely lethal diving techniques--they skilled an international of overall blackness, not able to work out even the faceplates in their helmets. by means of memorizing the ships' blueprints and utilizing their feel of contact, the divers groped their method hundreds and hundreds of ft contained in the sunken vessels to make maintenance and salvage very important battle fabric. The divers realized find out how to take care of such unseen risks as falling gadgets, sharks, the eerie presence of floating human our bodies, and the consistent risk of jap assaults from above.

Though lots of those divers have been killed or heavily injured in the course of the wartime salvage operations, regularly they'd nice luck acting what very unlikely jobs. between their credit, Raymer's workforce raised the sunken battleships West Virginia, Nevada, and California. After Pearl Harbor they moved directly to different the most important salvage paintings off Guadalcanal and the websites of different nice sea battles.

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Swimming pools belonged to the officers. Most beaches were ringed with barbed wire. Nightly movies at the outdoor theaters were closed because of the blackout conditions in effect. Not even Bob Hope and his USO troupe had started their Pacific tours. After we worked a fourteen hour day we were usually too tired to do anything except shower and climb into the sack. Most of us were at the height of our virility, so girls were always foremost on our minds. But the type of girls we had grown up with and dated in our hometowns was not available on the Rock.

No salvage work could begin until the missile was rendered safe. This is a simple task for a trained diver. But as it turned out, there was nothing simple about it. It was standard procedure before each dive for the diver and the telephone talker to lay out the route the diver expected to follow within the ship. The ship’s plan was used as a road map to direct the diver from the entry point in the ship to his ultimate destination. The plan was never memorized by the diver, since he had too many other things to occupy his mind as he moved through the ship.

The worker replied that they had tried that yesterday and the toxic fumes from the burning paint and cork had killed two trapped men. Now the only safe way to rescue the men was to chisel holes in the bottom hull. We also learned that eight men were rescued just thirty minutes before we arrived and had been sent to the hospital for observation after their terrifying experience. All told, thirty-one sailors were released from their underwater tomb before rescue efforts were abandoned. I later read a statement from Machinist Mate Second Class W.

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