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LT Frank Erickson's Report of the Japanese Attack on Ford Island

The following is a narrative written by Captain (then-Lieutenant) Frank Erickson, USCG (Ret.) to the Sikorsky Company about his experiences at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. He was a first-hand witness to the carnage that day as he was the Taney's aviation officer assigned, along with his aircraft, to Ford Island. He was the duty officer at Ford Island when the first wave of the Japanese attack struck.

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