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USS PYRO AE-1

(ammunition ship)

USS PYRO AE-1

(ammunition ship)

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Colorado Pearl Harbor Survivors, Dave Wilson (right) Wayne Martin, Carl Galvin George Richard (left). 

California Pearl Harbor Survivors John Finn, Medal of Honor, Pearl Harbor Attack.

                                  Artwork by Vargas

Donald Green (left) USS Pyro AE-1, Washington State Pearl Harbor Survivors


Arthur Herriford, (center) President National Pearl Harbor Survivors Association Inc.

Texas & Other State Pearl Harbor Survivors

Survivor of sinking of USS Indianapolis

Pennsylvania Pearl Harbor Survivor

Jon Sinatra (right) and Johnny Sinatra readies for parade march

Memorial Day Parade 2008. Colorado Chapters 1-2-3-4. Pearl Harbor Survivors ride in style in 6 Model A vehicles.

General Sal Vallano speaks at the Colorado State Capitol for the dedication of the Pearl Harbor Survivors memorial there.

MEMORIAL DAY

PARADES

Jon and Nikki Sinatra, Memorial Day Parade - 2007 

Nikki Sinatra and friends giving a wave and distributing candy to the Memorial Day crowd - 2010

Denver Mile High Chapter #1

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Denver Mile High Chapter #1 (click)

Pueblo Steel City Chapter #2

Western Slope Chapter #3

Pikes Peak Chapter #4


Jon Sinatra Denver Mile High Chapter #1

Pearl Harbor Survivors Parade

Memorial Day Parade 2007 

National Pearl Harbor Survivors Association

Founding Fathers

Pearl Harbor Survivors
Pearl Harbor Survivors Association

THE BEGINNING; The eleven founding members of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association held their first reunion December 7, 1958 in Gardena, California. FIRST ROW, L to R: GEORGE W. HAINES JR., SAM KRONBERGER. 

RAYMOND J. LE BER, MARK FERRIS, JAMES C. TANEYHILL. SECOND ROW, L to R: CLARENCE E. BONN, ED KRONBERGER, ROBERT S. KRONBERGER, ED STEFFA, GEORGE SCHAFFER, LEWIS P. SMITH.

ATTACK ON USS PYRO BY ENEMY SUBMARINE 14 DECEMBER 1941

December 11, 1941: Orders were received and the USS Pyro proceeded unescorted to San Francisco. Before dawn on 14 December, while on passage to the United States, the ship was attacked when two torpedoes were sighted passing close aboard from astern. A submarine surfaced shortly afterward 600 yards astern and was taken under fire from the ship's aft 5" guns. The submarine quickly dived and no-hit was scored. Patrol Wing Two from the Naval Air Station at Pearl Harbor was dispatched to the site and a report on the incident was written. The report also shows that a tanker was torpedoed and sunk 45 miles off of Kahuku Point, an hour and twenty minutes after the Pyro's encounter with a sub. Also within the report, it is stated that on December 11, just off of the big island of Hawaii, that a large submarine was sighted and that it may be a fuel supply ship for small ones (midget subs) or that it may have even been carrying one (see report below at 1625 hrs.)  

The report states, that at 4:24 pm, a large submarine was sighted and that it was either a fuel supply ship or it may have been carrying a midget sub. The midget subs were electric so it would not have been a fuel tank that the sub was seen carrying. The sighting took place on December 11, 3 miles off Kaiwi Point (about 23 miles SE of the entrance to Pearl Harbor. Japanese military records show that the mother sub I-16 was to remain in the area off of the island of Lanai for their midget sub. Patrol Wing Two states that a large submarine was seen heading south (toward Lanai) at a high rate of speed from Kaiwi Point and that she was possibly carrying a midget sub. Records show that the I-16 mother sub departed Lanai, for Kwajelene on December 11. Records reveal that there were full sized submarines outside of the Pearl Harbor entrance. Within the Congressional Investigation Pearl Harbor Attack, Ensign N.F. Asher, the commanding officer of the destroyer USS Blue, he credits his ship in sinking 2 enemy submarines just outside of Pearl Harbor during the attack. The U.S. Navy claims there were 20 subs outside of Pearl Harbor waiting to sink any ship trying to escape the attack. It is unknown exactly how long those subs all stayed in the area but the USS Pyro AE-1 claims to have been attacked by an enemy submarine on December 14 as is stated in the report from Patrol Wing Two (above). 

What happened to the I-16's midget sub-HA-16? On December 11, Patrol Wing Two reported seeing a large submarine possibly carrying a midget sub just SE of Pearl Harbor. From the testimony of Admiral Bloch to the Commission to Investigate the Japanese Attack of Dec. 7, 1941, on Hawaii,  the admiral states that the gate to the entrance of Pearl Harbor was ordered closed at 8:40 am on December 7. The gate was left open in order for ships to escape the attack to open seas. The I-16's midget sub entered the harbor and had launched her 2 torpedo's into Battleship Row by at least 8:10 am, if not earlier. This gave the sub about 30 minutes or more to exit the harbor before the gate was closed. The midget subs at Pearl Harbor traveled at a speed of 19 knots, or 23.5 mph. From the location of her 2nd torpedo launch, just off the bow of the Arizona, and according to the map retrieved from the I-22, the sub had to travel 7 miles to exit past the gate. At 19 knots, this would take about 20 minutes.

From military records, four of the five midget subs had been accounted for by 1960. Those records also show that from 2 of those subs their nose and tail were removed and dumped outside of the harbor. Recently the pieces of a midget sub were discovered in a dumping ground outside of the harbor. It is claimed by some that the sub recently found, was scuttled by her crew in the West Loch and the crew escaped. The sub was then scooped up out of the West Loch following an explosion there in 1944 and along with other debris was dumped where it was then recently found. The U.S. Navy recorded 4 of the midget subs found, so why would they not record any information regarding the 5th sub had it been discovered? If the I-16 midget sub escaped pearl Harbor on the morning of the attack and made it back to its mother sub by December 11, then possibly the midget sub recently found is the I-16 midget sub that was sunk at Diego Suarez in ??? of 1942 following the attack on Battleship Row. It may have then been recovered and sent back to Pearl Harbor. If the I-16 was scuttled in the West Loch, on Dec. 7, then it sat in shallow water for 3 years and never was noticed and that is doubtful. During the cleanup of the West Loch in 1944 following the explosion, the cleanup was photographed and as much as I wanted to see a midget sub among the debris in all of those images, it just was not there.     

  

in 1951, a midget sub was spotted on the seabed just outside of the harbor by the research ship "Pioneer". It is said that it was then quickly and quietly removed by the Navy and dumped. Again, the Navy has provided information and photographs of the midget subs that they found in and around Pearl Harbor.