Forum: General Commentary
Topic: To All Ships: Well Done
started by: Angie
Posted by Angie on Mar. 02 2001,10:59(FROM THE ARCHIVE OF THE USS ARIZONA & PEARL HARBOR MESSAGE BOARD - 12/7/99)
This morning pennants were raised from the signal tower in the midst of Pearl Harbor. Today's sailors found the combination of pennants as an unreadable code. Yet to the sailors of 1941 still standing duty at their posts aboard USS ARIZONA and USS UTAH could read this 1941 era message clearly:
Posted by Angie on Mar. 02 2001,11:01(FROM THE ARCHIVES OF THE USS ARIZONA & PEARL HARBOR REMEMBERED MESSAGE BOARD - 12/7/99)
I am totally in tears as I sit by the computer tonight and read that message. The sailors and marines still watching over Pearl on the USS ARIZONA and the USS UTAH all deserve a well done as do those that perished that day elsewhere on the island and those that survived.
God Bless everyone for remembering this date.
Posted by USSBOWFINSS287 on Mar. 20 2001,9:34Roger that, Chris!
Posted by David Aiken on May 15 2002,10:11Aloha All,
John Hau is the main person who got the US Navy to signal the pennants that said, in 1941, "To All Ships: Well Done". He was a signalman and is quite interested in the pennants viewed in 7 Dec 1941 photos...like the one viewed on USS California...
I got an e-mail today from John which discusses that pennant signal among other signals...
The e-mail is titled "Use of USN Flaghoist Signal "Repeaters": 1920-50" and is written in typical signal language... be patient as you "read" and you just might get the gist of what he says!
H4 V H45
BATTLE OF MIDWAY
A. COMBATDIV 3 SM2 (NOW SMCS RET, 1941--71) LTR 11 MAY 02 PASEP NOTAL
1. PTNS REF A QUOTED FOR GUIDANCE IN CORRECT USE " REPEATERS"
FOR 4 JUN 42 REMEMBRANCE SIG "G16 G17 TVG" ["TF16/TF17: WELL DONE"]
0C V DIV B3
...YOU'RE CORRECT ON [ESTABLISHMENT OF] 3RD 5TH 7TH FLTS --
COMING ON THE SCENE [1 APR] 1943....
YOU'RE RIGHT TOO ON USE OF REPEATERS DURING [EARLY] WWII -- G16
3RD 3RD 7 [ALL NUMERALS PENNANTS].
NOTE "REPEATER" CONVENTIONS 1920--APPROX 1950 CALLED FOR "COUNTING
UP" WHILE POST 1950 ALLIED PROCEDURE COUNTS "DOWN" FROM TOP OF
HOIST PER RN PROCEDURE 1770--1950.
2. FROM EVIDENCE ACQUIRED FROM VARIOUS SOURCES, FLAG "G" AS A VIS
"CALL LETTER/TYPE INDICATOR" WAS USED FOR TWO PURPOSES, FROM PRIOR
TO 1920 (IN CASE A. BELOW) THRU 1943:
A. SHORE SIGNAL STATIONS: G FOLLOWED BY PENDANT 0 PLUS ONE
OTHER, E.G., G01. THIS WAS PH WATER TANK SIGNAL TOWER CALL (DO
NOT KNOW IF "0F2" WAS USED IN LIEU WHEN CINCPAC[FLT] VIS GUARD
WAS MAINTAINED THERE AFTER ADM KIMMEL SHIFTED ASHORE
FM B38 TO SUBASE IN SUMMER 41). INTERESTINGLY, SUBASE ESCAPE
TRAINING TANK/TOWER HAD A SIGNAL STATION AT ITS APEX, CALLSIGN G02.
DONT KNOW IF NAS PEARL (FORD ISLAND) TOWER HAD A V/S STATION OR
CALLSIGN. ALSO UNAWARE IF FT KAMEHAMEHA (COAST ARTILLERY AT
PEARL ENTRANCE, EAST SIDE).HAD ONE.
B. TASK ORGANIZATIONS. G FOLLOWED BY 1 TO 3 NUMERAL
PENDANTS CALLED TASK FORCES, TASK GROUPS AND TASK UNITS.
BEST EXAMPLE IS PHOTO OF CALIFORNIA (B44) ON 7 DEC/0830WX, WITH
SAME SIGNAL AT BOTH YARDS: "G1 G2 AFIRM BAKER JIG DESIG
EASY SAIL," WHERE UNITS ADDRESSED WERE TF 1 (COVERING FORCE)
AND TF 2 (RECONNOITERING/RAIDING FORCE). POSSIBLE PURPORT --
"SORTIE IAW EMERG SORTIE PLAN." AS LATE AS SEP 41, "G" FOL BY
2 OR 3 NUMERALS CALLED, FOR EXAMPLE, TG 1.3 ("G13") OR TU
4.1.2 ("G412"). TO CALL TF/TG/TU CDRS, THESE WERE PRECEDED BY
Posted by Ken Hackler on May 19 2002,12:09David,
Reading Navy message traffic like that sure brings back memories. Also, more than a few nightmares of trying to decode messages in CIC quickly when the book of tactical signals was about three inches thick!
Posted by Fortress on Jun. 03 2002,4:50I know that I'm replying late here, but after standing on board the Arizona Memorial with my son who is a Marine, and realizing that many mothers (far too many) lost their sons on December 7th, I had to add appreciation for the original post.
To all the men and women of our armed forces, then and now, well done...and thanks.