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My father Lester L. Parker, was on the Navada, duty sta. boiler room. The boilers did not just "happen" to be fired up that morning as all the accounts state. Dad and his buddy Shaffer had to super heat them to even attempt such a thing. A "shavetail" Lt. trying to help kept trying to help, but would pass out about half way down the ladder. Shaffer had to throw him over his shoulder, take him up 3 or 4 decks and lay him on a couch. He kept waking up so this happened more than once. After the abandoned ship was ordered my Dad went through the Officers Mess and took the silverware over the fantail with him at Hospital Point with him. I ate off of that all of my childhood. It's all gone now.
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An interesting story! I bet his story of how he got all that silverware back to the states would make a great chapter as well!

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Not to diminish any heroic deeds that morning, but NEVADA was already "steaming" at the time of the attack, as were all of the ships on Battleship Row. As no "shore services" were available from the Foxtrot quays, the ships had to be "steaming auxiliary" to provide services to the ship, including power, heating steam, and water services.
Now, what was notable in NEVADA's firerooms was that these men succeeded in bringing the boilers up to a full power status to enable use of the main engines and get the ship underway. It was over 100 degrees (F) in the firerooms, and more probably up in the 120 degree range. That takes alot out of a man and yet these men worked on, handling equipment that was hot enough to burn your hands all while the ship was under attack.
All very impressive, but I don't think that I brag about the theft of government property!   Just my thoughts.

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