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From 1943-1945 my father was a Printer First Class at Pearl Harbor. I was wondering what building he would have been in, and if anyone has a map showing the location. I remember that he said they were working on the orders for the invasion of Japan when the war ended. Anyone know for sure what building it would have been, and a map showing it? Thanks immensely. I want to add it to a scrapbook I have of his WW2 history.
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Aloha Ron,
My maps of the Navy Yard are not that specific. Anyone? Do you have his personnel records yet? These have a host of details, may be not the building number -but the title of the section he was in- may be there.
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Ronald,

I have a early 1942 chart of the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard and surrounding areas, executed prior to the massive construction and expansion of the war years.  Hence, the information I am giving you may not be valid, particularly for the period much later in the war.

It is interesting that the chart index shows no printshop, as such.  However, there are three possible areas where your father might have worked as a printer.  As his rate was extremely specialized, and due to the fact that he seemed to be printing up Pacific Fleet orders, it is possible that he worked in one of the administrative areas listed below, in descending order of probability:

1. Submarine Base - Building 1 - General Facilities Building
This large "U"-shaped structure is located in the Submarine Base at the head of (and just east of) Piers 3 and 4.  The building, or some portion of it, was used as CinCPac Headquarters.  As a part of that entity's function included distribution of Fleet orders, and, as a printshop was required to fulfill that function, this is probably where your father was.

2. Pearl Harbor Navy Yard - Building 1 - Administration Building with Annexes 1A, 1B, and 1C
This building is 2 blocks SW of the Repair Basin, and faces Avenue "C", which runs NW to SE on a line extending SE from the Drydock No.2 caisson.  The building was used (among other units) by the 14th Naval District Headquarters. As a part of that entity's function included distribution of orders to the units and facilities within the 14th Naval District, and, as a printshop was required to fulfill that function, this is possibly where your father was.

3. Kuahua Fleet Supply Depot - Buildings 401, 401A, and 402 - Communication Service Force Headquarters
These three buildings adjoin each other and lie on the southwestern tip of Kuahua "Island", across Magazine Loch from, and NW of, the piers in the Submarine Base.  To tell the truth, I am not sure the purpose for which these buildings were used.  However, the facilities sound as it some printing function may have been present.

It is critical that you:
a. Get your father's service number from his discharge, dogtags, or from some other source, and then…
b. Contact the National Archives facility in St. Louis to obtain copies of ALL the records in his service jacket.

Assignments, even to administrative units, were quite specific, and you can be sure that his records will indicate whether he was attached to the Communication Service Force, CinCPac Headquarters, the 14th Naval District, or anywhere else.

Any request to the people in St. Louis will take a long, long time to complete.  They are understaffed and absolutely buried by requests from the VA, etc.  You will need a lot of patience.  They will certainly try to fight you off, claiming that the "records burned", which is NOT the case for Navy and Marine personnel.  The contact information for your initial inquiry can be found via the URL below:

http://www.archives.gov/facilit....ds.html

Good luck with the historical pursuit of your father's military career.  If you have further questions, contact me at:

wengerm@mindspring.com

Mike Wenger

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How about Makalapa. All the intelligence and I believe some of the planning officials were located in that four or so story wooden building beginning sometime in 1943. The printing could have been located in the basement of that building.

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