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Hi all,

As a Pearl Harbor collector, I recently obtained my 166th survivor autograph.  He was at Red Hill on 12/7/41.  I have been collecting for a number of years, and am aware of Red Hill, BUT as far as location...I have Red Hill on Maui and Hawaii, was there a post called Red Hill on Oahu? If so where?
I have a great number of resources on Pearl Harbor, but cannot pin this one down.
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Aloha Jon,
Red Hill is the site of the twenty huge underground fuel tanks - under construction at the time of the attack. The explosions of dynamite during this construction caused many of the neighbors [including sailors on some ships] to think that the attack on Sunday was just another series of explosions in its construction. "Odd those explosions are on a Sunday, that has never happened, best put a pillow over my head..." were some reactions.

Red Hill is a ridge coming down from the Koolau Mountains which end at the Aliamanu Crater [just east of South-East Loch in Pearl Harbor].

While I am in the area, Aliamanu Crater is a small [red dirt] volcano ...right next to this is a depression that was filled with water a few thousand years ago and called Salt Lake.

The crater is now a housing facility and security zone. The public have no access. My trek on the volcano lip...its perimeter road...was enlightning enough to be thankful of my military escort.
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David,

Thanks so much for the info!!!  I was aware of the huge tanks, and have actually seen them on a military secrets type program...but could not remember if the site was on Oahu or not.  This man wrote to me saying...."Private in service only 5 months on land 4th Def Bat US Marines.  I was there on Dec. 7th, 1941 at Red Hill, getting ready to go to church.
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This is taken out of Col. Charles A. Jones’ book “Hawai’i’s World War II Military Sites: A Comprehensive Guide focusing on O’ahu”

“Red Hill is a ridge running from the Koolau Mountains down to Pearl Harbor. It is to the right of Highway H-3 on the drive northeast to Kane’ohe and to the left from Highway 78 if driving toward Honolulu. It is famous for being a huge underground fuel storage facility with 20 huge fuel tanks. Together they can hold 252 million gallons of fuel. A monumental project, it was built from 1940 to 1943. It was necessary to protect fuel, ordinarily stored in large tanks above ground, from sabotage and aerial attack. Fuel was especially important for a fleet based at O’ahu since the fuel had to be imported from places other than O’ahu. The fleet did not loose the fuel in the above-ground tanks at Pearl Harbor on December 7, as the Japanese concentrated on other targets, and Nagumo did not launch another wave of planes to attack such targets such as fuel and repair facilities. Today the facility operates as red Hill Underground Fuel Storage Facility, supervised by FISC, Fleet and Industrial Supply Center, Pearl Harbor. Coast Guard Housing is also on Red Hill……Red Hill offers nothing to see since its entrance is behind an inaccessible area in the housing area.

“To go by Red Hill: Instead of going over the Highway 78 overpass, exit to the right for H-3 or Highway 78. To see Red Hill from H-3, follow the signs for H-3 to Kane’ohe, which means exiting onto Highway 78 and then very soon exiting onto H-3. Red Hill is to the right when driving on H-3 toward Kane’ohe, seen beyond the large structures at the cement plant. To see Red Hill from 78, stay on 78 headed toward Honolulu. As indicated by a sign (Exit 2 east), Red Hill is to the left.

There are two listings in the Bibliography for Red Hill:

Simpson, MacKinnon. “The Secret Hollowing of Red Hill.” Spirit of Aloha, November 1999. This article is about the fuel farm at Red Hill.

Murray, Jim (editor). “The Underground.” Center Relay, Volume 93, Number 12, August 15, 1996. This publication by Fleet and Industrial Supply Center, Pearl Harbor, is about the fuel farm at Red Hill.


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Chris,

Thanks for the additional info...I have since added an envelope posted at Honolulu...but with a return address of Red Hill...another Marine.  The letter is still in the envelope and dated April 1942.  The letter is a note home to a friend, and registers complaints about Marshall Law in effect...no lights, women, or booze...a great insight into life shortly after the attack.  I collect Pearl Harbor attack related postmarks which is why I needed the info.

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