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A Short Story of the Attack (Pearl Harbor), James W. Dittoe, U.S.N. (USS West Virginia)

by James W. Dittoe.

James W. Dittoe was at Pearl Harbor during the attack on December 7, 1941, on the battleship West Virginia when it was sunk during the attack. Shortly after the attack, James decided to write his experiences in notebook form. Following James' death in 2003, his son J. Michael Dittoe took possession of the notebook.

This is an original, unpublished, eyewitness account of what James Dittoe saw on this historic day. His son transcribed the content and scanned the original notebook pages. A copy of this work is also in The Genealogy Center's print collection under the call number: GC 940.5410 D639sh. This copyrighted work of J. Michael Dittoe is used here with permission.

Further information about the USS West Virginia can be found here.

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Front Cover
Table of Contents
Pearl Harbor Notebook
Photo of James W. Dittoe in 1941
Pearl Harbor Survivors Association Prayer
Speeches Given by James W. Dittoe
TWX Message Following Loss of U.S.S. Lexington (2nd ship sunk that he was on)