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Old 07-08-2018, 02:07 PM   #62
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Photographed 22 July 1944, from a 300-foot altitude..

USS Solar (DE-221), a Buckley-class destroyer escort of the US , was named in honor of Boatswain's Mate First Class Adolfo Solar (1900–1941), who was killed in action during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941.. He was credited with ... the early opening of fire by anti aircraft battery of the USS Nevada prior to the arrival of the battery officers at their stations..

April 1946 - Crew of Solar..

Her conversion to radar picket ship had been canceled and, with the declaration of V-J day in mid-August, her orders were changed again..She departed Boston on 7 September, for two weeks of refresher training at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba..On 30 April 1946, Solar was berthed at Leonardo Pier I of the Naval Ammunition Depot Earle, New Jersey, to discharge ammunition..The operation went smoothly until, shortly after 11:30, one of the crewmen dropped a hedgehog charge..3 ensuing explosions blasted the ship near her number 2 upper handling rooms.. Her number 2 gun was demolished and the bridge, main battery director, and mast were all blown aft and to starboard..Both sides of the ship were torn open, and her deck was a mass of flames.. The order to abandon ship came after the second explosion and was carried out expeditiously.. Nevertheless, the tragedy claimed the lives of 7 sailors and injured 125 others... and round, day after day, month after month..I'm being crushed like the grain beneath the stone..He said you are everywhere..That you are almighty..How in Hell did you know that?..

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