The USS California (a battleship stationed in the Pacific) was one of the eight battleships sunk at Pearl Harbor. During the attack on December 7, 1941, it took three direct hits — two torpedoes and one bomb, killing over 100 crew. The California caught fire and the remainder of the crew made their way to shore before the ship sank. It was later salvaged, repaired, and returned to service during World War II before being decommissioned in 1947.
Below is the December 7, 1941 “Orders of the Day” for the USS California, from WallBuilders’ Collection. Since that day was a Sunday, the orders include notations for church services for the ship’s crew.
Sunrise: 0626 Sunset: 1720
MEDICAL GUARD: 00-09 PENNSYLVANIA 09-24 MARYLAND
GUARD SHIPS: 00-09 PENNSYLVANIA 09-24 MARYLAND
“ORDERS OF THE DAY”
Sunday 7, December 1941
1. Duty boats: 2 M.S.; 2 & 4 M.L.’s; 2 M.W.B.
2. Duty sections: Officers, 2: Crew, 2. Gasoline Petty Officers, a.m. JUHL, S.F. 3c.; p.m. LEHNE, S.F.3c.
3. Working division, F; Relief working division, 6-S.
4. PORT ROUTINE # 5.
0545 – Send 40′ M.L. with four hands (anchor watch) to Merry Point Naval Stores Landing to pick up ice. Wood, L.K., Sea. lc., in charge.
0600 – Send M.W.B. with signalman to ascertain ships in this sector.
0745 – Rig for church (starboard forecastle, weather permitting).
0750 – Send boat to Officers’ Club landing for Chaplain Maguire.
0830 – Chaplain’s Bible discussion class (port side Crew’s Reception Room).
0830 – Confessions (Crew’s library).
0900 – Divine Service (Catholic).
0945 – Quarters for duty section.
1000 – Divine Service (Protestant).
1700 – Supper for crew.
1930 – Movies on quarterdeck.
1. There will be another Flying Squadron dance at the Aiea Club house on Tuesday, December 9, at 2000. There are 23 tickets available. Men desiring to go register names at ship’s library immediately.
* Handwritten Note (top right): “Dope Sheet from U.S.S. California for the day she was sunk.”