USS Utah, WWII Memorial at Pearl Harbor
In my books about WWII I’ve tried to write about smaller units and out of the way battles. Those that were just as important and horrific, but got little press or historic attention: The Hump, Aleutian Campaign, Escort Carriers, Cargo Units. While often delegated to the second string in the eyes of the press and history; the men and women who fought were no less at risk and often paid the ultimate price.
The USS Utah Memorial is like that; the Arizona Memorial over shadows it; but to the families of those it represents it is just as moving, just as important. Above is the story of one young man lost on that day; and the family he left behind.