Website upgrades and issues

All, Over the last few days, I’ve upgraded our server to be fast and updated the software to the latest version and did a fair amount of cleanup.  When we created this site over ten years ago, I did some things that were not standardized.  Of course, standardizing them broken a lot of things.  I think they are all fixed now, use the contact page to let me know if there is still a problem.

Remembering Pearl Harbor

On December 6th 1943, the USS Boston Steamed into Pearl Harbor.  We’ve heard from sailors that this was a very emotional moment, exactly one day short of 1 year from the day that will live in infamy.  The ships on battleship row were still smoldering.

Replacement of the Aviation Unit

I was surprised when I was working on newly found records of the USS Boston Aviation unit, that when the Boston was pulled from duty in the Pacific after months of fighting, the Aviation unit was removed lock, stock and barrel when the ship arrived in San Francisco on the way to it’s retrofit in San Pedro. there were between 15 to 20 members of the unit, and many had been together from 4 months before the ship was commissioned. The Aviation unit was started in February of 1943 and the ship was commissioned in June of 1943.

On the 28th or March 1945, the entire Aviation Unit was transferred to the Alameda Naval Air Base in California. After the Boston was retrofitted, an entirely new crew was mustered in San Pedro to restart the unit.

Radar and The USS Boston

I came across this picture when I was looking at Photographs from NARA.   Obviously this was censored because it showed the top secret radar installation on the destroyer next to the Boston.

When the Boston returned in Early 1945 to San Diego, the radar and fire control systems were upgraded.   Radar was a huge factor in the War in the Pacific.