Vice Admiral Homer N. Wallin, Pearl Harbor
Wallin, Vice Admaral Homer W., USN (Retired), Pearl Harbor: Why, How, Fleet Salvage and Final Appraisal, with a Foreward by Rear Admiral Ernest McNeill Eller, USN, Director of Naval History. Washington, Naval History Divison, 1968. [xv], -377, 10” x 7”. Blue cloth over boards, gold stamped titles and Navy seal, no dj as issued.
Fine, first edition. The official Navy history of Pearl Harbor. From the Foreward:
The Navy has long needed a succinct account of the salvage operations at Pearl Harbor that miraculously resurrected what appeared to be a forever shattered fleet. Admiral Wallin agreed to undertake the job. He was exactly the right man for it- in talent, in perception, and in experience. He had served intimately with Admiral Nimitz and with Admiral Halsey in the South Pacific, has commanded three different Navy Yards, and was a highly successful Chief of the Bureau of Ships.
On 7 December 1941 the then Captain Wallin was serving at Pearl Harbor. He witnessed the events of that shattering and unifying Day of Infamy … Captain Wallin salvaged most of the broken Pearl Harbor fleet that went on to figure prominently in the United States Navy’s victory. So the account he masterfully tells covers what he masterfully accomplished. The United States owes him an unpayable debt for this high service among many others in his long career.