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By John Garvey

Every thing replaced at the morning of December 7, 1941, and lifestyles in San Francisco used to be no exception. Flush with pleasure and tourism within the wake of the 1939 Golden Gate overseas Exposition, town was once shocked on the severity of the Pearl Harbor assault, and fast settled into equipped chaos with its new position as an enormous deployment middle for the rest of the struggle. "Frisco" teemed with servicemen and servicewomen in the course of and after the clash, eternally altering the face of this waterfront urban. Warships roamed the bay, and fearsome gun embankments seemed at the cliffs dealing with the ocean, getting ready to repel an invasion that by no means occurred.

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Courtesy San Francisco background middle, San FranciscoPublic Library. ) Jack Lydon, commander of the now defunctRear Admiral Daniel J. Callaghan submit of theAmerican Legion, holds a twisted part ofthe bridge from the recognized USS San Franciscoin may well 1948. (Courtesy San Francisco HistoryCenter, San Francisco Public Library. ) in the course of U. S. participation in WorldWar II, from 1941 and until eventually 1945,31 destiny San Francisco 49ers weretransformed from stars on thehigh tuition or collage gridiron toservicemen within the army. Theyincluded Leo “The Lion” Nomellini,Roy Ruskusky, Norm Standlee,Sam Cathart, Tom Colley, Joe“The Jet” Perry, John Strzykalski,Frankie Albert, Edward Forrest,Harry Norberg, John Woudenburg,John Kuzman, Lenny Eshmont,Don Durdan, Visco Grgich, PeterFranceschi, Nick Susoeff, KenRoskie, John Mellus, Ken Casenega,Joe “Little Toe” Ventrano, AlynnBeals, Linus corridor, Garland Gregory,Vince Thornton, Arthur Elston,Joe Remington, and Gerry Conlee. (Courtesy writer. ) The USS San Francisco memorial is pictured in the course of its building in September 1950. Thesignal bridge of the previous cruiser, punctured via eastern shells, was once put on a cement base atLand’s finish to shape a memorial to the greater than a hundred males who died at the vessel within the Battleof Guadalcanal. Overlooking either the Golden Gate and Seal Rock, the memorial is additionally anobservation platform. (Courtesy San Francisco historical past middle, San Francisco Public Library. ) An unidentified employee makesone of the bronze plaques for theUSS San Francisco memorial atLand’s lead to November 1950. The bronze for the plaque waspoured in an easy ceremonyat the Greenberg and SonsFoundry at 746 Folsom road inSan Francisco. (Courtesy SanFrancisco historical past middle, SanFrancisco Public Library. ) Paul Verdier (right), presidentof town of Paris, droppedthe first coin right into a bucketcampaign to elevate funds fora plaque for the USS San Francisco memorial. Posingwith Verdier during this November1950 photo are ofhis employees—Harry Lawlor(left), a former military captaininjured at Oahu, and FrankFahey (center), who observed SouthPacific motion with the military. (Courtesy San FranciscoHistory heart, San FranciscoPublic Library. ) committed on November 12, 1950, the memorial at Land’s finish is an remark platform at theentrance to the Golden Gate and is shaped by means of the wings of the sign bridge of the USS San Francisco, which used to be in a scrap heap in Golden Gate Park. This photograph was once taken through a U. S. Navyphotographer from a Hiller helicopter. (Courtesy U. S. military. ) status earlier than a portrait of Fleet Adm. Chester W. Nimitz on the De younger Museum in GoldenGate Park in January 1951 are, from left to correct, Rear Adm. Bertram Rodgers, Mrs. Nimitz, FleetAdmiral Nimitz, and Mrs. Rodgers. pics of those San Francisco naval commanders wereplaced within the De younger Museum, and the flesh-and-blood opposite numbers of the work werepresent for the deploy rite. The portrait indicates the admiral status aboard the flagshipMissouri in Tokyo Bay on the signing of the truce finishing global warfare II.

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