This will answer Randy J. Moore’s “Parking at Pearl” letter (August 2017) and Randy Becker’s “Carrier Parking at Pearl” letter (October 2017).
In my April 2017 letter, I identified aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CV-6) in her berth, top left of Ford Island (Airdrop, December 2016). Randy Becker has identified this as berth F-2. The Enterprise departed November 28 to deliver VMF-211 to Wake Island. Of the two carriers in Pearl prior to the attack, the USS
Lexington (CV-2) was probably in berth F-9, identified by Randy Becker. The Lexington left Pearl December 5 with Task Force 12 for Midway. The
Saratoga (CV-3) had been in dry dock for servicing. It was docking in San Diego, California, to embark her air group at the time of the attack. All other carriers were assigned to the Atlantic fleet. After the attack, Yorktown (CV-5), Wasp (CV-7), and Hornet (CV-8) were immediately transferred to the Pacific fleet. By the end of the war, the U.S. Navy had more than 80 carriers in the Pacific fleet.
Returning to my April 2017 letter, I located the carrier docked in the picture of Ford Island. I searched the phrase “Pearl Harbor before the attack” on the Internet. Out of hundreds of pictures, I found one taken from Ford Island showing the Enterprise in what is apparently berth
F-2, ahead of the battleship California. There was also a battleship tied alongside the California;
I don’t recall the name, but it departed before the attack. I received a link (pacificaviationmuseum.org/ pearl-harbor-blog/ where-would-the-enterprise-have-moored) from my brother, Russell Moore in St. Louis, Missouri, that answers my questions about where the aircraft carriers would have been docked had they been at Pearl Harbor on December 7. Apparently, the docking on the other side of the island from Battleship Row was known as “Carrier Row.” It would be nice to see him get credit also, as I am sure you have heard from other folks at the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor. Randy Moore
Thanks to both of you. Russell, the link gives really impressive info, except that one of its photos of Ford Island is upside down.—BD