By Cdr. Edward C. Raymer USN (Ret.)
On December 7, 1941, because the nice battleships Arizona, Oklahoma, and Utah lie paralyzed and burning within the aftermath of the japanese assault on Pearl Harbor, a crack staff of U.S. army salvage divers headed through Edward C. Raymer are hurriedly flown to Oahu from the mainland. The divers were given a Herculean job: rescue the sailors and Marines trapped less than, and resurrect the satisfaction of the Pacific fleet.
Now for the 1st time, the manager diver of the Pearl Harbor salvage operations, Cmdr. Edward C. Raymer, USN (Ret.), tells the entire tale of the determined makes an attempt to avoid wasting crewmembers stuck inside of their sinking ships. Descent into Darkness is the single booklet to be had that describes the elevating and salvage operations of sunken battleships following the December seventh attack.
Once Raymer and his workforce of divers entered the interiors of the sunken shipwrecks―attempting untested and possibly lethal diving techniques―they skilled an international of overall blackness, not able to work out even the faceplates in their helmets. via memorizing the ships’ blueprints and utilizing their feel of contact, the divers groped their manner hundreds and hundreds of toes contained in the sunken vessels to make maintenance and salvage important conflict fabric. The divers discovered tips to take care of such unseen hazards as falling items, sharks, the eerie presence of floating human our bodies, and the consistent danger of jap assaults from above.
Though a lot of those divers have been killed or heavily injured through the wartime salvage operations, quite often they'd nice luck appearing what looked to be very unlikely jobs. between their credit, Raymer’s workforce raised the sunken battleships West Virginia, Nevada, and California. After Pearl Harbor they moved directly to different an important salvage paintings off Guadalcanal and the websites of different nice sea battles.