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   Richard M. Paull
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War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Navy
Unit: 4th Division, USS Nevada (BB 36); USS St. Louis (CL 49)
Service Location: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Pacific; Guam (Mariana Islands); Midway; Guadalcanal, and Bougainville Island (Solomon Islands);Okinawa Island (Ryukyu Islands); Great Lakes, Illinois; Norfolk, Virginia
Rank: Motor Machinist's Mate Second Class
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Getting up early to prepare ship for church services; shock of planes flying overhead; running to battle stations; manning number three turret gun; having moved 100-pound bags of gunpowder off of ship the day before; strafing; taking blankets off beds to provide shrouds for dead; state of shock during attack. (07:15) Conditions the day after the attack; cold, uncomfortable conditions; sleeping on a bowling alley near the Marine barracks; volunteering to go to sea on the USS Saint Louis. (03:41) Twenty feet away from USS Arizona when it blew up; losing hearing for three days due to noise from bombs; seeing huge holes on the USS Nevada; shock overriding fear during attack. (07:16)

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