History Class, Podcasts, Uncategorized, World War 2

America Builds Up: The Bremerton Naval Yard on Our American Stories

“The U.S. Navy destroyers USS Lamson (DD-367), left, and USS Haraden (DD-585) at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington (USA), in early 1945. They were to receive repairs for damage inflicted by Kamikaze attacks in December 1944. Lamson is wearing Camouflage Measure 31 Design 23D. Haraden‘s camouflage is Measure 31 Design 3D.” Photo taken in early 1945. Image courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command, via Wikimedia Commons.

Following the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 7, 1941, key locations on the west coast of the U.S. braced for possible invasion. Today, I’m talking about one of these locations on Our American Stories.

Bremerton is marked in red on this map of Washington State, deep inside Puget Sound. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. License link here.

The city of Bremerton, Washington, home of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, was a bustling place during World War II, both building new ships and repairing others including the Pearl Harbor Ghosts.

To find out more about this piece of history, (as well as the story of those “Ghosts,”) here’s the link to stop by and give it a listen.

17 thoughts on “America Builds Up: The Bremerton Naval Yard on Our American Stories”

  1. This story of the Bremerton Naval Yard is especially interesting to me because Uncle Don Wilson, who survived the sinking of the USS Yorktown (CV-5) in the Battle of Midway, was eventually assigned to help bake out an engine of a battleship which had been sunk at Pearl Harbor, the USS California (BB-44), which limped to Bremerton in 1942 for overhaul. He also met the girl he’d marry while stationed there.

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    1. Oh, what a fascinating family connection!
      My uncle was Navy (post WWII) and spent some time in Bremerton. My aunt said that when he retired it was either going to be to Bremerton or Charleston (Charleston won :))

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      1. Good, I think? There aren’t comments shown on the podcast itself, but I’ve been getting some turnover on my blog, and they just mailed me a microphone so I can record more stories. 🙂


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