"REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR"

BY ROBERT TAYLOR

Autographed by Paul Adams, Woodrow Wilson Derby, Melvin Ellis and Basil Pratt.

L/E of 750. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Size: 33" 1/4 x 25 1/2"

Price: $295.00


When the Japanese hit Pearl Harbor on the morning of December 7th, 1941, the battleship USS Nevada moored by herself, escaped the initial onslaught.

However, sighting the Nevada as she got up steam, an enemy bomber laid a torpedo into her side, blowing a massive hole near the bow. With her forward compartments flooded, amid all the explosions, smoke and confusion, she gallantly steamed for the open sea.

As Nevada moved towards the main channel she was sighted by a flight of bombers and they immediately attacked. The water around the great ship erupted in a series of massive explosions sending plumes of spray high into the air, enveloping the battleship from stem to stern.

With a number of fires now started, and gaping holes all along her hull, and her bow low in the water, Nevada was in danger of sinking in the entrance to the harbor. Fearing that possibility, she maneuvred her bow onto the beach at Hospital Point. At that moment the second wave attack came in.

Robert Taylor's remarkable painting, the first in a pair remembering Pearl Harbor and the dramatic events that followed, depicts a fleeting moment during the infamous attack that brought the United States into the Second World War - the nature of which motivated her forces right across the Pacific with the battle cry "Remember Pearl Harbor!"

We view the action just after 9:00 a.m. during the second wave attack on the Fleet. Aichi D-3A1 dive-bombers from the carrier Kaga make a final attempt to destroy the Nevada as she lay beached at Hospital Point. With Nevada's gunners defiantly defending their stricken ship, in the naval dock behind, the destroyer Uss Shaw is on fire; moments later she will explode. Behind her, in dry dock, the battleship Pennsylvania, and beyond her the cruiser Helena, and the Base Force Flagship Argonne, can all be seen in the swirling palls of dense smoke that pervade the navy yard.

A truly historic painting by the world's premier military artist recreates the awesome reality of one of the most significant and poignant events in history. Paying tribute to their shipmates, and all those at Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941, four survivors from the USS Nevada have signed each print in this historic edition, the first in Robert Taylor's commemorative pair remembering Pearl Harbor and the dramatic events that followed.


SIGNATURES


PAUL ADAMS, USMC
Paul was in the marine detachment on the USS Nevada at Pearl Harbor. Afterwards he served with the 2nd Marine Division in the Pacific - participating in the battles for the Aleutians, and after a short trip on convoy escort in the Atlantic in 1943, he returned to the Pacific for the Battle of Okinawa in April 1945.

WOODROW WILSON DERBY, USN
Joining the Navy in 1938, "Woody" was posted direct to USS Nevada, and was aboard at Pearl Harbor. He served throughout the war on the Nevada; at the D-Day bombardment off Utah Beach where Nevada was the only US ship from Pearl Harbor at Normandy - and later in the Pacific.

MELVIN ELLIS, USN
Melvin Ellis joined the USS Nevada on March 11, 1939, and served with her throughout the war from Pearl Harbor to the Aleutians, from the D-Day Invasion of Normandy of 1944, through Iwo Jima and Okinawa to the Marshall Islands in 1945. He retired the service in 1955.

BASIL PRATT, USN
Served on the USS Nevada from 1938 through the attack at Pearl Harbor to 1942. In 1943 after sub training, he served on board the USS 259 "Jack" submarine, completing 9 combat tours in the Pacific and South China Sea.