Pearl Harbor: First-hand accounts of sailors, the Tucsonians

Pearl Harbor: First-hand accounts of sailors, the Tucsonians

Dec. 7, 2022

First anniversary gathering of the Tucsonians, Sacramento, California, 1947

On Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we invite you to listen to the Special Collections oral histories of sailors Joe Potenza, who served on the USS Arizona during the 1930s, and Martin Kos, who served on the first crew of the ship; Charles Jackson who served on the USS Pennsylvania and his experience on that day; and the USS Arizona bell at the dedication ceremonies of our Student Union Memorial Building on November 16, 1951.

Immediately following the bombing on December 7, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the mass removal of 110,000 people of Japanese ancestry from the West Coast to incarceration camps located further within the United States interior. You can listen to the first-hand accounts of "the Tucsonians" (pictured at the first anniversary gathering) – the self-given name the group of American men of Japanese ancestry adopted while imprisoned in the Catalina Federal Prison on Mount Lemmon during the 1940s for resisting the draft. The Tucsonians and all wartime draft resisters were pardoned in 1947.

See Special Collections' USS Arizona Collection.