While the USS Vestal was being overhauled in the shipyard at Vallejo, CA, my dad, Frank L. Dolan, was in service school from May through August 1941. Dad will be assigned to Vestal at San Pedro on September 10, 1941.
|Launching of Vestal in Brooklyn in 1908|
When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Vestal, on which my dad Frank Dolan was stationed, was moored outboard of the battleship Arizona, awaiting repairs scheduled for the next day.
|USS Vestal in 1939, prior to refitting|
Source: Naval Historical Center
The USS Vestal served the Pacific faithfully throughout WWII, all the way to performing vital service functions supporting the occupation of China and Japan. She received 2 battle stars for her war service. Vestal was ultimately decommissioned in 1946. She was stripped in 1949, and like most of the ships that helped to win the war, her hulk was sold for scrap in 1950.
Sources: Frank L. Dolan's personal account; Naval Warfare; Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships