Seventy-five years ago today Americans were stunned at the news of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. Most lighthouse keepers shared the news in their logbooks and noted the immediate effects of this event at their station.
Soon after December 7, 1941, the U.S. Coast Guard would become part of the U.S. Navy. The lighthouse personnel became part of the War effort as the military set up defense and communications at many of the stations. At key stations the number of station personnel would increase substantially to cover additional duties such as beach patrol, plane lookouts, radar, radio communications, etc. Some coastal lighthouses were extinguished or dimmed and many lightships were taken off their stations to avoid sinking by enemy submarines. All coastal keepers were drilled in blackout measures should the need arise.
Submitted by Candace Clifford, Historian, U.S. Lighthouse Society, December 7, 2016
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