Army anti-aircraft units

from the 251st Artillery

stationed at Camp Malakole are officially credited with downing at least two

Japanese planes on

December 7, 1941.




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Camp Malakole

251st Coast Artillery Regiment (Anti-Aircraft)

F. Battery

Sgt. Henry C. Blackwell, USA               

Cpl. Clyde C. Brown, USA

Sgt. Warren D. Rasmussen, USA


Killed, December 7, 1941, off the Ewa Coast flying

in two rented civilian Piper Cubs from Honolulu Airport.


The 251st was on full war alert on Saturday, December 6, 1941

but were told that the Japanese fleet was spotted off Taiwan. They were

then given Sunday off, so while some slept in that morning, three

soldiers got up early and went to John Rodgers field and rented two

Piper Cubs airplanes. They were licensed pilots and took off along

the Ewa Coast to practice their flying skills.

They ran directly into attacking Zeros and were shot down, becoming

the first American casualties of the Pearl Harbor attack.

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