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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251st Coast Artillery Regiment (Anti-Aircraft)
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.