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NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive

Contributed by Don McGrogan, BMCS, USN Ret.

USS Solace (AH-5)


The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in commending the UNITED STATES NAVY HOSPITAL SHIP SOLACE for service as follows:

For extremely meritorious service during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, on December 7, 1941. Alert and prompt in preparing for any emergency after approximately twenty Japanese planes appeared, enroute to attack Pacific Fleet ships and shore installations, the USS SOLACE immediately secured all watertight doors and hatches and instituted measures for the effective handling of casualties. Rescue parties in motor launches and boats were quickly dispatched to the USS ARIZONA and other stricken ships; they braved flames and explosions to rescue the burned and injured from the decks and the blazing water alongside; they unhesitatingly risked their lives during repeated trips under the same perilous conditions, each time returning to the SOLACE with boats fully laden with injured and dying. Working to the point of exhaustion, the entire staff, doctors, nurses and corpsmen, rendered valiant and self-sacrificing service throughout this emergency, thereby sustaining and enhancing the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

All personnel attached to and serving on board the USS SOLACE on December 7, 1941, are hereby authorized to wear the NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION ribbon.

/s/ James Forrestal
Secretary of the Navy

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