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Vice Admiral Harkins, Charles

Not only Pearl Harbor was threatened on 7 December. Vessels using Honolulu Harbor were endangered both by direct attack and indirect dangers. Charles Harkins was the supervisor of a team of stevedores unloading explosives at Pier 31A. The dynamite was intended for airstrip construction on coral islands. Some 500 of the 3,000 cases had been unloaded when the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor began. Harkins stopped the unloading and, with the threatening presence of Marines he persuaded to encourage the fearful workers, had the dock cleared and the dynamite-carrying trucks driven to a location away from town. He then told his men to scatter and, when they did not, went back to repeat the order. A stray anti-aircraft shell hit, wounding Harkins and many others.

See also: Honolulu; Pearl Harbor