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Commander Martin, Harold M.

As station commander, Kaneohe Naval Air Station, Harold Martin had only one aircraft, a Chance Vought OS2U Kingfisher observation seaplane, under his command. He did have 31 officers and 303 enlisted men of the US Navy and three officers and 93 men of the Marines and he spoke to them on 6 December about the possibility of war and the threat of sabotage. The 36 patrol aircraft of Patrol Wing One were answerable to the commander of Task Force 9, Rear Admiral P. N. L. Bellinger. The anti-aircraft guns had been removed by the army on 5 December and only machine-guns and rifles remained to protect the base. When the attack came there was little Martin could do except organize damage control and fire fighting and see that his men were fed.

See also: Kaneohe Naval Air Station

You can find out more about the US Navy in World War II in the following Osprey books:

ELITE 59 US Marine Corps 1941-45; MEN-AT-ARMS 342 US Army in WWII (1) The Pacific