The Uncle, of John Murphy,
Tom (Thomas Murphy) died a few years back.
He was Weapons Officer on the USS California.
They were hit by torpedoes.
He and his Sunday crew
shot up all the ammunition
they had on deck back at the Japanese.
The Ship Captain and The Executive Officer
Were ashore for their brunch.
Thomas Murphy had no keys to the armory.
He told all of the crew
to jump to the log bumper
and swim under the pier.
It happened so fast,
they had no plan B.
USS California sunk straight down to the bottom
of the pier berth.
It was raised with air filled balloons afterwards
and went on to fight again.
This was told to me by John Murphy