Ed Johann, Pearl Harbor Survivor Remembrance

by | Jan 27, 2022

I believe my father Vernon & Ed served together on that fateful day December 7, 1941.

While Dad was swimming to Ford Island after the “all hands abandon ship” order came from Captain Mervyn Bannion, Battleship USS West Virginia, think Ed was in one of the boats in this photo.

I Wish I could speak to him, if he is able.

Ed Johann


“The 98-year-old Oregon native was stationed on the USS Wright but was sent to the hospital ship, the USS Solace in Pearl Harbor, for a tonsillectomy.

While he recovered, he and two other sailors were assigned to a 30-foot boat that transported sailors to and from shore— much like a water taxi.”

“The crew of Solace didn’t hesitate to assist the stricken battleship, and launched stretcher parties to evacuate men floating in the burning, oil-slicked water.

Shortly after Arizona was struck, USS West Virginia (BB-48) started to take heavy damage, forcing Solace to divide her attention between the two battleships. It wasn’t long before men from a third ship, USS Oklahoma (BB-37), required attention.”
Steve Sparks CEO
Children and Families in Life After Trauma (CFLAT)

About the author

Steve Sparks is a retired information technology sales and marketing executive with over 35 years of industry experience, including a Bachelors’ in Management from St. Mary’s College. His creative outlet is as a non-fiction author, writing about his roots as a post-WWII US Navy military child growing up in the 1950s-1960s.
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