Engineering Report

Taken directly from a report prepared by the Engineering Officer describing how his personnel handled the Kamikaze Attack of 5/1/1945. This was provided by William Ringleib Jr.

USS Terror
5 May 1945
From	The Engineering Officer.
To :	The Commanding Officer.
Via :	The Executive Officer.
Subject:	Engineering Personnel, performance of during and
after the Japanese suicide plane attack.
	1.	When General Quarters sounded at 0355 on 1 May
l945 all Engineering Personnel manned stations, reported ready
to Engineering Control in Forward Machinery Space, and placed
all machinery and fire fighting equipment in a state of readi-
ness for instant use as called for in the Engineering Casualty
Control Book.
	2.	At 0359 when plane struck ship closing off after
smoke pipe extinguishing fires in #3 boiler, and knocking #3
generator from the board, the auxiliary, or Diesel generator
out in and furnished emergency light and power for the few
minutes necessary to light off and place #1 boiler and #2
generator in service.
	3.	During this entire period everything was carried
out in a routine manner as practiced at drills, there was no
panic, confusion, or singing out, regular power and light was
restored in eleven minutes from the ttme the plane struck.
Firemain pressure was never lost, it decreased some when one
riser carried away and while steam was below normal pressure
in boiler being lighted off.
	4.	When conditions were under control in the Machi-
nery spaces, all men who could possibly be spared were sent to
the assistance of the repair and fire fighting parties under
the direction of the First Lieutenant.
	5.	It is not considered fitting that any officer or
man in the Engineering Department should be singled out for
particular praise or blame, it is felt that all did the duty
required of them in the quickest time possible and with as
little harm as possible to equipment used by them.
	6,	The Engineering Department Personnel join the
Engineering Officer in telling the Commanding Officer, the
Executive Officer, and all heads of departments that they feel
honored in having served aboard and in some measure contributed
to the lessening of the damage that could have been done to the
	7,	The Engineering Officer has taken the liberty of
telling the Engineering Department that their duties were WELL
DONE, which in Navy tradition is the highest praise anyone in
the Naval Service expects or desires.