Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Two locals died at Pearl Harbor
Two men from Crittenden County – Thomas W. Collins and Allen Ray Teer – were among those killed at Pearl Harbor the morning of Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941.
Electrician’s Mate 1st Class Teer, 38, was doomed aboard the ship that became the symbol of the attack, the USS Arizona. He was among the 1,177 men killed on the battleship after a bomb pierced the forward deck, igniting 500 tons of explosives in the ship’s powder magazine. The blast tore apart the ship, sinking it to the bottom of Pearl Harbor, where it still lies as a memorial to the attack. Men not killed immediately by the massive explosion were turned to ash by the intensity of the ensuing blaze or they drowned. Teer’s remains lie aboard the Arizona today.
More than 2,400 service personnel and civilians were killed at Pearl Harbor.