Everything changed on the morning of December 7, 1941, and life in San Francisco was no exception. Flush with excitement and tourism in the wake of the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, the city was stunned at the severity of the Pearl Harbor attack, and quickly settled into organized chaos with its new role as a major deployment center for the remainder of the war. “Frisco” teemed with servicemen and servicewomen during and after the conflict, forever changing the face of this waterfront city. Warships roamed the bay, and fearsome gun embankments appeared on the cliffs facing the sea, preparing to repel an invasion that never happened.
About the Author
With the California Center for Military History, San Francisco historian John Garvey, author of Arcadia Publishing’s San Francisco Fire Department, uses vintage photographs to tell the amazing story of San Francisco in World War II, when shipyards set records for wartime production, tens of thousands of soldiers crowded the streets, and citizens wondered where it would all lead. Incorporating stories from veterans, this volume runs from tense beginnings to the joyous street celebrations after the Japanese surrender, relating a dramatic and unique tale in San Francisco history.