The world turns upside down in an eyewitness account by a 22-year-old seaman first class on board the USS Utah during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Miscellaneous Auxiliary was the old bucket's title. For the USS Utah (AG-16, ex-BB-31), that meant target vessel. The Navy had long ago stripped the former first-class battleship of her BB designation, scrapped her 12-inch guns, and slapped the AG label on her official correspondence. The Sailors who rode her didn't particularly like or dislike target duty, but being one while sitting in port seemed a bit unsportsmanlike.