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.
The day was a Sunday. The date was the 7th, in the month of December 1941.
The first explosion slammed all 21,825 tons of the Utah 15 feet to starboard smack into her cement mooring. All the 30-year-old veteran vessel from the days of President William Howard Taft did was "harrumph," wake up long enough to squish back into her bed, and fall asleep again, rocking gently against the straining lines that held her to the pilings.