Captain Erik G. Hakansson, Medical Corps, U.S. Navy, stood on the deck of the hospital ship Solace (AH-5) with a movie camera as the morning watch began on Sunday, 7 December 1941. Shortly after 0800, amid the growing tumult of battle, the 56-year- old chief of medical services filmed the battleship Arizona (BB-39), less than a half-mile away. He captured images of descending spray from near-misses of ordnance dropped by Japanese high-level bombers.
Then, with heart-stopping suddenness, a cataclysmic explosion erupted from the Arizona as a bomb detonated her forward magazines. Those who had survived that blast, but who had been horribly wounded, would soon desperately need the help that the Solace could provide. Captain Hakansson steeled himself for the bloody work that lay ahead.