Heard Sunday at 4 p.m. on KMJ 580
July 13, 2008: Bob McNutt of Visalia, CA. Growing up in Illinois as one of 15 children,
McNutt joined the Navy in 1939.  His father had served in the Spanish-American War,
his oldest brother had been gassed as an infantryman in World War I, and three other
brothers served in the Army in World War II. Stationed at Pearl Harbor starting in 1939,
McNutt was aboard the USS Monaghan on December 7th, 1941.  The devout Catholic
was about to head to the USS Maryland for mass when the Japanese planes attacked.
                                        Bob's first job was to climb the larger of the Monaghan's two   
                                        stacks to remove the cover, so the destroyer could get out of  
                    the harbor.  The Monaghan was credited with sinking a two-man                
                                        Japanese sub that day, and would go on to earn twelve battle
                                        stars during the war.  Bob still remembers his time in the          
                                        Bering Sea, having to crawl on his hands and knees on the
Monaghan's deck when it got too icy to walk.  The Monaghan played a key role in the
Battle of the Komandorskie Islands there in 1943.  Tinian, Saipan, Tarawa, Subic Bay,
and Leyte were among the other locales where the Monaghan saw action, but in
December 1944 it would meet its match.  Typhoon Cobra tore through the Navy's Third
Fleet, and three destroyers which had been delayed for refueling would end up
sinking.  The Monaghan was one of those three, and of the 248 men aboard, only six
survived.  Bob McNutt is the last living survivor of that crew.
Click play to listen
Complete history of the USS Monaghan
USS Monaghan Pearl Harbor Action Report
Video: CBS 47 story on Bob from November 2007