While most are familiar with the events of 63 years ago on December
7, 1941, often overlooked are the events of 67 years ago on December
12, 1937. At approximately 1:38 pm on that date, planes of the
Japanese naval air service bombed and sank the U.S. Navy gunboat, USS
Panay, near Nanking, China. The USS Panay was one of the small
gunboats that patrolled the Yangtze River during the 1920s and 1930s.
Two sailors and an Italian journalist aboard the USS Panay were
killed in this "Prelude to Pearl Harbor".
In rememberance of the men of the U.S. Navy's Yangtze Patrol.