History of Alameda

A collection of articles on Alameda History by Dennis Evanosky and Eric J. Kos

 

Alameda Chamber of Commerce postcard of Neptune Beach

Resident retells a story that should never be forgotten

April 9 marked the 70th anniversary of the execution of Dietrich Bonhoeffer by his Nazi captors in 1945.

Picture yourself in Hitler’s Germany where the Nazis were murdering children with genetic defects and adults with disabilities. Your Jewish neighbors were disappearing to concentration camps, never to be seen again. What would you do? Bonhoeffer, driven by his Christian faith, decided to join a resistance movement against Hitler and was arrested for his activities.

The non-descript graffiti-ridden building at 2100 Clement Avenue once housed workshops for Pacific Bridge Company, one of the prestigious "Six Companies" that built the Hoover Dam. During World War II, "Six Companies" rolled up their collective sleeves and help restore Pearl Harbor after the Japanese attack. They built airstrips and held a majority ownership interest in the Joshua Hendy Iron Works in Sunnyvale whose assembly line built reciprocating steam engines for 754 Liberty ships. The companies teamed up with one of its members Henry J.

In 1945 the Army Air Forces produced the Ronald Reagan-narrated film "Target Tokyo." The movie takes the audience on the first bombing raid on Japan’s capital city by the Army Air Forces’ B-29 Superfortress bombers.

April 9 marks the 70th anniversary of the execution of Dietrich Bonhoeffer by his Nazi captors in 1945.

Korean War veteran and historian Marshall Davis (pictured) took the lead as tour guide for the Alameda Naval Air and USS Hornet museums that hosted a fundraising event in honor
of the Doolittle Raid, which left from Alameda on April 1, 1942.

The "Doolittle Walk" featured visits to the place Jimmy Doolittle touched down on the runways just past the flight tower; Pier 2 where the USS Hornet was loaded with 16 B-25 bombers; and today’s USS Hornet which is technically a newer craft than the one that set out on the Doolittle Raid to bomb Tokyo.

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