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  • COURTESY LEE ANNE AUERHAN
    The U.S. Army Transport Scott, seen from the stern of the SS President Coolidge. The slower Scott held up the convoy.
  • COURTESY BRONX ZOO
    The most unusual passengers were pandas Pan Dee and Pan Dah, which were en route to the Bronx Zoo.
  • COURTESY LEE ANNE AUERHAN
    Nurse Carmel Rothlin, a passenger aboard the ship, carried a life vest at all times.
  • COURTESY LEE ANNE AUERHAN
    The SS President Coolidge was converted into hospital quarters for 125 servicemen wounded in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
  • COURTESY JAMES F. LEE
    James F. Lee teaches journalism at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa.
  • COURTESY LEE ANNE AUERHAN
    The SS President Coolidge.
  • COURTESY WILLAMETTE UNIVERSITY
    The 1941 Willamette football team, which traveled to Honolulu to play the University of Hawaii and other college teams, was stranded after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
  • STAR-ADVERTISER FILE
    Smoke rose from the USS West Virginia, USS Tennessee and USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor after the surprise attack on Dec. 7, 1941.

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