Hardcover. Washington DC, GPO, 1st, 1968, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, blue cloth, title in gilt on spine and insignia in gilt on front. B&w illustrations, 377 pages. First printing of first edition. Related article pasted to front endpapers, Book covers and interior bright and clean. Foreword by Rear Admiral Ernest McNeill Eller. Homer Norman Wallin (December 6, 1893 - March 6, 1984) was a vice admiral in the United States Navy, best known for his salvage of ships sunk in the attack on Pearl Harbor. In 1941, Captain Wallin became material officer for commander, Battle Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, and was serving in that position when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. He was placed in charge of the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard's Salvage Division. Through most of 1942, he directed the Pearl Harbor ship salvage effort, a huge task that enabled the navy to recover the use of three sunken battleships.