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Memories of WW II.

RIPTIDES OF RUMOR swept the Bay Area after Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941. One crackled over the radio during dinner that night: "This is New York," said the announcer. "Reports from the West Coast say there are 50 Japanese planes over the Farallones. San Francisco remains calm."

World War II had arrived in the Bay Area. Now, 50 years later, memories are being revived in exhibitions starting this month.


December 4 through March 1, the Oakland Museum presents two exhibitions of work by prominent Bay Area photographer Peter Stackpole. The larger exhibit, Peacetime to Wartime, includes many of his most famous photographs (such as the eerily matter-of-fact images of riveters and cable-spinners at work on the Bay Bridge high above the water) and examples of his war coverage for Life magazine.

A smaller show focuses on his assignments in Hollywood during the war years. Here you'll see Liz Taylor graduating from high school and Errol Flynn sailing his yatch Sirocco. Free; open 10 to 5 Wednesdays through Saturdays, noon to 7 Sundays.



The Treasure Island Museum's special year-long exhibit, opening December 7, charts naval history in the Pacific, from the Battle of Manila Bay in 1898 through the Battle of Midway in 1942. More than 22 ship models will be on display, from a Japanese dreadnought of the 1920s to the World War II battleship California.

The largest object is a mock-up of a scout plane from the Battle of Midway. You walk inside and look through aviation cameras to see a diorama of the battle below. Free; hours are 10 to 3:30 daily.



Perhaps the most vivid reminders of World War II in the Bay Area are the Liberty ship Jeremiah O'Brien (open 9 to 3 daily at Fort Mason; $3 for adults), and the submarine Pampanito (open 9 to 6 daily at Pier 45; $4).
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