It was the Japanese and a mistake that made Ed Kronberger a crew member
of the USS SALT LAKE CITY. When the bugle sounded for general quarters, Ed
headed for his turret. The sailors found the magazine locked. Ed climbed
up through the escape hatch to the well deck and escaped. His father and a
brother, who were also stationed on the WEST VIRGINIA, also escaped.
On Dec. 7th, Ed was sleeping on deck of the WEST VIRGINIA because he
pulled a night watch and was tired. The first torpedo woke him up,
however, nobody knew at first that it was a torpedo. Some guys yelled that
they had run aground.
Later that week Ed was sent to the USS SAN FRANCISCO, but the seaman
handling the boat made a mistake and delivered Ed to the Salt Lake City
where he stayed the remainder of the war.
He knew the USS SALT LAKE CITY because his father and another brother had
served aboard her in earlier years. He was aboard for four and a half
years until the ship went to Japan immediately after the war.
Ed was regular Navy and served until retiring in 1960.
Article written by Sandy Oppenheimer in the April, 2000, Vol. 1, #2 USS
SALT LAKE CITY CA25 Association Newsletter
Ed and Ruth Kronberger in 2000
See Edward Kronberger's page on the USS Salt Lake City web site at
served with his father Samuel and brother
Robert on the USS West Virginia.
Edward M. Kronberger passed away on August 7, 2004.