Remembering Pearl Harbor

 

ph-decklogs-oklahoma-lFor the men and women on the ground in Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, the day began as any other quiet Sunday morning. Most of the Pacific Fleet battleships were moored up, their engines at rest, and U.S. warplanes were arranged neatly on the airfields nearby.

Navy ship logs, running records of all events aboard a naval vessel, show a straightforward and factual record of what was happening before the attack. Sailors were loading ice cream and ice on their ships and preparing for the day. As the Japanese planes descended on the Pacific Fleet, the logs clearly show that American Sailors, Soldiers, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and even the civilians in the area fought back.

Service members rushed into action. Despite horrific loses, they battled the overwhelming assault and rescued their injured.  Extraordinary acts of bravery became the standard that day. 2,008 Sailors, 109 Marines, 218 Soldiers and 68 civilians sacrificed their lives defending their country during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

In the wake of the attack, 15 Medals of Honor, 51 Navy Crosses, 53 Silver Stars, four Navy and Marine Corps Medals, one Distinguished Flying Cross, four Distinguished Service Crosses, one Distinguished Service Medal, and three Bronze Star Medals were awarded to the American servicemen who distinguished themselves in combat at Pearl Harbor. This is the most medals for bravery under fire ever awarded for one-day action in U.S. Naval history. You can read the stories of the 15 Navy Medal of Honor Recipients here.

Though they are static administrative documents, you can get a feel for what happened that morning in these ship logs.

Log entry for the USS Conyngham:

4–8
Moored as before. 0630 Received the following provisions for use in general mess, inspected at [sic] to quantity by Lt (jg) J.R. HANSEN, USN., and as to quality by PARCHESKI, P.C., PhMlc., from Dairyman’s Association Ltd.: ice cream—6gals. 0755 Japanese planes commenced bombing Pearl Harbor Area. Held general quarters, manned all guns, commenced breaking out powder. Commenced emergency repairs on main engines to get underway. Captain on the bridge.

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J.R. HANSEN
Lieutenant (jg), USN

8–12
Moored as before. At 0808 opened fire with 5″ guns (#4 and #5 in local control) at Japanese planes over Ford island and with all machine guns on attacking planes as they flew low past the nest heading to Northward from vicinity of Ford Island. At 0813 attacking plane shot down by combined fire of nest and crashed in vicinity of CURTIS. At 0818 opened fire with 5″ guns (#1 and #2 in director control) at horizontal bombers passing overhead in direction of Schofield Barracks. At 0825 opened fire with fwd 5″ and machine guns at planes strafing nest from direction of Pearl City. At 0826 planes crossing low ahead of nest to NE were taken under fire; one burst into flames and crashed in clump of trees in Aiea Heights and exploded. At 0830 plane diving toward Ford Island from NE was shot down by combined fire of nest. At 0855 opened fire at planes strafing ahead and astern. At 0908 one plane attacking on stbd bow was shot down by nest and crashed in directions of Schofield Barracks. At 0920 opened fire on planes diving from port side of nest. 1045 REID got underway and stood out of channel. 1100 opened fire with #1 and #2 guns on planes attacking on port bow. 1104 Ceased firing. Rounds fired gun #1, 20; gun #2, 24; gun #4, 30; gun #5, 40; machine guns 2500 rounds.

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J.R. HANSEN
Lieutenant (jg), USN

Log Entry for the USS California:

4 to 8: Moored as before. 0621 YG-17 came alongside to port. . . . [lists men leaving ship for shore patrol] . . . 0750 Japanese planes without warning attacked units of the United States Fleet and U.S. Naval Air Station, Ford Island. Sounded General Quarters and manned Battle Stations.

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A.T. Nicholson, jr., Ensign, U.S. Navy.

8 to 12: Moored as before, U.S.S. OKLAHOMA berthed outboard of U.S.S. MARYLAND at berth F-4, was hit by three or four torpedoes. Naval Air Station, Ford Island was bombed. 0803 ship’s of the U.S. Pacific Fleet opened fire on attacking planes. Opened fire with 50 caliber machine guns #1 and #2 at one torpedo plane. 0805 struck with one or two torpedoes port side at frame 110. 0810 made preparations to get underway. Opened fire with 5″ ph3A.A. guns #2 and #4 on dive bombers. Ship commenced listing to port. 0815 U.S.S. OKLAHOMA capsized. 0820 ship was struck at frame 47 with torpedo. 0825 opened fire with 5″ A.A. battery at horizontal bombers. Ship shaken by four near bomb hits. 0830 bomb struck topside abreast casemate #1, frame 59, penetrated main deck and exploded on second deck causing large fire. Ship listed 8° to port, commenced counter-flooding starboard voids. 0845 Executive Officer returned aboard and assumed command vice First Lieutenant. Commander Battle Force returned aboard. 0845 U.S.S. VESTAL underway. 0847 U.S.S. MONOGHAM and NEOSHO underway. 0900 ship violently shaken from cause undetermined and there followed a large issue of smoke from starboard side gallery deck. 0914 U.S.S. NEVADA and FARRAGUT underway. 0905 captain returned aboard. 0920 U.S.S. PENNSYLVANIA bombed. 0922 U.S.S. NEVADA bombed and afire midstream. 0925 U.S.S. ALWYN and ST. LOUIS underway. 0925 U.S.S. CALIFORNIA plane #2-0-5 capsized while getting off ship. 0930 fire broke out on main deck, starboard side, “F” Division Compartment and Casemates #3, 5, and 7. 0930 large patch of fuel oil between berths F-3 and F-4 was ignited and commenced drifting toward ship. Lowered plane 2-0-4 over the side, plane taxied to Naval Air Station, Ensign S.M. Healy, U.S.N.R., pilot. U.S.S. NEVADA engulfed by flames in vicinity of foremast. 0945 U.S.S. OGALA capsized. 1002 Captain with approval of Commander Battle Force ordered the ship to be temporarily abandoned due to enveloping flames of fire of fuel oil on surface of water. 1015 flames from fire on water having cleared ship, the order to abandon ship was cancelled and ship battle stations were remanned and fire on main deck starboard and casemates fought. Attack resumed by enemy aircraft. Ship commenced settling with about 10° list to port. Secured engineering plant. USYT NAKOMIS came along starboard side forward to assist in fighting fire. Commander Battle Force shifted flag and staff to Submarine Base, Pearl Harbor, T.H. Navy Yard fuel oil barge came along port side to pump out fuel oil tanks and lighten ship. 1140 U.S.S. PHOENIX stood out.

Log Entry for the USS Cummings:

4 to 8.
Moored as before. 0400 Received the following fresh provisions for use in the General Mess: from Dairymen’s Association, Ltd., 15 gallons of milk, 7 gallons of ice cream. Inspected as to quantity by Lt. (jg) J.B. CARROLL, USN, and as to quality by R.G. VLIET, CPhM, USN. 0629 Secured the special security watch. 0630 Received the following fresh provisions for use in the General Mess: from Oahu Ice and Cold Storage Co., 300 pounds of ice. 0758 Air Raid. Japanese planes commenced torpedo attack on battleships in Pearl Harbor. Sounded General Quarters.

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J.B. CARROLL
Lieutenant (jg), U.S. Navy.

8 to 12.
Moored as before. Manning battery at General Quarters. 0803 After machine guns opened fire on Japanese Torpedo Planes. 0808 Opened fire on horizontal bombers with main battery. 0810 Commenced preparations for getting underway in accordance with signal flying on signal tower. 0811 Opened fire on dive bombers with main battery. 0820 Lull in air attack. Ceased fire. 0840 Opened fire to repel straffing attack. 0842 Following machine gun fire from after machine guns, glide bomber was observed veer away from ship with smoke trailing from it; it passed over Planning shop and disappeared in cloud of smoke issuing from Drydock #1. 0900 Sighted twelve scattered planes over Ford Island. 0903 Air raid resumed. Opened fire with main battery. 0910 Dive bombers attacked ships at Pier 19, bombs fell in water near ship, ahead and astern, within 25 yards if ship. As a result of bomb fragments, three casualties occurred as follows; the first two of which were subsequently transferred to the Naval Hospital, Pearl Harbor for further treatment, following first aid treatment by R.G. VLIET, CPhM, USN: GROUND, Orla L., 372 12 45 f3c, USN, suffered a wound, left lower lef #2576, condition not serious; MOORE, Grover C., Jr. 256 33 15, Seal, USN, suffered a lacerated wound in the left scapular region #2563, condition not serious; Smith, Fred A., 310 84 65, GMlc, USN, suffered a superficial wound in the right thigh #2576, condition favorable. Commander L.P. LOVETTE, USN. Commander Destroyer Division FIVE reported aboard to Commander Destroyer Squadron THREE for temporary duty, the CASSIN, flagship, Destroyer Division FIVE having been destroyed in drydock by bombing. 0920 A Karigane Fighter Plane was observed to break into heavy smoke as it veered in direction of West Loch. 1000 Opened fire to repel horizontal bomber attack from southward. 1002 Gunfire from main battery knocked wing off horizontal bomber. 1015 . . . officers from U.S.S. Case, unable to return to their own ship, reported on board to Commander Destroyer Squadron THREE for temporary duty. SHED, J.W., CRM (AA), USN reported on board for temporary duty from U.S.S. PREBLE. 1040 Underway in accordance with general signal directing sortie and verbal orders of Commander Destroyer Squadron THREE, proceeding out of harbor on various courses at various speeds on boilers #1 and #2; Captain at the conn Navigator on the bridge. Standard speed 15 knots. 1102 Passed channel buoy #1 a beam to starboard, and commenced observing International Rules of the Road. 1120 Changed speed to 10 knots; changed course to 200°T, distant about 1700 yards. Maneuvered to attack. 1127 Dropped three depth charges. Maneuvered to make second.

Log Entry for the USS Maryland:

04–08

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Moored as before. 0640 Received aboard from Oahu Ice and Cold Storage Co., of Honolulu, T.H. 2000lbs. of ice for use in ships ice boxes. 0750 Japanese planes commenced bombing attack on yard. Dive bombers. 0752 Sounded General Quarters. U.S.S. OKLAHOMA hit by unknown number of torpedoe

s. Control shifted to conning tower.

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J. B. Thro
Ensign, U.S. Navy

08–12
Moored as before. Commanding Officer res

tored Lieutenant (jg) Nelson H. Randall, C-V(S), USNR; and Ensign James A. Parks, Jr., D-V(g), USNR, to duty. Commenced getting up steam and making all preparations for getting underway. 0805 Opened fire with 1.1″ battery, the 50 caliber machine gun battery, and the 5″/25 caliber battery had opened fire in that order shortly before. 0810 U.S.S. OKLAHOMA alongside to

port listed to port until lying on starboard side with keel showing. 0815 Conning tower took steering and engine control. 0838 Stood by all lines. 0839 All ready boxes refilled during lull. 0840 Received report that an enemy submarine was inside Pearl Harbor. 0848 U.S.S. NEOSHO underway from fuel oil pier directly ahead of this vessel. Various destroyers standing out of harbor. 0855 Commenced firing with 5″/25 caliber battery. 0857 U.S.S. NEVADA getting underway, U.S.S. OGALA getting underway. 0858 U.S.S. WEST VIRGINIA settling, fire appeared on or near U.S.S. TENNESSEE. 0859 U.S.S. CALIFORNIA listing to port. 0900 Opened fire with remaining A.A. Batteries. 0909 Received one and possibly two bomb hits on forecastle on amidships line about frame 10, detailed report of damage to be given later, and about three near misses on each side and ahead of bow. 0914 Torpedo air compressor reported out of commission, lost air pressure on Port 5″/25 caliber battery. Burning enemy plane fell on U.S.S. CURTIS. 0925 Recommenced firing. 0928 Slight fire on forecastle and signal bridge out. Received report that Rear Admiral W. S. Anderson came aboard at 0905. 0930 Lull in attack. 0936 U.S.S. PHELPS standing out. Japanese submarines reported inside and outside of Pearl Harbor. 0940 U.S.S. WEST VIRGINIA abandoning ship. 50 caliber magazines flooded. 0943 Turret three (3) covered with flames from burning oil on water. 0945 Received report that enemy planes massing south of Pearl Harbor. 0947 Received from CincPac all battleships remain in Pearl until further orders, channel probably mined. 0949 Catalina patrol bombers taking off. 0950 U.S.S. OGALA sank alongside 1010 dock. 0955 Fire under control around quarterdeck. 1005 U.S.S. SOLACE underway, U.S.S. SHAW in floating drydock enveloped in flames. 1009 Commenced firing on enemy aircraft. 1012 Commenced pumping in forward trunks. 1022 Floating drydock sinking, explosions on U.S.S. SHAW. 1029 Report of casualties, one (1) officer dead, 1 one enlisted man dead, one (1) enlisted man wounded. 1025 Parachute troops reported near Barbers Point. 1034 Submarine reported 10 miles south of Barbers Point. 1039 U.S.S. CUMMINGS underway. 1040 Explosion on U.S.S. WEST VIRGINIA. 1044 U.S.S. CALIFORNIA settling. 1051 Enemy submarine sighted by U.S.S. SOLACE. 1055 Commenced firing on enemy aircraft coming from port side. 1100 Enemy reported approaching towards Pearl from South. 1150 Commenced firing. 1104 U.S.S. PHOENIX standing out. 1105 Cruiser and Destroyer standing out. 1106 450 rounds of 5″/25 caliber expended up to this time. 1107 Commenced firing on enemy planes on starboard beam. 1112 Enemy tanker reported to southward. 1114 Commenced firing on enemy planes. 1119 oil fire on water around U.S.S. WEST VIRGINIA getting worse, approaching stern of this vessel. 1124 Opened fire on plane on port quarter. 1127 Eight enemy ships reported at Latitude 21° 10′ N, Longitude 160° 16′ west. 1127 Commenced firing at enemy planes, expended 15 rounds 5″/25 caliber. 1137 Parachute troops reported landing on North Shore. 1143 Report received enemy troops wearing blue coveralls with red emblems. 1145 Called away fire and rescue party to assist in rescue of U.S.S. OKLAHOMA personnel.

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H. W. Hadley
Lieut-Comdr., U.S. Navy

12–16
Moored as before, 1201 Parachute troops reported landing at Barbers Point and enemy tankers reported four (4) miles off Wainae. 1204 Flames from oil fire coming forward along port side. 1229 Sighted enemy planes on port beam, enemy submarines reported south of Pearl. 1327 Sent 400 rounds 5″/25 caliber ammunition to U.S.S. CALIFORNIA. 1350 Oil fire astern of U.S.S. TENNESSEE. 1355 Commenced firing on enemy planes. 1400 No change of draft of ships in last four (4) hours, 7 feet down by bow, 3½° list by starboard. 1428 Secured boilers #5-6-7 and 8. 1441 U.S.S. CALIFORNIA reported settling with list to port, U.S.S. HELENA down by bow. 1445 U.S.S. BOGGS standing in. 1446 Received 15000 rounds of 50 caliber ammunition from West Lock. 1458 U.S.S. DEWEY standing out. Pumping in forward trunks not showing progress. 1501 Planes reported overhead, very high. 1508 U.S.S. CURTIS reported sighting submarine. 1525 U.S.S. BEHAM dropping depth charges to north channel. 1523 Two unidentified planes sighted on starboard beam. 1529 Unidentified plane sighted on starboard bow. 1538 Three navy Bombers landed at Ford Island and Hickman Field. 1551 Mines reported between Diamond Head and Barbors Point. 1553 Two (2) Battleships and many destroyers reported sighted at Latitude 21° 21′ longitude 158° 37′.

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H. W. Hadley
Lieut-Comdr., U.S. Navy

Log Entry for the USS Maryland:

04–08
Moored as before. 0640 Received aboard from Oahu Ice and Cold Storage Co., of Honolulu, T.H. 2000lbs. of ice for use in ships ice boxes. 0750 Japanese planes commenced bombing attack on yard. Dive bombers. 0752 Sounded General Quarters. U.S.S. OKLAHOMA hit by unknown number of torpedoes. Control shifted to conning tower.

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J. B. Thro
Ensign, U.S. Navy

08–12
ph-decklogs-maryland-lMoored as before. Commanding Officer restored Lieutenant (jg) Nelson H. Randall, C-V(S), USNR; and Ensign James A. Parks, Jr., D-V(g), USNR, to duty. Commenced getting up steam and making all preparations for getting underway. 0805 Opened fire with 1.1″ battery, the 50 caliber machine gun battery, and the 5″/25 caliber battery had opened fire in that order shortly before. 0810 U.S.S. OKLAHOMA alongside to port listed to port until lying on starboard side with keel showing. 0815 Conning tower took steering and engine control. 0838 Stood by all lines. 0839 All ready boxes refilled during lull. 0840 Received report that an enemy submarine was inside Pearl Harbor. 0848 U.S.S. NEOSHO underway from fuel oil pier directly ahead of this vessel. Various destroyers standing out of harbor. 0855 Commenced firing with 5″/25 caliber battery. 0857 U.S.S. NEVADA getting underway, U.S.S. OGALA getting underway. 0858 U.S.S. WEST VIRGINIA settling, fire appeared on or near U.S.S. TENNESSEE. 0859 U.S.S. CALIFORNIA listing to port. 0900 Opened fire with remaining A.A. Batteries. 0909 Received one and possibly two bomb hits on forecastle on amidships line about frame 10, detailed report of damage to be given later, and about three near misses on each side and ahead of bow. 0914 Torpedo air compressor reported out of commission, lost air pressure on Port 5″/25 caliber battery. Burning enemy plane fell on U.S.S. CURTIS. 0925 Recommenced firing. 0928 Slight fire on forecastle and signal bridge out. Received report that Rear Admiral W. S. Anderson came aboard at 0905. 0930 Lull in attack. 0936 U.S.S. PHELPS standing out. Japanese submarines reported inside and outside of Pearl Harbor. 0940 U.S.S. WEST VIRGINIA abandoning ship. 50 caliber magazines flooded. 0943 Turret three (3) covered with flames from burning oil on water. 0945 Received report that enemy planes massing south of Pearl Harbor. 0947 Received from CincPac all battleships remain in Pearl until further orders, channel probably mined. 0949 Catalina patrol bombers taking off. 0950 U.S.S. OGALA sank alongside 1010 dock. 0955 Fire under control around quarterdeck. 1005 U.S.S. SOLACE underway, U.S.S. SHAW in floating drydock enveloped in flames. 1009 Commenced firing on enemy aircraft. 1012 Commenced pumping in forward trunks. 1022 Floating drydock sinking, explosions on U.S.S. SHAW. 1029 Report of casualties, one (1) officer dead, 1 one enlisted man dead, one (1) enlisted man wounded. 1025 Parachute troops reported near Barbers Point. 1034 Submarine reported 10 miles south of Barbers Point. 1039 U.S.S. CUMMINGS underway. 1040 Explosion on U.S.S. WEST VIRGINIA. 1044 U.S.S. CALIFORNIA settling. 1051 Enemy submarine sighted by U.S.S. SOLACE. 1055 Commenced firing on enemy aircraft coming from port side. 1100 Enemy reported approaching towards Pearl from South. 1150 Commenced firing. 1104 U.S.S. PHOENIX standing out. 1105 Cruiser and Destroyer standing out. 1106 450 rounds of 5″/25 caliber expended up to this time. 1107 Commenced firing on enemy planes on starboard beam. 1112 Enemy tanker reported to southward. 1114 Commenced firing on enemy planes. 1119 oil fire on water around U.S.S. WEST VIRGINIA getting worse, approaching stern of this vessel. 1124 Opened fire on plane on port quarter. 1127 Eight enemy ships reported at Latitude 21° 10′ N, Longitude 160° 16′ west. 1127 Commenced firing at enemy planes, expended 15 rounds 5″/25 caliber. 1137 Parachute troops reported landing on North Shore. 1143 Report received enemy troops wearing blue coveralls with red emblems. 1145 Called away fire and rescue party to assist in rescue of U.S.S. OKLAHOMA personnel.

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H. W. Hadley
Lieut-Comdr., U.S. Navy

12–16
Moored as before, 1201 Parachute troops reported landing at Barbers Point and enemy tankers reported four (4) miles off Wainae. 1204 Flames from oil fire coming forward along port side. 1229 Sighted enemy planes on port beam, enemy submarines reported south of Pearl. 1327 Sent 400 rounds 5″/25 caliber ammunition to U.S.S. CALIFORNIA. 1350 Oil fire astern of U.S.S. TENNESSEE. 1355 Commenced firing on enemy planes. 1400 No change of draft of ships in last four (4) hours, 7 feet down by bow, 3½° list by starboard. 1428 Secured boilers #5-6-7 and 8. 1441 U.S.S. CALIFORNIA reported settling with list to port, U.S.S. HELENA down by bow. 1445 U.S.S. BOGGS standing in. 1446 Received 15000 rounds of 50 caliber ammunition from West Lock. 1458 U.S.S. DEWEY standing out. Pumping in forward trunks not showing progress. 1501 Planes reported overhead, very high. 1508 U.S.S. CURTIS reported sighting submarine. 1525 U.S.S. BEHAM dropping depth charges to north channel. 1523 Two unidentified planes sighted on starboard beam. 1529 Unidentified plane sighted on starboard bow. 1538 Three navy Bombers landed at Ford Island and Hickman Field. 1551 Mines reported between Diamond Head and Barbors Point. 1553 Two (2) Battleships and many destroyers reported sighted at Latitude 21° 21′ longitude 158° 37′.

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H. W. Hadley
Lieut-Comdr., U.S. Navy

Log Entry for the USS Dale:

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Moored as before. 0758 Waves of torpedo planes, level bombers, and dive bombers marked with Japanese insignia attacked Pearl Harbor; Sounded General quarters set condition affirm lit off boilers #1 and #2 and #4. Breaking out ammunition.

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F.M. Radel
Ensign, U.S. Navy

08–12
Moored as before. 0810 opened fire on planes with machine guns followed by main battery. 0815 One enemy plane believed shot down by machine gun fire from USS DALE. 0825 Boilers #1, #2, and #4 cut in on main line. 0836 Underway on various courses and at various speeds proceeding out of Pearl Harbor. Ensign F.M. Radel, U.S.N. Commanding Officer, following named officers and men absent:- Lt.Comdr. A.L. Rorschach, U.S.N. Lt. R.L. Moore, Jr., U.S.N. Ensign K.G. Robinson, U.S.N. Ensign D.J. Vellis U.S.N., Ensign L.C. Huntley, U.S.N.R. Ensign M.D. Callahan U.S.N.R. EDWARDS, G.L. CMM U.S.N. WARREN, R.H. F.C.lc U.S.N. COULSON, S.E.M. 2c, U.S.N. SMITH, J.V. Sea lc. U.S.N.FALCONER, D.D. Ylc., U.S.S.N. NEHRING, R.A. F.C. 3c, U.S.N. GAWBILL, M. M.M.lc, U.S.N. ENGLISH, J.F. M.M.lc, U.S.N. JENNINGS, A.V. F.2c, U.S.N. 0844 Stopped while USS MONAGHAN dropped two depth charges on what was thought to be an enemy submarine near USS CURTIS. 0848 Changed speed to 25 knots proceeding out of channel. 0907 Passed Pearl Harbor entrance buoy #1 passed from Inland to International waters. 0909Established off shore patrol in sector #1 on various courses and at various speeds maneuvering to avoid strafing and bombing attacks. 0911 Shot down enemy dive bomber with .50 Caliber machine gun fire. 0959 Investigated small boat carrying small white flag with several Oriental passengers. 1114 Joined up with USS WORDEN (CDS-1) on course 340°T, 328°psc, speed 11 knots. 1149 Formed column, order of ships in column WORDEN, ALWYN, DALE, AND FARRAGUT: on course 271°T, 260°psc, speed 25 knots.

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F.M. Radel
Ensign, U.S. Navy

12–16
Steaming as before. 1200 Changed course left to 076°T, to close USS DETROIT. 1205 Steadied on course 076°T 065°psc, speed 27 knots. 1228 Formed inner anti-submarine screen on three light cruisers. DALE on station nine course 245°T 065°psc, speed 20 knots. Commenced zig zagging plan #2. 1238 USS FARRAGUT left formation to investigate reported landing of enemy at Nanakuli beach. 1244 USS FARRAGUT returned to formation. . . . [series of course changes] . . . 1345 Opened fire on planes of undetermined nationality. 1346 Ceased firing. 1351 Changed fleet speed to 25 knots. 1410 Burned out L.P. pinion bearings on port reduction gear; proceeding on starboard engine speed 22 knots. 1440 Changed speed to 10 knots maximum available speed about 15 knots. 1458 Changed speed to 15 knots fleet speed 20 knots. DALE dropping astern formation. 1503 Sighted patrol plane bearing 150°T. Average steam 400, average rpm 156.1

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F.M. Radel
Ensign, U.S. Navy

 

 

 

Categorized in Veterans, Events, Uncategorized Posted December 12, 2016