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WASHINGTON DC 20374-5060
USS Pelias, Report of Pearl Harbor Attack
Serial No. C-0473
U.S.S. Pelias (AS14)
Fleet Post Office,
Pearl Harbor, T.H.
December 11, 1941.
The Commanding Officer.
The Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet.
U.S.S. Pelias - Report of Japanese Raid During December
(a) CinC Pac. despatch 102102 - To All Ships in Hawaiian Area.
- Complying with reference (a), the following report is submitted:
- Defensive Measures Taken: Went to General
Quarters and opened fire with anti-aircraft battery. This battery
consists of 4 - 3"-23 Cal. guns, two forward and two aft;
and 4 - 50 Cal. machine guns, two forward and two aft. The machine
guns are in the King Post tops. Approximately 200 rounds of 3"
and 5,000 rounds of 50 caliber ammunition were expended. The
greater part of this defense action was against torpedo planes
and dive bombers attacking the battleships. The Pelias
was lying at the Submarine Base dock: a good position for action
against this particular phase of the attack.
- Damage to Enemy: Not determined exactly, but it was
noted that under the combined fire of the Pelias, Tautog,
and a destroyer at the Submarine dock, one torpedo plane was
shot down and fell in the water just off the finger piers of
the submarine base before launching its attack. Also, another
plane believed to be a torpedo plane was turned away from its
objective under the fire of this and other ships, and was last
seen flying low in a southerly direction over the officer's club
and streaming smoke.
- Distinguished Conduct of Personnel: None, except in
general the whole ship's company performed in a most admirable
manner especially when it is realized that few had ever been
through even a target practice, and practically none had ever
been in action under enemy fire.
Source: Enclosure (E) to CINCPAC
action report Serial 0479 of 15 February 1942, World War II
the Modern Military Branch, National Archives and Records Administration,
8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740.