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Commander Submarine Squadron FOUR, Report for Pearl Harbor Attack

  SUBMARINE SQUADRON FOUR
U.S.S. Argonaut, Flagship
Submarine Base, Pearl Harbor, T.H.
 
FF12-10(4)/A16-3
Serial 0556
   

From: The Commander Submarine Squadron FOUR.
To: The Commander Submarines, Scouting Force.
 
Subject: Attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941 -- Measures taken.
 
Reference: (a) Cincpac despatch 102102.

  1. In accordance with reference the following report relating to the attack on Pearl Harbor is submitted.
  2. Offensive measure taken:

    Ships of Squadron Four, and Squadron Six, berthed at the Submarine Base, maintained a continuous antiaircraft fire.

    Personnel of the Submarine Base manned 250 rifles, 15 automatic rifles and 15 machine guns, maintaining a continuous fire.

  3. Damage to enemy:

    Two low flying torpedo planes were shot down. One crashed in the channel about fifty yards off Pier Four. The other crashed in the channel fifty yards off berth twelve.

  4. Own losses and damage: None.
  5. Distinguished conduct of personnel:

    All personnel without exception were alert and eager, carrying on in an exemplary manner.

    Other items of interest:

    1. Rescue parties were sent to disabled ships, and Kuahua Island where survivors were landing. Fire apparatus was sent to the fires in the Navy Yard.
    2. All facilities of the Submarine Base were made available to the survivors. Wounded men were treated at the Dispensary. Officers and men were fed, clothed, berthed and made comfortable. Office space was provided for Commander Battle Force and Commander Mine Force.
    3. The Widgeon, Seagull and all salvage facilities and divers were sent to work on disabled ships.

[signed]
F.A. DAUBIN


FF12-10/A16-3(4)
Serial 01089
UNITED STATES PACIFIC FLEET
SUBMARINES, SCOUTING FORCE
    U.S. Submarine Base,
Pearl Harbor, T.H.,
14 December, 1941.

FIRST ENDORSEMENT to
Comsubron Four Conf. ltr.
FF12-10(4)/A16-3 Ser. 0556
of December 1, 1941.

From: The Commander Submarines, Scouting Force.
To: The Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

  1. Forwarded. Reference (a) directed submission of this report to the Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet, direct, with copies to Force and Type commanders.

[signed]
T. WITHERS

Copy to:


Source: Enclosure (E) to CINCPAC action report Serial 0479 of 15 February 1942, World War II action reports, the Modern Military Branch, National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740.


09/03/2003