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DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY -- NAVAL
805 KIDDER BREESE SE -- WASHINGTON NAVY YARD
WASHINGTON DC 20374-5060
USS Tautog, Report of Pearl Harbor Attack
Pearl Harbor, T.H.
December 12, 1941
The Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Air Raid on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.
- On 7 December, 1941 Tautog was moored at pier two
U.S. Submarine Base manned by one section of Submarine Division
Sixty-One relief crew. Tautog has returned from a 45-day
patrol on 5 December and only one fourth of the regular crew
was on board. At 0750 several men on deck observed three planes
flying in the general direction of the U.S. Navy Yard from over
AIEA fleet landing. When the first plane dropped a bomb and turned
revealing the insignia, it was realized that an attack was being
made. General Quarters was sounded immediately and about 0755
the first cal. .50 machine gun was brought into action. Torpedo
planes, some of which passed very close astern of Tautog
had commenced an attack on Battleships moored at Ford Island.
At about 0758 the fourth plane in line burst into flames with
a loud explosion when about 150 feet astern of Tautog.
Tracers from the after cal. .50 machine gun and the starboard
cal. .30 machine gun were going into the fuselage of this plane
at this time. U.S.S. Hulbert was also firing at this plane.
It is certain that it was hit repeatedly by Tautog, no
other ships in the vicinity had opened fire. Somewhat later in
this attack a second plane was brought down in the same general
area but at longer range. Tautog was firing at this plane
but it is believed that it was hit by Hulbert. Other attacks
were too distant for effective machine gun fire from Tautog.
- In accordance with reference (a) the following is reported:
- Battle stations were manned, the ship was rigged
for diving, completely sealed except for ammunition access and
made ready for getting underway.
- One plane was shot down.
- No losses or damage.
- It is considered that the situation was recognized promptly
and the available armament brought into action expeditiously.
Lieutenant W.B. SIEGLAFF, U.S.N. in charge of the relief crew
section, assisted by Ensign R.F. STROUP U.S.N.R. and Ensign R.L.
FARRAR, U.S.N.R., attached to Tautog handled the situation
competently until return of the other ship's officers about 0830.
Machine guns which brought down the plane were manned by:
MIGNONE, P.N. TM2c, U.S.N.
DIXON, I.H. GM1c, U.S.N.
FLOYD, W.E. EM1c, U.S.N.
- Hulbert, moored at pier 1, U.S. Submarine Base, was
the first vessel in the harbor observed to open fire. By 1000
all except 10 of the crew of Tautog was aboard. By 1700
the ship was fueled, and provisioned for extended operations
with all of the crew aboard.
J.H. WILLINGHAM, jr.
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.