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DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY -- NAVAL
805 KIDDER BREESE SE -- WASHINGTON NAVY YARD
WASHINGTON DC 20374-5060
Commander Destroyer Division EIGHTY, Report for Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor, T.H.,
December 12, 1941.
Commander Destroyer Division EIGHTY.
Commandant, Fourteenth Naval District.
Commander Inshore Patrol.
Attacks by Japanese of December 7; report on participation by
Destroyer Division EIGHTY.
- U.S.S. Ward on Pearl Entrance Patrol at 1640 on the
morning of December 7 sighted a small submarine on the surface
but trimmed down, following the U.S.S. Antares towards
Pearl Entrance. Ward promptly attacked with 4" 50
gunfire 0645. At a range of fifty yards a shell from Gun #3 was
seen to strike the base of the conning tower. The submarine submerged
or sank almost directly over the blast from a depth charge which
had been dropped as the submarine passed close aboard. The depth
of water was about 1200 feet. it is considered that the submarine
was destroyed. A separate complete report is being prepared by
It should be noted that this attack took place in advance
of any known hostilities. The quick decision and prompt effective
action of the Commanding Officer and the crew of the Ward
are considered highly commendable.
The Commanding Officer, Lieutenant W.W. OUTERBRIDGE, U.S.
Navy, is strongly recommended for the award of the Navy Cross.
Later, about 0830, a Japanese plane started a machine gun
attack on Ward but drew off when the fire was returned.
no casualties. Ward fired once more on a formation of
Japanese planes which turned away.
- U.S.S. Schley, under overhaul in berth #20, Navy Yard,
manned two 50 cal. Machine guns and fired about 150 rounds at
planes diving overhead. No casualties to personnel.
- U.S.S. Allen and U.S.S. Chew were alongside
the old Baltimore in berth X-5. Both manned their anti-aircraft
batteries and opened fire early. They were in a good position
to fire on planes coming and going over the battleships. They
used barrage fire with 3" A.A. guns. Witnesses say Chew
hit and knocked down one plane and that Allen hit two
planes, one of which was blown to pieces. Separate reports by
the ships will be made. This was accomplished with few officers
and reduced crews. Later, both ships got underway and took up
patrol work outside the harbor. No casualties to personnel.
- The performance of both officers and men of Destroyer Division
EIGHTY under fire for the first time in these trying conditions
of surprise was in accordance with the standard to be expected
of the U.S. Navy.
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.