U.S.S. Farragut (348)
Pearl Harbor, T.H.
December 13, 1941.
||The Commanding Officer.
||The Commander-in-Chief U.S. Pacific Fleet
||Report on measures taken during raid on December 7, 1941.
||(a) CincPac desp 102102 of December 1941.
(b) U.S.N.R., 1920 Art. 712.
- Pursuant to reference (a) the following is reported; Farragut moored at buoy X-14 in Pearl Harbor, T.H., with Desdiv TWO:
||Attack commenced. Went to General Quarters.
||Opened fire with main battery. Machine guns not employed at this time due to planes being out of range.
||Monaghan left nest.
||Dale left nest.
||Farragut left nest. Maintained continuous fire with main battery and with machine guns when planes were within range.
||Japanese plane attacked Farragut with machine gun. No casualties. Slight damage to topside, while proceeding through channel and abreast Hickam Field, BUSHE, Daniel, CMC(AA), according to witnesses, brought down a Japanese dive bomber with 50 Caliber Machine gun fire.
||Cleared channel ceased firing planes out of range.
- The Farragut was commanded during the action described above by Lieutenant E.K. JONES, U.S.N., the regularly assigned engineer officer. Lieut. Commander G.P. HUNTER, U.S.N., who was ashore on liberty took command of U.S.S. Hull by verbal orders of Comdesflot ONE and took her to sea without undue incident. He was accompanied in U.S.S. Hull by Lieutenant D.J. WAGNER, U.S.N. Other officers regularly assigned to Farragut went to sea in ships listed below:
Ensign J.D.P. HODAPP Jr., U.S.N., USS Chew.
Ensign W.D. BONNVILLIAN, U.S.N., U.S.S. Chew.
Ensign G.A. MANNING, E-V(G), U.S.N.R., U.S.S. Dewey.
- The following officers were in Farragut at time of attack and sortie:
Lieutenant E.K. JONES, U.S.N.
Ensign W.W. DeVENTER, U.S.N.
Ensign D.C. SLEEPER, D-V(G), U.S.N.R.
Ensign J.A. BENHAM, D-V(G), U.S.N.R.
Ensign D.A. DERTIEN, E-V(G), U.S.N.R.
- The conduct of all concerned was most commendable throughout.
Source: Enclosure (E) to CINCPAC action report Serial 0479 of 15 February 1942, World War II action reports,
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