In 1940, the threat of war in the Pacific forced the United States to expand its fleet quickly. This effort included reconditioning and recommissioning qfour stackersq from the navy's reserve fleet. Built in 1918 to fight German submarines, the USS Ward earned at Pearl Harbor the distinction of firing the first shot in America's war against Japan. In the three years that followed, it was bombed, shelled, strafed, and finally sunk (on December 7, 1944), yet none of her crew of 125 men ever lost a life in combat. Information is drawn from naval records as well as from interviews with surviving crewmen. Appendices provide Ward technical data, a chronology of major events, listings of citations earned in World War II and of amphibious landings, and a roster of personnel.The two services operated jointly from Ford Island into the late Ai930s, when the increasing naval presence caused over-crowding. ... This left Ford Island exclusively to the navy.6 A new naval air station, complete with modern steel hangars, repair and maintenance shops, gasoline ... By Ai940 Pearl Harbor had developed into a modern naval base capable of accommodating a large fleet with its aircraft.
|Title||:||The USS Ward|
|Author||:||Richard P. Klobuchar|
|Publisher||:||McFarland - 2006-02-28|