Destroyers


Ships of Pearl Harbor: USS Chew

By: Mark Loproto

On January 2, 1918, the keel of a future Wickes-class destroyer was laid down at the Union Iron Works shipyards in San Francisco. She was one of 111 of that... Read More

Ships of Pearl Harbor: USS Blue

By: Mark Loproto

Just over six years before the Imperial Japanese Navy launched its devastating attack on Pearl Harbor, USS Blue (DD-387), a Bagley-class destroyer, was laid down at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard.... Read More

Ships of Pearl Harbor: USS USS Macdonough

By: Mark Loproto

The keel of the destroyer that would become known as USS Macdonough (DD-351) was laid down at the Boston Navy Yard in May of 1933, eight years before the outbreak... Read More

Pearl Harbor Welcomes USS Zumwalt

By: Mark Loproto

More than 77 years ago, the American naval base at Pearl Harbor was the site of a devastating surprise attack that launched the United States into World War II. In... Read More

Ships of Pearl Harbor: USS Schley

By: Mark Loproto

USS Schley (DD-103) was laid down on October 29, 1917. The new Wickes-class destroyer was equipped like other destroyers of the time: with an arsenal that would make her a... Read More

Ships of Pearl Harbor: USS Ramsay

By: Mark Loproto

USS Ramsay (DD-124) was laid down as a Wickes-class destroyer at Newport News, VA in December of 1917, and launched on June 8, 1918. She was commissioned into service in the... Read More

Pearl Harbor Ships on the Morning of the Attack

By: Bruce Danforth

There were 130 vessels of the US Navy's Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor on December 7th 1941, the day of the Japanese surprise attack. Ninety-six of the Pearl Harbor ships... Read More

Ships of Pearl Harbor: USS Worden

By: Mark Loproto

Laid down at the Puget Sound Navy Yard in December of 1932, USS Worden (DD-352) was commissioned into the US Navy on January 15, 1935. Worden spent most of her... Read More

The Ships of Pearl Harbor: USS Downes

By: Mark Loproto

Unlike many United States Navy ships that served during World War II, USS Downes (DD-375) had a relatively short life. Launched on April 22, 1936, the Mahan-class destroyer—named for US Naval... Read More

Ships of Pearl Harbor: USS Shaw

By: Mark Loproto

In the history books, chapters about the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor are often accompanied by an iconic image: the explosion of a ship taken from a distance.... Read More

Wreckage of Japanese Destroyer Isokaze Located

By: Mark Loproto

The Japanese 1st Air Fleet, or kido butai, that attacked Pearl Harbor was made up of six aircraft carriers escorted by a full complement of battleships, cruisers, tankers, and destroyers. In the... Read More

Ships of Pearl Harbor: USS Bagley

By: Mark Loproto

To have a US Navy ship named in one's honor is a great achievement. One American naval officer had four. Ensign Worth Bagley was killed during the Spanish-American War, in... Read More

Wreckage of the USS Ward Found

By: Mark Loproto

On the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, the United States came under fire by a fleet of planes from Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft carriers. The attack resulted in the loss... Read More

USS England: Record-Setting Destroyer Escort

By: Mark Loproto

On December 7th, 1941, Ensign John Charles England perished during the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Just four days shy of his twenty-first birthday, England was working in the radio... Read More

The USS Cassin: Pearl Harbor and Beyond

By: Mark Loproto

On the morning of December 7, 1941, Japanese bombs fell and torpedoes slashed through the waters of Pearl Harbor, causing a devastating amount of damage to the vessels lined up... Read More

The USS Hull and the Wartime Typhoon

By: Mark Loproto

Wartime typhoon isn’t a metaphor for the whirlwind of fighting that engulfed the Pacific and Europe. It refers to an actual typhoon, specifically the one that claimed the USS Hull (DD-350)... Read More

The Story of the USS Helm

By: Mark Loproto

On May 27th, 1937, the USS Helm (DD-388) was launched at the Norfolk Navy Yard, sponsored by the widow of Rear Admiral James Meredith Helm. Five months later, the Bagley-class destroyer... Read More

Why the Navy Phased Out Battleships

By: Mark Loproto

During the war in the Pacific, the US Navy relied heavily on battleships to fight off the Imperial Japanese Navy. In fact, it was an attack on these impressive war... Read More

The American Fleet Damaged at Pearl Harbor

By: Mark Loproto

When discussing the ships lost at Pearl Harbor, it’s easy to focus solely on the battleships that took the brunt of the attack, but there were many other ships present, and few of... Read More

Turning Point: The Battle of Midway

By: Mark Loproto

  On December 7th, 1941, an aerial force of the Imperial Japanese Navy entered American airspace and commenced one of the worst attacks ever felt on American soil. The Territory... Read More

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