Pearl Harbor, T.H.
December 18, 1941.
|From:||The Commanding Officer.|
|To:||The Commander-in-Chief, United States Pacific Fleet.|
|Subject:||Pearl Harbor Action of Sunday December 7, 1941 -- Report of.|
|Reference:||(a) U.S. Navy Regulations, 1920.|
(b) CinCPac Conf. desp. 102102, December 1941.
|Enclosure:||(A) Sketch showing location of ship during Pearl Harbor Action.|
(B) Casualties occurring during Pearl Harbor Action of December 7, 1941 -- Report of.
|0758 -||Air raid. Japanese planes observed making torpedo attack on battleships moored to berths along east side of Ford Island. Approach made over Sub Base and down channel from Fleet Landing. Went to General Quarters.|
|0803 -||After machine guns opened fire on Japanese torpedo planes retiring in a southerly direction along Southeast channel.|
|0808 -||Opened fire on horizontal bombers approaching over Navy Yard from south-southwesterly direction.|
|0810 -||Commenced making preparations for getting underway in accordance with general signal flying on the signal tower.|
|0811 -||Opened fire with main battery on dive bombers over battleships.|
|0820 -||Lull in air attack. Ceased firing. During the period from commencement of the action until about 0830, lack of D.C. power prevented use of the director. Guns were employed in local control. Control officer transmitted sight angle, sight deflection and fuze setting over sound-powered telephones.|
|0840 -||Opened fire to repel strafing attacks, being made from various directions, predominantly from astern.|
|0842 -||Following machine gun fire from after machine guns, a glide bomber was observed to veer away from ship with smoke trailing from it; it passed over the New Boiler Ship, Building No. 11, and disappeared in smoke issuing from the area to southwest of ship.|
|0900 -||Sighted twelve scattered planes over Ford Island.|
|0903 -||Air raid resumed. Opened fire with main battery at horizontal bombers approaching from over Navy Yard Industrial Section.|
|0910 -||Dive bombers attacked ships at Pier 19. Opposed with fire from main and machine gun batteries. Bombs fell in water ahead and astern within twenty-five (25) yards of ship. As a result of bomb fragments three minor casualties to personnel occurred. Report of these casualties is contained in Enclosure (B).|
|0920 -||Fired on a light bomber plane, with forward machine guns. Plane was observed smoking heavily as it flew out of sight to southwestward, behind yard buildings.|
|1000 -||Opened fire to repel horizontal bombing attack from the southward. During this phase of the action a horizontal bomber was observed to lose its wing. The gun captain and crew of gun four claimed that the hit was made by their gun.|
|1026 -||Completed preparations for getting underway, with all engineering machinery ready for use except auxiliary feed check valves in the after fireroom, #2 fire and bilge pump, #2 main generator. Repair and reassembly for the foregoing items was completed by Sunday night.|
|1040 -||Underway in accordance with signal from signal tower and the oral orders of the Commander Destroyer Squadron THREE. Proceeded out of channel without incident and joined the anti-submarine patrol operating off Pearl harbor entrance.|
|1127||Lat. 21-15.2N||Long. 157-59.5W||Depth 220 Fathoms.|
|1139||Lat. 21-15.15N||Long. 157-59.3W||Depth 225 Fathoms.|
Following the attacks the disturbed areas were carefully examined for evidences of oil, wreckage, etc. After the second depth charge attack large splotches of oil were observed on the surface in the way of the explosion, but no conclusive evidence of destruction of a submarine was observed.
|.50 Caliber machine guns||6000||rounds.|
They were assigned duties with the main and machine gun batteries which they performed creditably. These officers remained on board during the ensuing three days, during which time they rendered invaluable service to the ship as members of the coding board.
|Pearl Harbor, T.H.|
December 18, 1941.
|To:||Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet.|
|Subject:||Casualties, occurring during Pearl Harbor Action of December 7, 1941 -- report of.|
|Reference:||(a) U.S. Navy Regulations 1920, Art. 1138.|
GROUND, Orla Lester, 372 12 45, F3c, USN.
DIAGNOSIS: Wound, Gunshot (Bomb Fragment), Left Lower Leg #2576. Condition not serious. Transferred to U.S. Naval Hospital, Pearl Harbor, T.H., for treatment.
MOORE, Grover Cleveland Jr. 256 33 15, Sea1c, USN.
DIAGNOSIS: Wound, Lacerated, Left Scapular Region, (Bomb Fragment), #2563, Condition not serious. Transferred to U.S. Naval Hospital, Pearl Harbor, T.H., for further treatment.
SMITH, Fred Albert, 310 84 65, GM1c USN.
DIAGNOSIS: Wound, Gunshot, (Bomb Fragment), Right Thigh, #2576. Superficial wound. Condition favorable. Retained on board ship and available for duty.
Enclosure (B) to Commanding Officer, U.S.S. Cummings ltr. DD365/A16-3 Serial 254 of December 18, 1941.