THE HELM'S ORDEAL


The USS HELM had left the buoy where it had tied in a nest of three destroyers and had passed Battleship Row and had proceeded down the channel to West Loch and was in the process of making the turns when the Jap's attack began. The Helm turned around and started down the channel to take up position at the channel entrance to block any subs trying to enter. It took us a bit to get the guns cleared for action. Arriving at the entrance we fired on and dropped depth charges on a Jap sub trying to get in.

The Helm was attacked by a Jap plane which strafed the Helm without doing any damage. The Helm was then attacked by a Jap bomber. One bomb landed off the port bow and one off the starboard bow. These bombs cracked the plates in the bow and flooded several forward compartments.

The Helm was then ordered to sea to join two carriers and look for the Jap fleet. The Helm could not keep up with the carriers due to the damaged bow, and was ordered to return to Pearl Harbor.


SUBMITTED TO ME BY NEWTON BROOKS, RADIOMAN 3RD CLASS, USS HELM

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