Dec 082011

USS Ward (DD-139)

Country:United States

Builder: Mare Island Navy Yard

Class: Wickes-class Destroyer

Commissioned: 24 July 1918

Re-commissioned: January 15, 1941

Displacement :1,267 tons

Length: 314 ft

Propulsion:  2 x geared turbines

Speed: 35 knots

Compliment: 231

Armament: 4 inch (100mm)/55 caliber guns (4), 3 inch (76mm)/50 caliber anti-aircraft guns (2)

21 inch(530 mm) torpedo tubes (12)

Trivia:  On December 7, 1941, the Ward was patrolling outside of Pearl Harbor when she encountered a Japanese mini-submarine. At first,  the captain was going to ram the conning tower of the sub, but then decided to fire instead and sunk the sub.  Those shots were the first American shots in WWII.  Three years later, on December 7th, 1944, the Ward was sunk by a Kamikaze.

USS Ward 4 inch Gun at Minnesota State Capitol

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