Bagleyy Class Destroyer
341' 8" x 35' 6" x 12' 10"
4 x 5" guns
4 x 50 cal MG
12 x 21" torpedo tubes
2 x depth charge racks
May 8, 1942
Built at the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, and commissioned in October 27, 1937. After shakedown and alterations, she spent the next two years operating in the eastern Pacific and the Caribbean. Jarvis was based in Hawaii after April 1940. Jarvis was at Pearl Harbor during the suprise attack on December 7, 1941 and fired at Japanese aircraft.
During the next seven months, Jarvis participated in several operations, including the abortive Wake Island relief expedition in December 1941, anti-submarine patrols and aircraft carrier screening duties in January 1942 and escorting convoy to Australia, in February-March and May-June 1942. Jarvis was then employed on patrol and escort work in the south Pacific.
In mid-July, when she joined the task force that was preparing for the invasion of Guadalcanal and Tulagi on August 7,
1942. The next day, she was hit by an aerial torpedo in the bow area.
A torpedo opened a hole 50ft long in her boiler room. After emergency
repairs at Lunga Point, the ship set sail for Brisbane under
her own power but only 8 knots speed.
While passing north-eastern Guadalcanal two day later she
was engaged briefly by Japanese ships during the Battle of Savo Island.
The next morning, August 9, 1942 Japanese D3A Val dive bombers of the 25th Air Flotilla from
Rabaul which attacked the destroyer near Cape
Esperance. A hit from one
of their torpedoes caused the ship to split in two and within minutes
she sank, taking to the bottom her entire crew of 233, including Captain Lt. Commander Graham.
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October 25, 2012
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