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Wickes class destroyer
314' 4" x 30' 11" x 9' 10"
4 x 4" guns
2 x 3" guns
4 x 21" torpedo tubes
Justin Taylan 2006
During late 1918, assigned to the Atlantic Ocean to support the trans Atlantic flight of the NC flying boats during May 1919. Afterwards, assigned to the Pacific. In July 1920 assigned hull number DD-139 until decommissioned in July 1921.
On December 7, 1941 Ward spotted HA-20 Japanese Type A Midget Submarine (Midget A) trying to enter Pearl Harbor behind a cargo ship and immediately opened fire with her 4" guns. The midget submarine was hit by a shell penetrating the conning tower and then depth charged by the destroyer. The crew of Ward saw the midget sub lifted out of the water by depth charges and and confirmed the sinking of the sinking the submarine at 6:55am. Ward fired the first shots at Pearl Harbor, an hour before the start of the aerial attack.
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