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Clemson class destroyer
314' x 31' 9" x 9' 3"
4 x 4" guns
12 x 21" torpedoes
20mm & 50 cal MG
Afterwards, Whipple and Edsall was ordered to Christmas Island to transfer survivors from the Langley to USS Pecos. The three ships parted with Whipple to the Cocos Islands to refuel while the Pecos and Edsal were to proceed to Fremantle. Underway, the Pecos was attacked and sunk by D3A Val bombers from Japanese carriers in the area. The Whipple, after picking up her distress calls, turned back and rescued 233 survivors.
In fact, she was engaged by Japanese ships that fired more than 1,000 rounds, but only two hit. At 6:24pm she received a direct hit from the battleship Hiei and at 6:35pm another hit from the cruiser Tone. Edsall was also attacked by nine D3A Vals from Soryu and eight D3A Vals from Akagi, which hit her with several bombs, leaving her dead in the water by 6:50pm. She was destroyed by the cruiser Chukuma and sank at 19:00.
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