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Clemson Class Destroyer
314' 5" x 31' 9" x 9' 3"
As tensions in China heightened, Pope evacuated American civilians from Manchuria ports and later removed American nationals and embassy staff, then returned to the the Philippines and continued patrolling off China.
Participated in the Second Battle of the Java Sea. During the evening of February 28, 1942 USS Pope and HMS Encounter left Soerabaja and proceeded north, escorting HMS Exeter on her proposed escape route from the Java Sea. Japanese surface ships of CruDiv 5 first intercepted them the next morning, sinking Exeter and Encounter. Pope fired all her torpedoes in this action, and expended most of her ammunition too, in a vain attempt to protect her charge.
According to the book Mr. Michel's War (an officer from Pope) and as far as I am aware from other extensive study, she received NO direct hits whilst her crew were still on board. As far as I recall It was several very near bomb misses that holed her, bent the screw shaft and killed the port engine and made her list initially to port, and which led to her eventually abandonment. It was only AFTER the crew got off that she started receiving the direct hits from the heavies coming up over the horizon. I have many of the Japanese reports of that day translated into English also, along with Popes after action report and Michel's book."
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