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Mahan class destroyer
341' 4" x 35' x 9' 10"
4 x 5" guns
12 x 21" torpedo tubes
6 x 20mm AA guns
2 x Depth Charge racks
4 x K-gun depth charge projectors
USN August 3, 1942
USN August 5, 1942
After her shakedown cruise, assigned to Destroyer Squadron 3, Destroyer Division 6 based at San Diego. During the late 1930s, operated off the west coast and Hawaii. During February 1939, took part in "Fleet Problem XX" in the Caribbean then returned to Hawaii arriving February 14, 1941. Made a cruise to Auckland arriving on March 17 and the South Pacific before returning to San Diego on September 19, then returned to Hawaii to join Task Force 19 (TF-19).
Afterwards, patrolled off Pearl Harbor then escorted convoys from the west coast to Hawaii for the next five months, then departed for the South Pacific, escorting USS Wright (AV-1) to Tutuila then to Suva and finally Nouméa. Arrived in Sydney on April 27, 1942 to refuel then visited Melbourne, Perth, and Fremantle before returning to Sydney.
On June 3, 1942 arrived at Suva with USS Wright and operated off Fiji until early July. On July 10, departed to escort a convoy, arriving at Auckland on July 30 and then next day departed for Fiji where Tucker was ordered to escort SS Nira Luckenbach to Espiritu Santo
The pair departed on August 1, 1942 bound for Espiritu Santo. On August 2, USS Gamble, USS Breese and USS Tracy laid a mine field in this Segond Channel. North of Efate Island and west of the Malekula Islands the ships passed through the Bruat Channel and entered Segond Channel. The presence of the new mine field was not conveyed to the ships. At 21:45, Tucker struck an American sea mine in Segond Channel which exploded and broke the destroyer's back. The explosion killed three of the crew, and three others went missing.
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