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  USS Tucker (DD-374)
USN
Mahan class destroyer

1,500 Tons
341' 4" x 35' x 9' 10"
1942 Armament
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
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USN August 3, 1942

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USN August 5, 1942

Ship History
Built by by the Norfolk Navy Yard in Norfolk, Virginia. Laid down August 15, 1934. Launched February 26, 1936. Commissioned July 23, 1936 with Lieutenant Commander George T. Howard in command.

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).

Wartime History
On December 7, 1941 moored in Pearl Harbor at berth X-8 in the East Loch, to the port was USS Selfidge (DD-357) and starboard USS Reid DD-365. During the surprise Japanese attack, Tucker responded with her machine guns and fired her 5" guns, observing two attacking planes hit and crashed.

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.

Rescue
Immediately, SS Nira Luckenbach sent boats to rescue the crew from the sinking ship which began jackknifing. With an hour and a half, YP-346 took the damaged destroyer under tow and attempted to move it to shallower water where it could be beached.

Sinking History
On August 4, 1942 at 0445 the damaged destroyer jack-knifed and sank in ten fathoms, off Malo Island in the Segond Channel.

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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