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348' 3" x 36' 1" x 11' 10"
4 x 5" guns
6 x 20mm AA
6 x .50 cal MG
5 x 21" torpedo tubes
2 x depth charge racks
During September 1942 escorted USS Wasp (CV-7) and other Navy vessels to Noumea then jointed Task Force 64.1 (TF 64.1) and participated in the occupation of Funafuti Island. During the night of October 11-12, 1942 participated in the Battle of of Cape Esperence.
On November 12, 1942 at the start of the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal Japanese aircraft attack U.S. warships and transports in Iron Bottom Sound off the north coast of Guadalcanal. At 2:16pm a G4M1 Betty released a torpedo that missed, USS San Francisco (CA-38). The same Betty was hit by anti-aircraft fire and deliberately crashed into the after control station that killing 30 crew. This was the only damage inflicted on the American vessels by the Japanese bombers. Also damaged was USS Buchanan (DD-484) that was hit by friendly gunfire that killed five aboard and forced it to be withdrawn for repairs.
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