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https://www.navsource.org/archives/10/04/04016.htm

 

USS Ward made history as firing the first American shots of World War II on December 7th. She fought well into 1944 before the Japanese used a Kamakaze to finally put her down.

There are two configurations she could be used in:

Her 1941 / 1942 configuration was that of a typical Wicks class submarine. Two hits from her 3" guns sent a Japanese Ko-hyoteki-class class midget-submarine on the morning of December 7th - the first American "Kill" and naval action of World War II.

In 1942 / 1943 she was converted to a high speed transport for US Army and US Navy special operations. This involved the removal of her torpedo tubes, and a few other modifications to lighten her for 36 - 37 knots. 

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38 minutes ago, RedRammage said:

https://www.navsource.org/archives/10/04/04016.htm

 

USS Ward made history as firing the first American shots of World War II on December 7th. She fought well into 1944 before the Japanese used a Kamakaze to finally put her down.

There are two configurations she could be used in:

Her 1941 / 1942 configuration was that of a typical Wicks class submarine. Two hits from her 3" guns sent a Japanese Ko-hyoteki-class class midget-submarine on the morning of December 7th - the first American "Kill" and naval action of World War II.

In 1942 / 1943 she was converted to a high speed transport for US Army and US Navy special operations. This involved the removal of her torpedo tubes, and a few other modifications to lighten her for 36 - 37 knots. 

That's actually not a bad idea. Wckes class you are right it would be a Tier 3.  The shot was fired at a Japanese Midget Submarine actually right through the conning tower.

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I'd get her. :cap_cool:

I do not have my reference materials handy, but another interesting item about USS Ward is that when she was badly damaged off Okinawa (IIRC) by a kamikaze and sunk by US forces as unsalvageable, the commander of the ship that sank her was the same man that had commanded Ward at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7th.

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The Gun that sank the Mini-Sub still exists above water.

 

Its on display in a Park in Saint Paul, Minnesota

 

1024px-USS_Ward_4_inch_gun_Minnesota_Cap 

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