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Not that we need another version of a Mahan, but it would be a fitting tribute to a real survivor, the USS Abner Reid DD-369.  Aug 18, 1943 after patrolling off the Island of Kiska Alaska, they hit a Japanese Sea Mine that blew off 70 feet of the stern, but the ship was saved and towed to Pugent Sound Navy Yard to get a new Stern.  She survived till Nov 1, 1944 where it took 7 Kamakaze hits to sink her west of Leyte.  She received 7 battle stars over her life.

Oceanographers just found her stern during a survey in the area around Kiska. https://www.stripes.com/news/stern-of-us-destroyer-found-near-alaska-as-researchers-map-little-known-campaign-of-wwii-1.542829

From: http://www.ussreid369.org/History.htm - The REID was in the war from the very first day at Pearl Harbor. She participated in 13 amphibious landings, 18 shore bombardments, shot down 12 enemy planes, sank one submarine, captured eight Japanese prisoners, steamed over 220,000 miles and expended over 10,000 rounds of 5" projectiles.

The USS REID DD-369 was a 1500 ton destroyer of the MAHAN class, 341' in length and almost 35' in the beam.  She was originally fitted out with five 5" dual purpose guns, 50 cal. machine guns and 12 torpedo tubes.  Later, one 5" gun was traded for twin mounted 40mm guns and the machine guns gave way to 20mm guns. A crew of 168 put the REID into commission, 268 were aboard when she went down, of whom 165 survived.

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