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U.S.S. Ward Model

U.S.S. Ward Model

On the morning of December 7, 1941, this 1,247-ton destroyer was patrolling the Hawaiian waters near Pearl Harbor. On board were 85 reserve officers and enlisted men from the 47th Division stationed at the Naval Training Center in St. Paul. That morning the Ward encountered a Japanese midget submarine near the harbor entrance, attacked and sank it, thus firing the first shots of the Pacific War a few hours before the Japanese air attack.

On the morning of December 7, 1944, three years to the day after her Number Three Gun fired the opening shots of the war, Japanese aircraft attacked the Ward. Severely damaged, the crew abandoned ship and the vessel was sunk by gunfire from an adjacent U.S. destroyer.

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Books about the U.S.S. Ward

Oil painting of U.S.S. Ward by A.B. Chesley, 1976

Minnesota Goes to War by Dave Kenney

Minnesota's Greatest Generation Project