DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY -- NAVAL
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USS Conyngham, Report of Pearl Harbor Attack
UNITED STATES PACIFIC FLEET
DESTROYERS, BATTLE FORCE
U.S.S. Conyngham (DD-371)
Pearl Harbor, T.H.,
December 17, 1941.
The Commanding Officer.
The Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Raid December 7, 1941 Report on.
- During the raid on December 7, 1941 the Conyngham
was heading North by Northeast, moored starboard side to the
Whitney at berth X-8. The Reid, Tucker,
Case and Selfridge were nested outboard of the
Conyngham in order named. The ship was undergoing routine
tender overhaul with all main engines, boilers and generators
disabled. Power was being received from the tender.
- At 0755 a large fire was noted on Ford Island and horizontal
and dive bombing planes were observed attacking the Island; sounded
general quarters. At 0757 torpedo planes were observed attacking
Raleigh, Utah, and Detroit from the West.
- At 0808 opened fire with 5" guns (No. 4 and 5 in local
control) at planes over Ford Island and with all machine guns
on attacking planes as they flew low past the net heading to
Northward from vicinity of Ford Island. At 0813 attacking plane
was shot down by combined fire of nest and crashed in vicinity
of USS Curtiss. At 0818 opened fire with 5" guns
(No. 1 and 2 in director control) at horizontal bombers passing
overhead in direction of Schofield Barracks. At 0825 opened fire
with forward 5" and machine guns at planes strafing the
nest from direction of Pearl City. At 0826 planes crossing low
ahead of nest to Northeastward were taken under fire; one burst
into flames and crashed in a clump of trees in Aiea heights and
exploded. At 0830 plane diving toward Ford Island from Northeastward
was shot down by combined fire of nest. At 0855 opened fire at
planes strafing ahead and astern. At 0908 one plane attacking
on starboard bow was shot down by nest and crashed in ! ! Pearl
City. 0910 opened fire on horizontal bombers approaching from
ahead from direction of Schofield Barracks. At 0920 opened fire
on planes diving from port side of nest.
- Except for a .30 caliber bullet that glanced off the fire
control platform deck and penetrated a battery box and minor
rupture of the covering of the 5" battery rangefinder caused
by a small caliber bullet or fragment the Conyngham received
no damage. There were no personnel casualties.
- Ammunition expended Gun 1, 20 rounds; Gun 2, 24 rounds;
Gun 4, 30 rounds; Gun 5, 40 rounds; total, 114, 5"/38 cal.;
.50 cal machine guns, 2,500 rounds.
- The conduct of personnel was outstanding.
- Immediately upon commencement of the raid work was begun
to recommission the engineering plant with all possible speed.
The plant was in commission and the ship got underway at 1714
HENRY C. DANIEL.
Copy to: Comdesbatfor.
Source: Enclosure (E) to CINCPAC
action report Serial 0479 of 15 February 1942, World War II
the Modern Military Branch, National Archives and Records Administration,
8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740.