DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY -- NAVAL
805 KIDDER BREESE SE -- WASHINGTON NAVY YARD
WASHINGTON DC 20374-5060
USS Selfridge, Report of Pearl Harbor Attack
January 15, 1942
Commander in Chief, United States Fleet.
Action in Pearl Harbor, T.H., 7 December 1941, report of.
(a) USNR Arts., 712, 762 874(6) and 2029.
- This vessel participated in the defense of Pearl Harbor and
the ships based therein during the air raid of 7 December 1941.
- Berth occupied was X-0 on heading approximately north-east,
outboard and starboard side to U.S.S. Case, Reid,
Tucker, Cummings and Whitney.
- Service .50 caliber and 1.1" caliber ammunition was
clipped and in ready boxes at all machine guns prior to the action.
Guns were ready for instant use except for being manned and loaded.
- Nine officers and ninety-nine percent of the crew were on
- Approximately four minutes before morning colors the Officer
of the Deck witnessed the launching of a torpedo against the
U.S.S. Raleigh by a Japanese plane. Almost simultaneously
came a report from the signal bridge that the Naval Air Station
was on fire. The Officer of the Deck sounded the alarm for general
quarters, set condition afirm and directed the engineering department
to light off boilers and make preparations to get underway.
- At about 0758 Selfridge .50 caliber machine guns were
firing on Japanese planes, shortly followed by the 1.1"
machine guns. It is believed that these guns were the first to
fire in this area.
- Two enemy planes fired upon were seen to crash. One was hit
by the after 1.1" while diving on the Curtiss. The
wing was sheared off causing the plane to crash near the beach
at Beckoning Point. Another plane flying low on a southerly course
to westward of the Selfridge released a bomb in the North
Channel opposite the U.S.S. Raleigh and crashed in flames
in the vicinity of the U.S.S. Curtiss while being fired
on by the forward 1.1" machine gun. A third plane, under
fire by the forward 1.1", was seen to disappear behind a
hedge half way up a hill at a location bearing about 045 True
from the Selfridge. A fourth plane, hit in the underpart
of the fuselage by the port .50 caliber machine gun, started
smoking and when last seen was headed toward a cane field to
the northward of the Selfridge. It is now known definitely
however that this plane crashed.
- 850 rounds of 1.1" and 2340 rounds of .50 caliber were
expended during the action. There were no personnel casualties.
The only evidence of material casualty is a small conical shaped
dent in the starboard side of the director which appears to have
been made by a small caliber machine gun bullet.
- The performance of the ship's equipment was excellent, as
was that of the crew. At no time during the raid was there a
lull in firing caused by an interruption of ammunition supply.
Men not engaged at the guns broke out and clipped ammunition
in a most efficient and expeditious manner. The conduct of no
one officer or man can be considered outstanding because the
conduct, cooperation, coolness and morale of the crew as a fighting
unit was superb.
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.
30 September 2002