December 06, 2011
No cheating, folks... that takes all the fun out of it.
Posted by: David at December 06, 2011 04:52 PM (+yn5x)
Posted by: jon spencer at December 06, 2011 05:27 PM (hFoyt)
The bow of the Murphy is, IIRC somewhere off Delmarva and is a well known site because divers for years were looking unsuccessfully for the rest of the ship.
Posted by: brickmuppet at December 06, 2011 05:30 PM (EJaOX)
Problem is, the "torpedo" she heard was the Murphy, tracking a sonar contact of her own out ahead of the convoy. The Bulkoil hit the destroyer just behind the bridge and cut through, shortening her by about 70 feet. The bow portion sank in just a couple of minutes, taking 36 souls with it. The stern section stayed afloat, was towed back to New York Navy Yard, and seven months later emerged with a new forward section.
She served at D-Day then was eventually assigned to the Pacific Fleet where she was, apparently, one of the first (if not THE first) American vessel to reach Nagasaki after the bomb.
Posted by: Wonderduck at December 06, 2011 07:12 PM (2YMZG)
I request Faith, Hope and Charity.
Posted by: brickmuppet at December 06, 2011 07:18 PM (EJaOX)
Posted by: brickmuppet at December 06, 2011 07:24 PM (EJaOX)
Posted by: Carpe Jugulum at December 07, 2011 12:31 AM (ErkRV)
I was also assuming that the damage was from a torpedo hit, not a collision, which explains why my search didn't lead me to an answer.
Posted by: David at December 07, 2011 10:36 AM (+yn5x)
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