DD-376 U.S.S. CUSHING
War Diary and Action Reports November 1942,

Cincpac File No.             UNITED STATES PACIFIC FLEET
                          FLAGSHIP OF THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF
Pac-90-wb
A16-3/Ts133

Serial



S E C R E T

  From:        Commander in Chief, U. S. Pacific Fleet.
  To:          Commander in Chief, U. S. Fleet.

  Subject:     U.S.S. CUSHING, Loss of.

  Enclosure:   (A) CO CUSHING Secret ltr. Dated 19 November 1942, with
                   endorsements thereto.

       1.      Enclosure (A) is forwarded.


                                                     P. V. MERCER,
                                                     By direction.


A16-3               ADVANCED NAVAL BASE
Serial TS/133        Cactus - Ringbolt


                                     20 November 1942

From:          Commander Naval Activities, Cactus-Ringbolt Area.
To:            Commander South Pacific Forces.

Via;           Commander Task Force 62.

Subject:       Transmittal "U.S.S. CUSHING; loss of." Dated
               19 November 1942.

     1.        Subject report is forwarded herewith.


                                 W. G. GREENMAN

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FE25/A16-3(8)             AMPHIBIOUS FORCE
FIRST ENDORSEMENT       SOUTH PACIFIC FORCE                 00/hw
                       Office of the Commander


                                 U.S.S. McCAWLEY, Flagship,
S E C R E T                        November 27,1942.

From:          Commander Task Force SIXTY-TWO.
To:            Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Via:           Commander South Pacific Force.

      1.       Forwarded.


                                    R. K. TURNER

                        ADVANCED NAVAL BASE
                         Cactus - Ringbolt

SECRET                                 19 November 1942.

From:          The Commanding Officer, U.S.S. CUSHING.
To:            Secretary of the Navy.

Via:           Commander Destroyer Division Ten.
               Commander U.S. Naval Forces, South Pacific.
               Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet.

Subject:       U.S.S. CUSHING; loss of.

Reference:  (a)U.S. Navy Regulations, 1920, ARTICLE 841.

     1.        In accordance with reference (a) it is reported
that the U.S.S. CUSHING was lost due to enemy action on November
13, 1942, about two miles to the southeast of Savo Island, B.S.I.
at about Latitude 09°-11' South, Longitude 159°-55' East.

     2.        The CUSHING was heavily hit by enemy fire at about
0200, November 13, 1942, and was stopped, lying dead in the water
with no power on the ship.  Shortly thereafter the ship again came
under heavy enemy fire to which no adequate reply could be made.

     3.        At about 0220, while under fire, the Commanding
Officer ordered that the ship be abandoned, and about one half
the crew (who were unwounded) and over sixty-five wounded men and 
six wounded and four unwounded officers left the ship.

     4.        Due to the enemy fire the ship commenced to burn
furiously forward, spreading aft.  There was also a fire below
decks aft.

     5.        At about 0315, The Commanding Officer left the
ship and believes that he was the last man off the ship.

     6.        The CUSHING burned the day of the thirteenth  until
about 1700 when as reported by Lieutenant-Colonel William J. Fox,
U.S.M.C, observing from Guadalcanal, there was a large explosion
at the location of the CUSHING and cold air moved in on the water;
no further sign of the ship being seen.  Air search from this area
on the morning of November 14th, found wreckage but no sign of the
ship.

     7.        As a result of the loss of the CUSHING, the follow-
ing personnel casualties occurred:

               Officers:     5   Unwounded survivors
                             6   Wounded survivors
                             1   Dead (Known)
                             5   Missing (Including probable deaths)
                     Total   17.
                             
                    Men:    127  Unwounded survivors.
                             56  Wounded survivors.
                             10  Died of wounds ashore.
                      (about 53  Missing (includes probable deaths)
                      Total 246

                                            E. N. PARKER

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FIRST ENDORSEMENT

                        ADVANCED NAVAL BASE
                         Cactus - Ringbolt

                                         19 November 1942.

From           Commander Destroyer Division TEN.
To:            Secretary of the Navy.

Via:           Commander U.S. Naval Forces, South Pacific.
               Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet.

Subject:       U.S.S. CUSHING; loss of.

       1.      Forwarded.


                                         T. M. STIKES.


                     SOUTH PACIFIC FORCE
              OF THE UNITED STATES PACIFIC FLEET
                HEADQUARTERS OF THE COMMANDER
A16-3(2)/(11)
Serial 0097c


S-E-C-R-E-T

SECOND ENDORSEMENT to:
C.O. CUSHING Secret ltr.
Dated 19 November, 1942.

From:          The Commander South Pacific Area and South
                   Pacific Force.
To:            The Secretary of the Navy.
Via:           The Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Subject:       U. S. S. CUSHING, Loss of.

     1.        Forwarded.

                                  W. F. HALSEY




Information U.S.S. CUSHING

Dictionary of Fighting Ships
U.S.S. CUSHING DD-376

                                    Mahan Class
                             Completed - 1936 - 37

DD 364 MAHAN
DD 365 CUMMINGS
DD 366 DRAYTON
DD 367 LAMSON
DD 368 FLUSSER
DD 369 REID
DD 370 CASE
DD 371 CONYGHAM
DD 372 CASSIN*
DD 373 SHAW
DD 374 TUCKER
DD 375 DOWNES*
DD 376 CUSHING
DD 377 PREKINS
DD 378 SMITH
DD 379 PRESTON
DD 384 DUNLAP
DD 385 FANNING

Notes:
     * These units rebuilt in 1944

Dimensions

Displacement:
   1,500 tons (stand)
   2,200 tons (Mean War Service)
Length: 344' (oa)
Beam: 35
Draft: 13' (max)

Armament

4 5"/ 38 DP
2 40mm twins (none on DD 366)
5 20mm
2 DC tracks
4 DC projectors
3 21" TT (quads)

Propulsion

Speed: 35 knots (max)
Max. Cruising radius:
  2,600 miles @ 25 knots 
  6,100 miles @15 knots
Horsepower: 50,0000 (shaft)
Drive: 2 screws; geared turbine
Fuel: 544 tons oil (max)

Remarks:
      Generally known before the war as the MAHAN Class, the CUMMINGS 
and her sisters represent a modified FARRAGUT design, with a heavier 
torpedo armament.  As first commissioned, they mounted 5-5" /- 38 guns 
in single shield and open mounts, and were fitted with a tripod 
foremast and pole mainmast, stepped right abaft the after-stack.  The 
need for increased close-defense armament during the war resulted in 
removing one 5"-gun and reducing the masts to a single pole foremast.

      Three of the units, the CUSHING (DD 372), SHAW (DD 373) and 
DOWNES (DD 375) were seriously damaged at Pearl Harbor and restored 
after elaborate reconstruction.

      The DUNLAP and FANNING are practically sisters of the CUMMINGS 
from which they differ in having enclosed single mounts for their 
forward guns instead of shields.  This type 5"-gun mount made its 
first appearance in U.S. destroyers in these two units.


War losses include:
DD 364 MANHAN (original name-ship of this class)
DD 369 REID 
DD 374 TUCKER 
DD 376 CUSHING 
DD 377 PREKINS
DD 379 PRESTON




To learn more about the U.S.S. CUSHING Please visit these Web-site

Naval History and Heritage Command has information on DD-376
NavSource Online  Has photos of DD-376



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