U.S.S. GWIN DD-433


Class: Gleaves
Authorized: 12/23/1941
Keel Laid: 06/01/1939
Commissioned: 01/15/1941
Length Overall: 348' 3"
Extreme Beam: 36' 3"
Standard Displacement tons:
Normal Dispalcement tons:
2,525
1,630
Ships Company: Off. 16; Enl.: 260
Armament:
Primary: (4) 5"/38 cal.
Secondary: (10) 40mm twin
(8) 20mm
(4) 1.1"
Torpedo Tubes: (2) 21" Quint
ASW: (6) Depth Charge Projector
(2) Depth Charge Track
Designed Speed: 35 knots
Engines:
Manufacturer:
Type:

GE
Turbine
Designed Shaft Horse Power: 51,000
Screws: 2
Fuel (oil) tons 418



War Diary of the U.S.S. GWIN Nov.1 to 30, 1942


Action Report on the Night of Nov. 14-15, 1942" of USS GWIN

                               S E C R E T

                           W A R   D I A R Y

                           U.S.S. GWIN (DD433)

                           From November 1,1942

                           To  November 30,1942


                   Original to Chief of Naval Operations
                   (Office of Naval Records and Library)

                   Copies to: None except advance carbon
                              Copy to OpNav.


                             U.S.S. GWIN (433)


DD433/A12
Serial: 0050
        Ts/133

S E C R E T

REPORT FOR THE COMMANDING OFFICER U.S.S. GWIN (433)

Enclosures:   (A) C.O. USS GWIN Secret Serial 0047 of November
                  16, 1942 - "Night Action, 14-15 November 1942".
              (B) Track Chart.

G.C.T.    L.C.T.                November 1, 1942

                    Steaming in company with Task Force 65 less Task 
                    Groups 65.4 and 65.7 and NEVILLE, HEYWOOD AND 
                    FORMALHAUT on course 355° at 14 knots, zigzagging 
                    according to Plan #7.  Guide in HUNTER LIGGETT; 
                    GWIN in position 5310 conducting radar and sound 
                    search.  Cruising disposition 2N.  Ships in 
                    company; HUNTER LIGGETT, BARRETT, PRESIDENT HAYES, 
                    ATLANTA, AARON WARD, STERRETT, WALKE, McCALLA, 
                    McKEAN, MANLEY.

1440       0140     Changed fleet course to 315°.

1540       0240     Changed fleet course to 283°.

1705       0405     Changed fleet course to 328°.

1730       0430     Changed fleet course to 283°.

2100       0800     Position: Lat. 14°07'30" S; Long. 167°21'00" E.

2200       0900     Changed fleet course and axis to 308°.

0100       1200     Position: Lat. 14°07' S; Long. 166°41' E.
                    Made good since noon yesterday; Course 338°, speed 
                    10 knots.

0210       1310     Changed fleet course and axis to 315°.

0900       2000     Position:  12°58'30" S; Long. 165°26'00" E.

G.C.T.    L.C.T.                November 2, 1942

                    Steaming in company with Task Force 65 less Task 
                    Groups 65.4 and 65.7 and NEVILLE, HEYWOOD, and 
                    FORMALHAUT in cruising disposition 2N on course 
                    315° at 14 knots, zig-zagging - Plan #7, GWIN in 
                    station 5313 conducting radar and sound search.

1930       0630     Changed fleet course and axis to 350°.

2100       0800     MANLEY commenced maneuvering to deliver mail to 
                    various ships in the disposition.

0028       1128     MANLEY came close aboard port quarter and passed 
                    mail.

0100       1200     Position: 11°08'12" S; 164°04'00" E.

0117       1217     Changed fleet course and axis to 020°

0130       1230     Changed fleet course and axis to 350°.

                    Maneuvered to join Task Force 65.

                    TASK FORCE 65.

                    65.1 - HUNTER LIGGETT, BARRETT, PRESIDENT HAYES.
                    65.2, 65.3 - ATLANTA, STERRETT, GWIN, WALKE, 
                                 McCALLA, AARON WARD, FLETCHER, 
                                 LARDNER, BENHAM.
                    65.4 - SAN FRANCISCO, HELENA, BUCHANAN, LAFFEY.
                    65.5 - MANLEY, McKEAN, NEVILLE, HEYWOOD, 
                           FORMALHAUT.
                    65.6, 65.7 - PENSACOLA, CUSHING, PRESTON, MUSTIN, 
                                 ANDERSON.
                    65.8 - Cactus Group of 65.1 AND 65.2, 65.3.
                    65.9 - Aola Bay Group of 65.5 and 65.6, 65.7.

0442       1542     Changed fleet course and axis to 300°.

0658       1758     Changed fleet speed to 15 knots.
                    Task Force separated into Task Group 65.8 (Cactus 
                    Group) and Task Group 65.9 (Aloa Bay Group).  
                    Annex "A" to Comtaskfor 65 Opplan "C-1" of 
                    October, 1942; annex A dated 1 November, 1942. 
                    GWIN joined Task Group 65.8.  Task Group 65.4 
                    joined Task Group 65.8.

0700       1800     Fleet course and axis 150°.  GWIN in station 5315, 
                    HUNTER LIGGETT guide.

0845       1945     Changed fleet course and axis to 120z.

0900       2000     Position 10°31' S; 162°41' E.

0945       2045     Changed fleet speed to 12 knots.

1150       2250     Changed fleet speed to 15 knots.

1210       2310     Changed fleet course and axis to 156° (15k).

1240       2340     Changed fleet course and axis to 180° (15k).

1250       2350     Changed fleet course and axis to 270° (15k). 


G.C.T.    L.C.T.                November 3, 1942

                    Steaming in company with Task Group 65.4 and 65.8 
                    in cruising disposition 2N on course 270° at 15 
                    knots, zigzagging - Plan #7, GWIN on station 2000 
                    conducting sound search and radar search; SAN 
                    FRANCISCO guide.

1315       0015     With Task Group 65.4, commenced a sweep to 
                    westward.  Changed speed to 20 knots.

1345       0045     Changed formation speed to 23 knots.

1525       0225     Changed formation speed to 20 knots.

1600       0300     Changed formation course to 295° (20 k.)

1605       0305     Commenced zigzagging - Plan #8.

1705       0405     General Quarters.  Radar contact from HELENA 
                    bearing 210°.

1720       0420     Radar contact 045° distant 8 miles.
                    McCALLA sent to investigate contact.

1735       0435     McCALLA sighted enemy submarine on surface and 
                    attacked with main battery and the depth charges.

1805       0505     After having apparently sunk submarine, McCALL 
                    rejoined the formation.

1845       0545     Secured from general quarters and set condition of 
                    readiness II.

1851       0551     Changed speed to 17 knots.

1912       0612     Changed base course to 150° (17k).

2010       0710     Changed base course to 110° (17k).

2100       0800     Position 11°05'00" S; 161°17'30" E.

2115       0815     Changed base course to 090° (17k).

2210       0910     Sighted ATLANTA and four destroyers bearing 060° 
                    from HELENA.

0045       1145     Changed base course to 075° (17k).

0100       1200     Position 11°10'00" S, 162°26'12" E.
                    Made good since noon yesterday: course 2669°, speed 
                    4.0 knots

0125       1225     Changed base course to 055° (17k).

0210       1310     Changed base course to 015° (17k).

0335       1435     Changed speed to 15 knots.  Commenced maneuvering 
                    to join forces with rest of Task Force 65.

0340       1440     Changed base course to 000° (15k).

0415       1515     Changed base course to 300° (15k).

0430       1530     Task Force 65 all present except FORMALHAUT.  GWIN 
                    still with Task Group 65.4.

0620       1720     LAFFEY relieved Gwin on station with Task Group 
                    65.4.

0638       1738     Joined Task Group 65.8 in station 5315, ATLANTA 
                    guide, zigzagging - Plan #8

0707       1807     Changed base course and axis to 295° (15k).

0715       1815     Changed fleet speed to 13½ knots.

0745       1845     Ceased zigzagging; steered base course 295° 
                    (13½k)

0900       2000     Position: 9°58'30" S; 161°52'18" E.

G.C.T.    L.C.T.                November 4, 1942

                    Steaming in company with Task Group 65.8 in 
                    cruising disposition 2N on course 295° at 13½ 
                    knots.  GWIN in station 5315, ATLANTA guide, 
                    transports following.

1415       0115     Changed formation speed to 12 knots.

1600       0300     Maneuvered to form column and transit Sea Lark
                    Channel.  FLETCHER passed ahead to conduct sound 
                    and radar search.

1619       0319     Went to general quarters.

1710       0410     Changed speed to 15 knots.  Made a patrol sweep 
                    past Lunga Point.  All ships acted independently.

1800       0500     Changed course 340° (12k).

1820       0520     Changed course to 180° (12k).
                    Transports HUNTER LIGGETT, BARRETT, and PRESIDENT 
                    HAYES arrived in positions 1-3 miles east of Lunga 
                    Point, 1500 yards off the beach and commenced 
                    landing boats to disembark troops and unload 
                    supplies.  ATLANTA and destroyers formed anti-
                    submarine patrol in semi-circle around transports 
                    at 2000-4000 yards.  GWIN on patrol west of HUNTER 
                    LIGGETT just off Lunga Point.

1830       0530     FLETCHER rejoined task group and commenced
                    patrolling, having made no contacts in a sweep out 
                    of Savo Island.

1840       0540     Secured from general quarters.  Set Condition I 
                    modified on main battery - all main battery guns 
                    and upper handling rooms manned with Condition II 
                    crews.

1943       0643     Japanese shore battery opened fire on landing 
                    boats from a position just west of Point Cruz.  No 
                    visible damage.  Intermittent shelling continued.

2020       0720     FLETCHER, on orders from Task Group Commander and 
                    commander screen in ATLANTA, opened fire on 
                    Japanese shore battery.

2022       0722     Japs discontinued firing on landing operations.

2100       0800     Position: 9°21'45" S, 160°01'00" E.
                    Patrolling at 10 knots.
                    FLETCHER bombarded shore installations and troops 
                    off and on during forenoon.

2130       0830     Task Group 65.4 approached from Sea Lark Channel
                    and commenced patrolling offshore from landing 
                    group and destroyers.
 
2230       0930     HELENA made two short bombardment runs on enemy 
                    shore installations west of Point Cruz on 
                    Guadalcanal Island.  
                      Army P-39 planes made strafing runs on Jap 
                    positions and troops, drawing slight anti-aircraft 
                    fire until it was silenced by HELENA and FLETCHER.
                      SAN FRANCISCO, HELENA, BUCHANAN, and LAFFEY 
                    bombarded enemy installations and troops in the 
                    vicinity of Koli point Guadalcanal during the 
                    forenoon.

0045       1145     Air raid alarm.  General Quarters.  Closed 
                    transports to 2000 yards as they began moving out.

0100       1200     Position: 9°22'00" S, 159°58'30" E.
                    Made good since noon yesterday: course306½°, 
                    speed 7½ knots.
                      Transports formed column with cruisers and 
                    destroyers equally spaced around them at 2000 
                    yards forming air defense screen.
                      Maneuvered to clear Kukum area and to avoid 
                    enemy bombs. 

0210       1310     Alert over.  Transports returned to positions and 
                    proceeded with unloading.  Secured from General 
                    Quarters; set Condition I (Mod.) on main battery.  
                    All cruisers and destroyers resumed former 
                    patrols.

0450       1550     Left patrol to investigate small motor launch 
                    approaching from westward.

0458       1558     Boat discovered to be local militia patrol boat 
                    under U.S. Marine Corps orders.

0530       1630     Task Group 65.4 departed through Sea Lark Channel.

0700       1800     Commenced sortie towards Sea Lark Cannel.  WALKE 
                    lead the column and GWIN second - 15 knots.

0820       1920     Cleared Sea Lark Channel.

0835       1935     In Cruising Disposition 2N on course 113°.  GWIN in 
                    position 5300, HUNTER LIGGETT GUIDE.

0900       2000     Position: 9°18'30' S, 160°31'00" E.

0947       2047     Changed formation speed to 14 knots.

1100       2200     Changed base course and axis to 140°.

G.C.T.    L.C.T.                November 5, 1942

                    Steaming in company with Task Group 65.8 in 
                    cruising disposition 2N on course 140° at 14 knots.  
                    GWIN in position 5300, HUNTER LIGGETT guide.

1300       0000     Changed base course and axis to 320°.

1320       0020     Changed formation speed to 15 knots.

1500       0200     Changed base course and axis to 293° (15k).

1740       0440     Commenced forming column to enter Sea Lark 
                    Channel, GWIN second in column.

1750       0450     Entered Sea Lark Channel on course 255° (15k).

1830       0530     Left channel.  Maneuvered to sweep ahead of 
                    cruisers and to form anti-submarine screen around 
                    them.

1930       0630     Transports in positions 1500 yards off shore 1-3 
                    miles east of Lunga Point.  GWIN commenced 
                    patrolling 1000 - 3000 yards off Lunga Point.  
                    Speed 10 knots.

2100       0800     Position: 9°24' S; 160°03' E.

2125       0825     Left patrol station.  Maneuvered to go alongside 
                    ATLANTA to fuel.

2200       0900     At about 9 knots went alongside ATLANTA, starboard 
                    side to her port side.  Course 290°.

2212       0912     Commenced turning to starboard while fueling.

2250       0950     Steadied on course 130°.

2326       1026     Having completed fueling, cast off and maneuvered 
                    to regain patrolling position.

2333       1033     Air raid alarm.  General Quarters.  Transports got 
                    underway and formed column.  Maneuvered to form 
                    anti-aircraft screen around transports - circular 
                    screen all cruisers and destroyers.  Formation 
                    took evasive action to avoid contact (form.speed 
                    15k).

0008       1108     Changed fleet course to 025° (15k).

0017       1117     Changed fleet course to 045° (15k).

0035       1135     Changed base course and fleet axis to 115°.  
                    Entered Ngela Channel.

0130       1230     Cleared Ngela Channel.

0100       1200     Position: 9°14' S; 160°13' E.
                    Made good since noon yesterday: course 062°, speed 
                    0.7 k.

0135       1235     Maneuvered to form anti-submarine screen on 
                    transports.  Base course 116°, speed 15 knots.  
                    HUNTER LEGGETT guide; GWIN in station 5100.

0140       1240     Commenced zigzagging. Plan #6.  Secured from 
                    General Quarters.  Set condition of readiness II.

0211       1311     Ceased zigzagging.

0215       1315     GWIN, WALKE, and STERRETT left formation to join 
                    Task Group 65.4 off Aola Bay.

0250       1350     Joined Task Group 65.4 SAN FRANCISCO and HELENA in 
                    column on course 120°.  Destroyers forming circular 
                    anti-submarine screen.  GWIN in position 5120.  
                    Speed 15 knots.  PENSACOLA, MUSTIN and ANDERSON 
                    separated inshore.

0315       1415     Reversed course to 300° - turn 18.

0320       1420     SAN FRANCISCO maneuvered to recover planes.  
                    Shifted screen to cover.

0330       1430     Took new screening station 2090.

0345       1445     Ships right to 120° (15k).

0420       1520     Ships right to 300° (15k).

0449       1549     Ships right to 120° (15k).

0458       1558     HELENA maneuvered to recover planes.  Shifted 
                    screen to cover.

0530       1630     Ships right to 300° (15k).

0545       1645     Ships right to 120° (15k).

0615       1715     Ships left to 300° (15k).

0715       1815     Ships right to 110° (15k).

0739       1839     Changed course and fleet axis to 090° speed 14 
                    knots.

0825       1925     Changed base course and axis to 270° (14k).

0900       2000     Position: 9°21'30" S; 160°40'30" E.

0930       2030     Ships right to 090° (14k).

1025       2125     Ships right to 270° (14k).  DDs formed column ahead 
                    and astern.  GWIN in fourth place.

1130       2230     Ships right to 090° (14k).

1135       2235     PENSACOLA, MUSTIN and ANDERSON joined formation.

1225       2325     Ships right to 270° (14k).

G.C.T.    L.C.T.                November 6, 1942

                    Steaming in company with Task Group65.4 patrolling 
                    off Aola Bay and east of Lengo Channel, 
                    Guadalcanal Islands, Solomons, on course 270°, 
                    speed 14 knots.  Cruisers in column SAN FRANCISCO 
                    guide, HELENA and PENSACOLA following.  Destroyers 
                    forming anti-submarine screen, GWIN in position 
                    5260.

1315       0015     Ships right to 090° (14k).

1415       0115     Ships right to 270° (14k).

1510       0210     General quarters on signal.

1515       0215     Changed formation speed to 10 knots.

1535       0235     Ship right to 090° (10k).

1605       0305     Changed speed to 15 knots.

1620       0320     Column right to 110°.

1625       0325     Changed speed to 16 knots.

1635       0335     Destroyers maneuvered to form anti-submarine 
                    screen on cruisers.  GWIN took station 2060.

1645       0345     Secured from general quarters.  Set condition of 
                    readiness II.

1750       0450     Changed base course and axis to 130° (16k).

1835       0535     Commenced zigzagging - Plan #8.

1930       0630     Changed base course and axis to 105° (16k).

2100       0800     Position: 9°54' S; 161°34' E.

0032       1132     Changed base course and axis to 35° (16k).

0100       1200     Position: 10°08'30" S; 162°30'30" E.
                    Made good since noon yesterday: course 112°, speed 
                    6.1 knots.

0545       1645     Changed base course and axis to 180° (16k).

0620       1720     Changed course to 225° (16k).  Ceased zigzagging.

0630       1730     Changed course to 245° (16k).

0633       1733     Changed speed to 18 knots.

0642       1742     Changed course to 225° (18k). 

0649       1749     Changed course to 205° (18k). 

0715       1815     Changed course to 190° (18k).

0720       1820     Changed speed to 15 knots.  Took station 5060.

0725       1825     Changed course to 180° (15k).

0755       1855     Changed course to 210° (15k).

0830       1930     Changed course to 180° (15k).

0900       2000    Position: 11°38'00" S; 162°59'30" E.

G.C.T.    L.C.T.                November 7, 1942

                    Steaming in company with Task Group 65.4 on course 
                    180° at 15 knots, zigzagging - Plan #8. GWIN on 
                    station 5060, San Francisco guide.

1837       0537     Ceased zigzagging.  Changed course to 100° and 
                    fleet axis.

1900       0600     Resumed zigzagging - Plan #8. Changed speed to 16 
                    knots.

2100       0800     Position: 14° 08'30" S; 164° 16'00" E.

0100       1200     Position: 14° 14'48" S; 164° 13'24" E.  Mad since 
                    noon yesterday 159 speed 11.8 knots.

0110       1210     Changed base course and fleet axis to 093° (16 
                    knots).

0835       1935     Changed speed to 15 knots.

0900       2000     Position: 14° 24' S; 166° 19' E.

0950       2050     Changed base course and fleet axis to 110° (15 
                    knots).
					
G.C.T.    L.C.T.                November 8, 1942

                    Steaming in company with Task Group 65.4 on course 
                    110° at 15 knots zigzagging Plan #8.  Cruisers in 
                    column, San Francisco guide; destroyers forming 
                    anti-submarine screen.  GWIN in position 5060.

1435       0135     Ceased zigzagging. Changed base course and fleet 
                    axis to 155° (15K).

1447       0147     Changed base course and fleet axis to 195° (15k).

1540       0240     Changed base course and fleet axis to 165° (15k).

1545       0245     Changed course 125 and changed formation speed to 
                    18k.

1548       0248     BUCHANAN was ordered out to investigate radar 
                    contact bearing 065° from BUCHANAN.  Contact 
                    discovered to be friendly vessel.

1602       0302     Changed course to 155° (18k)

1610       0310     Changed course to 175° (18k)

1620       0320     Changed course to 185° (18k)

1623       0323     Changed base course and fleet axis to 220° (18k)

1630       0330     Commenced zigzagging.  Commenced maneuvering to 
                    enter port.

1810       0510     Cruisers commenced entry toward "White Rock" off 
                    "Button".  Maneuvered to screen cruisers.

1850       0550     Destroyers commenced forming column for entry.  
                    GWIN last in column.

1952       0652     Moored starboard side to port side of LAFFEY 
                    alongside KANKAKEE in Berth 4, Segond Channel, 
                    Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides.

2306       1006     Got underway to shift.

0003       1103     Anchored in berth C-1, Button, in 14½ fathoms of 
                    water, 90 fathoms of chain to starboard anchor.

0030       1130     Underway to shift.

0055       1155     Anchored 20 fathoms of water in Berth c-1, Button, 
                    with 90 fathom of chain to the starboard anchor on 
                    following bearings: Belchif outer beacon, 301½°; 
                    beacon at water's edge, 300°; and Brigstock Point 
                    right tangent, 270°.
					
G.C.T.    L.C.T.                November 9, 1942

                    Anchored in Berth C-1, Segond Channel, Espiritu 
                    Santo, New Hebrides, in 20 fathoms of water with 
                    90 fathoms of chain to the starboard anchor.

2340       1040     Anchored began dragging.  Commenced making 
                    preparations to get underway.

0020       1120     After dragging about 800 yards on a flood tide, 
                    got underway and maneuvered to find a better
                    anchorage.

0040       1140     Anchored in 21 fathoms of water with 90 fathoms of 
                    chain to the port anchor on the following bearing: 
                    Small dock, 300°; Belchif Point outer beacon, 039-
                    ¾°.

0046       1146     LAFFEY anchored about 400 yards to westward.

0050       1150     Anchor began dragging.  Made preparations to get 
                    underway.

0103       1203     While heaving in port anchor chain, commenced 
                    backing to attempt to maintain distance from 
                    LAFFEY, which was dragging down on GWIN.

0104       1207     Veered port chain.

0107       1207     With anchor chain full out and engines backing,
                    came into contact with LAFFEY, which was also 
                    dragging.  Bow of GWIN met starboard side of 
                    LAFFEY by starboard boat davits.  At time of 
                    contact, GWIN was in position with following 
                    bearings: Belchif Point outer beacon near water's 
                    edge, 326°; right tangent Aore Island, 211°
                      After three definite collisions, anchor chain 
                    parted and GWIN backed clear.  Damage was 
                    insignificant except that anchor windless was 
                    damaged so as to make it inoperative.

0118       1218     Buoyed and slipped remainder of port anchor chain 
                    on following bearings: Belchif Point outer beacon, 
                    346°; outer beacon near water's edge, 296°; right 
                    tangent Aore Island 222°.
                      Maneuvered to go alongside PENSACOLA.

0203       1303     Moored port side to starboard side of PENSACOLA in 
                    Berth A-6, Segond Channel.
					
G.C.T.    L.C.T.                November 10, 1942

                    Moored port side to PENSACOLA in Berth A-6, Segond 
                    Channel, Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides.

1825       0525     Underway on orders of Comtask Group 67.4 to sortie 
                    with task group 67.4 and carry out orders 
                    contained in ComTaskForce 67 despatch 072332 of 
                    November, 1942.  Rear Admiral Tisdale In 
                    PENSACOLA, CTG 16.9.
                      Maneuvered to clear harbor via north of Tutuba 
                    Island.  Destroyers STERRETT, PRESTON, LAFFEY, 
                    CUSHING, BUCHANAN.

1922       0622     Commenced anti-submarine screen off Tutuba Island.

1955       0655     Formed cruising disposition - cruisers in column, 
                    SAN FRANCISCO guide, HELELNA and PENSACOLA 
                    following.  Destroyers formed anti-submarine 
                    screen.  GWIN in Station 4250.  Course and axis 
                    140°, speed 17 knots.

2005       0705     Changed base course and axis to 180° (17k).

2014       0714     Changed base course and axis to 200° (17k).

2020       0720     Changed base course and axis to 220° (17k).

2035       0735     Changed base course and axis to 240° (17k).

2050       0750     Changed base course to 270° (17k) and fleet axis.

2055       0755     Commenced zigzagging - Plan #8.

2100       0800     Position 15°51' S; 167° 10' E.

2250       0950     Changed base course and axis to 290°.

2300       1000     Changed base course and axis to 320°.

0100       1200     Position: 15°27' S; 166°13' E.

0240       1340     Maneuvered to cover cruisers while they launched 
                    planes.  Ceased zigzagging.

0200       1300     HELENA, LAFFEY and PRESTON left formation to take 
                    station 20,000 yards on starboard beam of SAN 
                    FRANCISCO.

0303       1403     SAN FRANCISCO commenced firing main battery in 
                    offset practice towards HELENA.

0309       1409     SAN FRANCISCO ceased firing.

0310       1410     Commenced zigzagging - Plan #8, base course 320°.

0349       1449     Ceased zigzagging.  Covered cruisers while they 
                    maneuvered to recover planes.

0425       1525     Planes recovered.  Resumed base course 320° (17k).

0432       1532     Commenced zigzagging - Plan #8.

0638       1738     In accordance with signal, changed course to 135°, 
                    with PENSACOLA and PRESTON as Task Unit 67.4.4 
                    GWIN took station 2045, speed 15 knots.

0645       1745     Commenced zigzagging - Plan #8.
                    Proceeding as ordered by NPM #965 of 10 November.
                    Cipher not held by GWIN.

0703       1803     Ceased zigzagging.  Changed base course and axis 
                    to 170°. 

0900       2000     Position: 15°04' S; 165°34' E.

1200       2300     Changed base course and axis to 092° (15k).

G.C.T.    L.C.T.                November 11, 1942

                    Steaming in company with PENSACOLA and PRESTON on 
                    course 092, speed 15 knots.  GWIN in stationed 
                    2045. 

1700       0400     Changed base course and axis to 122° (15k).

1730       0430     Changed base course and axis to 092° (15k).

1800       0500     Changed speed to 20 knots.  Commenced zigzagging - 
                    Plan #14.

1818       0518     Changed base course and axis to 070° (20k).

1845       0545     Changed base course and axis to 000° (20k).

1905       0605     Ceased zigzagging.

1912       0612     Maneuvered to patrol off entrance and follow 
                    PENSACOLA and PRESTON into port.

1940       0640     Steered various courses at various speeds while 
                    entering harbor.

2115       0815     Moored port side to starboard side of GUADELOUPE 
                    in Berth D-3, Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides.  
                    Fueled

2135       0835     PRESTON came alongside to starboard and fueled.

2336       1036     PRESTON left from alongside.

2350       1050     Underway from alongside GUADELOUPE.

0017       1117     Moored starboard side to port side of PENSACOLA in 
                    Berth A-7, Segond Channel, Espiritu Santo.

G.C.T.    L.C.T.                November 12, 1942

                    Moored starboard side to PENSACOLA in BerthA-7, 
                    Segond Channel, Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides. 

1858       0558     Underway with PENSACOLA and PRESTON - Comsopac 
                    dispatch 110202 of November.  Proceeded to join 
                    Task Force 16, forming Task Group 16.9.  Steered 
                    various courses at various speeds leaving harbor.

1922       0622     Entered channel between eastern mine fields.

1928       0628     Cleared channel between eastern mine fields.

1937       0637     Commenced antisubmarine patrol off Tutuba Island 
                    for sortie of PENSACOLA.

2100       0800     Position: 15°42' S; 167°21' E.

2105       0805     Maneuvered to from on PENSACOLA.

2120       0820     Took station 2315 on PENSACOLA on course 230°, 
                    speed 20 knots, commenced zigzagging - Plan #14.

2125       0825     Changed base course and axis to 270°.

2155       0855     Changed speed to 16 knots.

0000       1100     Changed base course and axis to 288° (16K).

0100       1200     Position: 15°45'42" S; 166°17'30" E.

0800       1900     Changed base course and axis to 000° (16k).

0855       1955     Changed speed to 15 knots.

0900       2000     Position: 14°58'30" S; 164°39'00" E.
                    Changed base course and axis to 287° (15k).

1100       2200     Ceased zigzagging.  Course 287° (15k).
                    
G.C.T.    L.C.T.                November 13, 1942

                    Steaming in company with Task Group 16.9 on course 
                    287°, speed 15 knots, destroyers forming 
                    antisubmarine screen, GWIN in station 2315, 
                    PENSACOLA guide.

1819       0519     Changed base course and axis to 305° (15k). 
                    Commenced zigzagging - Plan #8.

2013       0713     Changed bas ecourse and axis to 270° (15k).

2100       0800     Position: 14°06' S; 161°37' E.

2101       0801     Maneuvered to screen PENSACOLA as she recovered
                    planes.

2106       0806     Changed course to 200° (15k).

2113       0813     Maneuvered to approach disposition and join 
                    formation with Task Force 16.

2145       0845     Joined Task Force 16.  O.T.C. (CFT 16) in 
                    ENTERPRISE; other ships: WALKE, BENHAM, RUSSELL, 
                    ANDERSON, HUGHES, MUSTIN, WASHINGTON, SOUTH 
                    DAKOTA, SAN DIEDO, CLARK, NORTHAMPTON.
                      Set all clocks ahead one hour to Zone Minus 12 
                    time

2210       1010     Maneuvered screen ENTERPRISE in flight operations.

2230       1030     Completed flight operations.  Base course 015°, 
                    speed 20 knots.  Maneuvered to approach ENTERPRISE 
                    for guard mail.

2246       1046     Emergency turn left to 290°, speed 25 knots.  
                    Torpedo wake reported sighted ahead of BENHAM.  
                    BENHAM proceeded to investigate.

2250       1050     Changed speed to 28 knots.

2255       1055     Changed course to 210°.  Changed speed to 20 knots.

2300       1100     Changed course to 300° (20k).

2315       1115     Commenced zigzagging - Plan #9.

2322       1122     Ceased zigzagging.

2325       1125     Changed base course to 015° (20k).

2332       1132     Commenced further approach to ENTERPRISE to 
                    receive guard mail.

2344       1144     Closed aboard starboard quarter, received guard 
                    mail from ENTERPRISE. 

2346       1146     Completed transfer of guard mail.  Cleared
                    ENTERPRISE.  Maneuvered to approach PENSACOLA to 
                    transfer guard mail.

2350       1150     Commenced zigzagging - Plan #9.  BENHAM returned 
                    to formation - no contact.

0000       1200     Position: 13°58' S; 61°43' E.
                    Made good since noon yesterday: course 291.8, 
                    speed 12.8.

0005       1205     Maneuvered to screen ENTERPRISE during flight 
                    operations - course 110° (28k).

0015       1215     Changed course to 135° (28k).

0025       1225     Changed course to 015°.

0030       1230     Changed base course to 270°.  Changed speed to 20 
                    knots.

0048       1248     Commenced zigzagging - base course 270° - Plan #9.  
                    Maneuvered to approach PENSACOLA to transfer guard 
                    mail.

0105       1305     Emergency turn left to 180° (20k).

0107       1307     Changed course to 190° (20k).

0112       1312     Changed course to 270° (20k).

0114       1314     Changed course to 000° (20k).

0115       1315     Sound contact bearing 160°.  Gave alarm.  Proceeded 
                    to develop contact.

0117       1317     Dropped two Mark 7 depth charges as embarrassing 
                    attack.  Commenced search in area for submarine.

0155       1355     No further contacts.  Maneuvered to rejoin 
                    formation and to approach PENSACOLA.

0315       1515     Rejoined formation.  Base course 180°, speed 20 
                    knots.  

0325       1525     Commenced zigzagging - Plan #9.

0340       1540     On base course 180° at 20 knots.  Came close aboard 
                    port quarter of PENSACOLA.  Transferred guard mail 
                    to and received guard mail from PENSACOLA.

0346       1546     Completed exchange of guard mail.  Cleared 
                    PENSACOLA's quarter.  Maneuvered to deliver guard 
                    mail to PRESTON.

0411       1611     Close aboard port quarter of PRESTON.  Commenced 
                    delivery of guard mail.

0419       1619     Cleared PRESTON's qside.

0429       1629     Took place in disposition on base course 180°; 
                    fleet axis 000°, formation speed 20 knots, 
                    zigzagging - Plan #9.  GWIN screening port bow of 
                    PENSACOLA.

0610       1810     Ceased zigzagging - course 180°.

0613       1813     Changed base course to 000°. (20k).

0630       1830     Maneuvered to screen ENTERPRISE during flight 
                    operations.

0648       1848     Flight operations completed.  Resumed base course 
                    000°, speed 20 knots.

0700       1900     On orders from CTF 16 (130645 of Nov.), exchanged 
                    station with CLARK.  Maneuvered to take position 
                    on starboard bow of SOUTH DAKOTA.

0723       1923     On signal from TF 16, OTC, stood away with Task 
                    Force 64 - Rear Admiral Lee CTF 64 in WASHINGTON, 
                    SOUTH DAKOTA, BENHAM, PRESTON, GWIN.  Task Force 
                    64 remained on base course 000° and made 24 knots 
                    speed, Task Force 16 withdrew to westward.

0730       1930     BB's formed line normal to base course, WASHINGTON 
                    Gideon right; GWIN in station 5020.  DD's forming 
                    antisubmarine screen.

0755       1955     Commenced zigzagging - Plan #11 - base course 000°.

0800       2000     Position: 13°59'06" S; 161°55'42" E.

0810       2010     Changed formation speed to 26 knots.

G.C.T.    L.C.T.                November 14, 1942

                    Steaming in company with Task Force 64 on base 
                    course 000°, speed 20 knots.  BB's in line abreast, 
                    WASHINGTON guide; DD's forming antisubmarine 
                    screen; GWIN in station 5020, zigzagging - Plan 
                    #17.

1201       0001     Ceased zigzagging.

1203       0003     Changed base course and axis 315° (26k).

1217       0017     Changed formation speed to 23 knots.  Commenced 
                    zigzagging - Plan #17, Course 315°.

1600       0400     Changed formation speed to 26 knots.

1805       0605     Changed formation speed 23 knots.

1845       0645     Ceased zigzagging and resumed base course 315°.

1850       0650     Changed base course to  225° (23k).

1903       0703     Changed formation speed to 18 knots.

1910       0710     Commenced zigzagging - Plan #9, base course 225°.

1950       0750     Ceased zigzagging.  Resumed base course 225°.

2000       0800     Position: 10°36'36" S; 159°39'30" E.

2003       0803     Changed base course to 315° (18k).

2035       0835     Commenced zigzagging - Plan #9, course 315°.

2300       1100     Air alert.  DD's closed in to antiaircraft
                    screening stations, GWIN in station 3045.  Changed 
                    base course to 240°.

2307       1107     Changed course to 100° (18k).

2325       1125     Changed base course to 150° (18k).

2330       1130     No more contacts.  Secured from air alert.  
                    Commenced zigzagging - Plan #9.

0000       1200     Position: 10°14'30" S; 159°11'12" E.

0036       1236     Changed base course to 100° (18k).

0145       1345     Changed base course to 280° (18k).

0230       1430     DD's spread out to regular antisubmarine stations, 
                    GWIN in 502.

0235       1435     Changed base course to 345° (18k).

0355       1555     Emergency turn right to 075° (18k).  Planes 
                    reported.

0405       1605     Changed base course to 130°.

0410       1610     Resumed zigzagging - Plan #9.

0440       1640     Changed base course to 150° (18k).

0541       1741     Changed base course to 320° (18k).

0615       1815     Changed formation speed to 23 knots.

0700       1900     Formed column, WASHINGTON guide, SOUTH DAKOTA 
                    following, DD's leading in order WALKE, BENHAM, 
                    PRESTON, GWIN.  

0702       1902     Column right to 346° 923k), WALKE leading turn.

0704       1904     Commenced zigzagging - Plan #17 - base course 346°.

0800       2000     Position: 9°39' S; 159°25' E.

0803       2023     Column right 020°, WALKE leading turn.

0910       2110     Went to general quarters. Set material condition 
                    "A".

0911       2111     Ceased zigzagging.

0914       2114     Column right to 090° (23K), WALKE leading turn.

1041       2241     Column right to 150° (23k), WALKE leading.

1100       2300     Prep tare boats on patrol out of Ringbolt made 
                    contact with BB's.  BB's were reported to Cactus 
                    control and then properly identified.  Prep tares 
                    continued their patrol near Savo Island.

1131       2331     Changed formation speed to 17 knots.

1145       2345     Column right to 270° (17k), WALKE leading.

G.C.T.    L.C.T.                November 15, 1942

                    Steaming with Task Force 64 on course 270°, speed 
                    17 knots in column - WALKE, BENHAM, PRESTON, GWIN, 
                    Rear Admiral Lee in WASHINGTON guide, SOUTH 
                    DAKOTA.  WALKE leading all column movements.  
                    Searching for enemy units reported in vicinity of 
                    Savo Island.  All hands at their stations; ship in 
                    material condition "A".  Sea calm, visibility 
                    unlimited, moon showing occasionally through 
                    clouds, night fairly dark.

1213       0013     SOUTH DAKOTA reported enemy contact bearing 330°, 
                    range 16,300 yards.  (See enclosure A and B).

0200       1400     Held funeral services and burial at sea for men 
                    who were killed during action last night.
                    Position 10°50' S; 160°28' E.

0406       1406     Captain of BENHAM decided to abandon ship because 
                    of her damaged condition.  Maneuvered to go 
                    alongside of BENHAM.
                      Sea had been building p all day.  Unable to 
                    maneuver alongside with only one engine in 
                    operation.  Both ships rolling heavily in trough 
                    of sea.

0430       1630     Stood close aboard BENHAM while crew went over 
                    board either in their one motor whaleboat, on life 
                    rafts, or in the water swimming.

0621       1821     Received on board last officer and man from 
                    BENHAM.  Maneuvered into position to destroy her 
                    by torpedoes and/or gunfire to prevent her 
                    becoming a menace to navigation or falling into 
                    unauthorized hands.
                      Expended four (4) torpedoes, Mk 15-1, None hit.

                    #1 exploded prematurely on apparently normal run 
                    about 400 yards from GWIN.
                    #2 passed under bow of BENHAM on apparently normal 
                    run and kept going.  Depth setting 10 feet.
                    #3 made a broaching run and angled off to right
                    about 90° from original course. Depth setting was 
                    zero, wave 8' high.
                    #4 made apparently normal run except for an 
                    initial kick to the right about 5° and another to 
                    the left about 10° and missed the BENHAM's stern.

                      Fired on BENHAM with main battery.  Numerous 
                      fires were kindled before one salvo caused a 
                      tremendous explosion which apparently broke the 
                      ship in two abaft the stack.  Explosion appeared 
                      to be torpedo warhead(s).  Ship sank with bow 
                      and stern rising up and touching as she went 
                      down amidships.

                      Position: 10°50' S; 160°53' E.  Time 1938.

0740       1940     Proceeded on base course 130° at 16 knots.  
                    Commenced zigzagging - Plan #8.

0945       2145     Ceased zigzagging.  Resumed base course, 130° (16 
                    knots)

0955       2155     Changed speed to 15 knots.

G.C.T.    L.C.T.                November 16, 1942

                    Steaming alone on starboard engine with crew of 
                    ex-BENHAM on board, course 130°, speed, 15 knots.

1808       0608     Commenced zigzagging - Plan #15, base course 130°.

2000       0800     Position: 12°41'36" S; 162°55'00" E.

0000       1200     Position: 13°23'48" S; 162°42'48" E.

                      Made good since noon yesterday: Course 129.5° sp. 
                      10.9 kn.

0400       1600     Set all clocks back one hour to zone 11 time.

0458       1558     Ceased zigzagging.

0500       1600     Changed course to 170° (15 knots).

0501       1601     Commenced zigzagging - Plan #8.

0625       1725     Changed base course to 090° (15 knots).

0835       1935     Changed base course to 130° (15 knots).

0900       1200     Position: 14°42'18" S; 165°29'36" E.

0925       2025     Sighted NICHOLAS and SHAW searching for GWIN and 
                    BENHAM.

0930       2030     Ceased zigzagging.  Joined formation with other 
                    DD's forming protective screen on either bow.  
                    Base course 134°, speed, 15 knots.

0950       2050     Resumed zigzagging - Plan #8, base course 134°.

G.C.T.    L.C.T.                November 17, 1942

                    Steaming in company with FLETCHER and SHAW on base 
                    course 134°, speed 15 knots, zigzagging - Plan #8.  
                    GWIN guide, other DD's forming anti-submarine 
                    screen on bows.  Only starboard engine in use.  
                    Crew of ex-BENHAM embarked for passage.

1500       0200     Ceased zigzagging.

1502       0202     Formed column in order SHAW, GWIN, FLETCHER.

1504       0204     Changed course to 136° (15 knots).

1531       0231     Column left to 090° (15 knots).

1551       0251     Commenced zigzagging - Plan #8

1705       0405     Ceased zigzagging - Plan #8.

1715       0415     Column right to 098° (15 knots).

1805       0505     Column right to 100° (15 knots).

1855       0555     Column left to 050° (15 knots).

1905       0605     Column left to 000° (15 knots).

                      Commenced steaming on various courses at various 
                    speeds approaching channel through mine fields.

1951       0651     Entered channel between eastern entrance mine 
                    fields - course 344°.

1958       0658     Cleared mine field.  Steered various courses 
                    headed for mooring.

2034       0734     Moored port side to starboard side of McCALLA in 
                    Berth D-4, Segond Channel, Espiritu Sano, New 
                    Hebrides.

0318       1418     Underway.  Maneuvered to go alongside tanker.

0407       1507     Moored port side to starboard side of TAPPAHANNOCK 
                    in Berth D-7. 

                    Fueled.

                      All BENHAM personnel were transferred to HELENA 
                    for passage, except wounded were transferred to 
                    Mobile Hospital, Button.

G.C.T.    L.C.T.                November 18, 1942

                    Moored alongside TAPPAHANNOCK in Berth D-7, Segond 
                    Channel, Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides.

0420       1520     Underway from alongside TAPPAHANNOCK under orders 
                    Comtaskgroup 62.7.  Maneuvered to clear harbor.

0449       1549     Received general signal that submarine had been 
                    located bearing 270° from CURTISS (Comairsopac) 
                    Reversed course and stood to westward toward 
                    contact.

0455       1555     In vicinity of CURTISS received orders to proceed 
                    with original sortie.  Submarine was outside 
                    western mine fields.

0500       1600     Reversed course.

0518       1618     On course 165° entered channel through eastern mine 
                    fields.

0527       1627     Cleared all mine fields.

0530       1630     Proceeded to anti-submarine patrol off Tutuba 
                    Island.

0543       1643     SAN FRANCISCO (CTG 62.7) and HELENA sortied in 
                    column and came to base course 125° at 18 knots.  
                    STERETT, BUCHANAN, and GWIN formed antisubmarine 
                    screen on 4000 yd. Circle, GWIN, in station 4315.

0546       1646     Commenced zigzagging - Plan #8.

0601       1701     Changed base course and axis to 180°.  Changed 
                    speed of formation to 20 knots.

0616       1716     Changed formation speed to 18 knots.  Changed base 
                    course and axis to 230°.

0635       1735     Changed base and axis to 270° (18 knots).

0650       1750     Ceased zigzagging and resumed base course, 270°.

0706       1806     Commenced zigzagging - Plan #6 - base course 270°.

0716       1816     Ceased zigzagging.

0717       1817     Commenced zigzagging - Plan 8 - base course 270°.

0800       1900     Changed base course and axis to 180° (18 knots).

0900       2000     Position: 16°08'30" S; 166°52'00" E.

                      Changed base course and axis to 165° (18 knots).

0930       2030     Submarine sound contact dead ahead.  Made 
                    emergency report to other ships.

0933       2033     Dropped two Mk. 7 depth charges in embarrassing 
                    attack.  Maneuvered to develop further contacts.

0955       2055     Sighted KITTY HAWK and ELLETT trailing Task Group 
                    62.7 at about 10 miles and losing distance.  Gave 
                    ELLETT report on contact.

1005       2105     No further contact.  Proceeded to rejoin 
                    formation.

1030       2130     Rejoined Task Group 62.7.  Base course 165°, speed 
                    18 knots.

G.C.T.    L.C.T.                November 19, 1942

                    Steaming in company with Task Group 62.7 on base 
                    course 165°, speed 18 knots, zigzagging - Plan #8.  
                    SAN FRANCISCO following HELENA (CTG 62.7) guide in 
                    column.  DD's forming anti-submarine screen - GWIN 
                    in station 4315.  Steaming on starboard engine.

2100       0800     Position: 19°19' S; 167°58' E.

                      Changed base course and axis to 158° (18 knots).

0040       1140     Sighted what appeared to be a periscope dead 
                    ahead, 1500 yards, gave alarm to other ships.

0045       1145     Dropped two Mk. 7 depth charges in embarrassing 
                    attack.  Maneuvered to develop further contacts.  
                    No sound contact has been made at all.

0100       1200     Position: 20°12' S; 168°22' E.

0142       1242     No further contacts.  Maneuvered to regain 
                    position.  Made about 21½ knots.

0600       1700     In formation still maneuvering to regain station.  
                    Changed base course and axis to 235° (18 knots).  
                    Zigzagging  - Plan #8.

0730       1830     Changed base course and axis to 180° (18 knots).

0900       2000     Position: 22°17'42" S; 168°22'00" E.

0945       2045     Changed base course and axis to 220° (18 knots).
					
G.C.T.    L.C.T.                November 20, 1942

                    Steaming on starboard engine in company with task 
                    Group 62.7 0n base course 220° at 18 knots, 
                    zigzagging Plan #8.  HELENA (CTG 62.7) guide SAN 
                    FRANCISCO in column.  DD's forming anti-submarine 
                    screen, GWIN in station 4315.

1400       0100     Changed base course and axis to 270° (18 knots).

1600       0300     Changed base course and axis to 305° (18 knots).

1857       0557     Changed base course and axis to 030° (18 knots).

2000       0700     Changed base course and axis to 047° (18 knots).

2031       0731     Changed formation speed to 15 knots.  Maneuvered 
                    to patrol off reef while cruisers entered

2058       0758     Commenced approach to Bulan Passage following 
                    other ships.

2100       0800     Position: 22°32'00" S. 166°24'30" E.

2105       0805     Entered Bulan Passage on course 050°.

2110       0810     Passed Swedee Light abeam to port.  Maneuvered to 
                    approach harbor - various course and speeds.

2240       0940     Arrived off Dunbea Bay.  Lay to awaiting orders 
                    to proceed.

0100       1200     Position: 22°14'48" S. 166°22'00" E.
                      Made good since noon yesterday: course 223° sp. 
                      6.9 Kn.

0208       1308     Moored port side to starboard side of S. S. J. C. 
                    DONNELL (Sm) in Berth 24, Dunbea Bay, off Noumea, 
                    New Cledonia.

                    Fueled.

0438       1538     Underway.  Commenced approach to Great Roads.

0504       1604     Passed through net at entrance to harbor.

0600       1700     Moored starboard side to port side of STACK and 
                    LAMSON in Berth on following bearing: tall 
                    chimney, 078°; beacon "L", 152°.

0713       1813     Underway on orders to shift berth.  Commenced 
                    maneuvering around harbor.

0833       1933     Moored starboard side to port side of STERETT 
                    alongside BUCHANAN, alongside SOUTHARD, alondside 
                    HOPKINS, alongside WHITNEY in Berth A3, Great 
                    Roads, Noumea, New Caledonia.

G.C.T.    L.C.T.                November 21, 1942

                    Moored in nest alongside WHITNEY, Berth A3, Great 
                    Roads, Noumea, New Caledonia.  Other vessels in 
                    nest: HOPKINS, SOUTHARD, BUCHANA, STERETT and YP 
                    boat #99.

0015       1115     O'BANNON came alongside to port.

0325       1425     Vice Admiral Wm. F. Halsey, Comsopac, made an 
                    informal inspection of the ship with two members 
                    of his staff.

G.C.T.    L.C.T.                November 22, 1942

                    Moored in nest alongside WHITNEY, Berth A3, Great 
                    Roads, Noumea, New Caledonia.  Other vessels in 
                    nest: HOPKINS, SOUTHARD, BUCHANAN, STERETT, and 
                    O'BANNON.

G.C.T.    L.C.T.                November 23, 1942

                    Moored in nest alongside WHITNEY, Berth A3, Great 
                    Roads, Noumea, New Caledonia.  Other vessels in 
                    nest: HOPKINS, SOUTHARD, BUCHANAN, STERETT, and 
                    O'BANNON.

G.C.T.    L.C.T.                November 24, 1942

                    Moored in nest alongside WHITNEY, Berth A3, Great 
                    Roads, Noumea, New Caledonia.  Other vessels in 
                    nest: HOPKINS, SOUTHARD, BUCHANAN, STERETT, and 
                    O'BANNON.

1930       0630     HOPKINS got underway from nest.

0103       1203     STERETT got underway from nest.  Moored alongside 
                    BUCHANAN.

G.C.T.    L.C.T.                November 25, 1942

                    Moored in nest alongside WHITNEY, Berth A3, Great 
                    Roads, Noumea, New Caledonia.  Other vessels in 
                    nest: SOUTHARD, BUCHANAN, PORT WANGENEI, O'BANNON.

2034       0734     O'BANNON got underway from alongside and anchored 
                    nearby.

2210       0910     PORT WANGENEI moored alongside to port.

G.C.T.    L.C.T.                November 26, 1942

                    Moored in nest alongside WHITNEY, Berth A3, Great 
                    Roads, Noumea, New Caledonia.  Other vessels in 
                    nest: SOUTHARD, BUCHANAN, PORT WANGENEI.

0824       1924     MORRIS came alongside to port, outboard of PORT 
                    WANGENEI.
					
G.C.T.    L.C.T.                November 27, 1942

                    Moored in nest alongside WHITNEY, Berth A3, Great 
                    Roads, Noumea, New Caledonia.  Other vessels in 
                    nest: SOUTHARD, BUCHANAN, PORT WANGENEI, MORRIS.

1850       0550     SOUTHARD got underway from nest and proceeded to 
                    ARD #2.

1919       0619     Underway.  Maneuvered to go alongside starboard 
                    side of WHITNEY.

2015       0715     Moored port side to starboard side of WHITNEY.  
                    Tender repair force removed #5 five inch gun on 
                    orders of Comsopac to transfer it to NECHES.

0412       1512     Underway.

0442       1542     Moored starboard side to port side of MORRIS in 
                    nest alongside WHITNEY.

G.C.T.    L.C.T.                November 28, 1942

                    Moored in nest alongside WHITNEY in Berth A3, 
                    Great Roads, Nomea, New Caledonia.  Other vessels 
                    in nest: BUCHANAN, PORT WANGENIE, MORRIS.

0035       1135     FARRAGUT came alongside to port.

0045       1145     CUMMINGS came alongside FARRAGUT to port.

0540       1640     CUMMINGS got underway from nest and anchored in 
                    harbor.

G.C.T.    L.C.T.                November 29, 1942

                    Moored in nest alongside WHITNEY, in Berth A3, 
                    Great Roads, Nomea, New Caledonia.  Other vessels 
                    in nest: BUCHANAN, PORT WANGENIE, MORRIS, 
                    FARRAGUT.

1840       0540     Underway.  Maneuvered to approach and entered 
                    floating dry dock.

1937       0637     Entered ARD #2 IN Berth 59, Dunbea Bay, Noumea, 
                    New Caledonia.

                      Cleaned the bottom.  Repair force from 
                    PROMETHEUS removed port propeller.

0724       1824     Underway.  Cleared dry dock.  Maneuvered to go to 
                    anchorage in Great Roads.

0900       2000     After three unsuccessful attempts to anchor 
                    (anchor windlass jammed each time), moored 
                    starboard side to PORT WANGENIE alongside 
                    FARRAGUT, alongside BUCHANAN, alongside WHITNEY in 
                    Berth A3, also MORRIS.

G.C.T.    L.C.T.                November 30, 1942

                    Moored in nest alongside WHITNEY in Berth A3, 
                    Great Roads, Noumea, New Caledonia.  Other vessels 
                    in nest: BUCHANAN, FARRAGUT, PORT WANGENIE, 
                    MOORIS.  
                      Various PT boats came alongside and got underway 
                    again throughout the day.


                                        John Benjamin Fellows, Jr.,
                                      Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy,
                                               Commanding. 
    




U.S.S.GWIN (433)

DD433/A16-3                                     c/o Postmaster,
Serial: 0047                                    San Francisco, Calif.,
TS/133                                          November 16, 1942	

S E C R E T

From:         The Commanding Officer.
To  :         The Commander, Task Force 64,

Subject:      Report of Night Action 14-15 November, 1942,

Reference:    (a) Art. 712(2)(3) and 874(6), U.S. Navy
                  Regulations, 1920.

Enclosure:    (A) Track Chart.

   1.         The report required by reference (a) follows in
chronological order:

  TIME
GCT     LCT                     EVENT                                
              Formation column, destroyers in van at standard
              distance, order, WALE, BENHAM, PRESTON, GWIN.
              Battleships in column about 5000 yards astern.
              Course 270, speed 18.

1213    0013  SOUTH DAKOTA reported contact bearing 330, range
              16,300.  GWIN observed two cruisers, believed to be
              MOGAMI type, bearing 355, range about 14,000.

1214    0014  Column right to 300.

1219    0019  SOUTH DAKOTA opened fire.

1220    0020  Speed 23.

1221    0021  Set up torpedo director on cruiser target, target
              angle 90, speed 25.  As tube ready lights were turned 
              on, the center barrel of tube 2 fired due to a short
              circuit.  The cruisers were beyond effective range for
              high speed setting.

1222    0022  WALKE reported target 20° on starboard bow and opened
              fire.

1223    0023  GWIN fired two star shell spreads to illuminate
              cruisers under fire of battleships.  Fuse setting 45
              seconds, range 12,000 yards.

                Fired two salvos AA common at cruisers but range
              was to great for the gunfire to serve other than 
              distraction purposes.  Checked fire.

1226    0026  Opened fire on right hand ship of what appeared to be
              one cruiser and four destroyers which were apparently
              in column and circling SAVO island in a counter-clock
              wise direction.  Target bearing 350° true, estimated
              range 10,000.  Target angle 80°. 

1227    0027  One of the two cruisers on our starboard quarter
              is now flaming, and the other apparently retiring
              to the northwest.

1229    0029  WALKE burning and has pulled out of column to port.
              BENHAM and Preston are still firing at targets which
              Appear to be DDs.  Targets are very difficult to
              Distinguish as they are masked by Savo Island.

1230    0030  We hit with the two consecutive salvos.  Target which 
              had been firing 4-gun salvos now is replying with one 
              gun.  Hitting gun range 8500, relative bearing 80,
              target angle 110.

1231    0031  We are being fired upon by a KUMO type cruiser on our
              port quarter.

1232    0032  PRESTON exploded dead ahead, distant 300 yards.  Almost
              simultaneously, ship received 4.7 caliber hit which
              entered forward starboard side of #2 engineroom  about
              4 feet above water line.  It apparently exploded in
              in the vicinity of the control station, killing all
              personnel on the upper level, filling the engineroom,
              after 20 mm clipping room and gun four upper handling
              room with steam, driving the crew out of the handling 
              room.  General lighting is out in guns 4 and 5 but they
              still have power and battle lighting.
                All safety links on the torpedoes failed.  Three 
              torpedoes slid out of #1 mount and over the side.  The 
              remaining torpedoes in both tubes slid part way out.
                Came hard right to avoid PRESTON and then resumed 
              course 300.  Making 300 R.P.M. on starboard engine.

1233    0033  Flames from the PRESTON have subsided, but her depth
              charges exploded right after we had passed her and
              gave the ship quite a shaking up.
                Ship received an unknown caliber hit at break of
              deck, starboard side, from frame 188, leaving a jagged
              hole about 2 square feet in are.  This was evidently
              a ricochet on its upward traverse.  Starboard depth
              charge rack was badly distorted.  Two 600-pound depth
              charges were broken open and their contents spilled.

1234    0034  Ship is still firing at flashes in the lee of Savo
              Island, using guns one, two and five.  One of the 
              battleships has destroyed the cruiser firing on our
              port quarter.  Torpedo crossed astern, coming from 
              starboard, missing stern about 30 yards.  BENHAM has
              disappeared from formation.

1236    0036  Ceased firing due to lack of suitable targets.  All
              firing has ceased temporarily.

1245    0045  Task Group Commander ordered DD's to retire.

1250    0050  Ship is acting very tender.  Took a fifteen degree
              roll to port and was very slow in recovering.  
              Repair party has not been able to determine watertight
              integrity status of #2 engineroom because of escaping
              steam.  Boilers 3 and 4 have been secured and after
              bulkhead stops closed.  Ammunition is being removed
              from #4 upper handling room, shell room, and jettisoned.
              A fire hose is playing on the 20 mm ammunition
              In the after clipping room.

1300    0100  Ordered jettison bill placed in effect.

1305    0105  Observed WASHINGTON bearing about 030 true, distant
              6000, and SOUTH DAKOTA bearing 080 concentrating upon
              a large cruiser and destroyer caught between them.

1315    0115  O.T.C. announced that WASHINGTON was retiring, and
              directed SOUTH DAKOTA to join.
                GWIN retiring, steaming on various courses at 15
              knots to keep about 10 miles off Gaudalcanal.

1340    0140  Repair party reported that #2 engineroom was not
              making water.  Ceased jettison operations.  Five
              depth charges in port rack had been dropped, set
              on safe, and provisions located in F.D. radar 
              compartment (vacant) had been thrown over.

1500    0300  BENHAM reported her position as 9-30 S, 159-30 E,
              course 160, speed 10.  GWIN closed to sight contact
              with BENHAM and then took her course and speed.

1530    0330  Have lost sight of BENHAM. Called on TBS and 
              learned that see had slowed to eight knots.  
              Reversed course to reestablish contact.

1615    0415  Took station 1000 yards on BENHAM's port quarter,
              and retired in company at 8 knots.

1900    0700  Course 130°, speed 12.


                                                    J. B. FELLOWS, Jr.






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