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U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard Vessels
in Waters of Oahu, Territory of Hawaii
December 07, 1941

 by Jack McKillop
Warships Mine Warfare Ships
Patrol Ships Auxiliary Ships
Service Craft Coast Guard
References  

     Most everyone has heard of the battleship Arizona but few know that there were a total of 145 Coast Guard and Navy vessels in the waters of Oahu, Territory of Hawaii on 7 December 1941.  The names and designations of the 145 vessels and the eventual fate of each vessel, where known, is detailed below. 

     Ships names prefaced with USCGC (United States Coast Guard Cutter) or USS (United States Ship) were commissioned ships.  All others were in service.

WARSHIPS (50)


BATTLESHIPS (8)
        USS Arizona, BB-39: sunk 7 Dec 41; U.S. National Memorial at Pearl Harbor
        USS California, BB-44: sold for scrap 7-59
        USS Maryland, BB-46: sold for scrap 7-59
        USS Nevada, BB-36: sunk in weapons test 7-48
        USS Oklahoma, BB-37: capsized 7 Dec 41; Raised 1943, not repaired; parted tow line enroute San Francisco and sank 5-47
        USS Pennsylvania, BB-38: scuttled off Kwajalein 2-48
        USS Tennessee, BB-43: sold for scrap 7-59
        USS West Virginia, BB-48: sold for scrap 8-59
HEAVY CRUISERS (2)
        USS New Orleans, CA-32: sold for scrap 9-59
        USS San Francisco, CA-38: sold for scrap 9-59
LIGHT CRUISERS (6)
        USS Detroit, CL-8: sold for scrap 2-46
        USS Helena, CL-50: sunk in Kula Gulf, 7-43
        USS Honolulu, CL-48: sold for scrap 11-59
        USS Phoenix, CL-46: to Argentina 10-51; sunk during Falklands War
        USS Raleigh, CL-7: sold for scrap 2-46
        USS St. Louis, CL-49: to Brazil 1-51
DESTROYERS (30)
        USS Allen, DD-66: sold for scrap 9-46
        USS Aylwin, DD-355: sold for scrap 12-46.
        USS Bagley, DD-386: sold for scrap 10-47
        USS Blue, DD-387: sunk off Guadalcanal 8-42
        USS Case, DD-370: sold for scrap 12-47
        USS Cassin, DD-372: sold for scrap 11-47
        USS Chew, DD-106: sold for scrap 10-46
        USS Conyngham, DD-371: sunk as target 7-48
        USS Cummings, DD-365: sold for scrap 7-47
        USS Dale, DD-353: sold for scrap 12-46
        USS Dewey, DD-349: sold for scrap 12-46
        USS Downes, DD-375: sold for scrap 11-47
        USS Farragut, DD-348: sold for scrap 8-47
        USS Helm, DD-388: sold for scrap 10-47
        USS Henley, DD-391: sunk in Huron Gulf 10-43
        USS Hull, DD-350: sunk by typhoon 12-44
        USS Jarvis, DD-393: sunk off Guadalcanal 8-42
        USS Macdonough, DD-351: sold for scrap 12-46
        USS Monaghan, DD-354: sunk by typhoon 12-44
        USS Mugford, DD-389: sunk off Kwajalein 3-48
        USS Patterson, DD-392: sold for scrap 8-47
        USS Phelps, DD-360: sold for scrap 8-47
        USS Ralph Talbot, DD-390: sunk as target 3-48
        USS Reid, DD-369: sunk off Leyte, PI 12-44
        USS Schley, DD-103: scrapped 1946
        USS Selfridge, DD-357: sold for scrap 11-46
        USS Shaw, DD-373: sold for scrap 1946
        USS Tucker, DD-374: sunk off Espiritu Santo 8-42
        USS Ward, DD-139: sunk off Leyte 12-44
        USS Worden, DD-352: sunk off Amchitka 1-43
SUBMARINES (4)
        USS Cachalot, SS-170: sold for scrap 1-47
        USS Dolphin, SS-169: sold for scrap 8-46
        USS Narwhal, SS-167: sold for scrap 11-45
        USS Tautog, SS-199: sold for scrap 7-60
 

MINE WARFARE SHIPS (23)


HIGH SPEED MINESWEEPERS (4)
        USS Perry, DMS-17: sunk off Palau Is 9-44
        USS Trever, DMS-16: sold for scrap 11-46
        USS Wasmuth, DMS-15: sunk off Aleutian Is 12-42
        USS Zane, DMS-14: sold for scrap 10-46
LIGHT MINELAYERS (8)
        USS Breese, DM-18: sold for scrap 5-46
        USS Gamble, DM-15: scuttled off Guam 7-45
        USS Montgomery, DM-17: sold for scrap 3-46
        USS Preble, DM-20: sold for scrap 10-46
        USS Pruitt, DM-22: sold for scrap 1946
        USS Ramsay, DM-16: sold for scrap 11-46
        USS Sicard, DM-21: sold for scrap 6-46
        USS Tracy, DM-19: sold for scrap 1946
MINELAYER (1)
        USS Oglala, CM-4: to Maritime Commission 7-46
MINESWEEPERS (6)
        USS Bobolink, AM-20: sold 10-46
        USS Grebe, AM-43: destroyed by hurricane 1-43
        USS Rail, AM-26: to Maritime Commission 1-47
        USS Tern, AM-31: sold 7-47
        USS Turkey, AM-13: sold 12-46
        USS Vireo, AM-52: to Maritime Commission 2-47
MINESWEEPERS, COASTAL (4)
        Cockatoo, AMc-8: to Maritime Commission 9-46
        Condor, AMc-14: to Maritime Commission 7-46
        Crossbill, AMc-9: to Maritime Commission 3-47
        Reedbird, AMc-30: to Maritime Commission 11-46
 

PATROL SHIPS (13)


GUNBOAT (1)
        USS Sacramento, PG-19: sold 8-47
MOTOR TORPEDO BOATS (12)
        PT-20: stricken for obsolescence, 12-44.
        PT-21: stricken for obsolescence, 10-43.
        PT-22: badly damaged in storm, 1-43; scrapped.
        PT-23: reclassified as small boat, 10-43.
        PT-24: reclassified as small boat, 12-44.
        PT-25: reclassified as small boat, 10-43.
        PT-26: reclassified as small boat, 10-43.
        PT-27: reclassified as small boat, 12-44.
        PT-28: wrecked in storm, 1-43.
        PT-29: stricken for obsolescence, 12-44.
        PT-30: stricken for obsolescence, 3-44.
        PT-42: stricken for obsolescence, 12-44.

AUXILIARY SHIPS (28)


AMMUNITION SHIP (1)
        USS Pyro, AE-1: sold for scrap 3-50
 CARGO SHIP (1)
        USS Vega, AK-17: sold for scrap 8-46
DESTROYER TENDERS (2)
        USS Dobbin, AD-3: sold 1951
        USS Whitney, AD-4: sold for scrap 3-48
GENERAL STORES ISSUE SHIPS (2)
        USS Antares, AKS-3: sold 1947
        USS Castor, AKS-1: sold 12-68
HOSPITAL SHIP (1)
        USS Solace, AH-5: sold 1948
MISCELLANEOUS AUXILIARIES (3)
        USS Argonne, AG-31: sold 1951
        USS Sumner, AG-32: to Maritime Commission 9-46
        USS Utah, AG-16: capsized 7 Dec 41; remains a partially submerged hulk off west side of Ford Island on the opposite side of the island from battleship row.
OCEAN-GOING TUGS (4)
        USS Keosangua, AT-38: sold 7-47
        USS Navajo, AT-64: sunk east of New Hebrides 9-43
        USS Ontario, AT-13: sold 4-47
        USS Sunnadin, AT-28: to Maritime Commission 1-47
OILERS (2)
        USS Neosho, AO-23: sunk in Coral Sea 5-42
        USS Ramapo, AO-12: to Maritime Commission 7-46
REPAIR SHIPS (3)
        USS Medusa, AR-1: sold for scrap 8-50
        USS Rigel, AR-11: sold 1950
        USS Vestal, AR-4: sold for scrap 7-50
SEAPLANE TENDERS (2)
        USS Curtiss, AV-4: sold 1-72
        USS Tangier, AV-8: sold for scrap 7-61
SEAPLANE TENDERS, DESTROYER (2)
        USS Hulbert, AVD-6: sold for scrap 10-46
        USS Thornton, AVD-11: beached and abandoned off Okinawa 4-45
SMALL SEAPLANE TENDERS (2)
        USS Avocet, AVP-4: sold 12-46
        USS Swan, AVP-7: to Maritime Commission 10-46
SUBMARINE RESCUE VESSEL (1)
        USS Widgeon, ASR-1: sold for scrap 1948
SUBMARINE TENDER (1)
        USS Pelias, AS-14: sold 1971
UNCLASSIFIED MISCELLANEOUS (1)
        Chengho, IX-52: returned to owner 1946

SERVICE CRAFT (27)


DISTRICT YARD CRAFT (2)
        YP-108
        YP-109
FERRYBOAT (2)
        Manuwai YFB-16: Moored Bravo Pier Southwest Loch. Struck 9-17-54.
        Nihoa YFB-17: Moored west side of Ford Island, south of USS Tangier. Out of service 4-61.
FUEL OIL BARGES (4)
        YO-21
        YO-30
        YO-43
        YO-44
GARBAGE LIGHTERS (3)
        YG-15
        YG-17
        YG-21
GATE VESSEL (1)
        YNG-17
HARBOR TUGS (8)
        Hoga, YT-146: leased to Oakland, California 1973-75
        Nokomis, YT-142: sold 1973
        Osceola, YT-129: sold 1973
        Sotoyomo, YT-9: destroyed 2-46
        YT-119
        YT-130
        YT-152
        YT-153
MOTOR TUG (1)
        YMT-5
NET TENDERS, BOOM (5)
        Ash, YN-2: sold 1962
        Cinchona, YN-7: sold 1962
        Cockenoe, YN-47: to Maritime Commission 7-47
        Marin, YN-53: to Maritime Commission 3-47
        Wapello, YN-56.
TORPEDO TESTING BARGE (1)
        YTT-3
WATER BARGE (1)
        YW-16

COAST GUARD VESSELS (4)


BOAT (1)
        CG 8
CRUISING CUTTERS (3)
        USCGC Reliance WPC-150: sold 6-48
        USCGC Taney WPG-37: struck 12-86. Now in Baltimore, Maryland Maritime Musuem
        USCGC Tiger WPC-152: sold 1948


Information compiled and provided by naval historian Jack McKillop.
References :

Brochure listing all the ships that were in PH during the attack supplemented with information from various volumes of : Naval History Division, US Navy Department : Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, 8 Vols.: Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office, 1959-1981.

 
 
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