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The USS Ward

The USS Ward was a destroyer in the US . The served in WWI, but its biggest claim to fame is that it was the first American ship to fire a shot during WWII. In the early morning hours of December 7, 1941, a submarine periscope was sighted near Pearl Harbor. The Ward was on patrol at the time and was sent to investigate. About 2.5 hours later The Ward made contact with the submarine. It was a Japanese 2-man midget submarine sent ahead of the main Japanese attack fleet. After a few shots from its main gun and a few depth charges, The Ward sank the Japanese submarine. These were the first American shots fired during . On December 7, 1944, The Ward was hit by Japanese kamikaze aircraft and and bombers and disabled. The crew abandoned ship and the USS O'Brien fired another shot to sink it (to keep it out of enemy hands). The commander of The O'Brien was William W. Outerbridge, the same man who commanded The Ward on the morning of Pearl Harbor.

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