After interrupting the proceedings to conduct an unsuccessful attack on a submarine thought to be nearby, she returned to the task and continued the search until she had received 231 men from the oiler. After interrupting the proceedings to conduct an unsuccessful attack on a submarine thought to be nearby, she returned to the task and continued the search until she had received 231 men from the oiler. USS Raleigh (C-8) was a United States Navy protected cruiser of the Cincinnati class , commissioned in 1894 and in periodic service until 1919. Whipple then shifted south for a brief cruise along the Levantine coast during which she visited Beirut and Damascus, Syria and Port Said, Egypt, before she returned to Constantinople on 18 August. She next operated off the east coast from Maine to Florida and cruised to Guantanamo Bay for maneuvers with the Fleet. Volume 11 (September 1864-May 1865) Index. Langley's evasive maneuvers were not sufficient to prevent the Japanese, at 1212, hitting her with a several bombs, setting the former aircraft carrier on fire. The three destroyers landed the Marines on 22 January, relieving the 28-man detachment from the gunboat at that time. Among the 410 … Changing course in anticipation of orders to retire from Java, Whipple prepared to send a message relative to these orders when the destroyer's chief radioman heard a cell for help over the radio from Pecos, then under attack by Japanese bombers near Christmas Island. At this time, the entire Near East was in turmoil due to changes caused by, and in the wake of, World War I. Whipple delivered mail to the destroyer Chandler at Samsun, Turkey, on 16 June and landed British American Tobacco company representatives whom the destroyer had transported from Constantinople. At 1358, the rescue completed, Whipple stood off to scuttle Langley, opening fire at 1429 with her 4-inch main battery. At 2355 on 3 September 1939, Whipple's deck log noted that France had declared war on Germany, two days after German troops invaded Poland. She resumed the routine common to ships of her type with the Fleet: winter exercises in the Philippine Islands and summer maneuvers out of Tsingtao, China, with cruises to Chinese coastal ports in the interim. Whipple joined what remained of the Asiatic Fleet in Australian waters. After another convoy escort run from Norfolk to Guantanamo Bay and the Panama Canal Zone, Whipple joined three other destroyers in completing the offensive antisubmarine task group based around Guadalcanal (CVE-60). Whipple then towed a barge loaded with wounded White Russian troops out of range of the Bolshevik guns and then turned the tow over to Humphreys. He continued to request transfer to aviation while serving on the destroyers USS Whipple and the USS Stewart. The visit, the first by American men-of-war since the establishment of diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union in 1933, lasted until 1 August when the five ships headed back to China. AT 1020 on 27 February, three Japanese twin-engined bombers attacked christmas Island. On 12 February, the destroyer got underway from Prigi Bay, Java, in a dense fog. For ease of conversion, italics and accent marks have been omitted. Decommissioned on 9 November 1945, her name was struck from the Navy list on 5 December. As she headed for Tjilatjap, on the south coast of Java, she was struck a glancing blow by the Dutch light cruiser De Ruyter. The USS Whipple was able to rescue 232 survivors from both ships. Making contact with her at 0629 on 27 February, the destroyers took up screening positions to escort the vulnerable ship and its vital cargo of 32 P-40 fighters and U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF) personnel to Tjilatjap. For the remainder of 1944 and into the spring of 1945, Whipple performed convoy escort duties off the east coast, across the Atlantic to Casablanca, and occasionally into the Caribbean. Soon, orders arrived directing Whipple and her sister ship to clear the area prior to any more bombing attacks. For the next eight months, she operated in the region of the Black Sea and eastern Mediterranean, under the overall command of Admiral Mark L. Bristol, Commander, U.S. As her last boatload pushed off from shore, Bolshevik troops reached the main square and began firing on the fleeing White Russians; Whipple had completed the mission just in time. Langley's evasive maneuvers were not sufficient to prevent the Japanese hitting her with several bombs at 1212, setting the former aircraft carrier on fire and causing flooding. Whipple soon cleared the area, believing that a Japanese aircraft carrier was close. "The whole affair," the citation concluded, "... reflected great credit on the Whipple and the United States Naval Service.". Whipple then shifted south for a brief cruise along the Levantine coast during which she visited Beirut and Damascus, Syria and Port Said, Egypt, before she returned to Constantinople on 18 August. The five ships arrived at Vladivostok, USSR, on the 28th. The destroyer next resumed her previous routine on the Black Sea route, carrying mail between ports (including dispatches for consulates and the like), and observing conditions prevailing at the ports visited in Romania, Russia, and Asiatic Turkey. While the rescue was in progress, a submarine detected in the immediate vicinity was attacked with depth charges by … At 1150, lookouts spotted nine Japanese high-level bombers approaching from the east. At 1020 on 27 February, three Japanese twin-engined bombers attacked Christmas Island. The giant airship weighed 120 tons, was 146 feet tall and had a diameter of 133 feet. Soon, orders arrived directing Whipple and Edsall to clear the area prior to any more bombing attacks. Whipple arrived at Sevastopol on the morning of 14 November and reported to Vice Admiral Newton A. McCully for orders. After nine rounds of 4-inch and two torpedoes, Langley settled lower and lower but refused stubbornly to sink. For the next four years, the destroyer served in the Asiatic Fleet, "showing the flag" and standing ready to protect American lives and property in strife-torn China. As a consequence, Whipple, whose own bow had been bent around until it faced sternward, received Smith Thompson′s undamaged bow and soon reentered active service. Two weeks later, a small squadron of Asiatic Fleet units, including Whipple, sailed from Chefoo on 24 July. For the next eight months, she operated in the region of the Black Sea and eastern Mediterranean, under the overall command of Admiral Mark L. Bristol, Commander, U.S. Baron General Pyotr Wrangel, commanding the White Russian forces in the area, pulled his force back to Sevastopol in a rear-guard action, from where the Whites evacuated to sea in a wide variety of craft to escape the oncoming Bolshevik forces. Whipple departed the U.S. West Coast, bound for the Asiatic Station and her second tour with the Asiatic Fleet. Whipple arrived at Singapore on 11 December and departed on 14 December, bound for the Netherlands East Indies. On 16 January, aircraft from Guadalcanal sighted three U-boats on the surface, fueling, some 300 miles off Flores. On 5 August, Whipple departed New York for duty in the Pacific. Staying some 25 yards off the sinking seaplane tender, Whipple picked up some 308 men from Langley's crew and embarked Army personnel for the P-40 fighters carried on the doomed ship's abbreviated flight deck. During a second attack shortly after noon, the three warships put up brisk antiaircraft fire. On 15 January 1925, the Marine Detachment from Sacramento went ashore to protect American property, while about the same time, an expeditionary force of Marines, led by Captain James P. Schwerin, USMC, embarked in Whipple, Borie, and Barker. Whipple sped to the scene to render assistance if possible. The destroyer USS Whipple (DD-217) attempted to rescue as many survivors as possible, in between attacks on a Japanese submarine, but was forced to break-off the effort during the night. During the entire time Whipple remained at Sevastopol, her main battery was trained out and manned. Below is the index from Volume 11 (Sept. 1864-May 1865) of The Papers of Jefferson Davis as it appears in the book. Armed boat crews carried evacuees out to the ship while her landing force stood in readiness. Upon commissioning, Truxtun was assigned to the 2d Torpedo Flotilla, and her commanding officer was … On 8 February 1932 she collided with the British steamer Rosalie Moller in the Yangtze at Shanghai, China, and suffered severe damage.[1]. Whipple spent the next decade with the Asiatic Fleet, watching the rising ascendancy of Japan over China and the Far East. The photo was taken from the destroyer USS Whipple (DD-217) [Via Wikipedia] USS LEXINGTON (CV-2) - Sunk May 8, 1942. One singled out Whipple and dropped a stick of bombs which missed the rapidly dodging destroyer. Thus modified for convoy escort work, Whipple put to sea to commence the first of seven round-trip convoy escort missions from the U.S. West Coast to Hawaii which lasted into the spring of 1943. The Fleet continued its mission of observing the conflict, standing ready to evacuate Americans from Chinese ports should the occasion arise. Whipple plucked the refugees from the wallowing, overburdened boat just as the storm picked up. Meanwhile, tension between China and Japan continued to worsen, particularly in North China. She then steamed south for a brief tour in the Mediterranean before departing Gibraltar on 29 January 1928 and heading for Cuba. Survivors from USS Langley (CV-1) on USS Whipple (DD-217) In February 1942 the ABDA fleet made a desperate attempt to stop the Japanese invasion of Java. Many were sick or wounded. Shortly thereafter, four Japanese fighter planes dove on the three-ship convoy; one of these planes was damaged by antiaircraft fire. Unexpectedly ordered to Batum, Georgia, Whipple departed Samsun on 6 July and made 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph) to reach her destination the next day. Naval Detachment in Near Eastern Waters. In the meantime, while Whipple conducted her patrols, the situation in the Russian Civil War was changing. When the transfer was completed, the two destroyers parted company with the oiler. The five ships arrived at Vladivostok, USSR, on the 28th. Keeping up a heavy fire with her 20-millimeter batteries, Whipple sent up a substantial part of the heavy barrage which drove off the 30 German planes and saved the convoy from substantial damage. Whipple headed north soon thereafter, guarding a convoy to Trinidad, and then up the eastern seaboard to Charleston, making port on 19 November. By mid-1938, when the war had moved inland and up the Yangtze, the Fleet resumed its former routine. As she headed for Tjilatjap, on the south coast of Java, she was struck a glancing blow by the Royal Netherlands Navy light cruiser De Ruyter. The U.S. seaplane tender USS Langley (AV-3) is torpedoed following fatal bomb damage from Japanese dive bombers, south of Java, 27 February 1942. Please keep in mind that this list does only include records of people who submitted their information for publication on this website. She was commanded by Captain Richard N. Reeves (USNR). The destroyer sailed for the Near East on 29 May 1920 and arrived at Constantinople (renamed Istanbul in 1923), Turkey, on 13 June. On 16 January, aircraft from Guadalcanal sighted three U-boats on the surface, fueling, some 300 miles off Flores. She conducted operations in the Caribbean out of Guantanamo Bay, until 26 March when she set course for the United States West Coast. Returning to Charleston, South Carolina, on 27 August, the destroyer put to sea on 7 September as a unit in a slow tow convoy bound via the Caribbean to Recife, Brazil. Standing out of San Francisco Bay on 11 May 1943, Whipple sailed for the Caribbean with a convoy routed through the Panama Canal for Santa Anna Bay, Curaçao, Netherlands West Indies. Arriving at New London, Connecticut, on 6 June 1945, Whipple was redesignated an auxiliary, AG-117. On four separate instances, in late 1926 and early 1927, a landing party from the destroyer served on shore, earning the ship the Second Nicaraguan Campaign Medal. On 25 November 1941, two days in advance of the "war warning" which predicted that hostile Japanese action in the Pacific was imminent, Admiral Hart dispatched Destroyer Division (DesDiv) 57 (Whipple, USS Alden, USS John D. Edwards and USS Edsall) with the destroyer tender USS Black Hawk, to Balikpapan, Borneo, to disperse the surface ships of his fleet from their vulnerable position in Manila Bay. She resumed the routine common to ships of her type with the Fleet: winter exercises in the Philippine Islands and summer maneuvers out of Tsingtao, China, with cruises to Chinese coastal ports in the interim. Naval Detachment in Near Easte… The citation lauded Lieutenant Commander Bernard's display of initiative and his excellent handling of the ship in shoal waters with a heavy sea running. USS Reasoner (FF 1063) Crew List. After 10 hours, the destroyer succeeded in freeing Thetis from her predicament and earned a commendation from her division commander. Transiting the Panama Canal, the target ship proceeded via San Diego to Hawaii and arrived at Pearl Harbor on 30 August. Arriving at Bizerte, Tunisia, on 3 April, the destroyer subsequently returned to Norfolk on the 30th. At 1640 on 26 February, Whipple and sister ship Edsall departed Tjilatjap to rendezvous with the seaplane tender Langley off the south coast of Java. Thus modified for convoy escort work, Whipple put to sea to commence the first of seven round-trip convoy escort missions from the west coast to Hawaii which lasted into the spring of 1943. Originally slated to join a British force based around the battleship HMS Prince of Wales and the battlecruiser HMS Repulse, Whipple's mission was aborted when Japanese land-based torpedo planes and high-level bombers sank both of these capital ships in the South China Sea off Kuantan, Malaya, on 10 December. A torpedo from Whipple striking USS Langley (AV-3). By September 1939, Whipple was serving as station ship at Amoy, her landing force ashore and Captain John T. G. Stapler, Commander, South China Patrol, embarked on board. During this time, Whipple put ashore a landing force in Nicaragua to protect American lives and property threatened by the banditry and unrest. The Fleet continued its mission of observing the conflict, standing ready to evacuate Americans from Chinese ports should the occasion arise. Within the next fortnight, while the Fleet continued its routine, hostilities broke out between Chinese and Japanese forces at Shanghai, and the Second Sino-Japanese War entered a new phase. Together with sister ship Alden, Whipple departed Pearl Harbor on 8 June for San Francisco, escorting an eastward-bound convoy to the west coast, arriving off the on the 18th. She arrived at her new home port, Cavite, Philippine Islands, near Manila, on 29 June. After 10 hours, the destroyer succeeded in freeing Thetis from her predicament and earned a commendation from her division commander. On 2 May 1921, the destroyer, along with her division mates, sailed for the Far East, transiting the Suez Canal and called at Bombay, India; Colombo, Ceylon; Batavia, Java; Singapore, Straits Settlements; and Saigon, French Indochina. But as the storm approached the boat carrying the Chens, a U.S. Navy destroyer appeared. On 12 February, the destroyer got underway from Prigi Bay, Java, in a dense fog. After acting as a target ship for submarines off New London, the erstwhile destroyer entered the New York Navy Yard on 9 July for conversion to a high-speed target vessel. In the meantime, while Whipple conducted her patrols, the situation in the Russian Civil War was changing. One later singled out Whipple and dropped a stick of bombs which missed the rapidly dodging destroyer. Departing Norfolk on 5 January 1944, the group went to sea to hunt German U-boats active in the Atlantic. Whipple operated on neutrality patrol off the Philippines into 1941, as Admiral Thomas C. Hart prepared the small Asiatic Fleet for war. Four minutes later, a stick of bombs splashed around Langley - clearly the object of Japanese attention. A distress signal sent out by the Pecos was intercepted by the USS Whipple which arrived on the scene in time to rescue 220 survivors who were floating in a mass of debris and oil. Following shakedown training out of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Whipple returned to Philadelphia for post-shakedown availability. Whipple slowly closed and began picking up survivors of Pecos. World War II had begun in Europe, substantially altering the balance of power in the Orient as Britain pulled out much of her China Station fleet to bolster the Home and Mediterranean Fleets. She then steamed south for a brief tour in the Mediterranean before departing Gibraltar on 29 January 1928 and heading for Cuba. Departing Norfolk on 5 January 1944, the group went to sea to hunt German U-boats active in the Atlantic. The three destroyers landed the marines on 22 January, relieving the 28-man detachment from the gunboat at that time. Four minutes later, a stick of bombs splashed around Langley, which was clearly the focus of Japanese attention. While she was making this cruise, the sweeping Navy-wide designation of hull numbers took place and Whipple was classified as DD-217 on 17 July 1920. Whipple went to general quarters at 1922 when she sighted several small lights off both bows. Whipple then towed a barge loaded with wounded White Russian troops out of range of the Bolshevik guns and then turned the tow over to Humphreys. After disembarking the refugees at Constantinople, Whipple resumed her station ship and mail carrying duties with the Near Eastern Naval Detachment and continued the task through the end of 1920 and into the spring of 1921. In the spring of 1939, one such occasion came at Amoy, China, where a Chinese gunman shot a Japanese citizen. Warfare between local warlords around Shanghai in late 1924 and early 1925 resulted in Whipple's being called upon to serve as a transport. Whipple broke off firing at 1224 as the attackers veered away in a northeasterly direction. For the remainder of 1944 and into the spring of 1945, Whipple performed convoy escort duties off the U.S. East Coast, across the Atlantic to Casablanca, and occasionally into the Caribbean. The British and Americans did likewise, landing bluejackets from Marblehead and the British light cruiser Birmingham. She operated out of Cavite in the winter months, conducting tactical exercises in the Philippines until heading north to North China ports in the spring for summer operations out of Tsingtao. Naval Detachment in Near Eastern Waters. After nearly two years of sea duty as a Midshipman aboard the USS Colorado, he was commissioned an Ensign on March 7, 1912. Get the best deals on Ship Cancel 2 Cent United States Stamps when you shop the largest online selection at eBay.com. She operated in the Pacific out of the Destroyer Base at San Diego, California, until 1 August 1929. Both destroyers departed the area and subsequently rendezvoused with the oiler Pecos off Christmas Island to transfer the Langley survivors to the oiler. While underway on 19 October, Whipple sighted distress signals from Greek steamer Thetis and proceeded to the stricken vessel's assistance, as she lay aground off Constanţa. She departed Sydney on that day, bound for the New Hebrides Islands, American Samoa and Hawaii, arriving at Pearl Harbor on 6 June. Stopping twice to camouflage herself, she was attacked by both Japanese and Australian planes. Whipple convoyed the disabled American steamer SS Haddon into Constantinople and later fueled at Constanţa where she learned that Russian Bolshevik troops were approaching the Crimea. The Whipple was named after Abraham Whipple, a successful captain in the Continental Navy during the American War of Independence. At 1150, lookouts spotted nine high-level bombers approaching from the east. During the rescue, I did not speak a word of English and as a result, I could not communicate my gratitude to the people that helped save our lives. Soon after her arrival on the 22d, she commenced local operations in the Hawaiian area which lasted until 20 November when she tied up alongside tender Bryce Canyon (AD-36)for availability which ran until 4 December. Whipple received two battle stars for her World War II service. Together with sister ship Alden, Whipple departed Pearl Harbor on 8 June for San Francisco, escorting an eastward-bound convoy to the U.S. West Coast, arriving on the 18th. The last American vessel out of Sevastopol, the destroyer headed for Constantinople with her passengers, both topside and below decks. There, Whipple awaited the outbreak of war which came on 8 December 1941 (7 December east of the date line) with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Whipple departed the west coast on 16 October, bound for her new home port, Pearl Harbor, and duty with the Cruiser-Destroyer Force, Pacific Fleet. 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