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  USS Mugford (DD-389)
Bagley Class Destroyer

2,325 Tons (full)
1,500 Tons (light)
341' 8" x 35' 6" x 12' 10"
4 x 5" guns
4 x 50 caliber MG
12 x 21" torpedo tubes

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USN August 7, 1942

Ship History
Built by the Boston Navy Yard in Boston, Massachusetts. Laid down on October 28, 1935. Launched October 31, 1936. Commissioned on August 16, 1937.

Joined the Pacific Fleet on 1937 conducting operations along the USA west coast. Designated the flagship for Destroyer Division Eight, Destroyer Squadron Four.

Wartime History
On December 7, 1941 undergoing repairs berthed at B6 at Pearl Harbor. During the surprise attack, her gunners claimed three Japanese planes shot down, and got underway during the attack.

Afterwards, participated in a screening operation at Wake Island and then served as an escort for convoys steaming between the west coast of the United States bound for Australia until the middle of 1942.

On August 7, 1942 was patrolling off Lunga Point on Guadalcanal, targeted by Japanese bombers that scored three near misses and one bomb hit on the stern that killing eight crew members, wounded seventeen and leaving ten Missing In Action (MIA). She claimed two attacking aircraft. On August 8, 1942 the destroyer was attacked again but suffered no damage and and claimed another bomber and rescued two enemy aviators from the sea. On August 9, 1942 arrived after the Battle of Savo Island rescued 400 survivors of the USS Vincennes (CA-44) and USS Astoria CA-34.

Afterwards, repaired at Sydney during September 16 until December then patrolled in the Coral Sea and performed escort duties for ships bound for Milne Bay.

Rescued survivors of the HMAS Centaur on May 15, 1943 after the ship had been sunk by Japanese submarine.

Participated in the attack force against Woodlark Island during July 1943 and bombardments. Served in the landing force escorting LSTs landing at Lae on September 4. Next, particpated in the preinvasion bombardment north of Finschafen until late October. On October 20, 1943 attacked by enemy planes but suffered no damage.

Next, supported the American landings at Arawe and Cape Gloucester. On December 25, 1943 came under heavy air attack, suffering three near misses, shrapnel hit the ship and one man was killed, six wounded. Afterwards, repaired at Milne Bay.

On January 10, 1944 bombarded and patrolled off Saidor in support of the U. S. Army troops ashore. Departed for Sydney then patrolled the Huon Gulf and escorted three ships from Tulagi to the Union Islands. Afterwards, she returned to Pearl Harbor on February 24, 1944 and escorted USS Maryland BB-46 to Puget Sound and then herself to Mare Island for overhaul on March 5, 1944.

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Last Updated
August 4, 2020


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