APD Ward burning in Ormoc Bay, Leyte, Philippine Islands, after being struck by special attack aircraft, 7 Dec 1944; the firefighting ship was destroyer O'Brien, and photo was taken from APD Crosby

Caption   APD Ward burning in Ormoc Bay, Leyte, Philippine Islands, after being struck by special attack aircraft, 7 Dec 1944; the firefighting ship was destroyer O'Brien, and photo was taken from APD Crosby ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States National Archives
Identification Code   80-G-335685
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Philippines Campaign, Phase 1, the Leyte Campaign   Main article  Photos  Maps  
Tokko "Kamikaze" Special Attack Doctrine   Main article  Photos  
Photos on Same Day 7 Dec 1944
Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 2 Oct 2007

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1. USNbubblehead says:
8 May 2015 10:37:46 AM

The U.S.S. Ward is the destroyer that fired the first U.S. shot of WWII when it fired on a Japanese midget sub trying to enter Pearl Harbor on the morning of December 7, 1941. She was commanded at the time by LCDR William W. Outerbridge.

The tale gets strange from here.

Reclasified an APD (high speed transport), it was sunk by gunfire from the U.S.S. O'Brien on December 7, 1944 when attmpts at damage control failed after a Japanese kamikaze attack exactly three years to the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

And even stranger, the commanding officer of the O'Brien was none other than William W. Outerbridge who had commanded Ward three years before on that fateful day off Hawaii.

The truth is stranger than fiction.
2. Don Mericle says:
18 Dec 2015 11:36:25 AM

I was onboard the USS COFER APD 62, saw twin engine betty hit the Ward on the port side, the air cover (p-38s with Bong covering us) between the ships and air we shot down 85 planes that day, the biggest ship was a DD in the landing force.

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