Destroyer USS Ward off Mare Island, California, 19 Sep 1918. Note the World War I style Dazzle paint scheme in the British style.Destroyer USS Ward off Mare Island, California, Sep 1939. Two years later, this ship would go on to fire the United States’ first shot of the Pacific War.USS Ward on fire and sinking after being struck by a Japanese special attack aircraft in Ormoc Bay, Philippines, 7 Dec 1944, three years to the day after she fired the first US shot of the Pacific War.
Destroyer USS Ward off Mare Island, California, 19 Sep 1918. Note the World War I style Dazzle paint scheme in the British style.Destroyer USS Ward off Mare Island, California, Sep 1939. Two years later, this ship would go on to fire the United States’ first shot of the Pacific War.USS Ward on fire and sinking after being struck by a Japanese special attack aircraft in Ormoc Bay, Philippines, 7 Dec 1944, three years to the day after she fired the first US shot of the Pacific War.
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