Tucker file photo [3915]


CountryUnited States
Ship ClassMahan-class Destroyer
BuilderNorfolk Navy Yard
Laid Down15 Aug 1934
Launched26 Feb 1936
Commissioned23 Jul 1936
Sunk4 Aug 1942
Displacement1,500 tons standard
Length341 feet
Beam35 feet
Draft10 feet
Speed37 knots
Armament5x5in, 12x21in torpedo tubes


ww2dbaseAfter shakedown and training cruise, Tucker was based at San Diego, California, United States as a part of Destroyer Squadron 3, Destroyer Division 6. She took part in Fleet Problem XX in Feb 1939. She operated between the west coast of the United States and Hawaii between spring 1940 and 14 Feb 1941, when she sailed for New Zealand on the first leg of her cruise to the South Pacific that would last several months. As a part of Task Force 19, Tucker patrolled in Hawaiian waters in Nov 1941.

ww2dbaseWhen the Japanese struck on 7 Dec 1941, Tucker was moored at berth X-8, East Loch, Pearl Harbor, in the center of a nest of five destroyers and tender Whitney. Her 5-inch guns might had contributed to the downing of two Japanese aircraft during the attack. She sailed in convoys between Hawaii and the west coast of the United States, then convoyed in the South Pacific. At 2145 on 2 Aug, while escorting SS Nira Luckenbach to Espiritu Santo, she struck a friendly mine outside of the Segond Channel; the mine field had only been laid by Americans hours before, therefore Tucker and Nira Luckenbach's crews had no prior warning. The explosion killed three men, and the ship began breaking up shortly after. Nira Luckenbach immediately sent boats to rescue the survivors, and was able to rescue all but three men, who were listed as missing after the incident. YP-346 arrived on the scene the next morning in attempt to tow Tucker into shallow water for salvage, but eventually failed as Tucker sank at 0445 on 4 Aug 1942.

ww2dbaseSource: Wikipedia.

Last Major Revision: Jun 2007

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Mahan-class destroyer USS Tucker leaving Norfolk Navy Yard after completion, 2 Mar 1937.Sister Mahan-class destroyers USS Case, USS Shaw, USS Cummings, and USS Tucker nested together at Auckland, New Zealand, Mar 1941. Note cruiser USS Brooklyn coming in behind the destroyers.Destroyer Division 6, Destroyer Squadron 3 ships Clark, Case, Cummings, Shaw, and Tucker at San Diego, California, United States, Oct 1941AD-3 Dobbin, AD-4 Whitney, destroyers Phelps, Hull, Dewey, Worden, MacDonough, Conyngham, Reid, Tucker, Case, and Selfridge, Pearl Harbor, at 0926, 7 Dec 1941
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Tucker Operational Timeline

23 Jul 1936 Tucker was commissioned into service.
3 Aug 1942 While approaching the anchorage at Espiritu Santo, destroyer USS Tucker struck a mine amidships and nearly broke in two. Attempts to tow her shallow water before she could sink were unsuccessful and the ship sank the following day. 3 were killed and 3 were missing.

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Mahan-class destroyer USS Tucker leaving Norfolk Navy Yard after completion, 2 Mar 1937.
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