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Damage Control Dept. Records for March 26, 1943
Battle of the Komandorski Islands
Donated by ball-red-02 Martin Roppolo

0055-----C and R Soundings normal, topside secure.
0156-----C and R Soundings normal, topside secure.
0300-----C and R Soundings normal, topside secure.
0400-----C and R Soundings normal, topside secure.
0500-----C and R Soundings normal, topside secure.
0735-----Routine G. Q. (some question to this)
0740-----Set condition Zed except for ventilation
0755-----Condition Zed set
0757-----Ship control, damage control manned and ready
0757-----Radar contacts ----Alert
0757-----Set complete condition Zed
0757-----All stations prepare for action
0804-----Forming with our other ships for battle
             Richmond has Radar contact of three targets bearing dead ahead.
             Ready in all respects to do battle, "Swayback Maru" style.
             Base Course 355 degrees
0825-----Four unidentified ships on horizon.
             Range 33,900 yards
             Two warships and five merchantmen---"whose".
             Ships are beginning to scatter
0834-----Looks like the real thing
             We seem to have spotted a Jap heavy cruiser
0836-----Prepare to launch aircraft.
             Load turrets!
             Spotted four heavy cruisers dead ahead [This is not positive]
0843-----Commence firing
             Turrets III and IV cannot bear
             Slow to 25 knots
             Coming left so turrets III and IV can bear
             Take biggest one.
             Speed 28
             No hits yet.
0851-----Flooded gas stowage
             Turning to engage them to port.
             Range 17,700 yards
             Japs launched plane
             Standby for 30 knots
0859-----Make all speed possible
             Enemy salvos are falling close
             Getting nearer with our salvos
             DD's opened up on Jap plane
             Make all speed possible
             One Jap cruiser appears to be on fire (burn you bastard)
0910-----Falling in behind Richmond
             Range of target 23,800 yards
             Firing at right hand cruiser
             Make all speed possible
             Repair I check on hit forward (here we go boys)
             Repair II second hit forward, investigate
             Believed hit in after engine room, port side
             Making all speed possible, 33.1 knots (she never done it before but she is now)
0923-----Fire in after engine room
             Dispatch fire parties
             Reported that shrapnel hit side, forward
             Everything under control in after engine room. (well done from Commanding Officer)
             Damage caused in after engine room by concussion, hull is OK
0930-----Heavy ship coming in range 24,000 yards
             Light cruiser and four DD's coming in on starboard quarter
             Aircraft on port quarter
             One Jap cruiser hit and is burning fiercely
             Coming to 320 degrees true
             Making 32 knots
             Japs heading in for the kill (not if we can help it)
             Speed 28, range 21,000
             Heavy cruiser (Jap) opened fire
             Shifting our fire to above heavy
             Fire on the light cruiser
             Make all possible speed
             Steering aft has control, using diesel power, having difficulty
1010-----They are firing on us. Returning fire
             Felt like hit forward, repair I checking on this
             We are zig-zagging 10 degrees to either side of course
             Our DD's are laying smoke screen
             We are using our smoke screen generators to cover our retreat
             Came right to get in smoke screen
             DD's gone aft to cover us
             Seems as if two heavies and one light are still burning
1023-----Do not stop making smoke
             Should zig-zag to make it more affective
             Jap heavies are appearing in our smoke screen on starboard quarter
             Jap DD's closing in at 200 degrees
             Hit on main deck between frames 6 and 7
             Starboard "hawse" pipe carried away
             Heavies visible on port quarter
             Another hole below second deck between frames 6 and 7
             Prepare to shore bulkhead
             Taking water from C-930-F into after engine room
             Make black smoke
             Make black smoke hurry
             Heavies are clearly visible on starboard quarter. Going into smoke to get away from them
1045-----Shoring bulkhead forward
             Speed 30 1/2 knots
             Heavy has opened fire again
             Stretcher bearer to the galley (man in galley fainted)
             Heavies are again visible
             We need more smoke
             Fire on plane on starboard side
             Hit at frame 67 and 68. Repair party dispatched. Hit starboard side above waterline
1111-----Oil and water in A. A. switchboard room (abandon it and 5" magazine)
             Fires are out
             Heavy Jap cruiser opened fire
             Japs have reversed course and are trying to cut us off on our port bow
             After engine room temporarily out
             Making 20 knots
             Two heavies clearly visible
1130-----Trying to correct port list (rather bad)
             Making 26 knots----action seems to be astern
             Make 27 knots with three engines -- one engine will be out indefinitely
1143-----Pumping water from C-908-F and C-914-F
             Speed 8 knots....EGAD!
             1150-----DEAD IN THE WATER
             Picking up a little speed
             Our DD's going in for torpedo attack (May God be with them)
1200-----Making 15 knots! Thank God!
             Making 27 knots
1215-----From the Admiral "This task has been extremely well done"
1237-----From the Captain to Damage Control personnel, "God bless you, good work."
1239-----Our DD's seem to have slowed the dirty bastards down.
1240-----We have lost all contact with the enemy
1300-----Our torpedo attack DD's rejoined our force. USS BAILEY seems to be hit rather hard
             "THE JAP FORCE, AFTER SURVEY, SEEMED TO CONSIST OF TWO HEAVY CRUISERS,
             TWO OR THREE LIGHT CRUISERS, SIX DESTROYERS, LATEST TYPES,
             AND EIGHT MERCHANTMEN."
1323-----We are believed to have from 7 to 9 hits. A complete survey is not possible as yet
             We have expended approx. 790 rounds of 8 inch ammunition
             Heading back to Dutch Harbor for repairs. We sure need them, the only thing
             keeping us together are the cockroaches holding hands.


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