|American Destroyer Made 4 Jap Cruisers Run|
Source: Iowa Newspaper, 1943|
United Press-Reporter not named
The Destroyer was not named in the article, but it is about the USS BAILEY DD-492
The story of how a tough little American destroyer led a devastating torpedo attack on for Japanese cruisers in the Aleutians and played the major role in thwarting the enemy's attempt to strengthen his holds on Attu an Kiska was disclosed by the 12th naval district.
The torpedo attack, mentioned a few weeks ago in a navy communiqué, pulled an outnumbered US naval force from the edge of defeat and sent the damaged Jap cruisers, two of them "heavies," fleeing for more peaceful waters, along with two transports or cargo vessels.The action apparently took place just shortly before US soldiers completed their successful assault on Attu.
The opposing naval forces got within shooting range of each other at 7:30 am. and firing continued until 12:30 p.m. which possibly would make the battle the longest daylight action the US Navy has had since the war began.
Lt. Cmdr. James M. Clute of Richmond, Staten Island, executive officer of the destroyer, was on the bridge during the fight.
"We were west of the Jap force at the start, with islands to east of us. For a while we turned south trying to make an end run. But they were to fast, and we couldn't do it. They turned south, too. We turned north and they turned after us. They closed the interval and hit our heavy."
In full daylight, the maneuver seemed almost suicidal. The men on Clute's destroyer, which was to lead the way, figured they had a 20 to 1 chance of coming out alive.
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