Allied Warships

USS Jarvis (i) (DD 393)

Destroyer of the Bagley class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 393 
Built byPuget Sound Navy Yard (Bremerton, Washington, U.S.A.) 
Laid down21 Aug 1935 
Launched6 May 1937 
Commissioned27 Oct 1937 
Lost9 Aug 1942 
Loss position9° 42'S, 158° 59'E

USS Jarvis (Lt.Cdr. William Walter Graham, Jr., USN) was sunk by Japanese aircraft south-east of Guadalcanal in position 09º42'S, 158º59'E on 9 August 1942.
Her entire crew was lost with the ship.


Commands listed for USS Jarvis (i) (DD 393)

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1Lt.Cdr. Corydon Halstead Kimball, USN10 Jun 193915 Jun 1941 (1)
2Lt. Leonidas Walthall Pancoast, USN15 Jun 194115 Jul 1941
3Lt.Cdr. James Russell Topper, USN15 Jul 194120 Dec 1941 (1)
4Lt.Cdr. William Rudolph Thayer, USN20 Dec 194117 May 1942
5Lt.Cdr. William Walter Graham, Jr., USN17 May 19429 Aug 1942 (+)

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Notable events involving Jarvis (i) include:

9 Aug 1942
The USS Jarvis was hit by an aerial torpedo while escorting troopships at the Guadalcanal landings. It opened a hole 50 feet long in her boiler room. After emergency repairs, she attempted to set sail at a speed of 8 knots for Brisbane when Japanese dive-bombers torpedoed her. The destroyer broke in two and sank with the entire 247-man crew. (2)

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