Blood on the Sea: American Destroyers Lost in World War II by Robert Sinclair Parkin

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Blood at the Sea: American Destroyers misplaced in global warfare II

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Immediately, the Asiatic Fleet was placed on a wartime alert. On December 10, when the Bdtish battleship Pnnce of Wales and the battle cruiser Repulse were sunk by Japanese aircraft off the eastern coast of Malaya, Edsall was dispatched to Singapore to embark a British naval officer and four ratings, to assist in the seaxh for suMvors. By the time she adved at the site, all the men who could be found had been rescued; however, Edsall remined in the area hoping to locate any stragglers. S. Asiatic Fleet had teamed up tvith the combined Britislh, Dutch and Australian navai forces in their efforts to stem the advance of the Japanese juggernaut that was steadily overwhelming the ALtied armed forces in the Malay barrier and the Dutch East Idles, Edsall4 primary duties were to escort the shipping of evacuees from Singapore and the Indies to Australia, and to patrol those waters.

Lieutenant Commander Hickcox's remains were found later on board his ship. Of the 203 personnel that were lost, 48 were recovered *thin a few days after the disaster and were laid to rest at Argentia ~ 4 t hfull military honors and religious services officiated by military chaplains and civilian clergymen. Several weeks after the catastrophe, additional bodies were found along the shores and in the many coves of Newfoundland. T k s e were hurled in a plot of ground outside St. Lawrence, donated by the parish priest, Father Augustus Thorne.

Class: WickeKlernson. Builder: Wiliianr Cramp E;t Ssns, Philadelphia, Pen~syivanla. Keel laid: September 9, 1919. Launched: April 6, 1920. Sponsor: Mrs. Edward Stafford, daughter of Rear Admiral Robert E. Peary, USN. W Bames, USN,comdg. M. t locarion: D a m n Barbor, Australia, Awards: One battle star. USS Jacob Jones Launched November 20, 1918 Lost February 28,1942 Offthe Delaware Capes, NW Jersey COMMODORE JACQB JONES, USN (r 76s-rsso) Born near Smyrna, Delaware, Jacab Jones was appointed Midshipman on April 10, 1799.

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