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U.S.S. BLUE

(DD-387)

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DD-387 USS Blue

USS Blue wait built at Norfolk Navy Yard as a 1500-ton Bagley class destroyer. She was commissioned in August 1937 and operated in the Atlantic and Caribbean for a year before being transferred to the Pacific to become a part of the Battle Fleet. In the spring of 1940, she was stationed in Pearl Harbor, moving from the West Coast to help with growing tensions in the Pacific. USS Blue, like many ships at the time, was moored in the harbor when the attacks occurred on December 7, 1941.

She immediately moved to patrols off Pearl Harbor for the first weeks of the war, before being sent to participate in raids and escorting convoys for the better part of the year. She continued her efforts in the Pacific with the Solomon Islands invasion, as well as Guadalcanal. She was on duty in August 1942 when Japanese ships managed to sneak by and defeat the U.S. in the Battle of Savo Island. Two weeks later, USS Blue was patrolling again when she was torpedoed by Kawakaze, a Japanese destroyer. Because of the damage that was done, USS Blue ended up being scuttled in August 1942 off the coast of Tulagi.

DD-387 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
SEP 1935 Keel Date: 25 SEP 1935
at Norfolk Naval Shipyard Norfolk Virginia
MAY 1937 Launch Date: 27 MAY 1937
AUG 1937 Commissioned: 14 AUG 1937

DD-387 General Specifications

Class: Bagley-class destroyer

Named for: Victor Blue

Complement: 158 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 2325 tons

Length: 341 feet 8 inches

Beam: 35 feet 6 inches

Flank Speed: 38 Knots

Range: 6500 Nautical Miles

Final Disposition:Sunk by enemy fireAugust 2 1944