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The USS Ward

By Richard P. Klobuchar

In 1940, the threat of war in the Pacific forced the United States to expand its fleet quickly. This effort included reconditioning and recommissioning “four stackers” from the navy’s reserve fleet. Built in 1918 to fight German submarines, the USS Ward earned at Pearl Harbor the distinction of firing the first shot in America’s war against Japan. In the three years that followed, it was bombed, shelled, strafed, and finally sunk (on December 7, 1944), yet none of her crew of 125 men ever lost a life in combat. Information is drawn from naval records as well as from interviews with surviving crewmen. Appendices provide Ward technical data, chronology of major events, listings of citations earned in World War II and of amphibious landings, and a roster of personnel.

World War II historian Richard P. Klobuchar is a retired civil engineer in transportation. He frequently lectures on Pearl Harbor and is the author of Pearl Harbor: Awakening a Sleeping Giant. He lives in Rochester, Minnesota.

Soft cover. 268 pages. Includes photographs.Book measures approximately 7 inches by 10 inches.

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The USS Ward was the first to fight

Bought this book from Pacific Historic Parks some time back and it is a great, informative read. While the USS Ward was sunk on the 3rd anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack, her gun that fired the first shot was removed in a refitting before its sinking. The gun that fired the first shot and sunk the midget sub, sits on the grounds of the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul, MN. The men that manned the Ward on December 7th were primarily from Minnesota. There was a DVD that Pacific Historic Parks used to sell called First Shot that tells more about the USS Ward but the DVD is not sold anymore. It's a great documentary. Highly recommend this book.

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Everything was perfect. My husband is a Veteran and enjoyed this gift very much. Thank you.

Enjoyed the book I always like reading real history.
One of the cups was completely destroyed, sent you an email when received got no reply, not happy on this
Got no geek patch or black tears.
What I did get intact (book & 1 cup) proved to be quite expensive…………

Loved it so much we bought it twice

My parents brought this shirt back as a souvenir for my 4 year old daughter. She wore it constantly until the day she discovered scissors 😭. She cut it up and was so proud of herself until I freaked out, then we both cried… I would usually take this opportunity to teach a lesson about scissors and say “sorry, you’re SOL.” But this gift was so loved and I felt she learned her lesson when she realized she had ruined it rather than improving it.

Great quality sticker

I bought it to put with my photo book and keepsakes from my trip to visit this incredible memorial.

Great coin

Just a beautiful tribute to those who served at Pearl Harbor on that fateful December 7th.