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USS BLUE (DD-387)

CLASS - BAGLEY As Built.
Displacement 2245 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 341' 4" (oa) x 35' 6" x 12' 10" (Max)
Armament 4 x 5"/38AA, 4 x 0.5" MG, 16 x 21" tt.(4x4).
Machinery, 49,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38.5 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 158.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Norfolk Navy Yard September 25 1935.
Launched May 27 1937 and commissioned August 14 1937.
Damaged beyond repair by the Japanese Destroyer Kawakaze off Guadalcanal August 22 1942.
Fate Scuttled August 23 1942 in "Iron Bottom Sound".
9 of her crew were lost and remain on duty.

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Blue 63kVictor Blue was born in Richmond County, N.C., 6 December 1865 and graduated from the Academy in 1887. Lieutenant Blue was advanced five numbers for intelligence missions in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. He serve as Chief of the Bureau of Navigation (1913-16) and 1919) and commanded Texas (BB-35) during her service with the 6th Battle Squadron. Rear Admiral Blue retired in 1919 and died 22 January 1928. Digital ID: npcc 19737, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.Bill Gonyo
Blue 28kUndated, location unknown.-
Blue 28kUndated, location unknown.-
Blue 103kUndated, location unknown.Jesse P. Mannix
Blue 65kUndated, location unknown.Joe Radigan
Blue 190kUndated, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Blue 155kUSS Blue (DD-387), left, and USS Helm (DD-388), ready for christening, in Drydock Two at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, 27 May 1937. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Joe Radigan
Blue 53kUSS Helm (DD-388) and USS Blue (DD-387) at Norfolk Navy Yard prior to launching. USN photo.Joe Radigan
Blue 58kLaunch Program for the USS Helm (DD-388) and USS Blue (DD-387) at Norfolk Navy Yard, May 27 1937.Ron Reeves
Blue 58kCirca 1937-40, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Blue 120kUSS Blue (DD-387) at sea during President Franklin D. Roosevelt's cruise, 27 February 1939. Photographed from USS Houston (CA-30). USN Photo No NH 63134.Robert Hurst
Blue 147kOutboard USS Blue (DD-387) and inboard USS Ralph Talbot (DD-390) at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 11 April 1942. Among the details visible are: 5"/38 gun mounts; newly-installed 20mm guns; Mk. 33 gun directors atop pilothouses; and stores in boxes on Ralph Talbot's forecastle.Fred Weiss
Blue 114kOutboard USS Blue (DD-387) and inboard USS Ralph Talbot (DD-390) at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 11 April 1942. Among the details visible are: newly-installed 20mm guns; blowers mounted on deck aft of # 2 5"/38 gun; Mk. 33 gun directors atop pilothouse; radio-direction finding antennas on pilothouse face; and quadruple torpedo tubes amidships. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
Blue 73kBattle of Savo Island, 9 August 1942, U.S. destroyers remove the crew from the fatally-damaged HMAS Canberra, off Guadalcanal at about 0630 on the morning of 9 August 1942, following the Battle of Savo Island. USS Blue (DD-387) is alongside Canberra's port bow, as USS Patterson (DD-392) approaches from astern. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. Fred Weiss
Blue 54kUSS Blue (DD-387) transferring into boats survivors from the Australian heavy cruiser HMAS Canberra to USS Melville (AD-2) after the Battle of Savo Island. Photo from United States Destroyer Operations in World War II, by Theodore Roscoe.Robert Hurst
Blue 99kUSS Blue (DD-387) leaving the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, for builder's trials, 24 August 1937. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Blue 74kUSS Blue (DD-387) Off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 11 April 1942. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Blue 65kUSS Blue (DD-387) off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 11 April 1942. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Blue 106kUSS Blue (DD-387) transferring survivors from the HMAS Canberra (D33) to the USS Fuller (AP-14) following the Battle of Savo Island on August 9, 1942.David A. Darst
Blue 154k"Men wounded in the Battle of Tulagi Island being removed from the USS Blue (DD-387) to the USS Neville (AP-16), 7-8-9 August 1942." (quoted from the original caption). This photograph was probably taken on 9 August, as Blue was transferring survivors of the Battle of Savo Island, which had taken place during the previous night. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss

USS BLUE DD-387 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Jerauld B. Wright    Aug 14 1937 - May 15 1939 (Later ADM)
LCDR Charles Owen Comp   May 15 1939 - Jun 15 1941 (Later RADM)
CDR Harold Nordmark Williams    Jun 15 1941 - Aug 22 1942

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Harvey Boles
Address: 3235 Meadow Oak Lane, Cottonwood, CA 96022
Phone: (530)347-0373
E-mail: None


Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.


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Naval Historical Center Pearl Harbor Action Report
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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