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Lost to enemy action, 4 September 1942
USS Little (APD-4)
USS Little (DD-79) (1920 - 1940)
USS Little (Destroyer #79) (1918 - 1920)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - World War I Victory Medal (with bronze star in lieu of Destroyer clasp) - American Defense Service Medal (with bronze star in lieu of Fleet clasp)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal
Wickes Class Destroyer:
Laid down, 18 June 1917, at Fore River Ship Building Co, Quincy, MA.
Launched, 11 November 1917
Commissioned USS Little (Destroyer No. 79), 6 April 1918, CDR. Joseph K. Taussig in command
Designated (DD-79), 17 July 1920
Decommissioned, 5 July 1922
Converted to a High-speed Transport
Recommissioned USS Little (APD-4), 4 November 1940, LCDR. K. Earl in command
During WWII USS Little (APD-4) was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater, Commander South Pacific Force and South Pacific Area:
TransDiv Twelve, CDR. Hugh W. Hadley, USN (22) and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Guadalcanal - Tulagi landings, 7 to 9 August 1942
||Capture and Defense of Guadalcanal, 4 to 5 September 1942
Final Disposition, lost to enemy action off Lunga Point, Guadalcanal, sunk by Japanese destroyers, 4 September 1942
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
USS Little earned two battle stars for World War II service
Displacement 1,154 t. 1,600 t.(fl)
Length 314' 5"
Beam 30' 6"
Draft 9' 10"
Speed 35.2 kts.
Boats 4 LCP(L) landing craft
three single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
two single 40mm AA gun mounts
five single 20mm AA gun mounts
one depth charge rack
four depth charge projectors
NSFO 2,380 Bbls
Diesel 55 Bbls
two Fore River Curtis design geared turbines
two Yarrow boilers, 250psi Sat.
single Falk Main Reduction Gears
two turbo-drive 60Kw, 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
two propellers, 27,000shp
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||USS Little (APD-4) moored to a buoy, circa early 1942. Note her pattern camouflage and depth charge racks on her stern and gravity davits amidships.
US Navy photo #'s NH 97784 and NH 97785 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
|US Naval Historical Center
||USS Little (APD-4) aft deckhouse, circa 1941-42.
US Navy photo.
||USS Little (APD-4), at right center, and USS Gregory (APD-3),left, underway during practice landings in the Fiji Islands, 30 July 1942, shortly before the invasion of Guadalcanal and Tulagi. Note the light cruiser beyond them, possibly USS San Juan (CL-54).
US Navy photo # NH 97836 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
USS Little (DD-79 / APD-4)
Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
|American APD Corporation
Four Stack APD Veterans
Contact: CWO3 Curtis G. Clark USN Ret.
Address: 3080 Monarch St.,San Diego CA. 92123
Phone:: 858 427-6696
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
"The Green Dragons" Four-stack APD destroyer-transports in World War Two
Location of the wreck of USS Little (APD-4) in Iron Bottom Sound
Last Updated 19 May 2018
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|