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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:

    Asiatic-Pacific 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.
    Officers 8
    Enlisted 98
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 3
    Enlisted 144
    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
    Fuel Capacities
    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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    Size Image Description Contributed
    NH 97784
    75k 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
    NH 97785
    Little 147k USS Little (APD-4) aft deckhouse, circa 1941-42.
    US Navy photo.
    Jim Geldert
    Gregory 57k 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.
    Robert Hurst

    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
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