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The destroyer Blue was moored to buoys just off McGrew Point, which divides Aiea Bay from East Loch, when the First Attack Wave struck. Her captain and many of her crew were ashore and Ensign Nathan Asher found himself in command, lacking not only manpower but also the boats in which the men had gone on liberty. He sent men onto the buoys to cast off, but had to delay until the commander of the destroyers, Rear Admiral Milo Draemel, gave the signal to leave harbor from his flagship Detroit. This came at about 0840. They cut their cables and at 0847 steered west of Ford Island, past Hospital Point and through the harbor mouth making 25 knots. During this sortie she fired on Japanese aircraft and claimed a kill; but so did many others. At about 1004 Blue detected an underwater target on her sonar and her depth charges produced an oil slick, suggesting success against a Japanese submarine. At 1105 Admiral Husband E. Kimmel (Kimmel, Husband E.) signalled to Rear Admiral Draemer, ordering him to take command of the ad-hoc formation of ships that had succeeded in leaving Pearl Harbor. The newly constituted "Task Force One" consisted of the light cruisers Detroit, Phoenix and St Louis, with the participation of a dozen or so destroyers. Draemer deemed the force too small and ordered it to join Task Force Eight under Vice Admiral William F.Halsey (Halsey, William F.), but before that could take place a report of a Japanese surface force came in. Blue made for Barber's Point, east of the harbor mouth, expecting real trouble. The report proved false. On 8 August 1942 Blue was serving off Guadalcanal, and, in the Eastern Solomons, she was sunk by torpedoes from the Japanese destroyer Kawakaze.

See also: Aiea Bay; Detroit East Loch; First Attack Wave; Ford Island; Halsey, William F.; Hospital Point; Kimmel, Husband E.; midget submarine; Pearl Harbor; Phoenix; St Louis; Task Force Eight

You can find out more about the ship Blue in the following Osprey books:

CAMPAIGN 62 Pearl Harbor 1941; CAMPAIGN 30 Midway 1942; MEN-AT-ARMS 70 US Army 1941-45