A destroyer of the Mahan class, Reid was laid down on 25 June 1934 and completed on 4 January 1937. Her displacement was 1,480 tons, her length overall 342 feet and beam 35 feet. She carried four 5-inch, 38 caliber and several smaller guns and 12 21-inch torpedo tubes. Her sister ships Cassin, Downes and Shaw were also present in Pearl Harbor on 7 December. When her captain, Lieutenant Commander Harold F. Pullen (Pullen, Harold F.), rejoined her at 0955 he found work to prepare her for sea well advanced, but there was much to do because her boilers had been dismantled, and various other repairs were being undertaken. What was more, her magazines were locked. At 1043 she was under way. The magazines had been opened with the help of an axe. At 1120 she cleared the channel to join Rear Admiral Milo F. Draemel's force commanded from Detroit.
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