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27-April-2016
27-April-2016

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A plaque commemorates the ships who served with Destroyer Squadron 4 (United States Navy) during World War Two. The plaque is located on a raised circular mount near the National Corvette Memorial.

Destroyer Squadron 4 in World War Two initially consisted of Porter-class flagship Selfridge and the eight Bagley-class destroyers of 1937.

The squadron was present at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked on 7 December 1941. Later that month, it screened Rear-Admiral Frank F. Fletcher’s Saratoga task force with cruisers MinneapolisAstoria and San Francisco during the aborted relief of Wake Island. Four DesRon 4 destroyers also participated in sorties in February-March 1942. 

In June, the squadron was transferred to Australia, where it joined cruisers H.M.A.S. AustraliaCanberra and Hobart and U.S.S. Chicago in forming Task Force 44 under Rear-Admiral Victor A.C. Crutchley, RN. In August, this force—as Task Force 62.2—led the landings at Guadalcanal that commenced Operation “Watchtower.”

Location

Address:Garden Island Naval Base , Garden Island, 2011
State:NSW
Area:Foreign
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.859202
Long: 151.130693
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Approx. Event Start Date:1942
Approx. Event End Date:1943

Dedication

Front Inscription

        DESTROYER SQUADRON 4
       UNITED STATES NAVY

"THE AUSTRALIAN SQUADRON" 
                1942 - 1943

USS SELFRIDGE (DD -357) Com DesRon 4
Destroyer Division 7        Destroyer Division 8
USS HENLEY (DD-391)  USS MUGFORD (DD-389)
ComDesDiv7                      ComDesDiv8
USS BAGLEY (DD-386)  USS RALPH TALBOT (DD-390)
USS BLUE (DD-387)**     USS PATTERSON(DD-392)
USS HELM (DD-388)       USS JARVIS (DD-393)***
                *   Lost   3/10/43
                **  Lost  22/8/42
               *** Lost  9/8/42
               "LEST WE FORGET" 





 

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