Historical Sketch of
(DD-122 & DM-18),
Text from Principal Investigator
was named for Kidder Randolph Breese (1831-1881) who served
, flagship of Commodore Perry, during the expedition
to Japan (1854-55) and as captain of
, flagship of Admiral
Porter's Mississippi Squadron during the Civil War. She was commissioned
23 October 1918 as a destroyer but was re-designated as a light minelayer
was attached to Mine Division 2, Minecraft, Battle
Force based at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. On 7 December 1941,
anchored at Pearl Harbor and by 0757 she was firing at the attacking
Japanese planes at close range with her machine guns. Although she
received no material damage from the Japanese attack,
in the sinking of one midget submarine and damaged numerous enemy planes
during the action.
served in the Pacific Theater throughout World War II,
earning 10 battle stars. After the war, she was decommissioned and sold on
14 May 1946.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
vols., (Navy Department, Office of Chief of Naval Operations, Naval History
Division, Washington, DC, 1963), Volume I, pp.154-155.
Alexander B. Coxe, Jr. Papers #194.3, East
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