Historical Sketch of
Text from Principal Investigator
Named for Samuel Chester Reid, (1794 - 1861) who commanded the privateer
General Armstrong and, in 1814, delayed a powerful British squadron long
enough to allow General Jackson's successful defense of New Orleans,
was commissioned late in 1936.
During the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, on 7 December 1941,
fired at the Japanese planes and her group of destroyers shot down one of
On 11 December 1944, while escorting reinforcements headed for Ormoc Bay
near Surigao Straits in the Philippines, she was attacked by kamikazes.
Despite shooting down seven of the attacking planes, she was struck
repeatedly and sank. Her 150 survivors were picked up other ships she had
been convoying. During World War II,
served throughout the
Pacific and earned 7 battle stars.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
vols., (Navy Department, Office of Chief of Naval Operations, Naval History
Division, Washington, DC, 1963), Volume VI, pp.63-64.
Louis P. Davis Interview, Oral History
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