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The USS Lamson was a MAHAN Class destroyer launched in launched 17 June 1936. She was returning to Pearl Harbor from patrol duty during the Japanese attack 7 December 1941. Lamson first saw action in October 1942 when she and USS Mahan attacked Japanese picket boats stationed in the Gilbert Islands. Attacking together the destroyers repulsed enemy air raids and sank the two enemy craft.

While screening a supply convoy off Ormoc Bay, in the Philippines, Lamson splashed two "Dinahs" before a third crashed into her superstructure, killing 25 of the destroyer's crew and injuring 54 others. USS Lamson received five battle stars for her World War II service.

Due to the heavy damage she suffered from kamikaze attacks during the war, she was selected as a target ship for Operation Crossroads. During the "Able" test USS Lamson was moored 760 yards from the "Gilda" blast. Instantly, portions of her superstructure and masts were ripped from the ship. She remained afloat for over twelve minutes, then capsized and sank, leaving a large oil slick. Lamson hit the bottom of the lagoon with her stern. The force buckled hull plates and left the port side dented. When US Navy divers inspected the wreck, they found depth charges scattered about the hull and 21 inch torpedo hanging from its launcher. She now lies in 150 fsw.

CLASS - MAHAN Displacement 2103 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 341' 4" (oa) x 35' 5" x 12' 4" (Max) Armament 5 x 5"/38 AA, 4 x 0.5" MG, 12 x 21" tt.(3x4). Machinery, 49,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws Speed, 36.5 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 158.


                                                                                    (USS Lamson during refit. Notice the amidships torpedo launcher.)

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