USS Barton (i) (DD-599) / USS Barton (ii) DD722
Photo courtesy of Angela Smith
|Bethlehem Steel Co., Quincy, Mass|
|Laid Down:||20 May 1941|
|31 January 1942|
|29 May 1942|
|Decommissioned||13 November 1942|
|13 November 1942 10°34'S, 161°44'E,|
Last hours of the USS Barton had just fired a
full spread of torpedoes at the HIJMS
Hiei when the Light Cruiser USS Helena
appeared suddenly out of the darkness and cut directly across the bow of
the Barton. Making an emergency stop to avoid colliding with the USS
Helena, the Barton found herself at a dead stop as her engineering crew
tried to get her engines back into gear to get her moving again. However,
before she could get underway two 'Long Lance' torpedoes fired by the
HIJMS Amatsukaze slammed into the
mid-ships of the USS Barton; one in her boiler room and one in her engine
room. The massive explosions broke the Barton in two and both sections
sank within minutes of the first torpedo striking, carrying with her :
13 officers and 151 of her crew. Forty-two survivors were rescued by
USS Portland and twenty-six by Higgins boats from Guadalcanal.
|Class||Allen M. Sumner|
|Built by||Bath Iron Works (Bath, Maine, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||24 May 1943|
|Launched||10 Oct 1943|
|Commissioned||30 Dec 1943|
Recommissioned 11 April 1949.
Decommissioned at an unknown date.
Stricken 1 October 1968.
Sunk as a target off the coast of Virginia 8 October 1969.