October 19 1941, Reykjavik, Iceland. The Benson-Livermore Class destroyer U.S.S. Kearny (DD-432) two
days after being torpedoed by the German u-boat U-568. You can see the torpedo hole amidship. Note,
the U.S.S. Monssen is portside.
The U.S. was neutral during this time of World War 2 but sent war materials, food and weapons to the Soviet Union,
England and China along with escorting the convoys. On October 16 1941, a British convoy with Canadian escorting ships
were overwhelmed by German submarines. The U.S.S. Kearny and three other U.S. Navy destroyers were sent
from Iceland to assist the Allied ships. The U.S.S. Kearny spent most of the night dropping depth charges on the
U-boats. Shortly after midnight, U-568 fired a torpedo that struck the starboard amidships of the Kearny. 11 men were
killed and 22 were injured, marking the America's first casualties of war during the Second World War.
The crew repaired the forward engine room which allowed the Kearny to return to Reykjavik at a mere 10 knots.
After temporary repairs, on December 25 1941, the Kearny began it's journey to Boston, Massachusetts which took
6 days to reach. In Boston, the U.S.S. Kearny received permanent repairs. After the flooding was confined in the forward
engine and fire rooms during the torpedo attack, the support for split fire and engine rooms was renewed. The Kearny
continued to support the Allied war effort in almost every corner of the world including; Spain, Panama, Algeria, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Anzio, Saipan, Japan, Pearl Harbor. U.S. Navy 80-G-28788
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