My interest in USS Howorth originated during my thirty-three months of duty in the Pacific Fleet destroyer Hamner, named after Howorth's gunnery officer killed at Okinawa, Lieutenant Henry R. "Pete" Hamner. His legacy jncluded the Reader's Digest subscriptions his mother presented each year to the wardroom and crew. Later, as executive officer in the hydrofoil Plainview, exasperated by the endless stream of logs and records demanded by higher authorities, I peevishly tested the navy's record system and wrote away for information on Lieutenant Hamner and Howorth. I was surprised by the magnitude of the material documenting Howorth's Pacific War, ranging from hourly barometric readings and seawater injection temperatures to ammunition effectiveness reports.

chapter |15 pages


part One|70 pages

Training & Transit

chapter 1

Commissioning and Stateside Training

April 2–July 21, 1944

chapter 2|13 pages

Fleet Training, Territory of Hawaii

July 22–August 24, 1944

chapter 3|19 pages

Westward to the War Zone

August 25–September 24, 1944

part Two|133 pages

“Some Eerie Hell”

chapter 4|9 pages

Invasion of Morotai Island, Moluccas Islands

September 25–October 8, 1944

chapter 5|13 pages

Invasion of Leyte Island, Philippine Islands

October 9–31, 1944

chapter 6

Supporting the Leyte Campaign

November 1–December 8, 1944

chapter 7|27 pages

Invasion of Ormoc, Leyte Island, and Mindoro Island

December 9–21, 1944

chapter 8|36 pages

Lingayen Gulf and the Luzon Island Invasion

December 22, 1944–January 31, 1945

part Three|73 pages

“The Devil’s Own Creation”

chapter 9|37 pages

Invasion of Iwo Jima

February 1–March 17, 1945

chapter 10

Invasion of Okinawa Shima

March 18–June 1, 1945

chapter |11 pages