DD 386 (Bagley class)
We are seeking information on the USS Bagley and her crews. Files and photos may be E-mailed to us and we will incorporate them into these pages.
I'll make this first contact brief.
My name is Robert P. Coles Jr. On December 7th, 1941, I was an RMSA stationed aboard the Bagley.(Svc#224-13-41).BEFORE GQ was sounded, I manned the port 50 caliber machine gun, and shot and and hit two torpedo planes that passed. (At the time, I didn't know what nationality they were.) Shortly thereafter, I was "relieved" by CGM Skinner, who commenced firing at the THIRD torpedo plane. I went forward to act as plane spotter for Skinner.
The firing at the THIRD is confirmed by the CO's battle report to CINCPAC. What is missing, is my small contribution to the overall situation. Again, acccording to the CO, the BAGLEY, was the first ship to open fire that morning. I agree.
I can give more details of the action that day. I may be reached by e-mail at RCOLES@MAINELINE.NET , or, phone (207) 255-3167.
Robert P. Coles Jr, RMC USN(Ret)
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