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Seth Adams


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photo taken in Junction (now Carpendale), WV.

Adams served on the USS Ward which sunk the first Japanese sub at Pearl Harbor the morning before the attack.

USS Ward (DD-139) was a 1,247-ton (1,267-metric-ton) Wickes-class destroyer in the United States Navy during World War I, later APD-16 in World War II. She was the first Navy ship to engage the Japanese during the attack on Pearl Harbor, and successfully sunk her opponent. On the morning of 7 December 1941, Ward was conducting a precautionary patrol off the entrance to Pearl Harbor when she encountered a Japanese Ko-hyoteki-class midget submarine, attacked and sank it, thus firing the first American shots of World War II a few hours before Japanese carrier aircraft formally opened the conflict with their attack on the Pacific Fleet inside the harbor.

While a minority of academics doubted whether Ward had really sunk a Japanese mini-sub, since undersea searches off Pearl Harbor had previously failed to locate the midget submarine, on 28 August 2002, a team of scientists from the University of Hawaii finally found the vessel. They discovered that the submarine lies 1,200 ft (370 m) underneath the sea in American waters about 3-4 mi (5–6 km) outside of Pearl Harbor [2] The starboard side of the submarine's conning tower exhibits two shell holes; evidence of damage from Ward's guns. While her depth charges were sufficient to fully lift the 46-ton (42-metric-ton), 78-foot (24 m) midget out of the water, they did no apparent structural damage to the submarine, which sank due to water flooding into the vessel from the two shell holes.
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