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Naval history: first U.S. destroyer sunk by enemy action...



Item # 671745

December 08, 1917

THE GLOBE, South Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Dec. 8, 1917 

* USS Jacob Jones (DD-61)
* German U-Boat Torpedo sinks
* 1st U.S. Destroyer ever to be lost to enemy action


Near the middle of the front page is a report: "FIRST AMERICAN NAVAL LOSS OF ANY GREAT CONSEQUENCE" "Destroyer Jacob Jones Sunk by Torpedo From a Submarine in European Waters on Dec. 6---Two-thirds of Crew Are Lost...".
As the Jacob Jones was steaming from Brest, France, for Queenstown, she was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-53 with the loss of 66 men, becoming the first United States destroyer sunk by enemy action.
Ten pages, browned at the margins, foxing at the fold, otherwise good.

Category: The 20th Century