PART VIII - Lessons Learned, Conclusions, and Recommendations
1. The BUSH was proud to be selected for duty as a radar picket in the Okinawa area. She felt as if she had one of the most important posts in the first line of defense. All hands steeled with previous experience in the Philippines relished their assignment regardless of the perils associated with such duty.
2. Experience in this and previous actions lead to the following comments and conclusions:
3. On April 2 a floating mine was destroyed by 40mm fire from the port forward 40mm mount controlled by the Mk. 37 director. Single shots from one barrel were fired and each shot spotted until a hit was scored. The mine exploded with a high order detonation. The ship was almost dead in the water with the mine 250 yards abeam. This method of mine destruction by destroyers is highly recommended. Although it took eleven rounds to score a hit, it is believed that had the occasion again arisen, fewer shots would be required.
4. Experience has shown that a condition of readiness 1-Easy must be maintained at all times when on radar picket station with the possible exception of the hours of darkness with no moon. The ever present problem of feeding the crew presents itself. BUSH was able to serve hot meals to the men at their stations using army mess kits that had previously been issued one to a man.
5. The experiences of officers and men forced to abandon ship brings forth the following observations and suggestions:
6. All hands were proud (and it is believed justly so) of the battle record of the BUSH and they know that she was ready in all respects and at all times to engage the enemy. In addition to participation in shore bombardments at seven different objectives the ship had been subjected to all different types of air attack including four unsuccessful suicide attacks. On one occasion above, while on independent picket duty in the Philippines, it is recalled that she had withstood an enemy air attack of four hours duration. Since her return to the forward areas in August 1944, she had shot down ten Jap planes and claimed four probables. On the occasion of her loss it is felt that the performance of all officers and men was in accordance with the best traditions of the naval service.
To Top Of Page
To Previous Section of Final Action Report
||Recollections ||Ship's Poetry ||Sailors Lost ||Fletchers ||Glossary ||Links