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I have often wondered why so much money and effort were put into rebuilding the two destroyers that wer damaged in the drydock. Under normal circumstance they would have been junked as there were plenty of active destroyers and destroyers on the ways. When repaired at Pearl and stateside they were literally rebuilt. Why was this done - The only thing that I can think of is that necessary for the those working on the ships to and those who observed them that it was sort of a "In your face Japan" sort of see we fixed them good as new and they will come back to fight you.

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The information that I have is that the USS Downs was scrapped, the USS Cassin was salvaged and later used in the war, and the USS Shaw was scrapped.

Someone please correct me if I've got this wrong.
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Cassin returned to sea in Feb. of '44, and Downes returned in Nov. of '43.  Both saw a good deal of action, earning 11 battle stars between them.

Why restore them?  Why not?  1/2 a destroyer is one that's 50% finished.  And yes, attitude played a part in the decision to put them back in action, we wanted the absolute minimum number of ships to be permanently lost at Pearl.  

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Actually the Shaw later returned to service. She was scrapped, but not until after the war, in 1946. Her bow had been severed by the explosion of her forward magazine, but the remaineder of the ship was remarkably intact. A temporary bow was put in place and she sailed to Mare island for repair and refit and was back in the war less than a year after the attack.

Some images for you:

USS Shaw before the attack (1937)
Forward Magazine Explosion
USS Shaw smolders in the partially sunk drydock
USS Shaw's superstructure and damaged bow
USS SHaw with temporary Bow at dock
Testing the temporary bow at Pearl
Preparing to mount the new permanent Bow
USS Shaw near end of war - note scoreboard

Shaw History:
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships USS Shaw History

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