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Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships Barton DD-599
The first Barton (DD-599) was launched 31 January 1942 by 
Bethlehem Steel Co., Quincy, Mass.; sponsored by Miss Barbara 
Dean Barton, granddaughter of Admiral Barton; and commissioned 29 
May 1842, Lieutenant Commander D. H. Fox in command. 

  Barton departed the east coast 23 August 1942 and steamed to 
the Pacific, arriving at Tongatabu, Tonga Islands, 14 September 
1942.  During October she participated in the Buin-Faisi-Tonolai 
raid (5 October) and the Battle of Santa Cruz (26 October). On 29 
October she successfully rescued 17 survivors of two downed air 
transports near Fabre Island. 

  Against great odds on 13 November Barton, in company with Rear 
Admiral D. J. Callaghan's landing sup port group, took part in 
the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. Barton commenced firing on the 
Japanese ships at approximately 0148. After launching four 
torpedoes she had to come to an emergency stop to avoid a 
collision. While she was practically dead in the water, two enemy 
torpedoes found their mark. The first torpedo struck her forward 
fireroom and, a few seconds later, a second torpedo struck her 
forward engine-room. Within seconds, Barton broke in two and 
sank, carrying with her an estimated 80 percent of her valiant 
crew. Forty-two survivors were rescued by Portland (CA-33) and 
Higgins boats from Guadalcanal. 

Barton received four battle stars for her service during October 
and November 1942. 


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