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William Prwston Beale, the eldest daughter of William B. Ryan in temporary command. On 7 SeptemberCommander William E. Eberle reported on board as commanding officer. Preston operated with Destroyer Division DesDiv 19 and conducted trials and training off the east coast through the end of Presto these exercises, she transited the Panama Canal to participate in the Fleet's visit to CallaoPeru, and arrived at that port on 21 January With her home port at Cavitenear Manila in the Philippinesthe destroyer cruised with her Hairy girl on exercises and maneuvers.
In the summer months, the ships would base out of Chefoo on the north coast of Shantung Girl looking for sex in AustinChina, while moving southward to Philippine waters for the town of preston escort role exercises. In between, there were visits to China coastal ports such as AmoyFoochowand Swatow and occasional tours on the Yangtze River between Shanghai and Hankow.
Main article: Nanking incident of Incivil strife broke out in China which can be loosely characterized as a struggle between north and south for control of the country. To the south, the Nationalist Kuomintang party moved north from its base at Canton to extend its controls over warlord-dominated areas. William B.
Preston arrived in that port on the Yangtze River on 21 March and dropped anchor off the city, ing sister Amateur Evansville Indiana chat Noa. Under orders to evacuate Americans, the destroyers took on refugees — on Noa and 73 on William B. Gunfire, coming closer to the city, alerted the American destroyermen to the danger posed by the approaching Cantonese.
Northern Chinese troops meanwhile melted away from the city that they were supposed to defend, leaving many foreigners endangered in the defenseless city. An armed guard from Noa stood by on shore while al parties from William B. Preston and Noa transmitted the information about the tense conditions in Nanking to the ships anchored in the muddy river. When the situation had worsened to a point of no return, Noa commenced firing with her 4-inch guns; William B.
Preston ed in with her main battery as well and, in the minute barrage, fired 22 rounds of 4-inch projectiles to scare off the invading soldiers. Sailors on both American ships also provided fire with bolt-action Springfield rifles and drum-fed Lewis guns. Four days later, with the situation much quieter in Nanking, William B.
Preston prepared to leave the area in company with refugee-laden SS Kungwo on 25 March. Snipers, firing from concealed positions ashore, sent the destroyer's anchor detail scurrying for cover; and College girl Kennebunk Maine want to fuck bullets whined into the pre-dawn darkness. Firing from a Lewis gun on the destroyer soon caused the sniper to cease fire. The ship, with civilians on board, was soon underway heading downriver.
Three hours later, while proceeding between Silver Island and Hsing Shan fort, small arms fire again crackled from the shore, first directed at Fungwo and next at William B. Bluejackets on the destroyer promptly broke out their Lewis guns and Springfields to reply, but the situation suddenly worsened when a 3-inch gun at the fort opened fire on the ships. One shell splashed into the muddy river ahead of the destroyer; another fell in the ship's wake; and the third passed through the fire control platform.
The destroyer's one 4-inch gun was quickly trained around and fired three salvos in reply which, in addition to small arms and machine gun fire from the warship, caused the firing from the shore to be silenced. Snipers once again harassed the Anglo-American flotilla, but machine-gun fire from Cricket soon forced the Chinese to withdraw. After turning Kungwo over to the British gunboat, William B. Preston returned to Nanking unhampered by further sniping.
On 27 March, with 70 more refugees embarked, the ship cleared Nanking and headed downriver. Ashe, the ship's commanding officer, recalled that the Chinese had emplaced a field-piece at a key river bend and, accordingly, ordered general quarters well in advance. Cleared for action with guns trained out and the Stars and Stripes flying, William B. Preston rounded the town of preston escort role, ready for a showdown.
The Chinese, however, allowed the ship to pass without any firing. Receiving the Yangtze Service Medal for these actions against snipers while convoying American nationals out of the troubled areas, William B. Preston returned to routine cruising soon thereafter.
Preston was part of a group of destroyers laid up in reserve at Philadelphia. She was decommissioned there on 15 October As America's Navy grew in the first months following the outbreak of World War II in Europe, the need for auxiliaries to support the Fleet multiplied accordingly. On 18 NovemberWilliam B. Preston was selected for conversion to a small seaplane tender and redeated AVP Soon thereafter, the ship entered the New York Navy Yard for conversion.
Preston was recommissioned on 14 Junewith Lt. Francis J. Bridget in command. On 2 Augustthe town of preston escort role was reclassified again, this time to destroyer-seaplane tender, and redeated AVD She departed the New York area three days later and arrived at Hampton Ro the following day. og
She then steamed to Panama, transited the canal on 24 August, and proceeded town of preston escort role to San Diego, where she arrived on 5 September for an eight-day pause en route to Hawaii. She engaged in such tasks as tending scout planes, towing targets during fleet exercises, and making Cool chick seeks military man for Rockville offshore patrols through 30 September.
Preston served as a plane guard for three days in October and then d her routine duties out of Pearl Harbor. On 6 Decemberthe seaplane tender set course for the Philippines and her second tour of duty with the Asiatic Fleet. En route, she lay to at plane guard station "George," while VP passed overhead on course for the Philippine Islands. On 13 December, she was fueled from Wright and then lay to in the lee of Wake Island before proceeding on to Guam.
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From February to Novemberthe Asiatic Fleet continued its preparations. While some fleet units, including the majority of the destroyers, were sent south, William B. Preston was maintained in readiness in the Philippines for any eventuality. She tended PBY's and occasionally acted as target town of preston escort role for fleet maneuvers in the southern islands in the Philippine archipelago.
After an overhaul at the Cavite Navy Yard in November, she departed the Manila area on 1 December, bound for the southeastern coast of Mindanao. Upon her arrival in Davao Gulfthe ship dropped anchor in Malalag Baywhere she was ed by a group of PBYs of the newly formed Patrol Wing 10 which soon commenced Meet women online who want fun. Preston picked up the following radio message: "Japan has commenced hostilities.
Govern yourselves accordingly. The Philippines, too, were on the timetable for conquest. Soon after the receipt of the notification of war, all of the planes tended by the destroyer-seaplane tender were readied for operations. Two remained behind while the rest flew off on their first war patrols over the Celebes Sea. The ship, meanwhile, shifted anchorage away from the two moored Catalinas to lessen the chance of one bomb damaging both ship and planes in one fell swoop.
Bluejackets on William B. Preston belted ammunition for the ship's antiaircraft defense of four.
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Aroundthe ship's commanding officer, Lt. Etheridge Grant, went forward to check the progress of the tosn to slip the anchor chain should that become necessary. Suddenly a lookout called out, "Aircraft! This was the first U. Going for the seaplanes first, the "Claudes" made short work of the Catalinas riding at their mooring buoys. Within a few short moments, both PBY's had been shot to pieces and sank into the waters of the bay as the survivors, carrying one dead and one wounded comrade with them, swam for ewcort.
Meanwhile, the ship lowered a boat to pick up survivors while she got underway for the open sea. Slipping her anchor chain, William B. Preston zigzagged across the bay as both "Claudes" and "Vals" attacked the fleeing tender. Evading the bombs, the ship managed to town of preston escort role from the attack unscathed and returned to the bay to pick up her boat and the survivors from the two lost planes.
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Retiring from Davao Gulfthe destroyer-seaplane tender slipped past four Japanese destroyers whose attention was probably focused on bigger game elsewhere. One hour later, a snooping Off plane picked up the ship's scent and trailed ov for three hours, leading those on board William B. Preston to suspect that the Japanese were sending out a second strike to finish the job begun earlier. Steering as close to the shoreline as safe would permit, Lt.
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Grant prepared to beach the ship should that prove necessary, but the plane departed and left the seaplane tender alone. Arriving off the mouth of Moro Bay in the afternoon, the ship lay to until the following morning, 9 December, when she entered the bay. An explosion ahead of the ship sent the American bluejackets to their general quarters stations before ecsort was discovered that the local fishermen were Tall slender single Allen Park female out dynamiting for their catch.
The ship found a PBY awaiting her arrival and commenced tending operations. After being informed that Japanese troops had landed north of Gagayan and were marching overland to Police, the ship prepared to get underway and dispatched the PBY's on patrol over the Celebes Sea.
Preston got underway on 10 December. Mature sex 74015 ship arrived at Tutu Bay later that day and found the PBY's awaiting her, after having found no trace of enemy activity ecort their patrol sweeps. At sunset, a veritable procession of masts and funnels moved across the southern horizon; and the men on the William B. Preston could only guess to whom they belonged.
The following day, the planes were again sent out on patrols while the ship upped anchor and proceeded for Tawi Tawi Ts horny in hotel, receiving word en route that the PBY's were to return to Lake Lanao in Mindanao and the OS2U's were to rendezvous with the ship at Tawi Tawi. Although she had never hoisted aboard any aircraft before, William B. Preston's bluejackets rigged up a crude cradle between the two foot motor-boats aft and provided padding for the Kingfisher's center float with mattresses and life jackets.
One OS2U was taken aboard and berthed in this fashion while the other rolee towed astern.