Typhoon, the Other
The Third Fleet and the Pacific Storm of December 1944
A complete report on the nature
of this storm and the fleet operations at the time is
contained in Captain C. Raymond Calhoun's book.
As commanding officer of a ship that came close to destruction
in the typhoon of December, 1944, Calhoun was in an
unparalleled position to document the tragic ordeal that
claimed 778 men, 3 destroyers, and more than 100 aircraft. The
destroyers lost were the USS Hull, USS
Monaghan, and USS Spence.
Calhoun relates his experience aboard his
ship, the USS Dewey, as it repeatedly rolled to
its maximum limit and threatened to overturn. At one point, he
estimates the ship's roll to be about 80 degrees