My interest in USS Howorth originated during my thirty-three months of duty in the Pacific Fleet destroyer Hamner, named after Howorth's gunnery officer killed at Okinawa, Lieutenant Henry R. "Pete" Hamner. His legacy jncluded the Reader's Digest subscriptions his mother presented each year to the wardroom and crew. Later, as executive officer in the hydrofoil Plainview, exasperated by the endless stream of logs and records demanded by higher authorities, I peevishly tested the navy's record system and wrote away for information on Lieutenant Hamner and Howorth. I was surprised by the magnitude of the material documenting Howorth's Pacific War, ranging from hourly barometric readings and seawater injection temperatures to ammunition effectiveness reports.
Preface -- Introduction -- Training & Transit -- Commissioning and Stateside Training -- Fleet Training, Territory of Hawaii -- Westward to the War Zone -- “Some Eerie Hell” -- Invasion of Morotai Island, Moluccas Islands -- Invasion of Leyte Island, Philippine Islands -- Supporting the Leyte Campaign -- Invasion of Ormoc, Leyte Island, and Mindoro Island -- Lingayen Gulf and the Luzon Island Invasion -- “The Devil’s Own Creation” -- Invasion of Iwo Jima -- Invasion of Okinawa Shima -- Afterword -- Bibliographic Note