Woodbury County

Wilford Jung




Unconscious After Destroyer Torpedoed Sioux Cityan Lives to Spend Leave Here

Saved by Another Ship’s Crew in Solomons Waters

Unconscious after the destroyer was torpedoed but rescued by the crew of another destroyer, Wilford Jung, baker second class, is spending a 30-day leave here with his wife, Mrs. Dorothy Jung, 1122 12th Street.

The sinking of the Strong July 5 was but one of several exciting experiences for Jung, who has been in the Navy about a year and who said he was on his way to Casablanca on convey duty six weeks after entering service.

Jung’s ship was under attack on one other occasion and he witnessed a mighty air battle at Guadalcanal.

Bomb Jap Positions

At the time of its sinking, the Strong was engaged in a bombardment of Japanese installations at Vila and Bairoko on Kula gulf, which lies between New Georgia Island and Kolombangara Island in the Munda air base area.

Jung said he was knocked out for a time when the ship was struck by a torpedo in the galley, but was uninjured and was picked up by another destroyer after about 10 minutes in the water.

Shortly after he was picked up, Jung said the Japs began shooting star shells all around the, but scored no hits.

Attacked by Jap Planes

In another battle, he said, which took place about 35 miles from the Marshall Islands, the destroyer he served on was attacked by Japanese dive bombers and torpedo planes. No hits were scored, he said, but some were “Too close for comfort.” His ship, he said, was credited with sinking several Japanese submarines.

At Guadalcanal, he said, he witnessed a battle in which 72 out of 100 Japanese planes were shot down. The Japanese Zeros, he said, are flimsy and burn like paper when hit.

Jung said that sailors sleep with their clothes on at all time and are ready for action on short notice. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Jung, are former Sioux Cityans now residing at Wausa, Wis.

Source:  The Sioux City Journal, August 25, 1943