OCTOBER 17, 1941
The Navy Department announced that the USS KEARNY, destroyer, was torpedoed this morning while on patrol duty about 350 miles south and west of Iceland.
No casualties to personnel were indicated in dispatches received by the Navy Department.
Despite the damage received, the ship is able to proceed under her own power.
The USS KEARNY is under command of Lieutenant Commander A.L. Danis, U.S. Navy.
The ship is one of the Navy's newest destroyers. She was laid down in 1939 and completed in 1940. This ship has a standard displacement of 1630 tons. The ship is 341 feet long and has a 36-foot beam. She is armed with the standard 5-inch battery of her class.
No other details are available to the navy Department at this time.
LCDR Danis was born February 1, 1899 at Woonsocket, Rhode Island. In 1918 he was appointed midshipman to the Naval Academy from North Dakota. After graduation he was assigned to Destroyer Squadrons of the Atlantic Fleet and later to the Naval Torpedo Station, Newport, Rhode Island, for temporary duty under instruction in torpedoes.
In 1926 he reported to the Naval Academy for a post graduate course in aerology. He was ordered to the Naval Air Station, Lakehurst, New Jersey in 1930 for duty involving flying under instruction. In 1931 he was ordered to duty in connection with fitting out the USS AKRON and on board when commissioned. He was attached in 1933 to the USS MACON with additional duty in 1934 as aerological officer, naval Air Station, Sunnyvale, CA. In 1935 he served aboard the USS SARATOGA and later on the USS MINNEAPOLIS.
He was ordered to the naval Air Station in San Diego in June of 1937 as aerological officer, later reporting to the Bureau of Aeronautics, Washington, D.C., and in November of the same year was commissioned Lieutenant Commander. In March of 1938 he was ordered to Oslo, Berlin, Paris, and London for visits to meteorological and hydrographic activities.
In May 1940 Commander Danis was ordered to duty in connection with fitting out of the USS KEARNY and on board in command when commissioned. He was selected for the rank of Commander by the board which convened in August of 1941.