Talk:USS Mount Hood (AE-11)

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USS Mindanao Casualty Figures[edit]

The casualty reports for the Mindanao are given differently in the main text of this page vs. the picture caption and Mindanao article (the latter two agree). Brickc1 (talk) 18:43, 19 November 2008 (UTC)

I don't believe there is any inconsistency here, because the main text figure states the number killed, while the photo caption indicates the number killed and injured. The difference between the two figures would represent 98 Mindanao crewmen injured in the explosion. One might speculate the latter figure was rounded to the nearest ten because of a wide variety of injuries ranging from permanently disabling to relatively insignificant. Thewellman (talk) 00:51, 20 November 2008 (UTC)

Survivor Figures[edit]

There are two different contradictory statement within the article about how many sailors (officers and enlisted men) survived the explosion of the USS Mindinao because they were away from their ship while on shore assignments. On says (a total of) 18, but the other one says only six. Why state open contradicitions w/o any explanation? (talk) 20:12, 7 November 2009 (UTC)

I assume this inconsistency relates to survivors from USS Mount Hood rather than from USS Mindanao. I do not know why two references provided different numbers, but perhaps speculation might be appropriate here. The survivors were apparently in a small group recently departed from the ship in a boat transferring personnel around the anchorage. I believe it is possible some one interpreted all people in the boat as survivors from USS Hood whereas the boat may have been a duty boat from another ship carrying men from various units. Thewellman (talk) 17:18, 8 November 2009 (UTC)

Midget Submarine[edit]

In the absence of a reference citation, I intend to remove the statements about a crew member observing a midget submarine. Although a letter is possible, its veracity is doubtful, since the only surviving crew members were either already ashore or in a small boat distant from the site. No one near the ship survived unless sheltered from the blast in locations from which observation would have been virtually impossible.Thewellman (talk) 23:06, 18 December 2010 (UTC)

Done.Thewellman (talk) 08:08, 30 December 2010 (UTC)

Unit of measurement confusion?[edit]

The official report in the external link "Selected documents relating to the loss of USS Mount Hood" reads "The force of the explosion blasted a trough in the ocean floor more than 100 yards long, 50 feet wide, and from 30 to 40 feet deep directly below the position of the U.S.S. Mount Hood."

Somehow in the article this has become "Mount Hood's former position was revealed by a trench in the ocean floor 1,000 feet (300 m) long, 200 feet (60 m) wide, and 30 to 40 feet (9 to 12 m) deep."

Additionally, the depth of water at the anchorage is "...35 feet (11 m)..." in the article, but "...19 fathoms..." (which is 114 ft, or 35 m) in the official report. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:38, 10 November 2011 (UTC)

Japanese Aircraft[edit]

Where is the info about the japanese aircraft which destroyed this ship? It was really successful and great attack. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:20, 10 November 2014 (UTC)

  • Is there a reliable reference for such an attack? Thewellman (talk) 16:46, 10 November 2014 (UTC)