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Johnston (ジョンストン) Johnston
Fletcher Class Destroyer

HP HP1721FP Firepower12→32
ARM Armor7→20TORPTorpedo20→60
EVA Evasion45→81AA Anti-Air32→60
PLA Aircraft0ASW Anti-Submarine Warfare50→82
SPD SpeedFastLOS Line of Sight20→32
RGE RangeShortLUK Luck17→70
05inch Single Gun Mount Mk.30
0533mm Quintuple Torpedo Mount (Initial Model)
ModernizationFirepower 1 Torpedo 1 Anti-Air 2 Armor 1
Build Time0:23 (Unbuildable)Remodel Req
ConsumptionFuel 20 Ammo 20DismantleFuel 1 Ammo 2 Steel 7 Bauxite 2
IllustratorzecoSeiyuuShiraki Nao
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Johnston (ジョンストンかい) Johnston Kai
Fletcher Class Destroyer

HP HP3439FP Firepower15→55
ARM Armor16→52TORPTorpedo26→72
EVA Evasion46→89AA Anti-Air40→90
PLA Aircraft0ASW Anti-Submarine Warfare52→90
SPD SpeedFastLOS Line of Sight20→60
RGE RangeShortLUK Luck40→82
05inch Single Gun Mount Mk.30 Kai
0SG Radar (Initial Model)
ModernizationFirepower 1 Torpedo 1 Anti-Air 3 Armor 1
Remodel Level55Remodel ReqAmmo 270 Steel 180
Development Material 80 Construction Material 10
ConsumptionFuel 20 Ammo 20DismantleFuel 1 Ammo 2 Steel 12 Bauxite 3
IllustratorzecoSeiyuuShiraki Nao

Johnston's Ship Type on her Library page is "Destroyer DD-557".

Gameplay Notes

Destroyers (DD) are very versatile, utilizing Small Caliber Main Gun Small Caliber Main Guns, Torpedoes Torpedoes, and Depth ChargesSONAR ASW equipment, and having high torpedo Torpedo Attack, ASW Anti-Submarine Warfare, and evasion Evasion, and good "night attack power Night Battle Power" stats, to the detriment of firepower and armor. They:

Special Mechanics

  • Can perform "innate" OASW.
  • Can perform special AACI:
AACI Patterns
ID Priority
Setup Shot down
per slot
K-value Rate User
34 12 Equipment Card 5inch Single Gun Mount Mk.30 Kai + GFCS Mk.37.png Equipment Card 5inch Single Gun Mount Mk.30 Kai + GFCS Mk.37.png +8 1.6 55% JohnstonJohnston
Johnston Kai
35 17 Equipment Card 5inch Single Gun Mount Mk.30 Kai + GFCS Mk.37.png Equipment Card 5inch Single Gun Mount Mk.30.png
Equipment Card 5inch Single Gun Mount Mk.30 Kai + GFCS Mk.37.png Equipment Card 5inch Single Gun Mount Mk.30 Kai.png
+7 1.55 55%
36 18 Equipment Card 5inch Single Gun Mount Mk.30.png Equipment Card 5inch Single Gun Mount Mk.30.png Equipment Card GFCS Mk.37.png
Equipment Card 5inch Single Gun Mount Mk.30 Kai.png Equipment Card 5inch Single Gun Mount Mk.30.png Equipment Card GFCS Mk.37.png
Equipment Card 5inch Single Gun Mount Mk.30 Kai.png Equipment Card 5inch Single Gun Mount Mk.30 Kai.png Equipment Card GFCS Mk.37.png
+7 1.55 50%
37 30 Equipment Card 5inch Single Gun Mount Mk.30 Kai.png Equipment Card 5inch Single Gun Mount Mk.30 Kai.png +5 1.45 40%

Stats Exceptions

  • Can reach "Long Range" when equipped with an SG RadarSG Radar (Initial Model)
    SG Radar (Late Model)
    variant, and "Very Long Range" when both are equipped.

Equipability Exceptions

DD Default equipment compatibility
✔️ Can Equip ❌ Cannot Equip
Fighter Dive Bomber Torpedo Bomber JetFighterBomber2.png Reconnaissance Aircraft Large Reconnaissance AircraftSp Reconnaissance SeaplaneRecon Seaplane BomberBomber Seaplane Fighter Large Flying Boat Rotorcraft Liaison Aircraft Aviation Personnel TransportationMaterial.png
Small Caliber Main Gun Anti-Aircraft Gun Anti-Aircraft Fire Director Torpedoes Depth Charges Small SONARSmall Small RADARSmall Medium Caliber Main Gun Large Caliber Main Gun Very Large Caliber Main GunSp Secondary Gun Large Secondary High-Angle GunSp_Sec Submarine TorpedoesSub Midget SubmarineMinisub Large SONARLarge Large RADARLarge Very Large RADARSp Submarine Equipment
Engine Improvement FlareIcon.png Searchlight Lookout Drum Canister Anti-Ground Rocket Smoke Generator Emergency Repair Personnel Ration Anti-Aircraft Shell Armor-Piercing Shell Medium ArmorMedium Large ArmorLarge Large SearchlightLarge Landing Craft Amphibious Vehicle Landing Forces Facility.png Command Facility Supplies
RE: Anti-Aircraft Gun Anti-Aircraft Fire Director Lookout Emergency Repair Personnel Ration Equipment Card Improved Kanhon Type Turbine.png
Equipability notes: Night Fighter=Fighter ; Night Torpedo Bomber=Torpedo Bomber ; JetFighterBomber1.png=JetFighterBomber2.png ; Night Reconnaissance Seaplane =Reconnaissance SeaplaneRecon ; Night Seaplane Bomber =Seaplane BomberBomber ; Small Caliber Main High-Angle GunSmall=Small Caliber Main Gun ; Medium Main High-Angle GunMedium=Medium Caliber Main Gun ; Secondary High-Angle GunSec=Secondary Gun ; Barrage Balloon=Smoke Generator
  • Default DD equipment compatibility

Fit Bonuses

[edit]Johnston Equipment Bonuses
Equipment Extra Requirement Firepower Torpedo Attack Anti-Air Anti-Submarine Warfare Line of Sight Armor Accuracy Evasion Note
High-Angle Gun5inch Single Gun Mount Mk.30 Kai + GFCS Mk.375inch Single Gun Mount Mk.30 Kai + GFCS Mk.37 +2 +1 +1
High-Angle Gun5inch Single Gun Mount Mk.30 Kai5inch Single Gun Mount Mk.30 Kai +2 +2 +1 +1
Torpedoes533mm Quintuple Torpedo Mount (Initial Model)533mm Quintuple Torpedo Mount (Initial Model) +1 +3
Torpedoes533mm Quintuple Torpedo Mount (Late Model)533mm Quintuple Torpedo Mount (Late Model) +2 +4
RADARGFCS Mk.37GFCS Mk.37 +1 +1 +1
RADARSG Radar (Initial Model)SG Radar (Initial Model) +3 +4 +3
(1st equipped) Range+1, One-time
RADARSG Radar (Late Model)SG Radar (Late Model) +4 +4 +4
(1st equipped) +3 Range+1, One-time
Depth ChargesRUR-4A Weapon Alpha KaiRUR-4A Weapon Alpha Kai (1st equipped) +2 +1 One-time
Depth ChargesLightweight ASW Torpedo (Initial Test Model)Lightweight ASW Torpedo (Initial Test Model) (1st equipped) +3 +1 One-time
Depth ChargesHedgehog (Initial Model)Hedgehog (Initial Model) (1st equipped) +3 +1 One-time
Depth ChargesMk.32 ASW Torpedo (Mk.2 Thrower)Mk.32 ASW Torpedo (Mk.2 Thrower) +2
Smoke GeneratorSmoke Generator (Smoke Screen)Smoke Generator (Smoke Screen)
OR Smoke GeneratorSmoke Generator Kai (Smoke Screen)Smoke Generator Kai (Smoke Screen)
Ship-Type Bonuses
Small Caliber Main Gun12.7cm Twin Gun Mount Model C Kai 3 H12.7cm Twin Gun Mount Model C Kai 3 H + Air Radar +2 +2 One-time
(2nd equipped) + Air Radar +2 One-time
(3rd equipped) + Air Radar +2 One-time
High-Angle Gun12cm Single High-angle Gun Mount Model E Kai12cm Single High-angle Gun Mount Model E Kai (★2-3) +1
(★4-5) +1 +2
(★6-7) +1 +1 +2
(★8-9) +1 +2 +2
(★MAX) +1 +2 +1 +2
Torpedoes53cm Bow (Oxygen) Torpedo Mount53cm Bow (Oxygen) Torpedo Mount -5
RADARPassive Radiolocator (E27) + Type 22 Surface Radar Kai 4 (Calibrated Late Model)Passive Radiolocator (E27) + Type 22 Surface Radar Kai 4 (Calibrated Late Model) (1st equipped) (★7) +1 One-time
(1st equipped) (★8) +1 +1 One-time
(1st equipped) (★9) +1 +1 +1 One-time
(1st equipped) (★MAX) +1 +2 +1 One-time
+ ★3+ 12.7cm Twin Gun Mount Model D Kai 212.7cm Twin Gun Mount Model D Kai 2 OR ★3+ 12.7cm Twin Gun Mount Model D Kai 312.7cm Twin Gun Mount Model D Kai 3 +1 +1 One-time
+ ★4+ Type 13 Air Radar Kai (Late Model)Type 13 Air Radar Kai (Late Model) +1 +4 +1 +3 One-time
Depth ChargesType 2 Depth ChargeType 2 Depth Charge (★8-9) +1
(★MAX) +2
Anti-Aircraft Gun2cm Flakvierling 382cm Flakvierling 38 (★4-6) +1 +1
(★7-9) +1 +2 +1
(★MAX) +1 +3 +2
(★4-MAX) + Air Radar +1 One-time
Anti-Aircraft Gun3.7cm FlaK M423.7cm FlaK M42 (★6-7) +1 +1
(★8-9) +1 +1 +1
(★MAX) +1 +1 +1 +2
(★6-MAX) + Air Radar +2 One-time
Anti-Aircraft Gun25mm Anti-aircraft Autocannon Mount & Machine Guns25mm Anti-aircraft Autocannon Mount & Machine Guns +1 +2 +2
Hidden Fit Bonuses
  • Has some hidden fit bonuses when equipped with certain equipment. Please see Hidden Fit Bonuses for more details.

Important Information

Drop Locations

ShipRarityTypeNo.World 1World 2World 3World 7World 4World 5World 6Remarks
JohnstonVery RareDD362Unbuildable

Voice Lines


Event Japanese/English
Hi! I'm USS Johnston of the Fletcher-class! I'm going to be a fighting ship[1]. That means I'll keep on fighting until I run out of shells! Once again... I'll protect all of you!
Hi! あたしがフレッチャー級USSジョンストンよ! I'm going to be a fighting ship…文字通り、弾が尽きるまで、守って見せる!今度もね!
Hi! I'm USS Johnston of the Fletcher-class! Today I'll protect you again, until I run out of shells! ...What, yeah... it's cause I want to do it!
Hi! フレッチャー級USSジョンストンよ!全ての弾が尽きるまで…今日も貴方を守ってあげる!…何よ、そうよ…あたしがそうしたいの!
Hi! I'm Johnston of the Fletcher-class! I fought all over the Pacific! I fought in the Solomons, the Marshall Islands, and Leyte Gulf. Off of Samar, I fought as part of Taffy 3, including Sam and the others, against a massive fleet. I'm Johnston of the Fletcher-class, don't forget it!
Hi! あたしがフレッチャー級、ジョンストンよ!太平洋狭しと駆け抜けたの。ソロモン、マーシャル、そしてレイテの戦いに参加したのよ。サマール沖ではサム達と一緒にTaffyⅢで巨大な艦隊に立ち向かったわ!フレッチャー級、ジョンストン、覚えていてね!
Secretary 1
Hi! Did you call me?
Hi! あたし呼んだ?
Secretary 2
Yeah...I'm busy~ can't you tell?
Secretary 2
You are pretty busy yourself... I'll help you out.
Secretary 3
What's the matter? What? Is my equipment that unusual? Well~ if it's for a bit...hey! Don't get carried away!
What's matter? 何?あたしの装備がそんなに珍しいの?まあ~少しくらいなら…こら!調子に乗るな!
Secretary Idle
Hi Sam! You bored? I'm bored too...you want to play some cards? What game? Poker? What do you want to bet today~ cause I'm not gonna lose!
Hi Sam!暇してる?あたしも今暇してて…カードでもやる?何がいい?ポーカー?今日は何賭けよっか~あたし今日、負けない気がする!
Secretary (Married)
What's wrong, dear...? You're not looking too well. Are you tired...? Oh well... then... do you want my special good luck charm? Don't tell anyone else...
どうしたのアナタ…ちょっと顔色悪いじゃない?少し疲れたの…?Oh well...じゃあ…あたしの特別なおまじないあげよっか?皆には内緒よ…
Ah, Sam? I dunno, she's probably lurking around? Oh, me? What's up? What's this? I can open it? Alright... Eh!? Ehh!? Ehhhh!?
あ、Sam?知らないわ、その辺にいるんじゃない?ああ、あたし?What's up? これは?開けていいの?開けるわよ…え!?えええ!?えええ~!?
Player's Score
Information? No helping it... here.
Information? 仕方ないわね…はい。
Joining the Fleet
Weigh anchor! USS Johnston... sortieing!
Weigh anchor! USSジョンストン…出撃!
Equipment 1
Hmm... Well~ it's alright.
Equipment 1
Hmm... Well~ it's OK! Many thanks!
ふ~ん…ま~いいっか!Many thanks!
Equipment 2
What? Is this OK? Hmm, well, that's fine. Thanks!
Equipment 3[2]
Who cares~
Who cares~
Make sure to supply me with loads of ammo! I'll be counting on you!
砲弾はたっぷり積んでよね!I'll be counting on you!
Docking (Minor Damage)
Ow...ouch...I got hit... Well, this is just a scratch to me... just patch me up, and I'll be on my way again!
Docking (Major Damage)
Oh no! Ah! Don't peak! Blegh!
New face? Hmm...
New face? ふ~ん…
Returning from Sortie
Hi! I'm back~ I'm just a little tired!
Hi! ただいま~ちょこっと疲れたわ!
Starting a Sortie
Alright~ It's the Fletcher-class's turn! USS Johnston, departing now!
Starting a Battle
They're here! Target in sight. Everyone ready? Let's do this!
来たわ!Target in sight 皆、覚悟はいい?行くよ!
Onward! Fire!
Night Battle Attack
More shells![3]
More shells!
Night Battle
Night battle? Heh... let's do this!
Night battle? ふ…上等じゃない!
Night Battle
Onward! Open fire!
突撃よ!Open fire!
Eh? I was number one in battle? Well... Of course~ it's me. If that's the case... no choice then.
え?あたしの奮戦がNumber one? ま…まあ~当然じゃない?そういうことなら…仕方ないわね。
Minor Damage 1
Ahhh~! Not... not bad...
Minor Damage 2
Ugh... my cannons... I'm not done yet!
Major Damage
Uwaaa~! Is the engine still fine? Can I move? I can still... keep on going!
I'm...sinking again...Yukikaze[4]...what? Huh? I can't hear you...
  1. The day Johnston was commissioned, then-Lt. Cmdr. Ernest E. Evans made a speech to the crew, quoting a phrase attributed to John Paul Jones: "This is going to be a fighting ship. I intend to go in harm's way, and anyone who doesn't want to go along had better get off right now."
  2. This line is shared with expedition selection, resource collection, instant repair and development.
  3. While Johnston fired a barrage of shells that managed to force back Yahagi and her four destroyers from the Taffy 3 escort carriers, the captain of one of her guns shouted down to the handling room, "More shells! More shells!"
  4. According to survivors' accounts, a Japanese destroyer pulled up to the sinking Johnston to finish her off. The Japanese crew stood at attention and its captain saluted Johnston as she finally sank. Japanese accounts suggest this ship was the Yukikaze.


Time Japanese/English
Can't be helped... I'll support you today. Alright?
It is one. You want some coffee? Alright, wait a sec.
It is one. Coffeeでも入れる?そう、待ってて。
It is two. People here call it "ushimitsu." What does that mean?[1].
It is two. ここでは、「丑三つ」って言うらしいわね…どういう意味?
It is three. I'm getting sleepy... are you alright? Oh...I see.
It is three. さすがに眠いわね…貴方は大丈夫?ふ~ん…そう。
It's four. The night's almost over. Mmmph! Alright! Let's do this!
It's four. もうすぐ夜が明けるわね。う~ん!よし!頑張りましょう!
It's five. Check out that sunrise! It's beautiful~ the start of another day. I love this time of day. What about you?
It's five. 見て朝日!綺麗ね~一日が始まるわ。この時間…好き。貴方は?
It is six now. Good morning! Now~ let's start!
It is six now. Good morning! さあ~始めましょう!
It is seven. First off, breakfast. I'll be making it my way - you don't mind, right? Yep, the eggs'll be scrambled.
It is seven. まずは朝食ね。あたし流だけど、いいわよね?はい、卵はスクランブル。
It is eight. Hi Gamby! Good morning! Let's keep doing our best today! Sam? I haven't seen her yet.
It is eight. Hi Gamby! おはよう!今日も頑張りましょう!Sam?まだ今日は見てないわ。
It is nine. What do you want to start off with today? Maybe exercises first? I'll even go up against heavy cruisers.[2]
It is nine. さあ、今日は何から始める?まずは、演習かしら?重巡部隊だって相手になるわ。
It is ten. The heavy cruisers here do pretty well too. That was a good workout~ I'm thirsty.
It is ten. ここの重巡部隊も中々やるわね。いい汗かいたわ~喉乾いたわね。
Elevensies. Mmm~ this iced tea is good! Thanks! Uh... eh? Kongou[3]!? Th-Thank you.
Elevensies. んん~アイスティー美味しい!Thanks! って…え?金剛!?お…あ…ありがとう。
It is noon. It's lunch time! Would you like some sandwiches I made? Really? Alright, here you go!
It is noon. Lunch timeよ!あたしの手作りサンドでいい?そう?はい、どうぞ!
It is one. Were they good? If they were, I'll make more for you... What should I use next time?
It is one. そう?美味しかったのなら、また作ってきてもいいけど?…次は何にしようかな?
It is tw... Oh! Sam! Hi! You doing well? I'm doing great, of course. Like always!
It is tw... Oh! Sam! Hi! 元気?もちろん、あたしはバッチリよ。当たり前じゃない!
It is three. Yeah... as part of Taffy 3, Sam and Hoel both fought well. Of course, I did my best too!
It is three. そうね…タフィ3ではSamもHoelも頑張ったわ。もちろん、あたしも全力で!
It is four. Hi Yukikaze! You always seem so cheerful. Aren't you... cold, wearing that? No?
It is four. Hi 雪風!貴方、いつも元気そうね。その恰好…寒くはないの?そう?
It is five. Hey, look over there! Look... the sun is about to set beneath the sea... Everywhere you look... it's beautiful.
It is five. 貴方、あそこ見てよ!ほら…夕日が丁度海に落ちるわ…どこを見ても…綺麗ね!
It is six. Well then, should we have steak tonight, so we're ready for battle tomorrow? How do you like your steak done? Hm?
It is six. さて、夕食は明日の戦いに備えて、ステーキでいい?貴方、焼き方は何が好き?ん?
It is seven. Here! Johnston's special steak! ...is the meat cooked all the way?
It is seven. はい!ジョンストン特性ステーキを召し上がれ!…お肉、ちゃんと焼けてる?
It is eigh... ah, Sam, where are you going? South squadron? Eh? To complain? Wait, wait up!
It is eigh...あ、Sam、どこ行くの?South squadron? え?文句に?ま、待ちなさい!
It is nine. Ahh~ I knew this would happen! It's like she's lured by...ah! Sorry! She's...huh?
It is nine. ああ~言わんこっちゃない!なんか誘われてるし…あ!ごめん!その子は…え?
It is ten. Hahh, we got away, somehow. The Japanese destroyers get aggressive at night. I'm beat~
It is ten. ハ、ハア~ 何とか逃げてきたわ。日本のdestroyerは、夜はaggressiveね。疲れた~
It is eleven. You did well today too. Sleep well. Ah, Good night! See you tomorrow!
It is eleven. 貴方も今日は、お疲れだったわね。ゆっくり休んで。あ、Good night! 明日、また!
  1. Something like "the witching hour".
  2. Johnston crippled Kumano early in the Battle off Samar with a torpedo.
  3. Johnston took several shells from Kongou throughout the Battle off Samar.


Ship Japanese/English Notes
Valentine's Day 2019
So there was a rule like that here? I see. Well, that's fine. Then I'll give you something too. You better eat it!
White Day 2019
You didn't have to get me a return gift just because it's a rule. ...Hmm, that's not why you got it? It's because of your feelings...? Is that so? Then, I guess I accept.
Rainy Season 2019
Rain? Ahaa... So this is the so called 'two-you' season, huh? Well, a bit of rain from time to time isn't so bad.
Rain? Ahaa… これが噂のtwo-youって季節ってわけね?Hmm?まぁ、雨もたまにはいいんじゃない?
Summer 2019
Summer here is hot... Well, I should be fine dressed like this... H-hey you, don't stare at me so much. ...Hmm?
Spring 2020
Flower viewing? Ah, sounds nice. I'd like to go. It's been a while since Taffy 3 had a get together. I can't wait!
オハーナミ?あはぁ、いいわね。やりたいわ。久しぶりにTaffy 3のみんなで集まろう。楽しみね!
Rainy Season 2020
It's the 7th Anniversary? Hmmm, that means it's my 2nd year already. Time flies.
7th Anniversary? んー、あたしも二年目ってわけか。早いわね。
Late Autumn 2020
I get kinda restless when autumn comes you know? Sam, don't you feel the same way? Aha, right?
End of Year 2020
The Naval Base Spring Cleaning? Ah, sorry, I'll pass on that. I have lots of things I want to buy before the end of the year. Sorry.
8th Anniversary
It's the 8th Anniversary? Whoa, that means I've been with all of you for 3 years? I see.
8th Anniversary? うわぁ、あなたたちとも、三年目ってこと?そっうか。
9th Anniversary
Ninth anniversary? It just keeps going, huh? I'm a little surprised. But not ungrateful, you know?
Ninth anniversary? 続くものね、少し驚きだわ。でも、感謝、ね?

Misc Lines

Ship Japanese/English Notes
Spring 2019 Event
We're here! Target in sight. Have all of you prepared yourselves? Then, let's get started. Go! Friend Fleet Line
来たわ!Target in sight. みんな覚悟はいい?さあ、始めましょうか?Go!




General Information
  • She is named after Lieutenant John V. Johnston, a Civil War commander.
  • She was launched on the 25th of March 1943.
  • Sunk on the 25th of October 1944, Battle of Samar
    • The wreck was discovered by Caladan Oceanic under the guidance of Parks Stephenson and Victor Vescovo on the 31st of March 2021. During the dive, Parks revealed he was a fan of KanColle and he placed his nendoroid Johnston aboard the DSSV Limiting Factor as a good luck charm when they searched for the wreck. She sits upright and is well preserved at a depth of 6460 m (21180 ft) and was originally the world's deepest discovered wreck until June 2022 when USS Samuel B. Roberts was found at a depth of 6985 m (22621 ft). Parks revealed that Johnston's wreck lies not too far from Samuel B. Roberts when he replied to Zeco's tweet about hoping Sam's isn't too lonely.
    • Parks Stephenson made a 3D Render of Johnston's wreck showed sustained damage and the aft section missing. This render was also sent to Zeco.
    • As per the dive data and analysis by Parks Stephenson, Johnston sustained direct hits from Yamato's 46 cm guns. This confirms that USS Johnston and USS Gambier Bay have been sunk by Yamato gunfire.
Update History
  • USS Johnston earned 6 battle stars and, for the Battle of Samar, a Presidential Unit Citation. Her character has two stars on her collar, one bronze and one silver - the silver one represents 5 battle stars.
  • The signal flags at the end of her hair ribbons correspond to her radio call sign, NIKZ.
  • The medal slung over her left arm is the Medal of Honor awarded posthumously to Evans. The full citation is as follows:
    • For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as commanding officer of the U.S.S. Johnston in action against major units of the enemy Japanese fleet during the battle off Samar on 25 October 1944. The first to lay a smokescreen and to open fire as an enemy task force, vastly superior in number, firepower, and armor, rapidly approached. Comdr. Evans gallantly diverted the powerful blasts of hostile guns from the lightly armed and armored carriers under his protection, launching the first torpedo attack when the Johnston came under straddling Japanese shellfire. Undaunted by damage sustained under the terrific volume of fire, he unhesitatingly joined others of his group to provide fire support during subsequent torpedo attacks against the Japanese and, outshooting and outmaneuvering the enemy as he consistently interposed his vessel between the hostile fleet units and our carriers despite the crippling loss of engine power and communications with steering aft, shifted command to the fantail, shouted steering orders through an open hatch to men turning the rudder by hand and battled furiously until the Johnston, burning and shuddering from a mortal blow, lay dead in the water after 3 hours of fierce combat. Seriously wounded early in the engagement, Comdr. Evans, by his indomitable courage and brilliant professional skill, aided materially in turning back the enemy during a critical phase of the action. His valiant fighting spirit throughout this historic battle will venture as an inspiration to all who served with him.
    • His gunnery officer Bob Hagen stated: "The skipper was a fighting man from the soles of his broad feet to the ends of his straight black hair. He was an Oklahoman and proud of the Indian blood he had in him. We called him-though not to his face-the Chief. The Johnston was a fighting ship, but he was the heart and soul of her.

See Also