#onthisday in 1942, the USS Saratoga (CV3) was struck by a Japanesse torpedo.
The USS Saratoga was in operations in the Hawaiian Islands after Pearl Harbor. On January 11, she was headed towards a rendezvous with the USS Enterprise, 500 miles southwest of Oahu. The USS Saratoga was hit without warning by a deep-running torpedo fired by the Japanese submarine I-16. Six men were killed and three firerooms were flooded. The USS Saratoga was able to reach Oahu under her own power to begin repairs and an upgrade.
The USS Saratoga was named for the American Victory at Saratoga. There were six US Navy ships named after the Battles of Saratoga. The USS Saratoga is an example of an effort to honor those who died or were wounded in service to their country and the causes for which they made their sacrifices. The actions in the Town of Saratoga, Battles of Saratoga, and USS Saratoga are part of a legacy that have contributed to the shared American identity and an evolving sense of patriotism.