Total mileage from 26 August 1942 to 28 August 1945: 208,354. This is equivalent to 8.36 times around the world at the equator. We have steamed a total of 99,234 since 1 February 1944, our last Navy Yard overhaul.
During the ship’s active life we have burned 10,811,613 gallons of fuel oil. (This would light a good many lamps in China!!)
The ship’s generators have produced 5,126,000 KW hours of electric energy in the past three years; this is equivalent to 195 KW continually generated for three years and is enough power to supply the whole United States for 12 minutes. This same amount of electric power, if converted to mechanical power, could hoist the Taylor to the top of the Empire State Building once each second for one half hour.
Our “rain makers” have produced 10,800,000 gallons of fresh water (this does not include small amounts of fuel oil which sneak in from time to time). This is enough water to float the battleship USS Missouri or give a bath to each of the farmer residents of Hiroshima, Japan.
We have, during the past three years, consumed 1,213,704 pounds of dry and 612,792 pounds of fresh provisions. This amount of food is more than enough to feed the city of San Diego, California for one day.
We have expended the following ammunition against the enemy:
174 depth charges
14,437 rounds of 5”/38 (400 tons)
Departing from New York in the middle of December, we started our voyage to the South Pacific, via the Panama Canal and Samoa, arriving in Noumea on 20 January 1943. We joined the rest of our squadron there and were assigned to Task Force 18, a light naval unit, one that was to make a name for itself.
The following is a rare detailed summary of our actions during our period in the combat zone. In this outline it will not be possible to speak of the many hundreds of miles steamed on patrol and escort duty in constant danger of attack by Jap air, surface, and undersea forces. Only the highlights will be mentioned.