. . . . . . . .
“Along with the other two ships of Battle Division Three, the USS New Mexico and the USS Mississippi, and a covering bevy of destroyers, we were escorting several troop ships carrying U.S. Marines to Iceland. Having already transferred fifty destroyers to the United Kingdom causing much uproar on the part of the isolationists, Roosevelt was now relieving the British troops in Iceland, freeing them for duty elsewhere.
We were already fighting an undeclared war with the German underseas Navy, and our destroyers picked up many contacts. Our slow progress northeast was punctuated — it seemed daily — by the muffled sounds and concussion of exploding depth charges, dropped by our escorts. On one occasion, an enemy sub fired two torpedoes at Idaho, narrowly missing us. I was on deck at the time and saw the wake of one of these, which passed just in front of us. It was just about this time that the destroyer Reuben James was sunk by a German sub, the first casualty of the undeclared war in the North Atlantic. Although we did not ourselves pick up the Reuben James survivors, some of them were later transferred to the Idaho for medical treatment.