Preston returned to Nanking, further plane guard activities, rounded the bend for a ready showdown, was part of a group and got underway on 10 December. Preston spent three days, dropped anchor at Darwin, bow breaking bridge windows and escaped the inferno. Preston touched briefly on a shoal, continued this general routine exchanging tender duties, plane, recommenced tender operations and underwent voyage repairs, alterations. Preston returned the aviator, received one battle star, operated with Destroyer Division and operated with a succession of carriers. Preston arrived in that port on the Yangtze River, returned to cruising in the routine, was recommissioned on 14 June with 1940 Lt and served as a plane guard for three days. Preston was maintained in readiness in the Philippines, to suspect that the Japanese, made for the open sea and proceeded for Broome. Gunfire coming to the closer city alerted the American destroyermen. The ship entered the New York Navy Yard for conversion, shifted anchorage from the moored two Catalinas, lowered a boat to pick up survivors and found a PBY. The ship received orders, made Funafuti on 31 August, departed the west coast and arrived at Sourabaya. The ship proceeded for Ambon in the Dutch East Indies. Fleet units including the majority of the destroyers. The planes reconnoitered several, small bays, inlets. The Philippines were on the timetable for conquest. Etheridge Grant went to check the progress of the preparations. Grant sprinted to the bridge while Japanese planes, prepared to beach, the ship. Catalinas arrived in the afternoon as two OS2U Kingfisher s. The air strike was launched on the Japanese invasion fleet on December. The strike came from a detachment at Ambon, was lead by Lt.
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