Funerals and Repairs in San Pedro Bay
David and the crew would stay in the San Pedro Bay area for the next week while the USS Hughes underwent temporary repairs. They needed to get the ship seaworthy enough to make it to Seeadler Harbor on the island of Manus for the major repairs it needed. They took a break from repair work on December 17th to hold a funeral for the men who were killed in the December 10th attack.
They completed a successful test run of the ship the next day, and on December 19th they left San Pedro Bay for Manus.