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U.S.S. PHELPS

(DD-360)

Greyhound of the Seas

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DD-360 USS PHELPS

USS Phelps received its name in honor of Rear Admiral Thomas Stowell Phelps. The Navy brought her into service upon her commission in February 1936. After shakedown, the ship reported to the Pacific where she remained for several years. The ship was in port at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, when the Japanese attacked. She received no damage and was able to bring down at least one enemy plane. Early 1942 saw her working with the USS Saratoga during the Battle of the Coral Sea. She also took part in the Battle of Midway.

USS Phelps helped with the invasions of Guadalcanal and Tulagi in August 1942. In May 1943, the ship participated in the retaking of Attu and Kiska in the Aleutian chain. Moving to the south, she provided screening during the invasions of Makin Island, the Gilberts, Kwajalein, the Marshalls, and Saipan. During the Saipan campaign, the ship received damage from Japanese coastal artillery. She transferred to Atlantic operations after this. After a retrofit, she completed the war by providing escort between the US and the Mediterranean Sea. The Navy decommissioned her in November 1945 and sold her scrap in August 1947. She earned twelve battle stars during her service.

DD-360 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
JAN 1934 - Keel Date: 2 JAN 1934
at Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation Quincy MA
JUL 1935 - Launch Date: 18 JUL 1935
FEB 1936 - Commissioned: 26 FEB 1936
NOV 1945 - Decommissioned: 6 NOV 1945

DD-360 General Specifications

Class: Porter-class destroyer

Named for: Thomas Stowell Phelps

Complement: 276 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 1805 tons

Length: 380 feet 6 inches

Beam: 36 feet 2 inches

Flank Speed: 37 knots

Final Disposition: Sold 10 August 1947 scrapped