DD-369 USS Reid
USS Reid was built at Kearny, New Jersey in January 1936, and then commissioned in November 1936. She participated in fleet maneuvers and training in both the Atlantic and Pacific from 1937-1941. Once the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, USS Reid was put to work escorting and patrolling in the Hawaiian Islands and South Pacific. She helped take down the first Japanese planes of the Pacific War, and then went on to patrol areas like Midway Island, Kiska, Samoa, Fiji, and New Guinea. While in New Guinea, she was responsible for taking down two enemy plains. She patrolled the Western Pacific, as well, and then went on to New Guinea, New Britain, Admiralty Islands, and Wake Island to help with escorts, patrols, and antisubmarine missions. USS Reid was involved in many critical escort and offensive operations for the better part of World War II.
In 1943, USS Reid went on to patrol Leyte and the Philippines, supporting landings and escorting damaged ships toward Leyte Gulf. While escorting reinforcements, she destroyed seven enemy planes but was also sunk herself by kamikaze crashes. The 150 survivors on board the USS Reid at the time of sinking were rescued by other landing craft within her convoy.
DD-369 General Specifications
Class: Mahan-class destroyer
Named for: Samuel Chester Reid
Complement: 158 Officers and Enlisted
Displacement: 1500 tons
Length: 341 feet 4 inches
Beam: 35 feet
Flank Speed: 37 knots
Final Disposition: Sunk in enemy action 13 November 1942