DD-658 General Specifications
Class: Fletcher class destroyer
Named for: Charles E. Colahan
Complement: 319 Officers and Enlisted
Displacement: 2050 tons
Length: 376 feet 6 inches
Beam: 39 feet 8 inches
Flank Speed: 35 knots
Range: 6500 Nautical Miles
Final Disposition:Sunk as a target 18 December 1966
USS COLAHAN (DD-658)
Colahan (DD-658) was launched 3 May 1943 by Bethlehem
N.Y.; sponsored by Mrs. P. C.
adopted granddaughter of Commander Colahan; and
commissioned 23 August 1944
Lieutenant Commander D. T.
Wilber in command.
Colahan arrived at Pearl Harbor 11 December 1943 to join
the Pacific Fleet. She sortied with Task Force 52 for the invasion
of the Marshall Islands 19 January 1944 and screened
Mississippi (BB-41) during her bombardment of Enubuj and
Kwajalein Islands on 31 January.
After repairs and training at Pearl Harbor
Colahan sailed 31
May 1944 to rejoin the 5th Fleet
operated on radar picket
bombardment and fire support duty during the bombardment
and occupation of Guam from 12 July to 15 August and
screened air strikes in support of the invasion of the southern
Palaus from 29 August to 28 September. Colahan screened TF
38 as it prepared for the Leyte assault with air strikes on the
Nansei Shoto and Formosa from 10 to 14 October
strikes in the Philippines until 20 October
day of the landings.
Carriers she guarded struck the retiring Japanese forces after the
Battle of Surigao Strait phase of the massive Battle for Leyte
Gulf of 24 to 26 October. Continued air operations in the
Philippines claimed her services until she put in to Ulithi for
repairs late in December.
From 30 December 1944 to 22 January 1945 Colahan
resumed duty as advanced radar picket for the 3d Fleet raids on
Camranh Bay in Indo-China
Hainan Island which were coordinated with the Lingayen assault.
On 10 February she put to sea to serve on the scouting line as TF
58 swept close to Japan for air strikes in the Tokyo area.
Colahan served on radar picket duty off Iwo Jima as it was
invaded on 19 February
and for 5 days afterward
Ulithi for repairs and replenishment.
Colahan operated with TF 58 in preparations for the Okinawa
from 14 March 1945 to 1 April
screening during air
strikes on Kyushu and Okinawa. Continuing carrier task force
operations after the initial assault
she went to the aid of
on 29 April
rescuing some 140 survivors
of the kamikaze victim. After replenishing at San Pedro Bay
Leyte Colahan rejoined TF 38 13 June for the last great series
of air raids against the Japanese home islands. Entering Sagami
Wan 27 August
the destroyer became harbor entrance control
vessel for Tokyo Bay until 3 September. On 8 October she aided
the Japanese MV Kiri Maru which had gone aground on Miyake
Shima and transferred the survivors to Okubo.
Clearing Tokyo Bay 31 October 1945
Colahan returned to
San Diego where she was placed out of commission in reserve
14 June 1946
and assigned to the 12th Naval District for use in
training Naval Reservists.
Recommissioned 16 December 1950
Colahan had training
from her home port at San Diego until 20 August 1951
cleared San Francisco for service in the Korean war with the 7th
Fleet. Conducting shore bombardment and fire support to aid
she also had antisubmarine training off Okinawa
before returning to the west coast 10 March 1952. On 1
she sailed again from San Diego to bombard
Korean targets and screen carriers
as well as serve on the
Taiwan Patrol and train off Okinawa. She returned to the west
coast 1 June 1953
and in 1964
returned to the Far East for
service with the 7th Fleet. From 1958 through 1963
her operations have been along the west coast
members of the Naval Reserve.
Colahan received eight battle stars for World War II
and five for Korean war service.
[Note: The above USS COLAHAN (DD-658) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS COLAHAN (DD-658) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]