DD-722 General Specifications
Class: Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer
Named for: John Kennedy Barton
Complement: 336 Officers and Enlisted
Displacement: 2200 tons
Length: 376 feet 6 inches
Beam: 40 feet
Flank Speed: 34 kn
Range: 6 500 Nautical Miles
Final Disposition:Sunk as target off Virginia 8 October 1969
USS BARTON (DD-722)
The second Barton (DD-722) was launched 10 October. 1943 by Bath Iron Works Corp.
sponsored by Miss Barbara Dean Barton
granddaughter of Admiral Barton; and commissioned 30
Commander J. W. Callahan in command.
On 14 May 1844 Barton departed Norfolk and arrived at Plymouth
on the 27th. Between 3 and 26
June she carried out screening
and bombardment duties in support of the invasion of Normandy. On 4
June she rescued 31 American soldiers from the sinking LCT-2498. During a brisk engagement with German
batteries at Cherbourg
Barton was slightly damaged while delivering effective gunfire support.
Returning to the United States 10 July 1944
Barton soon departed Norfolk for the Pacific
arriving at Pearl
Harbor 2 October. She then steamed westward to take part in the capture of Leyte
including the Ormoc
landings (9 November-8 December 1844)
Mindoro landings (12-18 December)
Lingayen Gulf landings (4-21
January 1945); Iwo Jima invasion
including the 5th Fleet's supporting raids on Honshu and the Nansei Shoto
25 February-1 March); Okinawa invasion (21 March-30 June)
and the 3rd Fleet raids on
Japan (10-24 July).
After a brief tour with the occupation forces in Japan Barton returned to Seattle 6 October 1945. She operated
along the west coast until June 1946 when she departed Oakland for Bikini Atoll where she participated in
Operation Crossroads (15 June-10 August). Returning to the United States she continued operations off the
west coast until 22 January 1947 when she went out of commission in reserve at San Diego.
On 11 April 1949 Barton was recommissioned and joined Destroyer Division 201. She operated with the
Pacific Fleet until 11 July when she got underway for Norfolk
arriving 5 August 1949. During the next three
years she operated along the eastern seaboard
made two cruises to the Caribbean: and one cruise with the
6th Fleet in the Mediterranean.
On 15 May 1952 Barton departed Norfolk via the Panama Canal for Korea
arriving at Yokosuka
June. She Joined TF 77 as a member of a hunter-killer group for operations along the east coast of Korea. On
10 August 1952 while silencing enemy batteries on the island of Hodo Pando
Barton was hit on her number
one stack by a 105 mm. shell from an enemy shore battery. Two men were wounded. After a short repair
period at Yokosuka (25-31 August) she returned to Korean waters.
While operating with TF 77 she was struck by a floating mine 16 September 1952 and had five men missing
and seven wounded. Effective damage control by her crew enabled her to reach Sasebo for temporary repairs
(29 September-19 October) and then Norfolk
via the Suez Canal
for permanent repairs. She arrived at
Norfolk 12 December. Repairs completed 15 August 1953
Barton spent the remainder of the year operating
along the east coast and in the Caribbean.
On 4 January 1954 Barton returned to the Far East and operated as a unit of TF 77 patrolling the operating
area from Okinawa to Formosa. Barton returned to Norfolk
10 August 1954.
Since that time she has operated out of Norfolk on training exercises and fleet maneuvers. She has also made
one cruise with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean.
Barton received the Navy Unit Commendation for services rendered coring the Okinawa operation and six
battle stars for her World War II service as well as one battle star for Korea.
[Note: The above USS BARTON (DD-722) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS BARTON (DD-722) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]