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The USS HENLEY (DD-762), an Allen M. Sumner class destroyer, was commissioned on 8 OCT 1946. USS HENLEY was built by Bethlehem Steel in San Francisco, California. After fit out and shakedown HENLEY sailed for Key West, Florida via the Panama Canal. After extensive sonar training in the Caribbean, she took up station at her new homeport of Norfolk, Virginia in August 1947. HENELY began her career as an Atlantic destroyer with a Med Cruise in 1948. Briefly decommissioned and recommissioned in 1950, another "MED" followed in 1951-52. HENLEY circumnavigated the world in 1953-54, then started a regular series of Mediterranean deployments alternating with state side training and maintenance through the late 1950s. In 1959 she sailed the Great Lakes and in 1962 participated in the Cuban Missile Blockade. In 1964 HENLEY became a reserve training ship serving various units on the East Coast as a Anti-Submarine training ship. USS HENLEY served her country for 26 years, 8 months and 24 days, until decommissioned on 2 JUL 1973. The hulk of the HENLEY was scrapped by Union Minerals & Alloy of New York in 1974.

The USS HENLEY (DD-762) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

DD-762 Deployments - Major Events

Add a DD-762 Shellback Initiation Add a DD-762 Deployment - Major Event
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
FEB 1944 - Keel Date: 8 FEB 1944
at Bethlehem Steel San Francisco
APR 1945 - Launch Date: 8 APR 1945
OCT 1946 - OCT 1948 Commisioning
OCT 1946 - Commissioned: 8 OCT 1946
AUG 1947 - DEC 1947 Mediterranean
OCT 1953 - Shellback Initiation - 30 OCT 1953 - Atlantic Ocean
JAN 1960 - JUL 1960 Mediterranean
OCT 1962 - OCT 1962 Cuban Missle Blockade
MAR 1967 - FEB 1971 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUL 1967 - Shellback Initiation - 7 JUL 1967 - Atlantic Ocean
JUL 1967 - Shellback Initiation - 7 JUL 1967 - Atlantic Ocean

DD-762 General Specifications

Class: Allen M. Sumner class destroyer

Named for: Robert Henley

Complement: 336 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 2200 tons

Length: 376 feet 6 inches

Beam: 40 feet

Flank Speed: 34 knots

Range: 6500 Nautical Miles

Final Disposition:Sold 24 June 1974 and broken up for scrap