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DD-379 USS Preston

USS Preston was a 1480-ton Mahan class destroyer that was built at Mare Island Navy Yard in California. She was commissioned in 1936 and immediately sent to the Pacific, where she remained throughout her entire career. She was a member of the U.S. Fleet during the latter part of the decade and into the 1940s before being transferred to the Pacific Fleet. Preston was put on escort and patrol duties after the outbreak of the war with Japan. In June 1942, she operated in the Hawaiian Islands area for about 4 months before heading to the South Pacific to help the Guadalcanal campaign.

USS Preston was involved in the Battle of Santa Cruz Islands, the Battle of Guadalcanal, and many other operatives in that particular area. She was assigned to a task force surrounding the Washington and South Dakota battleships, and was sent into Iron Bottom Sound in November 1942. The destroyer task force engaged a large force of Japanese ships just south of Savo Island. Although the encounter was brief, it caused fatal damage to the USS Preston. She quickly sank, losing over 100 crew members. Within minutes, however, other U.S. ships thwarted the Japanese to avoid a potentially disastrous bombardment on Guadalcanal and U.S. Forces.

DD-379 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
OCT1934-Keel Date: 27 OCT 1934
at Mare Island Naval Shipyard Vallejo CA
APR1936-Launch Date: 22 APR 1936
OCT1936-Commissioned: 27 OCT 1936

DD-379 General Specifications

Class: Mahan-class destroyer

Named for: Samuel W. Preston

Complement: 158 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 1500 tons

Length: 341 feet 4 inches

Beam: 35 feet

Flank Speed: 37 knots

Final Disposition: Sunk in test 2 July 1948