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DD-380 USS Gridley

USS Gridley was built at Quincy, Massachusetts in December 1936. She was commissioned the following June, in 1937, and sent on shakedown in the Caribbean until October 1938. She was sent back to Boston at that time for alterations, and then onward to San Diego to join Destroyer Division 11. After months of tactical training and exercises, she went on to the Caribbean once again, for combined maneuvers this time. At the end of this mission, she returned to Boston for repairs and then back to San Diego to become the Division 11 flagship.

In 1941, USS Gridley sailed to Pearl Harbor and was involved in escort services and repair operations in the South Pacific. After many months of escorting services, she was returned to San Diego in September 1943 for repairs. After this, she returned again to the South Pacific to help with bombardment, screening, and patrols in the area until December 1943. In January 1944, she was involved in screening during the New Guinea and Marshalls offensives, and then went on to help in other invasions and patrols in the area. USS Gridley was sent back to New York in March 1945 for repairs, and then departed the U.S. in June.

DD-380 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
JUN1935-Keel Date: 3 JUN 1935
at Boston Navy Yard
DEC1936-Launch Date: 1 DEC 1936
JUN1937-Commissioned: 24 JUN 1937
SEP1942-SEP1943South Pacific
SEP1943-OCT1943San Diego for Repairs
OCT1943-MAR1944Gilbert Is. > Makin Is. Bombardment > Marshall Is.
MAR1944-JUN1944New Hebrides for New Guinea Offensive > Marianas
JUN1944-SEP1944Battle of the Philippine Sea > Iwo Jima > Guam > Volcano Is.
SEP1944-OCT1944Peleliu Is. to support landings > Off Luzon Is. for invasion
NOV1944-FEB1945Ulithi Is. > Leyte Gulf > Lingayen Gulf
MAR1945-JUN1945Pearl Harbor > San Diego > Panama Canal > N.Y. > Europe
APR1946-Decommissioned: 18 APR 1946

DD-380 General Specifications

Class: Gridley class destroyer

Named for: Charles Vernon Gridley

Complement: 158 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 1590 tons

Length: 340 feet 10 inches

Beam: 35 feet 10 inches

Flank Speed: 38 Knots

Range: 6500 Nautical Miles

Final Disposition:Sold 20 August 1947 and scrapped