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DD-390 USS Ralph Talbot

USS Ralph Talbot was built at Boston Navy Yard and commissioned in October 1937. She served as a part of the Battle Force doing most of her work in the Pacific until mid-1941 when she was transferred to Pearl Harbor. She was moored at the harbor when the Japanese attacked in December, but was able to get out to sea and away from the raid before being damaged. USS Ralph Talbot operated with carrier task forces in the following months, and took part in many of the early raids in the Central Pacific.

From then, she became a shipping escort in the Pacific until June 1942 when she was sent to the South Pacific to resume her duties directly in the war effort. Involved in the Battle of Savo Island and the Guadalcanal operation, she was damaged by gunfire and forced to return to the states for repair. She also lost 12 of her crew in this incident. After repairs, she was back in the Pacific in 1943 to resume her escort duties. She returned to the U.S. in November 1945 and was designated as a target for the atomic tests done at Bikini. Deemed radioactive, she was decommissioned in August 1946 and scuttled off Kwajalein in March 1948.

DD-390 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
OCT1935-Keel Date: 28 OCT 1935
at Boston Navy Yard
OCT1936-Launch Date: 31 OCT 1936
OCT1937-Commissioned: 14 OCT 1937
DEC1941-DEC1941Pearl Harbor
AUG1942-AUG1942Guadalcanal-First Savo Island
FEB1943-SEP1943Soloman Islands Campaign
NOV1943-FEB1944Marshall Islands Campaign
JUL1944-AUG1944Tinian Island
OCT1944-OCT1944Leyte Gulf
FEB1945-MAR1945Iwo Jima
AUG1945-AUG1945Indianapolis Rescue
SEP1945-NOV1945Nagasaki Occupation
MAY1946-AUG1946Operation Crossroads
AUG1946-Decommissioned: 29 AUG 1946

DD-390 General Specifications

Class: Bagley-class destroyer

Named for: Ralph Talbot

Complement: 158 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 2325 tons

Length: 341 feet 4 inches

Beam: 35 feet 6 inches

Flank Speed: 35 knots

Range: 6500 Nautical Miles

Final Disposition:Sunk 8 March 1948