DD-705 General Specifications
Class: Allen M. Sumner class destroyer
Named for: Lewis Compton
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:To Brazil 27 September 1972
USS COMPTON (DD-705)
Compton (DD-705) was launched 17 September 1944 by Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Co.
N.J.; sponsored by Mrs. L. Compton; and commissioned 4 November 1944
Commander R. O. Strange in command.
Compton cleared Norfolk 17 February 1945 for training at Pearl Harbor between 16 March and 5 April
when she sailed to escort ships to Kwajalein and Eniwetok. Sailing on to Ulithi
she cleared for Okinawa 20 April. As the operations there continued
Compton offered pinpoint gunfire support to forces ashore and served in the antisubmarine and antiaircraft screens protecting shipping off the island. On 12 May she covered the occupation of nearby Tori Shima
and while returning to her station off Okinawa was attacked by a lone Japanese plane which she splashed.
After repairs at Leyte from 17 May to 16 June 1945
Compton returned to Okinawa for continued operations until 4 July
when she sailed to escort a convoy to Guam
returning to Leyte Gulf 10 July. For the remainder of the month
she screened ships training in the Gulf
then returned to Okinawa
where she lay at anchor in Buckner Bay until 25 August. Sent then to carry mail to the 3d Fleet at sea
Compton entered Sagami Wan 28 August. For the next 6 months
she served on patrol in the western Pacific
and acted as planeguard while air organizations were redistributed throughout the Far East. She cleared Yokosuka 21 February 1946 for San Pedro
Calif. arriving 15 March. Two weeks later she sailed to join the Atlantic Fleet
16 April. After overhaul she operated along the northeast coast and in the Caribbean until 3 February 1947
when she sailed for her first tour of duty in the Mediterranean. Compton returned to her home port
14 August 1947.
Along with east coast operations
Compton cruised the Caribbean on intensive training and midshipmen cruises in the years that followed
as well as serving as school ship and training members of the Naval Reserve. During her 1948-49 deployment to the Mediterranean
she had duty with the United Nations Palestine Patrol. She returned to the Mediterranean in 1951
and in the late summer of 1952 cruised in European waters in NATO Operation "Mainbrace." Assignment to duty with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean came once more in 1953 and 1955
and in the spring of 1956
Compton exercised off Bermuda with ships of the British Home Fleet in NATO operation "New Broom V."
Compton was serving at Bahrein in the Persian Gulf
in the fall of 1956 when the Suez Crisis erupted
and stood by to evacuate American civilians in the Persian Gulf and Red Sea areas should that become necessary. With the Canal closed
Compton made her homeward passage by way of Mombasa
the Cape of Good Hope
returning to Newport 8 January 1967. That fall
she again cruised off the British Isles in a series of NATO operations. From November 1957 to April 1968
she again served in the Mediterranean
the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea and that summer cruised to Rotterdam and Bergen with midshipmen on board for training. From that time into 1960
her operations were coastwise and in the Caribbean
as she aided research and development projects
including major meteorological research and gave service to the Fleet Sonar School at Key West. In August 1960 Compton again sailed to the Mediterranean for duty in the 6th Fleet.
Compton received one battle star for World War II service.
[Note: The above USS COMPTON (DD-705) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS COMPTON (DD-705) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]