DD-371 USS Conyngham
USS Conyngham was built in Massachusetts at Boston Navy Yard. She was commissioned in November 1936, and then sent on a European cruise before being assigned to duties in the Pacific. Like many destroyers during this time, she participated in Fleet training and exercises through the early 1940s off the West Coast. In early 1941, she headed to Australia for a brief tour, but returned to moor in Pearl Harbor, which is where she was when the attack began on December 7, 1941. She engaged enemy aircraft and headed out to sea to offer her support in the war.
A short overhaul occurred in early 1942, and then USS Conyngham was returned to the Pacific to help with escorts and patrols during shipping and routine missions. She was also involved in bombardment at Guadalcanal and damaged, forcing her to return to Pearl Harbor. Returning to duty in 1943, she was involved in more war efforts, escorts, and patrols throughout the Pacific region through the end of the war. Once the war ended, she was sent back to Pearl Harbor, prepared for her mission as a target for atomic testing, and then decommissioned and sunk in July 1948 after the operation had been completed.
DD-371 General Specifications
Class: Mahan-class destroyer
Named for: Gustavus Conyngham
Complement: 158 Officers and Enlisted
Displacement: 1500 tons
Length: 341 feet 4 inches
Beam: 35 feet
Flank Speed: 37 knots
Final Disposition: Sunk in weapons testing 1951