1936-1944

Pictorial Directory of DD-364 Part 1

Pictorial Directory of DD-364 Part 2

 

Article about DD-364 launching

 

The second MAHAN (DD 364) was laid down by United Dry Docks, Inc., Staten Island, N.Y., 12 June 1934; launched 15 October 1935; sponsored by Miss Kathleen H. MAHAN, great-granddaughter of Rear Adm. A. T. MAHAN; and commissioned 18 September 1936, Comdr. J. B. Waller in command.  She cruised to the Caribbean and South America during shakedown and remained in the Atlantic area until mid-1937. Mainly operating in the Pacific after that, Mahan regularly took part in the U.S. Fleet's program of training exercises and large-scale Fleet Problems. When the Japanese Navy attacked Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941, the destroyer was at sea with the carrier Lexington and participated in the initial post-attack efforts to search for the enemy. Over the next ten months, Mahan was mainly employed in reinforcement, escort and patrol duties in the Hawaiian and west coast areas.

In mid-October 1942 Mahan steamed south to join the campaign to hold Guadalcanal, en route conducting a raid against Japanese patrol boats near the Gilbert Islands. Later in the month, she participated in the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands and suffered damage in a collision with the battleship South Dakota near the end of that action. Mahan returned to the south Pacific in January 1943, after repairs, and escorted convoys there until mid-year, when she transferred to the Seventh Fleet for operations in the vicinity of New Guinea. In August and September 1943, she supported the landings at Nassau Bay, Lae and Finschhafen. Patrol and escort work was interrupted by gunfire support of the Cape Gloucester, New Georgia, invasion in December and the seizure of Los Negros Island, in the Admiralties, in late February 1944.

Following a west coast overhaul, Mahan passed through the central Pacific in mid-1944 before returning to the Seventh Fleet in October. She engaged in convoy and anti-submarine patrols until early December, when she took part in the landings at Ormoc Bay, Leyte. While on picket duty protecting the invasion zone on 7 December 1944, she was attacked by Japanese suicide planes and hit three times. With fires quickly spreading out of control, Mahan's crew abandoned ship, and she was sunk by one of her consorts.

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[photogallery/photo17723/real.htm] Builder's plans for DD-364.                                                              Contributed by Cal Shugart
First day cover from commissioning day of DD-364, September 18, 1936. Contributed by Dick Hallowell, purchased on E-bay.
Back side of First Day cover. Contributed by Dick Hallowell.
Newspaper article of DD-364 sea trials. From Cal Shugart's collection.
DD-364 being launched at United Dry Docks, Staten Island, NY October 15, 1935. From Cal Shugart's collection.
Fred Burdge and CDR Simpson keeping score on December 20, 1942. From Cal Shugart's collection.
Unknown sailors checking the tally. Contributed by Willie Roebuck's granddaughter, Heather.
Christmas postcard from Bill Sumner.  Picture is Bill's dog Butch. Rumor has it that no one would get into the rescue boats until Butch was located and saved. Contributed by Willie Roebuck's granddaughter, Heather.
Passing mail to USS Baltimore CA-68. (Taken by Willie Roebuck from the DD-364.) Contributed by Willie Roebuck's granddaughter, Heather.
USS Charles P. Cecil DD-835 riding high out of the water. Contributed by Willie Roebuck's granddaughter, Heather.
Unknown cruiser (possibly Hobart). Probably taken during the Solomons campaign. (Taken by Willie Roebuck from the DD-364.) Contributed by Willie Roebuck's granddaughter, Heather.
USS Chicago CA-29. (Taken by Willie Roebuck from the DD-364.) Contributed by Willie Roebuck's granddaughter, Heather.
Anti-aircraft cruiser USS San Juan CL-54, also part of the Solomons force.  (Taken by Willie Roebuck from the DD-364.) Contributed by Willie Roebuck's granddaughter, Heather.
Australian light cruiser HMAS Hobart (formerly HMS Apollo) during the Solomons assault. (Taken by Willie Roebuck from the DD-364.) Contributed by Willie Roebuck's granddaughter, Heather.
USS Astoria CA-34, also participating in the Solomons campaign. Contributed by Willie Roebuck's granddaughter, Heather.
Japanese artillery shells, probably during Guadalcanal operation. Contributed by Willie Roebuck's granddaughter, Heather.
  Contributed by Willie Roebuck's granddaughter, Heather.
Japanese Zero(?) shot down. (Taken by Willie Roebuck from the DD-364.) Contributed by Willie Roebuck's granddaughter, Heather.
Possibly USS Saratoga CV-3, part of the Guadalcanal task force. Contributed by Willie Roebuck's granddaughter, Heather.
Possibly USS Enterprise CV-6, also part of TF 61 in the Solomon Islands. Contributed by Willie Roebuck's granddaughter, Heather.
Unknown DE (?) alongside for highline. Contributed by Willie Roebuck's granddaughter, Heather.
Possibly USS Washington BB-56, also part of TF-61 in the Solomons. Contributed by Willie Roebuck's granddaughter, Heather.
Downed aircraft? Contributed by Willie Roebuck's granddaughter, Heather.
Unknown destroyer taking fire from shore. Contributed by Willie Roebuck's granddaughter, Heather.
  Contributed by Willie Roebuck's granddaughter, Heather.
Unknown. Contributed by Willie Roebuck's granddaughter, Heather.
  Contributed by Willie Roebuck's granddaughter, Heather.
  Contributed by Willie Roebuck's granddaughter, Heather.
  Contributed by Willie Roebuck's granddaughter, Heather.
Val (?) bombers. Contributed by Willie Roebuck's granddaughter, Heather.
Willie "Bill" Mid Roebuck, circa 1942. Contributed by Willie Roebuck's granddaughter, Heather.
Ray Goin on the right with another DD-364 shipmate. Contributed by Bobby Goin.
Silver Star Citation to GM3 Clayton Nieuwdorp for action on December 7, 1944. Contributed by George Pendergast.
List of USS Mahan DD-364World War II losses. Contributed by George Pendergast.
Letter from Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal to Seaman 2/c Wesley Lancaster on his release from the Navy. Cal Shugart files.
Remarks by Captain E. G. "Scottie" Campbell at the 50th Anniversary Memorial for DD-364. Contributed by George Pendergast.

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LINK TO ARTICLES AND LETTERS REFERRING TO THE SINKING OF DD-364