USS Mahan (DD 364)
Destroyer of the Mahan class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Bethlehem Steel Corp. (Staten Island, New York, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||12 Jun 1934|
|Launched||19 Oct 1935|
|Commissioned||18 Sep 1936|
|Lost||7 Dec 1944|
|Loss position||10° 50'N, 124° 30'E|
USS Mahan (Cdr. Ernest Goodrich Campbell, USN) was sunk after being hit by 3 Japanese kamikaze planes south-west of Ormoc Bay, Philippines in position 10º50'N, 124º30'E. The ship was abandoned and the survivors were picked up by nearby vessels. An hour later USS Walke sank Mahan by gunfire and torpedoes. 6 of her crew were lost. Destroyed by Japanese aircraft in the Leyte Gulf, scuttled by Walke.
Commands listed for USS Mahan (DD 364)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. John Henry Leppert, USN||16 Jul 1939||5 Apr 1941|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Rodger Whitten Simpson, USN||5 Apr 1941||23 Mar 1943|
|3||T/Cdr. James Thomas Smith, USN||23 Mar 1943||18 Dec 1943|
|4||Lt.Cdr. Earnest Goodrich Campbell, USN||18 Dec 1943||7 Dec 1944|
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Notable events involving Mahan include:
25 May 1943
Around 0730K/25, the destroyers USS Perkins (T/Cdr. G.L. Ketchum, USN, with COMDESRON 5, T/Capt. J.H. Cartes, USN on board), USS Mahan (T/Cdr. J.T. Smith, USN), USS Drayton (T/Cdr. V.A. King, USN), USS Flusser (T/Cdr. J.A. Robbins, USN), HMAS Warramunga (Cdr. E.F.V. Dechaineux, DSC, RAN) and HMAS Arunta (Cdr. J.C. Morrow, DSO, RAN) departed Cid Harbour for exercises.
Around 0830K/25, the heavy cruiser HMAS Australia (Capt. H.B. Farncomb, MVO, DSO, RAN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral V.A.C. Crutchley, VC, DSC, RN) and light cruiser HMAS Hobart (Capt. H.A. Showers, RAN) also sailed to join the exercises.
On completion of the exercises all ship returned to Cid Harbour arriving the around or shortly after midnight. (1)
8 Jun 1943
Around 1510K/8, the heavy cruiser HMAS Australia (Capt. H.B. Farncomb, MVO, DSO, RAN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral V.A.C. Crutchley, VC, DSC, RN) and light cruiser HMAS Hobart (Capt. H.A. Showers, RAN) departed Challenger Bay for exercises.
They were followed around 1630K/8 by the destroyers USS Perkins (T/Cdr. G.L. Ketchum, USN, with COMDESRON 5, T/Capt. J.H. Cartes, USN on board), USS Mahan (T/Cdr. J.T. Smith, USN), USS Flusser (T/Cdr. J.A. Robbins, USN) and USS Smith (T/Cdr. R.A. Theobald, Jr., USN) which were to join the exercises.
Around 2030K/8, the destroyers USS Perkins and USS Smith were detached to proceed to Brisbane for A/S exercises, ammunitioning and to give leave to the crew.
Around 0615K/9, HMAS Australia, HMAS Hobart, USS Mahan and USS Flusser arrived at Cid Harbour. (2)
- Report of proceedings of HMAS Hobart for May 1943 + War Diary of USS Perkins for May 1943
- Report of proceedings of HMAS Hobart for June 1943 + Report of proceedings of Task Force 74 for June 1943 + War Diary of USS Perkins for June 1943
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