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Weaver

 

Luther Dayton Weaver, born on 14 July 1920 at Morrilton, Ark., enlisted in the Navy at San Diego, Calif., on 12 July 1940. After basic training, apparently also at San Diego, Seaman Weaver was assigned to Patrol Wing (PatWing) 2 on 19 September. He was advanced to seaman first class on 1 August 1941. When the Japanese attacked the American bases in Hawaii on 7 December, Seaman Weaver was assigned to the Naval Air Station, Kaneohe Bay. He lost his life while trying to defend his base against the enemy attack. For his ". . . prompt and efficient action and utter disregard of personal danger in the effort to repel the attack on the Naval Air Station, Kaneohe Bay . . . ," Seaman Weaver received the commendation of the Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet.

 

(DE-741: dp. 1,240; l. 306'0"; b. 36'7"; dr. 11'g" (mean); s. 20.9 k. (tl.); cpl. 216; a. 3 3", 2 40mm., 8 20mm., 3 21" tt, 8 dcp., 1 dcp. (hh.), 2 dct.; cl. Cannon)

 

Weaver (DE-741) was laid down on 13 March 1943 at Los Angeles, Calif., by the Western Pipe & Steel Co.; launched on Independence Day 1943; sponsored by Mrs. John Franklin Weaver; and commissioned on 31 December 1943; Lt. Comdr. R. S. Paret, USNR, in command.

 

Weaver conducted shakedown training along the California coast during the first two months of 1944. On 2 March, she stood out of San Francisco Bay, bound for the western Pacific. The destroyer escort made an overnight stop at Pearl Harbor on 14 and 15 March and then continued her voyage west via Kwajalein. She arrived in Majuro later that month and joined the screen of Task Group (TG) 50.17, the 5th Fleet replenishment and refueling group. Weaver operated as a unit of the screen of the 5th/3d Fleet logistics group throughout her World War II service. Operating from the base at Majuro, she escorted the oilers to refueling rendezvous with the fast carriers during their raids on Truk, Satawan, and Ponape in late April and early May. Moving forward to the base at Eniwetok soon thereafter, she continued to protect the logistics group during the assault on Saipan in June. Later that summer, she and her charges kept the carriers in action during the invasion of the Western Carolines and the Palaus. Following that operation, the logistics group moved forward again operating briefly out of Seeadler Harbor at Manus in the Admiralty Islands and then out of Ulithi in the Western Carolines for the remainder of the war. Ulithi served as the base for TF 58/38 during the last year of the war in the Pacific. Weaver escorted the oilers to Ulithi where they replenished their storage tanks and then back to sea to refill the carriers' oil bunkers. Thus, in 1945, she helped to keep the pressure on the Japanese during the Luzon landings, the Iwo Jima assault, and during the Okinawa campaign. The latter phases of her service also included escort missions in support of the fast carrier raids on the Japanese home islands during the summer of 1945.

 

When the Japanese capitulated on 15 August 1945, the destroyer escort was at sea with TG 30.8 keeping the carriers in fuel. On 28 August, she carried a prize crew from Proteus (ASó19) to the surrendered Japanese submarine 1-400 and then entered Sagami Wan, Japan, to begin duty with the occupation forces. For the next month, the warship assisted in the evacuation of former Allied prisoners of war from Japan. On 2 October, however, she concluded her duty in Japan and set sail from Yokusuka, bound for home. Steaming via Pearl Harbor, San Pedro, and the Panama Canal, she arrived in Philadelphia on 22 November to begin preparations for inactivation. Late in December, she moved south to Green Cove Springs, Fla., where, though technically still in commission, she joined the Atlantic Reserve Fleet. Weaver was not finally decommissioned until 29 May 1947. She remained at Green Cove Springs until 21 February 1952 at which time she was sold to Peru. Her name was struck from the Navy list on 18 April 1952. She served the Peruvian Navy as Rodriguez (DE-163); and, as of the beginning of 1980, she was still in service as a submarine accommodation ship. Weaver earned nine battle stars during World War II