USS Conner, a 2050-ton Fletcher class destroyer, was built at the Boston Navy Yard. Commissioned in June 1943, she went to the Pacific in time to participate in the early October raid on Wake Island and the Gilberts campaign in November. During the rest of 1943 and the first weeks of 1944 Conner bombarded Nauru Island and supported air raids on New Ireland. In 1944, she escorted Task Force 58's aircraft carriers during the Marshalls invasion in late January and February, strikes in the central Pacific in March and April, the Marianas campaign in June and July, western Pacific raids in October and the Leyte campaign later in that month. Conner also escorted a convoy in late February and March, bombarded enemy targets in New Guinea in the spring, and took part in the Mindoro landings in December.
In January 1945 Conner participated in the invasion of Luzon before steaming back to the U.S. West Coast for overhaul. Returning to the Philippines in May 1945, she supported amphibious operations against Brunei Bay and Balikpapan for the next two months and continued to operate in that area into August. From September into December 1945 the destroyer took part in occupation service in Korean and Chinese waters, then crossed the Pacific to California, where she was decommissioned in July 1946.
Following more than thirteen years in "mothballs", USS Conner was loaned to Greece in September 1959. Renamed Aspis and formally sold to Greece in 1977, she was part of that Nation's navy until stricken in the early 1990s.
USS Conner was named in honor of Commodore David Conner (1792-1856), who led U.S. Naval forces during the first part of the Mexican War.
The Naval Historical Center photographic collection contains no pictures of USS Conner (DD-582). However, this page provides information on a view of her that may be available from the National Archives.
The image listed below is NOT in the
Naval Historical Center's collections.
DO NOT try to obtain it using the procedures described in our page "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions".
USS Conner (DD-582) underway at sea, 10 November 1943.
Port broadside aerial view, showing the ship at relatively high speed.
Reproductions of this image should be available through the National Archives photographic reproduction system for pictures not held by the Naval Historical Center.
The image listed above is NOT in the Naval Historical Center's collections. DO NOT try to obtain it using the procedures described in our page "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions".
Page made 16 October 2004