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USS Colhoun (DD-85/APD-2) 

Please see below for item level images and donated collections containing photographs of USS Colhoun (DD-85/APD-2) 

USS Colhoun (DD-85) was launched 21 February 1918 by Fore River Shipbuilding Co., Quincy, Mass.; sponsored by Miss A. Colhoun; commissioned 13 June 1918, Commander B. B. Wygant in command; and reported to the Atlantic Fleet.

From 30 June to 14 September 1918 USS Colhoun (DD-85) served as convoy escort between New York and European ports. On 10 November 1918 she reported to New London to conduct experiments with sound equipment then under development. After operations in the Caribbean and off the east coast, USS Colhoun (DD-85) was placed in reduced commission at Philadelphia Navy Yard 1 December 1919. Following overhaul at Norfolk Navy Yard and a reserve period at Charleston, S.C., she returned to Philadelphia, where she was decommissioned 28 June 1922.

Towed to Norfolk Navy Yard (5 June 1940) USS Colhoun (DD-85) underwent conversion to a high-speed transport and was recommissioned as APD-2 on 11 December 1940. She operated between Norfolk and the Caribbean on training exercises until sailing for Noumea, New Caledonia, where she arrived 21 July 1942. 

At 1400 on 30 August 1942, while USS Colhoun (APD-2) was on patrol off Guadalcanal, she was struck in a Japanese air raid. The first hits wrecked the ship's boats and the after davits and started a diesel fire from the boat wreckage. In a second attack, a succession of hits on the starboard side brought down the foremast, blew two 20mm. guns and one 4" gun off the ship, and damaged the engineering spaces. Two more direct hits killed all the men in the after deck house. Tank lighters from Guadalcanal rescued the crew, and USS Colhoun (APD-2)  sank in 09-24' S., 160-01' E. Fifty-one men were killed and 18 wounded in this action.

For a complete history of USS Colhoun (DD-85/APD-2) please see its DANFS page.