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USS Craven (DD-382)

Please see below for item level images and donated collections containing photogtaphs of USS Craven (DD-382)

USS Craven (DD-382) was launched 25 February 1937 by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp., Quincy, Mass.; sponsored by Mrs. F. Learned, daughter of Commander Craven; and commissioned 2 September 1937, Lieutenant Commander W. O. Bailey in command.

After training in the Caribbean and along the east coast and experimental torpedo firing at Newport, USS Craven (DD-382) departed Norfolk 16 August 1938 to join the fleet at San Diego. From 4 January to 17 July 1939 USS Craven (DD-382) cruised to the Caribbean on maneuvers and fleet problems, and to the east coast for visits, but otherwise operated off the west coast. From 1 April 1940 she was based at Pearl Harbor where she joined in fleet exercises and served as antisubmarine screen for carriers.

USS Craven (DD-382) joined in the raids on the Marshalls and Gilberts, 1 February 1942 and on Wake Island, 24 February. After overhaul on the west coast, on 8 April she returned to convoy duty and west coast operations. USS Craven (DD-382) sailed from Pearl Harbor 12 November 1942 to join in the fierce struggle for Guadalcanal, escorting transports to that island for the next 9 months.

Returning to Pearl Harbor 11 October 1944, USS Craven (DD-382) had overhaul and training, then sailed from Pearl Harbor 2 January 1945. USS Craven (DD-382) ranged throughout the Mediterranean on escort, training, and transport duties until 14 January 1946 when she cleared for New York, arriving 28 January. She weighed anchor 20 February for San Diego and Pearl Harbor where she arrived 16 March. USS Craven (DD-382) was decommissioned there 19 April 1946, and sold 2 October 1947.

For a complete history of USS Craven (DD-382) please see its DANFS page.