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USS Dale (DD-353)

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USS Dale (DD-353) was launched 23 January 1935 by Brooklyn Navy Yard; sponsored by Mrs. E. C. Dale; and commissioned 17 June 1935, Commander W. A. Corn in command.

USS Dale (DD-353) made a southern cruise from 13 February to 6 March 1936, visiting Norfolk, Dry Tortugas, Fla., and Galveston, Tex., and acted as escort for President F. D. Roosevelt's cruise in the Bahamas before departing for the west coast. On 5 October 1939 USS Dale (DD-353) departed San Diego to join the Hawaiian Detachment for training and patrol. She was moored at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked 7 December 1941.

From 14 December 1941 to 17 March 1942 USS Dale (DD-353) screened Lexington (CV-2) and Yorktown (CV-5), covering the strikes on the Salamaua-Lae area of New Guinea on 10 March. USS Dale (DD-353) returned to Pearl Harbor on escort and training duty until 11 May when she departed for Mare Island and an overhaul.

On 9 January 1943 USS Dale (DD-353) sailed from San Francisco for duty in Aleutian waters. She supported the occupation of Amchitka between 23 January and 19 March, patrolling and repelling attacks by the Japanese. USS Dale (DD-353) got underway from San Diego 13 January 1944 to screen carriers during the assaults on Kwajalein and Eniwetok. USS Dale (DD-353) cruised with the logistics group on five voyages between Ulithi and the Okinawa area between 13 March 1945 and 11 June when she sailed for Leyte to join a carrier division's screen. USS Dale (DD-353) returned to Leyte to escort a convoy to Ulithi and patrolled there until 29 July and then escorted a convoy to Okinawa.

Anchored at Guam when the war ended, USS Dale (DD-353) convoyed two ships to a rendezvous on 19 August off Japan, then sailed homeward, arriving at San Diego 7 September. Four days later she was underway for the east coast. Arriving at New York 25 September, USS Dale (DD-353) was decommissioned 16 October 1945 and sold 20 December 1946.

For a complete history of USS Dale (DD-353) please see its DANFS page.