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USS De Haven (DD-727)

Please see below for item level images and donated collections containing photographs of USS De Haven (DD-727)

USS De Haven (DD-727) was launched 9 January 1944 by Bath Iron Works Corp., Bath, Maine; sponsored by Miss H. N. De Haven, sponsor of the first De Haven; and commissioned 31 March 1944, Commander J. B. Dimmick in command.

USS De Haven (DD-727) escorted USS Ranger (CV-4) from Norfolk to Pearl Harbor, arriving 3 August 1944. She screened a convoy to Eniwetok between 16 and 30 August, and returned to Eniwetok 5 October. On 10 February 1945 USS De Haven (DD-727)  sortied from Ulithi with TF 58, to prepare for the invasion of Iwo Jima, striking the Japanese mainland as well as the Nansei Shoto, and then providing fire support for the invading troops.

Between 1 February 1946 and 3 February 1947, USS De Haven (DD-727) served in the Western Pacific, joining the 7th Fleet in operations off the coast of China, and patrolling off the Japanese coast. When the Communists invaded South Korea 25 June 1950, USS De Haven (DD-727) was assigned to patrol off the Korean coast. During USS De Haven (DD-727)'s second tour of Korean duty from 18 June 1951 to 17 February 1952 she served primarily on blockade patrol. After an overhaul and local operations at San Diego, she sailed from Long Beach 16 September 1952 to serve as flagship for ships on patrol in the Chongjin-Songjin-Chaho area until 18 November.

USS De Haven (DD-727)  continued to alternate duty in the western Pacific with local operations along the west coast, making six voyages to the Far East from 1953 through 1959. On 1 February 1960 she began a major overhaul for modernization at San Francisco, completed in September. USS De Haven (DD-727)  returned to training activities through the remaining months of 1960.

For a complete history of USS De Haven (DD-727) please seee its DANFS page.