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USS Decatur (DD-341)

Please see below for item level images and donated collections containing photographs of USS Decatur (DD-341)

USS Decatur (DD-341) was launched 29 October 1921 by Mare Island Navy Yard; sponsored by Mrs. J. S. McKean; and commissioned 9 August 1922, Lieutenant C. K. Osborne in command.

After completing her trials USS Decatur (DD-341) sailed to San Diego where she was placed out of commission 17 January 1923. She was recommissioned 26 September 1923 and became flagship of Destroyer Squadron 11, Battle Fleet. Until 1937 she operated along the western seaboard, and in Caribbean and Hawaiian waters. 

USS Decatur (DD-341) arrived at Norfolk 22 February 1937 for duty with the Training Detachment of the U.S. Fleet. Arriving at Argentia, Newfoundland, 14 September 1941, USS Decatur (DD-341) served on convoy escort and patrol to ports in Iceland until returning to Boston 17 May 1942. USS Decatur (DD-341) joined the task group centered about USS Card (CV-11) and sailed from Norfolk 24 November 1943 for an antisubmarine sweep, returning to New York 3 January 1944. From 26 January to 17 February she escorted a convoy to Panama, returning with another to Hampton Roads. 

Arriving at Norfolk 2 July 1944 USS Decatur (DD-341) sailed from this port on escort and training duty in the Caribbean Sea until the last day of June 1945 when she entered Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for inactivation. USS Decatur (DD-341) was decommissioned there 28 July 1945 and sold 30 November 1945.

For a complete history of USS Decatur (DD-341) please see its DANFS page.