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USS Farragut (DD-348)

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USS Farragut (DD-348) was laid down on 20 September 1932 at Quincy, Mass., by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp.; renamed Smith on 15 July 1933; renamed Farragut on 12 August 1933; sponsored by Mrs. James [Betsey C.] Roosevelt, the wife of one of the three sons of President Franklin D. Roosevelt; launched on 15 March 1934; and commissioned on 18 June 1934, Cmdr. Elliott Buckmaster in command.

The ship sailed from Norfolk, Va., on 4 January 1935, briefly put into Boston, Mass. (11 January), and then set course for the Caribbean. USS Farragut (DD-348) served as a plane guard during aircraft carrier operations at Rosalind Bank in the Caribbean (15 and 16 January 1935), reached Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, on 18 January, and conducted gunnery practice off Guantánamo and the Gulf of Gonaives, Haiti, until 2 February. USS Farragut (DD-348) sailed for a summer cruise to Alaska on 29 June 1935. 

The Japanese attacked Oahu on 7 December 1941. USS Farragut (DD-348) moored starboard side to Aylwin in a nest with destroyers USS Dale and USS Monaghan (DD-354) of DesDiv 2 at buoy X-14, East Loch, Pearl Harbor. Through early April 1942, USS Farragut (DD-348) operated in Hawaiian waters, and from Oahu to San Francisco, on antisubmarine patrols and escort duty. USS Farragut (DD-348) patrolled off Guadalcanal to guard transports while they unloaded cargo and disembarked troops, and escorted convoys from Australia to Espíritu Santo, New Hebrides (Vanuatu); Nouméa; and the Fijis. USS Farragut (DD-348) returned to Pearl Harbor on 27 January 1943, and completed an overhaul and training on the west coast.

USS Farragut (DD-348) steamed from Saipan homeward bound on 21 August 1945, and on 20 September reached the Caribbean and reported to DesRon 8. She arrived at the New York Naval Shipyard on 25 September. USS Farragut (DD-348) was decommissioned there on 23 October 1945.

For a complete history of USS Farragut (DD-348) please see its DANFS page.