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USS Flusser (DD-368)

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USS Flusser (DD-368) was launched 28 September 1935 by Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Kearny, N.J.; sponsored by Mrs. F. W. Packard; and commissioned 1 October 1936, Commander F. L. Lowe in command.

USS Flusser (DD-368) sailed from New York 1 December 1936 for a shakedown cruise which found her operating with Squadron 40-T, a unit formed to protect American interests in the Western Mediterranean during the Spanish Civil War. Based on Pearl Harbor until the outbreak of the war, she took part in intensive training operations with ships of all types, and on 5 December 1941 put to sea screening USS Lexington (CV-2). Through April 1942, USS Flusser (DD-368) sailed on convoy escort duty between Pearl Harbor and the west coast, then cleared for Palmyra, where on 21 April she landed a small Marine garrison. Continuing on, USS Flusser (DD-368) began a period of escort and patrol service out of various southwest Pacific ports, on several occasions putting in to Australian ports.

Overhauled at Pearl Harbor between July 1942 and February 1943, USS Flusser (DD-368) returned to escort, antisubmarine, and training operations in the southern Solomons. From 11 January 1944 to 30 January, USS Flusser (DD-368) had a brief overhaul; she then took part in exercises in Australian waters, returning to Milne Bay for duty escorting convoys to Saidor and Caps Gloucester, and taking part in the landings on Los Negros, Admiralties. Her constant activity in the New Guinea area made a west coast overhaul imperative, and she received this at Mare Island between April and June.

USS Flusser (DD-368) escorted reinforcement convoys to Leyte from Hollandia, and on 4 December 1944, received damage from the near miss of a Japanese suicide plane. A heavy air attack was launched at her group the next day, during which Flusser splashed several planes, and rescued survivors of LSM-20, a kamikaze victim. USS Flusser (DD-368) remained in the Philippines, joining in the landings on Cebu 26 March 1945 and escorting support convoys to that island, then escorted resupply convoys from Morotai to Polloc Harbor and Davao Gulf until 1 July.

During the summer of 1946, USS Flusser (DD-368) took part in Operation "Crossroads," the atomic weapons tests in the Marshalls. USS Flusser (DD-368) returned to Pearl Harbor from this duty 14 September, and on 12 November arrived at Norfolk, Va., where she was decommissioned 16 December 1946 and sold 6 January 1948.

For a complete history of USS Flusser (DD-368) please see its DANFS page.