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USS Halloran (DE-305) 

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USS Halloran (DE-305) was laid down by Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, Calif., 21 June 1943; launched 14 January 1944; sponsored by Mrs. L. J. Halloran, mother; and commissioned 27 May 1944, Lt. Comdr. J. G. Scripps in command.

After shakedown, USS Halloran (DE-305) departed California as a convoy escort 31 July arriving Pearl Harbor 9 August. Sailing for Eniwetok 16 August, she arrived 24 August and 2 days later she became part of the escort screen for fast oiler replenishment group steaming to the Western Pacific. Based at Manus, and later Ulithi, USS Halloran (DE-305) continued this duty until 29 November, helping to bring vital fuel to fleet units off Palau, Yap, and Luzon.

From 5 to 7 December, USS Halloran (DE-305) screened two escort carriers transporting replacement aircraft to Manus, and 14 December she sailed to escort tankers to Eniwetok. She departed 19 December for Pearl Harbor, arriving Christmas Eve. USS Halloran (DE-305) was underway again 22 January 1945, this time as a unit of the escort screen for the amphibious task force designated to capture Iwo Jima.

The far-steaming DE's next assignment was with the Okinawa assault forces. Departing Espiritu Santo 25 March, she arrived off Okinawa 9 April and began vital antisubmarine barrier patrols. She repelled six attacking Japanese aircraft 12 April, splashing one and damaging two others, and was narrowly missed by a torpedo 20 April. After performing various other duties, including assistance to the striken IUSS Isherwood and escort duty to Saipan and 'back, she resumed her barrier patrols 30 May. A suicide plane attacked USS Halloran (DE-305) 21 June, but her gunners splashed it in the nick of time a scant 75 yards from the ship. However, an exploding bomb killed three men and caused considerable damage to hull and superstructure.

USS Halloran (DE-305) arrived San Diego 29 September and sailed 3 days later for Charleston, S.C., where she arrived 11 October. She decommissioned at Charleston 2 November 1945. Her name was struck from the Navy List 28 November 1945, and she was sold 7 March 1947.

For a complete history of USS Halloran (DE-305) please see its DANFS page.