USS Macdonough (DD 351)
Destroyer of the Farragut class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Boston Navy Yard (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||15 May 1933|
|Launched||22 Aug 1934|
|Commissioned||15 Mar 1935|
|End service||22 Oct 1945|
After a lengthy shakedown cruise she was attached to the Pacific Fleet. She was in port on December the 7th in Pearl Harbor, but survived the attack without any damage, and shot down one attacker. She immediately steamed out in search for the Japanese Fleet, with no results. In the following months she supported the early carrier-based Navy airstrikes on Bougainville, Salamaua and Lae. She escorted the Saratoga in the Solomon-landings, and took part in the battle off Savo Island. She spent the rest of 1942 in escort duties, returning for overhaul to Oahu in December. She supported the invasion of the Attu-atoll, but in the stormy weather she collided with the destroyer minelayer USS Sicard (DM-21), and returned to port for needed repairs.
After she took part in the invasion of the Gilbert Islands and the Marshalls, and later she was engaged in screening duties around Truk, and on 30 April, 1944 together with two other US ships she attacked and sunk the Japanese submarine RO-45. In the rest of the war she took part in almost every major engagement, like the battle around the Marianas, the Philippine Sea and Leyte Gulf.
She finished the war in escort duties, and was decommissioned on 22 October 1945, stricken 1 November 1945 and sold for scrap on 20 December 1946.
USS Macdonough was awarded 13 Battle Stars for her services in WW2.
Commands listed for USS Macdonough (DD 351)
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|Charles Adams Blakely, USN||(1)|
|1||Cdr. Charles Snow Alden, USN||15 Mar 1935|
|2||Raymond Dombill Tarbuck, USN||16 May 1939||10 Mar 1941 (1)|
|3||Lt.Cdr. John Malcolm McIsaac, USN||10 Mar 1941||(1)|
|4||Erle Van Emburgh Dennet, USN||18 Sep 1943 (1)|
|5||Lt.Cdr. John William Ramey, USN||18 Sep 1943||26 Aug 1944 (1)|
|6||Burton Herbert Shupper, USN||26 Aug 1944||10 Mar 1945|
|7||Lcmdr Charles Edward Arens, USN||10 Mar 1945||22 Oct 1945|
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Notable events involving Macdonough include:
17 Mar 1944
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. McCrea, USN) departed Majoro Atoll as part of Task Group 50.10 which was to bombard Milli Island. The other ships of the task force were battleship USS New Jersey (Capt. C.F. Holden, USN) and destroyers USS Dewey (Lt.Cdr. R.G. Copeland, USN), USS Hull (Lt.Cdr. C.W. Consolvo, USN), USS MacDonough (Cdr. J.W. Ramey, USN) and USS Phelps (Lt.Cdr. D.L. Martineau, USN). Air cover was provided by fleet carrier USS Lexington (Capt. F.B. Stump, USN) escorted by destroyers USS Bancoft (Cdr. R.M. Pitts, USN), USS Meade (Cdr. J. Munholland, USN) and USS Edwards (Cdr. P.G. Osler, USN).
For the daily positions of USS Iowa during this operation see the map below.