USS Aaron Ward (iii) (DM 34)
Destroyer of the Allen M. Sumner class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Class||Allen M. Sumner|
|Built by||Bethlehem Steel Corp. (San Pedro, California, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||7 Aug 1942|
|Laid down||12 Dec 1943|
|Launched||5 May 1944|
|Commissioned||28 Oct 1944|
|End service||28 Sep 1945|
Former DD 773, completed as Destroyer Minelayer DM-34.
Commands listed for USS Aaron Ward (iii) (DM 34)
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|1||Cdr. William Henry Sanders, Jr., USN||28 Oct 1944||28 Sep 1945|
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Notable events involving Aaron Ward (iii) include:
9 Feb 1945
USS Aaron Ward departed from San Diego bound for Pearl Harbor.
15 Feb 1945
USS Aaron Ward arrived at Pearl Harbor.
5 Mar 1945
USS Aaron Ward departed from Pearl Harbor bound for Ulithi.
16 Mar 1945
USS Aaron Ward arrived at Ulithi.
19 Mar 1945
USS Aaron Ward departed from Ulithi to participate in the operations of Okinawa.
22 Mar 1945
USS Aaron Ward arrived in the Okinawa area.
4 Apr 1945
USS Aaron Ward departed from the Okinawa area bound for Saipan.
10 Apr 1945
USS Aaron Ward arrived at Saipan. She left Saipan for Guam the same day. She stayed at Guam for a few days before returning to the Okinawa area.
3 May 1945
While operating of Okinawa USS Aaron Ward is hit by several kamikaze aircraft in position 26°24'N, 126°15'E resulting in massive damage. Through barely afloat Aaron Ward was towed to Kerama Retto where she arrived the following day for temporary repairs.
11 Jun 1945
USS Aardon Ward departed from Kerama Retto bound for the United States east coast.