Allied Warships

USS J. William Ditter (DM 31)

Destroyer of the Allen M. Sumner class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassAllen M. Sumner 
PennantDM 31 
ModDestroyer Minelayer 
Built byBethlehem Steel Corp. (Staten Island, New York, U.S.A.) 
Ordered7 Aug 1942 
Laid down25 Jan 1944 
Launched4 Jul 1944 
Commissioned28 Oct 1944 
End service28 Sep 1945 
History

Former DD 751, compeleted as Destoryer Minelayer DM 31.
Heavily damaged by Japanese Kamikaze Aircraft 6 June 1945 while off Okinawa.
Decommissioned 28 September 1945.
Stricken 11 October 1945.
Broken up for scrap in 1946.

 

Commands listed for USS J. William Ditter (DM 31)

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1Cdr. Robert Roy Sampson, USN19 Jul 194428 Sep 1945

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Notable events involving J. William Ditter include:


13 Jan 1945
USS J. William Ditter departed from Norfolk bound for the Pacific.

10 Feb 1945
USS J. William Ditter arrived at Pearl Harbor.

2 Mar 1945
USS J. William Ditter departed from Pearl Harbor bound for Ulithi.

19 Mar 1945
USS J. William Ditter departed from Ulithi to participate in the Okinawa campaign.

25 Mar 1945
USS J. William Ditter arrived in the Okinawa area.

6 Jun 1945
USS J. William Ditter is damaged by two Japanese kamikaze aircraft while on radar picket duty off Okinawa in position 26°14'N, 128°01'E.

7 Jun 1945
The damaged USS J. William Ditter is towed into Kerama Retto for temporary repairs.

10 Jun 1945
USS J. William Ditter departed from Kerama Retto bound for New York for full repairs.

12 Jul 1945
USS J. William Ditter arrived at New York for full repairs.

Media links


Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.


U.S. Destroyers

Friedman, Norman


United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

Roscoe, Theodore


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