Allied Warships

USS William B. Preston (AVD 7)

Destroyer of the Clemson class

Photo from City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 447-2849

NavyThe US Navy
PennantAVD 7 
ModSea plane tender 
Built byNorfolk Navy Yard (Portsmouth, Virginia, U.S.A.) 
Laid down18 Nov 1918 
Launched9 Jul 1919 
Commissioned23 Aug 1920 
End service6 Dec 1945 

Decommissioned on 15 October 1934
Recommissioned on 14 June 1940
Reclassified as sea plane tender AVP-20 on 2 August 1940
Decommissioned on 6 December 1945
Stricken on 3 January 1946
Sold to be broken up for scrap on 26 November 1946


Commands listed for USS William B. Preston (AVD 7)

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1Lt.Cdr. Francis Joseph Bridget, USN14 Jun 19409 Jun 1941
2Lt.Cdr. Etheridge Grant, USN9 Jun 194118 Feb 1942
3Lt. Lester Orin Wood, USN18 Feb 194223 Feb 1942
4Lt.Cdr. Etheridge Grant, USN23 Feb 19421 May 1943
5T/Lt.Cdr. Eugene Carter Rider, USN1 May 194314 Nov 1943
6Holcombe William Harvey, Jr., USNR14 Nov 194318 Apr 1945
7Lt. William Hugh Dyer, Jr., USNR18 Apr 19456 Dec 1945

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Notable events involving William B. Preston include:

1 Jun 1942
A.M. on 1 June 1942, HMAS Canberra (Capt. G.D. Moore, RAN) departed Sydney as the harbour was being attacked by Japanese midget submarines. On leaving the harbour she was joined by USS William B. Preston (Lt.Cdr. E. Grant, USN) for A/S protection.

Around 1600K/1, USS Chicago (Capt. H.D. Bode, USN) and USS Perkins (Lt.Cdr. W.C. Ford, USN) also departed Sydney. They joined HMAS Canberra around 2050K/1 and HMAS Canberra, USS Chicago and USS Perkins then proceeded northwards to join Task Force 44 for exercises. They joined Task Force 44 on 3 June.


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


  1. Report of proceedings of HMAS Canberra for June 1942 + War diary of USS Chicago for June 1942

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