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History of USS DeHaven (DD-727)
Destined to participate in no less than five "star"
operations during World War II and to receive the second Navy Unit
Commendation awarded during the Korean Conflict, the USS DE HAVEN plunged
into the waters of the Kennebec River for the first time on 9 January
1944. Her keel had been laid just six weeks before at the Bath Iron Works,
on 23 November 1943.
The DD-727 was the second destroyer to bear the name of the famed
mariner and Arctic explorer, Lieutenant Edwin Jesse DeHaven, USN.
Lieutenant DeHaven was born in Pennsylvania on 7 May 1816. Appointed
Midshipman on 2 October 1829, he was commissioned Lieutenant on 8
September 1841. His early service was in the West Indies, on board the
NATCHEZ and ERIE, and in South American waters aboard the LEXINGTON,
NATCHEZ and ERIE. This was followed by duty in the Receiving Ships at New
York and Baltimore. In June 1837 he was ordered to the Sloop-of-War
FALMOUTH in the Pacific, being transferred in the summer of 1839 to the
USS VINCENNES, flagship of the U.S. Exploring Expedition under Charles
Wilkes. In this vessel he made the famous cruise to the Antarctic and
among the Pacific Islands. He was transferred to the USS PEACOCK in
October 1840, and continued with the expedition, surveying in the Pacific
and on the North American coast in the vicinity of Puget Sound. On 18 July
1841 the PEACOCK was wrecked in the mouth of the Columbia River, and
Lieutenant DeHaven finished the cruise of the expedition in the OREGON.
During 1843 he served aboard the USS TRUXTUN and in January 1845 was
transferred to the USS SOMERS. The SOMERS was active in the Gulf of Mexico
during the early part of the trouble with Mexico, and took part in the
first expedition against Alvarado. On 3 May 1850 Lieutenant DeHaven was
placed in command of the Grinnell Rescue Expedition to search for Sir John
Franklin, and to make scientific explorations. The two ships of the
Expedition, the brigs ADVANCE and RESCUE, were caught in the ice west of
Greenland in September and drifted for nine months. The Expedition failed
to find Franklin, but discovered and named Grinnell Land, and did other
specific work. Lieutenant DeHaven retired on 6 February 1862, and died 1
In February 1943 the first DeHaven (DD-469) died fighting near
Guadalcanal under the blows of Japanese dive bombers. Her fighting days
had lasted but a few months.
At the launching of the present DE HAVEN on 09
January 1944, she was
christened by Miss Helen N. DeHaven, granddaughter of the ship's namesake,
who had also christened the first DE HAVEN. On 31 March 1944 the DD-727
was commissioned and placed under the command of Commander J. B. Dimmick,
USN. She was the best the Bath Iron Works could produce 2200 tons of
fighting steel, the most deadly super-destroyer in the world. A month of
fitting-out in the Navy Yard, a month of strenuous shaking down in
Bermuda, another month of alterations in Boston, and she was ready.
On 5 July 1944 the DE HAVEN reported to the training command at Norfolk
where she acted as instruction ship for new destroyer crews for a week and
conducted high speed fueling exercises at sea. On 9 July Captain Jesse H.
Carter, USN, Commander Destroyer Squadron 61, shifted his pennant to the
DE HAVEN, and she joined the USS RANGER for the first of many flat-top
escort assignments. The Panama Canal, San Diego, and Pearl Harbor were
highlights enroute to the "forward area". On 16 August she
escorted the carriers ENTERPRISE, INTREPID, and INDEPENDENCE to the battle
zone and the great anchorage at Eniwetok Atoll. With only a glimpse of the
gigantic fleet anchored there, she returned immediately to Pearl Harbor to
continue exercises and await the formation of her squadron.
On 28 September the DE HAVEN sailed for Eniwetok with the four other
ships of her squadron, the MANSFIELD, LYMAN K. SWENSON, TAUSSIG, and
BRUSH. A few days at Eniwetok, then a convoy job took the small group
within 100 miles of the still powerful Jap stronghold at Truk, and on to
the most advanced operating base the newly acquired Ulithi Atoll.
While in the Ulithi word came of an impending great battle around the
Philippines, with the entire Japanese Fleet on the move. On the second day
of the Battle of Leyte Gulf, Destroyer Squadron 61 reported to the
Commander THIRD Fleet for duty, and was ordered to get underway to join
the carrier force in the fighting. However, by the time she arrived in the
battle area the enemy had already been smashed, and the squadron was
ordered to conduct an extensive search for downed aviators.
Back in Ulithi the DE HAVEN was assigned to operate with the fast
carrier Task Force 38 as its planes hit the island bastions on the road to
Tokyo. She sortied with the force on 2 November, and for the rest of the
month screened their movements as they prowled just off the Philippines,
attacking shipping and airfields on Luzon and Leyte in support of the
initial invasion. Following another short upkeep in Ulithi, the DE HAVEN
left port with another carrier group on 10 December and headed for Luzon.
On the 14th she rescued a downed pilot from the HANCOCK. Strikes were made
on 14-16 December and the force then retired to fuel. During these fueling
operations on the 18th a tropical typhoon hit the THIRD Fleet in full
force. The center passed 35 miles from the DE HAVEN, but three of her
sister destroyers, the MONAGHAN, SPENCE and the HULL, capsized under the
force of 120-knot winds and mountainous seas. When the typhoon had
subsided, the Task Force re-formed and a search for survivors was made
enroute to another strike against Luzon. The strike was cancelled due to
heavy weather and the task force returned to Ulithi, arriving the day
Another operation was underway before the beginning of 1945this time
a landing on the west coast of Luzon, and the fast carrier task force was
again deployed to knock out enemy air opposition and shipping. In quick
succession carrier planes hit Formosa, Luzon, and then Formosa again. At
high speed the mighty force steamed into the South China Sea through the
Bashi Channel just north of Luzon the first U. S. surface vessel to
enter those waters since the beginning of the war. Continuing deep into
enemy territory, the THIRD Fleet swept southwest toward French Indochina
with an eye on Camranh Bay where large units of the Japanese fleet were
reported to be recuperating from the Battle of Leyte Gulf. No enemy units
were found, but the carrier force swept on down the French Indo-china
coast through a monsoon, striking Camranh Bay, Saigon, Hong Kong, and
Hainan. On the 20th the force steamed northward out to the China Sea
leaving behind 41 enemy ships sunk and 31 damaged, 112 enemy planes
destroyed; and dock, oil storage and air field facilities heavily damaged.
With the China Sea assaults behind them, attention was turned to
Southern Formosa, and as dawn broke on 22 January 1945 air strikes were on
their way to attack targets on islands of the Okinawa chain. With the
successful landings on Luzon completed and the Army firmly established,
the THIRD Fleet returned to Ulithi on 26 January.
On 10 February the THIRD Fleet became the FIFTH Fleet when Admiral
Spruance relieved Admiral Halsey, and on that day the DE HAVEN sailed as
screen for Task Group 58.1 on another operation. On the 12th, while acting
as a plane guard during drill attacks by aircraft on a towed target, a TBF
plane from the BENNINGTON was struck by a rocket fired from a VF aircraft
behind it. The DE HAVEN left her station to recover the pilot, but was
unable to locate the two enlisted air crewmen. On 16 February the carrier
planes made the first of a series of strikes against Tokyo and the
Japanese homeland that were to continue until the end of the war. On the
19th the force dropped south to support ground forces in the landing and
occupation of Iwo Jima. Tokyo was again struck on the 25th, but the
planned strike on the Nagoya area for the 26th was cancelled due to bad
On 1 March the VINCENNES, MIAMI, SAN DIEGO, and Destroyer Squadron 61
were detached from Task Group 58.1 to form Task Group 58.22 for the
bombardment of Okino Daito Shima, a small island southeast of Okinawa. On
the clear moonlit night of 2 March the DE HAVEN effectively carried out
the bombardment of her objective the high-explosive storage and the
dual-purpose batteries on the southwest side of the island. She then
rejoined Task Group 58.1 and took position in the 12 ship screen for the
return to Ulithi.
The DE HAVEN was again at sea on 14 March, this time to support the
occupation of Okinawa Gunto. Hitting Kyushu in full strength, the force
encountered the first stiff resistance from Japanese suicide aircraft.
Night and day on the 18th, 19th, and 20th the enemy launched continuous
air attacks on the Task Force, inflicting heavy damage on some units. On
the 18th the DE HAVEN was at General Quarters seven times. At 0740 she
took an enemy "Hamp" under fire and was credited with an assist
in splashing it. Air strikes were launched on Kyushu and adjacent islands
on that and the successive day. At 0708 on the 19th a Japanese
"Zeke" scored a bomb hit on the WASP. It was taken under fire by
the DE HAVEN and splashed on the third salvo. At 0833 another enemy plane
was taken under radar fire by several ships, including the DE HAVEN, and
brought down astern.
On 21 March Captain T. H. Hederman, USN, relieved Captain J. H. Carter,
USN, as Commander Destroyer Squadron 61, aboard the DE HAVEN. Between 23
and 28 March the Task Group launched daily strikes against the Okinawa
Kerama Retto area. On the latter date orders were received to proceed
northwestward to strike units of the Japanese fleet reported off the east
coast of Kyushu. No enemy ships could be located, and the force retired
for a rendezvous with the fueling group.
The force next took station about ninety miles east of Okinawa
continuing to furnish air support for ground forces on Okinawa, and to
deliver diversionary air strikes at nearby islands. AT 1315 on 6 April the
DE HAVEN fired on an enemy "Zeke", scoring hits with both her 40
mm and 5" fire, and splashing it off the port side of the VINCENNES.
AT 1317 she opened fire on a "Hamp" which was diving on the SAN
JACINTO. Raken by 40 mm fire from the DE HAVEN, he crashed just ahead of
his intended victim. On 21 April the destroyers of the task force
bombarded Minami Deito Jima, and by the 27th the control of the situation
was such that the group to which the DE HAVEN was assigned was permitted
to return to Ulithi.
On 9 May the FIFTH Fleet sailed for more strikes against the Japanese
homeland. Kyushu was struck on the 13th. The next day the DE HAVEN fired
on two bogies, and assisted in splashing an "Emily". The force
then retired to Okinawa, giving immediate support to the ground forces. On
28 May Task Force 58 again became Task Force 38, under the command of
Admiral Halsey. The fleet was struck by a second typhoon on 5 June off
Okinawa. The DE HAVEN passed through the eye of the storm without damage,
but the HORNET suffered a badly damaged flight deck and the PITTSBURGH
lost her bow. After another air strike and another bombardment on Minami
Daito Jima, the DE HAVEN dropped anchor in Leyte Gulf. There on 17 June
Commander W. H. Groverman, USN, relieved Commander J. B. Dimmick, USN.
She was underway again on 1 July in company with Task Group 38.1. This
was the beginning of an operation that was to end the war and to set a
ship's record of 63 continuous days underway. For two months the carrier
force roamed at will off the southern and eastern coasts of Japan from
Kyushu to Hokkaido. Throughout the period the DE HAVEN operated some 50
miles in advance of the Task Force as radar picket ship, intercepting what
few enemy planes there were in the area, and visually checking and
directing our own planes returning from strikes.
On the night of 22 July the DE HAVEN, at the head of Squadron 61,
conducted an anti-shipping sweep into Sagami Nada, lower Tokyo Bay. There,
300 miles from Task Force 38, the nearest friendly force, the Squadron
surprised a small convoy close to shore, attempting to leave the bay.
Maneuvering for the attack, the DE HAVEN fired two torpedoes at one of the
smaller targets. The torpedoes ran hot and true, but the target reversed
course, and the warheads missed. The ships opened fire on the other
targets at 2355, ceasing fire at 0009. A medium-sized and small freighter
were sunk, and another medium cargoman and its escort were damaged. The
ships' attacks were answered by anti-aircraft fire, which was mistakenly
directed skyward, and a few salvos rumbled out from shore batteries, but
no destroyer was hit.
The DE HAVEN was on radar picket station on 15 August 1945 when the
Japanese accepted the unconditional surrender, and continued to operate
with the carriers, patrolling just off Honshu. On 1 September she embarked
Rear Admiral John Shafroth for transportation to Tokyo Bay, and the next
day anchored 1500 yards off the bow of the MISSOURI during the signing of
the surrender. Upon joining Task Group 38.1 she proceeded to Yokosuka Ko,
the Mare Island of Japan to prepare for an early return to the United
States. On 20 September 1945 she sailed with her sister ships of Destroyer
Squadron 61 with homeward bound pennants proudly streaming the length of
The USS DE HAVEN had good reason to be proud. During her period of
service, she had steamed 150,000 miles in 18 months, participated in three
shore bombardments, shot down three Japanese planes and assisted with the
destruction of three others, demolished 12 Japanese mines, assisted in the
sinking of two Japanese ships, and rescued 11 Navy and Marine Corps pilots
forced or shot down at sea. All this she performed without loss of a man.
When the Communists invaded South Korea on 25 June 1950, the DE HAVEN
was moored at Sasebo, Japan attached to destroyer Squadron NINE. Commander
0. B. Lundgren, USN, was in command. At 0540 the next day she sailed with
the MANSFIELD to escort the Norwegian REINHOLT evacuating U.S. dependents
from Inchon to Fukueka. On the 27th the DE HAVEN received orders to join
the USS JUNEAU for patrol of the eastern coast. While enroute to the
rendezvous on the 29th she sighted a burning minesweeper with a South
Korean freighter alongside. The minesweeper had been fired on by a North
Korean ship, which has escaped northward. After determining that the
sweeper could not be salvaged, the DE HAVEN joined the JUNEAU.
That night the two-ship Task Group 96.5 went into combat, bombarding
the South Korean coastal town of Samchok where the Communists had made an
amphibious landing in motor barges. On June 30th the HMS JAMAICA and USS
COLLETT reported for duty, and on 1 July the DE HAVEN was detached to
return to Sasebo for fuel.
On 1 July President Truman ordered a naval blockade of the entire
Korean coast, and after escorting the TAKASAGO MARU to Pusan the DE HAVEN
relieved the LYMAN K. SWENSON on east coast patrol. Until 7 July she
operated with the VALLEY FORGE and ROCHESTER, preventing any sea traffic
between North and South Korea, and acting as lifeguard for strikes against
Pyongyang and Haeju.
After a refueling run to Sasebo, the DE HAVEN returned to Pusan acting
as communications link ship for the USS ARIKARA and Deputy Commander Naval
Forces, Far East, Korea. On 13 July she rendezvoused with the JUNEAU to
bombard the main coastal highways south of Tousin and Ulchin. The city of
Pyong Hae was subjected to shore bombardment during July 15 - 18, after
which the DE HAVEN returned to Sasebo.
By the 22nd she was back in Pusan. A hundred miles north of that city
the Reds had driven the South Koreans out of Yongdok in their rush down
the east coast. Just below Yongdok the mountains come close to the sea,
and sometimes thrust themselves into deep water. The road becomes a cliff
hanging strand of transportation, never more than five miles from the sea.
It was a situation made to order for naval gunners. During the next eight
days enemy motor convoys and troops travelling the coastal roads were
brought under devastating fire and suffered heavy losses.
The DE HAVEN returned to Sasebo on the 27th, but in August was again
back on east coast patrol. On the 19th she joined the TOLEDO and MANSFIELD
in the patrol area off Pohang. While proceeding along the shore line at
1700 on the 20th, she was taken under fire from the beach, being bracketed
with splashes on the port beam. The DE HAVEN plastered the enemy battery
with her 5" guns, silencing it after 50 rounds. She continued her
coastal sweeps of the Korean coast until early September, providing
call-fire support of ground forces. On 7 September, while patrolling
singly off Pohang, she destroyed one medium size vessel and damaged three
boats loading at small piers. That evening she returned to Sasebo.
The United Nations ground troops had by now been pushed back into a
narrow perimeter around Pusan, and in order to divide the enemy, it had
been decided to launch a risky amphibious assault on Inchon, just below
the 38th Parallel on Korea's West Coast.
Commanding the sea approaches to Inchon, the harbor, and the beaches,
was the heavily-fortified island of Wolmi-do. No ship could enter the
port's tidal basin, the inner harbor, or transit Flying Fish channel
without coming under fire of the island's guns. Six destroyers and four
cruisers were assigned the task of neutralizing this formidable obstacle.
In the dawn of 12 September the gunfire support group sortied from
Sasebo, and at 0700 the next day commenced passage up Flying Fish Channel.
Since there was not enough information on the island's defenses, the
destroyers, DE HAVEN, GURKE, MANSFIELD, LYMAN K. SWENSON, COLLETT and
HENDERSON were sent in to anchor off Wolmi and conduct a one-hour
bombardment. It was hoped that the camouflaged guns would open fire and,
spotting their locations, the destroyers would then return the fire and
call in help from the cruisers TOLEDO, ROCHESTER, KENYA, and JAMAICA,
stationed 14,000 to 20,000 yards off the island.
While steaming up the channel in single-file column at 1145, the
MANSFIELD's lookouts spotted a minefield. The GURKE destroyed one, and the
HENDERSON was detached to finish the job. The bombardment was to begin at
1300, and shortly after 1253 the destroyers were anchored in position,
with guns on target. At five minutes before 1300 from the DE HAVEN's
director, Lieutenant Arthur T. White, was unable to look down the barrels
of the Red battery any longer. He depressed the firing key, and the Wolmi
bombardment began. The Wolmi battery disintegrated into dust and debris.
AT 1306 the enemy began to reply, concentrating their fire on the GURKE,
LYMAN K. SWENSON and COLLETT. At 1317 the DE HAVEN took a .50 caliber hit,
but with negligible damage. At 1400 the destroyers moved out under cover
of the cruiser fire. The performance was repeated at the same time the
following day. The DE HAVEN received several .50 caliber hits but without
serious damage, and when the destroyers left, every gun on Wolmi-do was
The Inchon invasion was successfully accomplished on 15 September 1950.
The DE HAVEN rendered gunfire support during the landings and until the
23rd, when she returned to Sasebo.
In company with the H. J. THOMAS, the DE HAVEN returned to the
east-coast blockade of Korea on 25 September. The next day she sighted a
Republic of Korea unit ambushed by a North Korean force, and broke up the
party with shore fire. At 1805 that day she received word that the BRUSH
had hit a mine, and proceeded to her assistance at high speed. She
escorted the damaged ship back to Sasebo, arriving on the 30th, then
returned to her patrol station with the WORCESTER, HELENA, and MANSFIELD.
On the nights of 6 and 7 October the DE HAVEN gave her fire support to
two British Commando raids on two railway tunnels and one railway bridge.
When one tunnel exploded the enemy opened fire skyward, but the DE HAVEN
soon destroyed the enemy guns. She continued her routine patrolling on the
east coast until her return to Sasebo on 24 October 1950 and onward
routing to Yokosuka and Pearl Harbor.
On 1 April 1951 Commander Farrell B. McFarland, USN, relieved as
Between 12 July 1951 and 1 February 1952 the DE HAVEN was once again in
the Western Pacific area. Most of this time was spent on routine, but
vital, blockade patrol. Commander Theodore C. Siegmund took command on 17
June 1952. In October 1952 the ship was back in the Korean area, and from
30 October to 18 November served as flagship for Task Element 95.22,
operating in the Chongjin-Songjin-Chaho area. Most of her time was spent
on patrol blockade, in defense of Yangdo Island. The DE HAVEN was released
from Task Force 77 on 3 February 1953, and proceeded in company with
Destroyer Division 91, less the COLLETT, to the east coast of Korea for
duty with Task Force 95. Reporting to Wonsan on the 4th, she was assigned
various patrolling stations in that harbor to prevent enemy small boat
traffic and the re-mining of the harbor, and also provided illumination
when needed and fired on bridges and highways within range.
From 12-18 February the DE HAVEN supported the KITE, SWALLOW, and
REDHEAD in minesweeping operations. During this time she received several
near misses from shore batteries. On the 16th the ship was relieved and
returned to Sasebo. In October of 1953, Commander Seigmund was relieved as
commanding officer by Commander Thomas W. Hunt, USN.
On May 14, 1965 the use of naval gunfire in support of friendly forces in South Vietnam had been authorized. Implementation of Sea Dragon operations at a later date also proved the value of such support. DE HAVEN conducted a vigorous and unremitting campaign against logistic craft in Vietnamese waters and also against land targets from 1966 through 1968. During this period of time DE HAVEN served as a naval gunfire support unit in I, II, III, IV corps and Rung Sat special areas firing over 22,000 rounds in support of these operations and other noteworthy campaigns including direct combat engagement with North Vietnamese artillery units on multiple occasions. DE HAVEN's assignments included search and rescue, radar picket duty, electronic counter measures, Snoopy Drone operations, shore bombardment and attack carrier operations from both the "Yankee and Dixie Station" staging areas.
DE HAVEN participated in the rescue of four downed pilots off the coast of North Vietnam. On September 13, 1967 DE HAVEN steaming as Task unit 77.1.2 along with USS DAMATO DD-871 the DE HAVEN received a call from a forward air controller who had spotted seven large logistic craft in the Dong Hoi area moored in the Song Giang river. Both ships came to firing position with DE HAVEN expending 46 rounds of 5" 38 high explosive projectiles. The enemy opened with heavy counter battery fire with approximately 200 rounds. DE HAVEN and DAMATO immediately turned seaward at flank speed while directing additional fire at the enemy gun sites. Enemy rounds had tightly bracketed both ships with numerous rounds landing very close with several air explosions. DE HAVEN remained unscathed but DAMATO had taken two direct hits with one located on the port side and the other on her ASROC deck. Both ships returned with a high speed retaliatory run on the gun sites with DE HAVEN expending another 90 rounds of 5" 38 high explosive projectiles. Upon completion of the mission commander destroyer division 222 was transferred to DE HAVEN and DAMATO was detached from task unit 77.1.2 and proceeded to Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines for emergency battle repairs. DE HAVEN withdrew to rearm, refuel and prepare for her next battle of which there would be many more. DE HAVEN's exceptional meritorious performance while serving as an element of Destroyer Squadron Nine was recognized by the Secretary of the Navy with the award of the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon.
During her World War II career the USS DE HAVEN earned five Battle
Stars on the Asiatic-Pacific Area Service Medal for participating in the
1 Star/Leyte Operation
Luzon attacks 5-6, 13-14, 19-22 November and 14-16 December 1944
1 Star/Luzon Operation
Luzon attacks 6-7 January 1945
Formosa attacks 3-4, 9, 15, 21 January 1945
China Coast attacks 12 and 16 January 1945
Nansei Shoto attacks 22 January 1945
1 Star/Iwo Jima Operation
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima 15 February - 4 March 1945
FIFTH Fleet raids against Honshu and the Nansei Shoto 15-16, 25
February, 1 March 1945
1 Star/Okinawa Gunto Operation
FIFTH and THIRD Fleet raids in support of Okinawa Gunto operations
17 March - 11 June 1945
1 Star/THIRD Fleet Operations against Japan 10 July - 15 August
She also received the Navy Occupation Service Medal for the period 1-24
During the Korean Conflict the USS DE HAVEN earned the Korean Service
Medal for the periods 27 June - 1 November 1950 and 12 July 1951- 1
February 1952 with six Battle Stars for participating in the following
1 Star/North Korean Aggression 27 June - 12 September 1950, and
18 September - 23 October 1950
1 Star/Inchon Landing 13-17 September 1950
1 Star/U.S. Summer-Fall Offensive 18 July - 2 November 1951 and
3-27 November 1951
1 Star/U.S. Summer-Fall Offensive 28 November 1951 - 25 January
1 Star/Korean Defense, Summer-Fall 1952 21 October - 30 November
1 Star/Third Korean Winter 26 January 1953 - 20 March 1953
The ship was included in the Navy Unit Commendation awarded Task
Element 90.62, MANSFIELD, DE HAVEN, HENDERSON, GURKE, LYMAN K. SWENSON,
and COLLETT, with the following Citation:
"For outstanding heroism in action against enemy aggressor
forces in Korea from 13 to 15 September 1950. Skillfully navigating
the extremely difficult and hazardous approaches to enemy-held Inchon
in advance of the initial assault against that fortress, Task Element
90.62 coolly entered the strongly fortified harbor and anchored within
close range of hostile gun positions. Defying the deadly barrage of
heavy enemy shore-battery fire delivered from a myriad of hidden gun
emplacements scattered along the coastline, the gallant destroyers of
this Element courageously proceeded to launch an accurate and crushing
fire attack in the first of a series of well planned and brilliantly
executed bombardments which culminated in the reduction of the port's
defenses and in successful landing of friendly forces at Inchon on 15
September 1950. Although sustaining several casualties and numerous
hits from the roaring enemy shore batteries, these ships repeatedly
refused to leave their assigned stations and boldly continued to
return the heavy counter-fire of hostile guns until their scheduled
time of withdrawal. Fully aware that with each successive entry into
the treacherous channel the peril of meeting increased resistance was
greatly intensified, they braved the hazards of a hostile mine field,
passed dangerously close to the enemy's shore fortifications and
unleashed a furious bombardment which eventually neutralized the port
defenses sufficiently to permit the successful amphibious landings. An
aggressive and intrepid fighting unit, the daring officers and men of
Task Element 90.62 achieved a splendid combat record which attests the
teamwork, courage and skill of the entire Destroyer Element and
enhances the finest traditions of the United States Naval
As of January 1954 the USS DE HAVEN is still active with the U.S.
OVERALL LENGTH 376 feet
BEAM 41 feet
SPEED 34 knots
DISPLACEMENT 2200 tons
COMPLEMENT 16 officers & 325 men
Compiled: 14 July 1954