- USS Dunlap (DD-384)
USS "Dunlap" (DD–384) was a "Mahan"-class
destroyerin the United States Navyduring World War II. She was named after Brigadier General Robert H. Dunlap, USMC.
"Dunlap" was launched
18 April 1936by United Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corporation, New York, New York; sponsored by Mrs. Robert H. Dunlap, widow of Brigadier General Dunlap; and commissioned 12 June 1937, Commander A. E. Schrader in command.
"Dunlap" operated along the east coast on training duty, and in June 1938 served as escort at
Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniafor the MS "Kungsholm", carrying the Crown Princeof Sweden. On 1 Septembershe got underway for the west coast; except for a cruise to the Caribbeanand east coast for a fleet problem and overhaul in the first 6 months of 1939, "Dunlap" served along the west coast until 2 April 1940when she sailed for Pearl Harbor, her new home port.
World War II
7 December 1941, during the attack on Pearl Harbor, "Dunlap" was at sea bound for Pearl Harbor with TF 8 after ferrying planes to Wake Island. She entered Pearl Harbor next day and patrolled in the Hawaiian area until 11 January 1942when she sortied with TF 8 for air strikes on the Marshal Islands, returning 5 February. After taking part in the raid on Wake Island of 24 February, she continued to patrol in the Hawaiian area until 22 March, then escorted convoys between various ports on the west coast until returning to Pearl Harbor 22 October 1942.
"Dunlap" arrived at
Noumea, New Caledonia, 5 December 1942and operated from that base on training and patrol duty, and as escort for convoys to the Fiji, Tonga, and New Hebrides Islandsuntil arriving at Guadalcanal 30 July 1943for duty in the Solomon Islands. On the night of 6-7 August she was sent with five other destroyers to intercept a Japanese force carrying reinforcements to Kolombangara. In the resulting Battle of Vella Gulf, a night torpedo action, the task group sank three Japanese destroyers and drove the fourth back to its base at Buin. Despite the heavy action, they suffered no damage themselves.
After overhaul at
San Diego, California, "Dunlap" sailed 23 November 1943for patrol duty out of Adak, Alaskauntil 16 Decemberwhen she left for Pearl Harbor, arriving 5 days later. She joined the 5th Fleetto screen carriers in strikes of the Marshall Islands operations from 19 Januaryto 4 March 1944, then touched at Espiritu Santobriefly before sailing for Fremantle, Australia, to rendezvous with the British Eastern Fleet. After training here and at Trincomalee, Ceylon, she took part in the strikes on the Soerabajaarea of Java on 17 May, and next day sailed for Pearl Harbor, arriving 10 June.
"Dunlap" returned to San Francisco
7 July 1944to join the screen for "Baltimore" (CA-68) carrying President Franklin D. Rooseveltfor conferences and inspections with top Pacific commanders of Pearl Harbor and Alaskan bases. Detached from this task group at Seattle 12 August, "Dunlap" returned to Pearl Harbor. She sailed 1 September, bombarded Wake Island 3 September, and arrived at Saipan 12 Septemberfor duty with the Marianas Patrol and Escort Group.
"Dunlap" took part in the bombardment of
Marcus Islandon 9 October. On 16 October 1944she rendezvoused with the 3rd Fleet units for strikes on Luzon, then supported the landings at Leyte. When the Japanese forces made a three-pronged attack on the Philippines, she was underway for Ulithibut reversed course to screen TG 38.1 in its attacks of 25 and 26 October on the enemy fleeing after the decisive Battle for Leyte Gulf. "Dunlap" arrived at Ulithi 29 Octoberfor patrol duty and took part in the daring bombardments on Iwo Jimain November and December 1944 and January 1945. She returned to Iwo Jima 19 March to support its occupation, and until the end of the war patrolled to intercept Japanese ships attempting to evacuate the Bonins. On 19 Juneshe sank an enemy craft attempting to evacuate Chichi Jima, picking up 52 survivors. Japanese officers came on board 31 Augustto discuss surrender terms for the Bonin Islands, and returned on 3 Septemberto sign the surrender.
"Dunlap" sailed for Iwo Jima
19 September 1945, touched at San Pedro, California, and arrived at Houston, Texas, for Navy Day. She arrived at Norfolk, Virginia 7 Novemberwhere she was decommissioned 14 December 1945and was sold 31 December 1947.
"Dunlap" received six
battle starsfor World War IIservice.
As of 2005, no other ship has been named USS "Dunlap".
List of United States Navy destroyers
* [http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-usn/usnsh-d/dd384.htm Naval Historical Centre]
* [http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/pers-us/uspers-d/r-dunlap.htm Brigadier General Robert H. Dunlap] , US Navy History.
* [http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Woods/7894/kung1.html "Kungsholm" Page at Salship]
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