- USS Conway (DD-507)
"Conway" was laid down
5 November 1941, launched 16 August 1942["Radio To Mark Launching of Eight Ships Sunday" Marion Star, The. Marion, Ohio. Saturday, August 15, 1942. Page 4. Launched 16 August 1942 with USS|Cony|DD-508, liberty shipSS "Ethan Allen" and 5 British cargo ships.] by Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine; sponsored by Mrs. F. E. Beatty; and commissioned 9 October 1942, Commander N. S. Prime in command.
January 1943 – May 1944, Solomon Islands campaign
"Conway" cleared Norfolk
5 December1942 for Nouméa, and Efateand arrived 13 January. She put to sea 27 Januaryas her force sailed to meet Japanese ships evacuating troops from Guadalcanal. On 29 and 30 January, her force came under heavy enemy air attack in the Battle of Rennell Island. "Conway" splashed several enemy planes, and rescued survivors of "Chicago" (CA-29). Throughout February, she patrolled between Espiritu Santoand Guadalcanal, and between 4 and 6 March, participated in the bombardment of Vila Stanmoreand a shipping sweep of Kula Gulf.
10 March 1943"Conway" had patrol duty and conducted training from Efate. She sailed from Efate 15 Junein support of the Rendovalandings, escorting supply ships, then had the same duty for the New Georgiaoperations, and conducted bombardments of Kolombangaraand Munda. Between 26 Julyand 12 August, she operated out of Purvis Bay, escorting fueling units and making night raids on Japanese shipping "up the Slot". She sailed from Purvis Bay 13 Augustto take part in the Vella Lavellaoperation, escorted LSTs and supply ships in to the beach, and then took up patrol north and west of the island. She returned to Guadalcanal 30 Augustescorting transports carrying the First Marine Raiders, and until 12 Septemberconducted night raids on enemy barges off Guadalcanal.
After overhaul in the
Fiji Islandsand at Sydney, Australia, "Conway" returned to Southwest Pacificoperations in October 1943. On 27 Octobershe participated in the initial landings in the Treasury Islands, and then in landings on Choiseul. She supported the landings at Bougainville on 29 October, and until 10 February 1944, she continued operations in support of troops ashore on Bougainville, escorting reinforcement convoys and firing on shore targets. Between 11 and 17 February, she participated in the landings on Green Island, then returned to her Bougainville operations.
28 February1944 and 17 March, "Conway" bombarded targets in New Britainand New Ireland by day, and conducted searches for enemy shipping by night in the waters off these islands, and until 4 May, continued operations in the Solomonson escort duty, patrol, and in exercises with cruisers.
May 1944 – December 1945
8 May, at Majuro, "Conway" joined the 5th Fleet. She sailed from Majuro 14 Mayfor Pearl Harborand Kwajalein, where she loaded troops for the Saipanoperation, landed them 15 Juneunder heavy gunfire, and served as close fire support and screening vessel off the island. After replenishing at Eniwetok, "Conway" joined in the preassault bombardment of Guamand Tinian, remaining to cover the landings at Tinian. She continued to operate in the Mariana Islands campaign until 12 August, when she cleared for San Franciscoand overhaul.
"Conway" returned to
Ulithi 21 November1944 to join the 7th Fleet. She put to sea at once to patrol in Leyte Gulf, join in an antishipping sweep in Camotes Sea, and fire in the bombardment of Plomponand Ormoc Bay. After replenishing at Kossol Roads, "Conway" covered the Mindorolandings, then patrolled west of Mindoro in the Sulu Seauntil 23 December, when she put in to Manus. She sailed again 31 Decemberfor the initial landings on Lingayen, Corregidor, and Parang, and continued operating in Philippine waters until June 1945.
7 June 1945"Conway" sailed from Subic Bayin the distant covering group for the Brunei Bayoperation. She covered minesweeping and fired in preassault bombardment at Balikpapan, guarded an underwater demolition teamas it prepared the beach, and conducted bombardment during the actual landings. She rested briefly at Leyte. and then took part in the landings at Saragani Bay, Mindanao.
With the close of the war, "Conway" began patrolling east of Leyte Gulf, and supported minesweeping operations in the
Yellow Sea, visiting Okinawaand Tsingtao. She put in to Jinsen, Korea, from 20 to 24 September1945, and then sailed in the China Seaas flagshipof the forces lifting Chinese troops from Indo-Chinato Formosa and Manchuriauntil 29 December, when she sailed from Shanghaifor San Diego, New York, and Charleston, arriving 13 March. "Conway" was placed out of commission in reserve 25 June 1946, berthed at Charleston.
1950 – 1960
"Conway" was recommissioned at
Boston 8 November 1950, following her conversion to an escort destroyer (DDE-507). After training, she departed Norfolk 14 May 1951for Sasebo, arriving 15 June. She escorted a convoy from Shantungto Manchuria, participated in hunter-killer exercises off Okinawa, and screened Task Force 77(TF 77) off the coast of Korea. Between 14 and 28 October, "Conway" fired in bombardments at Kolgochi-Ri, Hodo Pando, Hungnam, and Wonsan, and patrolled in these areas. She departed Sasebo 31 Octoberfor the Suez Canal, crossed the Mediterraneanand the Atlantic, and returned to Norfolk 20 December.
"Conway" operated from her home port at Norfolk on coastwise and
Caribbeantraining operations and on 16 September 1953sailed for her first North Atlantic Treaty Organisation(NATO) exercise, in the North Atlantic, continuing to a tour of duty in the Mediterranean with the 6th Fleet, returning to Norfolk 8 February 1954. Her training concentrated on antisubmarine warfare, and in 1955and 1957she returned to the Mediterranean, in 1957 patrolling the eastern Mediterranean and the Dardanellesduring the crisis in Jordan. In the early fall of 1957, she visited ports of northern Europewhile joining in NATO exercises, and from January to March 1958, tested new antisubmarine weapons off Key West.
In April 1958, "Conway" put to sea with TF Alfa, a group experimenting with antisubmarine tactics, and through the remainder of 1958,
1959, and 1960spent most of her time at sea with this force. In June 1960, she visited Quebec City, Canada, and in December of that year participated in the rescue of survivors of a merchant tanker which had broken in two off Cape Hatteras.
"Conway" reverted to DD-507
30 June 1962.
"Conway" was stricken from the
Naval Vessel Register 15 November 1969. She was sunk as a target 26 June 1970.
"Conway" was awarded 13
battle stars for her World War IIservice and two for Korean Warservice.
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