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USS DRAYTON (DD-366)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NAKN

CLASS - MAHAN As Built.
Displacement 2103 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 341' 4" (oa) x 35' 5" x 12' 4" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 4 x 0.5" MG, 12 x 21" tt.(3x4).
Machinery, 49,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.5 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 158.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bath Iron Works, Bath Me. March 20 1934.
Launched March 26 1936 and commissioned September 1 1936.
Decommissioned October 9 1945.
Stricken October 24 1945.
Fate Sold December 20 1946 and broken up for scrap.

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Drayton 97kPercival Drayton, born 25 August 1812 in Charleston, S.C., was appointed a Midshipman 1 December 1827. During the Civil War, he commanded Pocahontas in the expedition against Port Royal, S.C., in October 1861. As Fleet Captain of the West Gulf Blockading Squadron, Drayton served gallantly in command of Admiral D. G. Farragut's flagship Hartford during the Battle of Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. He was appointed Chief of the Bureau of Navigation in April 1865 and died in that post 4 August 1865. Photo #: NH 50435. Captain Percival Drayton, USN portrait photograph, taken circa 1864-1865. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart/Robert M. Cieri
Drayton 160kUndated, location unknown.-
Drayton 120kUndated, location unknown.-
Drayton 90kUndated, location unknown.Tom Kerman
Drayton 39kUndated, USS Drayton (DD-366) in support off Palawan. Photo from "United States Destroyer Operations in World War II" by Theodore Roscoe.Robert Hurst
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USS Drayton (DD-366) running trials in July, 1936 off Maine. United States Navy Naval History and Heritage Command.
Mike Green
Drayton 112kDuring speed trials, 5 August 1936. USN photo.Joe Radigan
Drayton 57kSummer 1937 as she passed Fort Popham, Maine.Peter Doane
Drayton 132kWestern Mediteranean 1937.Marc Piché
Drayton 150kPhoto #: NH 99401. Commander Ernest G. Small, Commander Destroyer Division Three, with the Drayton's officers and crew on her foredeck at San Diego, California, circa the fall or winter of 1938-1939. Note lifering and DesDiv 3 pennant in the center foreground. Officers present are (from left to right, seated): Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Richard G. Copeland; Lieutenant James D. Whitfield, Jr., Gunnery Officer; Lieutenant Fondville L. Tedder, Chief Engineer; Lieutenant Commander Jesse H. Carter, Commanding Officer; Commander Ernest G. Small; Lieutenant Roger B. Nickerson, Executive Officer and Navigator; Lieutenant Clifford D. Hamrick, (Medical Corps), DesDiv 3 Medical Officer; Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Gary W. Jewett, Jr.; and Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Howard E. Day, Jr. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Drayton 109kUSS Drayton (DD-366) underway at sea, circa 1938 (USN Photo No 80-G-466575). Robert Hurst
Drayton 118kUSS Cushing (DD-376) steams ahead of USS Drayton (DD-366), at sea on 8 February 1938. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Drayton 149kDestroyers underway in San Diego Harbor, California, 1938. Identifiable ships are: USS Drayton (DD-366), at left; USS Preston (DD-379), at right; and USS Perkins (DD-377), in center, partially masked by Preston. Note colored bands painted on these destroyer's after smokestacks, possibly for unit identification purposes. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fred Weiss
Drayton 83kUSS Drayton (DD-366) in port, during the late 1930s. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1969 (Photo No NH 67725).Bill Gonyo
Drayton 90kPhoto #: NH 99402. Commander Ernest G. Small, Commander Destroyer Division Three with the Commanding Officers of DesDiv 3's ships, probably on board USS Porter (DD-356), flagship of Destroyer Squadron Two. Taken on 21 March 1939, while DesDiv 3 was anchored in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, with other units of the U.S. Fleet. Those present are, from left to right: Lieutenant Commander Jesse H. Carter, Commanding Officer, USS Drayton (DD-366); Lieutenant Commander John F. Rees, Commanding Officer, USS Flusser (DD-368); Commander Ernest G. Small; Lieutenant Commander Herbert G. Hopwood, Commanding Officer, USS Mahan (DD-364); and Lieutenant Commander Byron H. Hanlon, Commanding Officer, USS Lamson (DD-367). Note the Mark 22 twin single-purpose 5"/38 gun mount in the background, and non-skid deck treads. Photographed by the U.S. Fleet Base Force Camera Party. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Drayton 98kUSS Gleaves and USS Drayton at high speed during what looks to be pre-war exercises in the Atlantic. Note that this had to be sometime after June 1940 but not much farther due to both ships still having their hull installed portholes. During actions with Uboats in 1941, all Atlantic ships removed these peacetime luxuries and went into a state of "Undeclared War." Photo is part of the National Destroyermens Museum aboard USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. (DD-850).Rich Angelini
Drayton 103kPhoto #: 80-G-K-16472 Underway at sea, off the U.S. West Coast, circa October 1941. Photographed from a Navy SNJ aircraft, whose starboard wing is in the foreground. Note Drayton's camouflage, which was the source of her contemporary nickname "The Blue Beetle". Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.-
Drayton 77kUSS Drayton off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 14 April 1942 (Photo No 19-N-29188).Robert Hurst
Drayton 160kUSS Drayton (DD 366) off Mare Island on April 14, 1942. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Drayton 124kUSS Drayton (DD-366) off the Mare Island Navy Yard on April 14, 1942. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. 19-N-29185.Mike Green
Drayton 134kUSS Drayton (DD-366) off the Mare Island Navy Yard on April 14, 1942. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. 19-N-29186.Mike Green
Drayton 77kUSS Drayton photographed at Pearl Harbour on 5 October 1942. Drayton had collided with USS Flusser (DD-368) during exercises in the Hawaiian area the day before. USS Portland (CA-33) and USS Saratoga (CV-3) are partially visible in the background (USN Photo No 19-N-110260).Robert Hurst
Drayton 90kAmidships looking forward plan view of USS Drayton (DD 366) at Mare Island on 26 June 1944. She was in overhaul at the yard from 17 April until 28 June 1944.Darryl Baker
Drayton 106kAmidships looking aft plan view of USS Drayton (DD 366) at Mare Island on 26 June 1944. She was in overhaul at the yard from 17 April until 28 June 1944.Darryl Baker
Drayton 99kStern view of USS Drayton (DD 366) departing Mare Island on 26 June 1944.Darryl Baker
Drayton 83kStern view of USS Drayton (DD 366) off Mare Island on 26 June 1944. The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 31, Design 23d.Darryl Baker
Drayton 95kBow on view of USS Drayton (DD 366) departing Mare Island on 26 June 1944.Darryl Baker
Drayton 227kJune 26 1944 at Mare Island.Ed Zajkowski
Drayton 76kUSS Drayton underway off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 28 June 1944. Her camouflage is Measure 31, Design 23d (Photo No 19-N-68063).Robert Hurst
Drayton 173kUSS Drayton (DD 366) off Mare Island on June 28, 1944. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Drayton 103kUSS Drayton bombarding Palawan Island, Philippines, on 28 February 1945 (USN Photo No 80-G-305590).Robert Hurst

USS DRAYTON DD-366 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Ralph Gilbert Pennoyer    Sep 1 1936 - Sep 1 1938
LCDR Jesse Hicks Carter    Sep 1 1938 - Nov 1 1940 (Later RADM)
LCDR Charles Frederick Erck    Nov 1 1940 - 1941
LCDR Laurance Allen Abercrombie    1941 - 1942
CDR Jacob Elliott Cooper    1942 - Feb 26 1943 (Later RADM)
LCDR Victor Albert King    Feb 26 1943 - Jun 29 1943
CDR George Dudley Cooper    Jun 29 1943 - Jul 24 1943
LCDR Richard Starr Craighill    Jul 24 1943 - Dec 21 1944 (Later RADM)
CDR Victor Asle Dybdal    Dec 21 1944 - Oct 9 1945

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