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USS SMITH (DD-378)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NAJV

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 Mare Island Navy Yard October 27 1934.
Launched February 20 1936 and commissioned September 19 1936.
Decommissioned June 28 1946.
Stricken February 25 1947.
Fate Sold August 20 1947 and broken up for scrap.

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Smith 77kJoseph B. Smith, born in Belfast, Maine, in 1826, was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy in 1841. After graduating with the Class of 1847, he served at the Washington Navy Yard, in USS Mississippi and with the U.S. Coast Survey. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 1855, and soon afterwards was assigned to the steam frigate Merrimack, his station until 1857. Smith next had ordnance duty at the Washington Navy Yard, D.C. Lieutenant Smith joined USS Congress in about 1859. As her Executive Officer, he was in charge of the ship during the Commanding Officer's absence when she was attacked and destroyed by CSS Virginia on 8 March 1862. Joseph B. Smith was killed in action during this battle. Photo #: NH 44970. Lieutenant Joseph B. Smith, USN, photographed by Black, 173 Washington St., Boston, Massachusetts, circa 1861. Lieutenant Smith was killed in action while serving as acting commander of USS Congress during her 8 March 1862 battle with CSS Virginia. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Smith 63kUndated, location unknown.Robert M. Cieri
Smith 43kUndated, location unknown.Bill Roddy
Smith 49kUndated, location unknown.Ron Reeves
Smith 134kUSS Smith (DD-378) left and the USS Preston (DD-379) under construction at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 1 July 1935 (USN Photo No 19-N-17722).Robert Hurst
Smith 246kView of the stern of USS Smith (DD 378) on the ways at Mare Island on February 19 1936.Darryl Baker
Smith 160kUSS Smith (DD 378) with YMT 9 along side immediately after her launch at Mare Island on February 20 1936.Darryl Baker
Smith 144kUSS Smith (DD 378) on her way to her outfitting berth with the assistance of Navigator (YT 39) aft and YMT 9 forward, February 20 1936.Darryl Baker
Smith 95kUSS Smith (DD-378) at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, September 21 1936, two days after she went into commission. The destroyer astern of Smith is Preston (DD-379), which was still fitting out. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
Smith 166kUSS Smith (DD 378) in the Mare Island channel on December 18 1936.Darryl Baker
Smith 158kUSS Smith (DD 378) in San Pablo Bay west of Mare Island on January 14 1937.Darryl Baker
Smith 199kBroadside view of USS Smith (DD 378) off Mare Island in San Pablo Bay on January 14 1937. Photo from the collection of Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Smith 141kUSS Cushing (DD-376) at sea on 26 October 1937, followed by USS Smith (DD-378). U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Smith 128kUSS Smith (DD-378) Underway on 8 February 1938. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Smith 194kUSS Smith (DD-378) In San Diego Harbor, California, 11 April 1938. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Smith 45kOff the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, on 15 January 1942. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
Smith 77kOff the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 28 July 1942. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
Smith 93kPhoto #: 80-G-33333: Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, October 1942. USS Smith (DD-378) is hit by a crashing Japanese torpedo plane, during an attack on USS Enterprise (CV-6), 26 October 1942. Photographed from USS South Dakota (BB-57). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Scott Dyben
Smith 110kBattle of the Santa Cruz Islands, October 1942. USS Smith (DD-378) burning after she was hit by a crashing Japanese torpedo plane during an attack on USS Enterprise (CV-6), 26 October 1942. Photographed from USS San Juan (CL-54). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fred Weiss
Smith 99kUSS Smith (DD-378) after the Battle of Santa Cruz showing the damage to the forward 5"/38 gun mounts and forecastle done by a Japanese suicide plane. With the forecastle and bridge an inferno, the Smith's captain, conning from aft, pushed her nose into the foaming wake of the battleship South Dakota. The foam and spray cooled the flames, and allowed firefighters to finish the job. Photo and text taken from United States Destroyer Operations in World War II, by Theodore Roscoe.Robert Hurst
Smith 109kUncropped version of above photo, refueling from USS South Dakota (BB-57) on 28 October 1942. Her two forward 5"/38 guns and much of her forward superstructure are burned out and otherwise damaged, the result of a Japanese torpedo plane that crashed into her two days earlier, during the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fred Weiss
Smith 76kAdditional photo of the damage.-
Smith 100kNavy Photo 2102-44, boardside view of the USS Smith (DD 378) at Mare Island on 3 April 1944. Photo shows collision damage to her stern. Ths USS Flusser (DD 368) is inboard of Smith.Darryl Baker
Smith 112kNavy Photo 2103-44, close-up view of the stern of USS Smith (DD 378) at Mare Island on 3 April 1944 showing collision damage to her stern.Darryl Baker
Smith 121kNavy Photo 2380-44, close-up view of the stern of USS Smith (DD 378) under repair in dry dock #4 at Mare Island on 17 April 1944. USS Flusser (DD 368) is to the left.Darryl Baker
Smith 128kMare Island photo 3545-44 taken on June 12 1944. The bridge aft of her is the Carquinez Bridge.Darryl Baker
Smith 154kBroadside view of USS Smith (DD 378) off Mare Island in San Pablo Bay on June 12, 1944. Photo from the collection of Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Smith 95kNavy Photo 3538-44, stern view of USS Smith (DD 378) off Mare Island on 12 June 1944. She was in overhaul at Mare Island from 1 April until 19 June 1944.Darryl Baker
Smith 87kNavy Photo 3540-44, broadside view of USS Smith (DD 378) off Mare Island on 12 June 1944. She was in overhaul at Mare Island from 1 April until 19 June 1944. The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 31, Design 23d.Darryl Baker
Smith 85kNavy Photo 3543-44, bow on view of USS Smith (DD 378) off Mare Island on 12 June 1944. She was in overhaul at Mare Island from 1 April until 19 June 1944.Darryl Baker
Smith 58kUSS Smith (DD-378) Off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 12 June 1944. Her camouflage is Measure 31, Design 23d. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
Smith 73kUSS Smith (DD-378) Off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 12 June 1944. She is painted in camouflage Measure 31, Design 23d. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
Smith 101kNavy Photo 3610-44, amidships looking aft plan view of USS Smith (DD 378) at Mare Island on 16 June 1944.Darryl Baker
Smith 107kNavy Photo 3611-44, amidships looking forward plan view of USS Smith (DD 378) at Mare Island on 16 June 1944.Darryl Baker
Smith 96kIn Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, 30 March 1946. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
WASHINGTONThe President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION to the
UNITED STATES SHIP USS SMITH (DD-378)
for service as set forth in the following CITATION:
"For outstanding performance during action against enemy Japanese forces off Santa Cruz Islands, October 26, 1942. Although a hostile torpedo plane crashed on her forecastle and exploded at the height of the battle, the SMITH, with her forward topside abandoned and aflame, gallantly held to her screening position on an aircraft carrier and fought off attacking planes until the fire could be extinguished. Her survival is a distinctive tribute to the invincible fighting spirit of her officers and men."
For the President, Frank Knox, Secretary of the Navy
Bill Gonyo

USS SMITH DD-378 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Homer Louis Grosskopf    Sep 19 1936 - Jun 11 1938 (Later RADM)
LCDR George McFadden O'Rear    Jun 11 1938 - Jun 12 1940
CDR Francis Xavier McInerney    Jun 12 1940 - Dec 27 1941 (Later VADM)
LCDR Hunter Wood Jr.    Dec 27 1941 - Feb 1 1943 (Later RADM)
LCDR Robert Alfred Theobald Jr.    Feb 1 1943 - Feb 15 1944
CDR Frank Voris List    Feb 15 1944 - Dec 27 1944
CDR Emery Harrison Huff    Dec 27 1944 - Jun 28 1946

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Edwin R. Buie
Address: 3402 Wedgewood Street, Midland, Texas 79707
Phone: 915-699-7017
E-mail: EdBuie@msn.com


Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.


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