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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 April 22 1936 and commissioned October 27 1936.
Fate Sunk by gun fire from Japanese cruiser Nagara off Guadalcanal November 15 1942.
116 of her crew were lost with the ship and remain on duty.

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Preston 69kSamuel W. Preston, born in Canada, 6 April 1840, was appointed Midshipman from the state of Illinois 4 October 1858. Graduating first in his class, 9 May 1861, he was appointed Acting Master, 4 October 1861 and Lieutenant 1 August 1862. From 1861 to 1863 he served on various vessels attached to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron. Captured by Confederate forces during an attack on Fort Sumter 8 September 1863, he was taken to Libby Prison and exchanged in the fall of 1864. Ordered to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron as Flag-Lieutenant to Rear Admiral D. D. Porter, he participated in the attacks on Fort Fisher 2425 December 1864 and 13 January 1865. He was killed while leading his men against the fort on the latter date. Photo #: NH 47236. Acting Master Samuel W. Preston, USN (1840-1865) photographed circa 1861-1862. The original print was mounted on a Carte de Visite. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart/Robert M. Cieri
Preston 574kShip's Data Plaque, photographed at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, circa 1937. National Archives photo 19-N-16675, from the Bureau of Ships Collection. Robert Hurst
Preston 65kUndated, location unknown.-
Preston 77kUndated, location unknown.-
Preston 150kUndated, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Preston 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
Preston 217kThe press released attached to this photo reads: Newest United States Destroyer Launched At Mare Island, Vallejo, California...Speeded by a salvo of guns and the splash of champagne, the destroyer U.S.S. Preston was launched at the Mare Island Naval Base yesterday. The new 1,500 ton fighting craft is the eighty-third warship to be built at the Mare Island Yards. Mrs. Edward Hale Campbell, wife of Admiral Campbell, Commandant of the Twelfth Naval District, christened the vessel in honor of Lieutenant Samuel W. Preston, naval hero of the Civil War. The new destroyer is one of sixteen similar destroyers built under naval construction funds, appropriated in the National Industrial Recovery Act. Work started in August, 1933. The Preston, it was announced, will be commissioned June 9.Dale Hargrave
Preston 95kUSS Smith (DD-378) at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 21 September 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
Preston 200kBroadside view of USS Preston (DD 379) off Mare Island in San Pablo Bay on Jan. 16, 1937. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Preston 301kUSS Preston (DD-379) Underway at sea during the 1930s, possibly in 1938.
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 97937
Original: Fred Weiss
Replacement: Jon Balson
Preston 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
Preston 129kUSS Preston (DD-379) At the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, on 15 August 1942 Barge in the far right distance is YF-380. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
Preston 176kUSS Detroit (CL-8) at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 15 August 1942. Note her after 6"/53 guns and men lounging on the fantail. Circles mark recent alterations to the ship. Destroyers in the background include USS Preston (DD-379), at right, and USS Conyngham (DD-371), at left. On the far side of the pier from them are USS Caldwell (DD-605), in the far center distance beyond Preston's bow, and USS Walke (DD-416), at left beyond Conyngham. YOS-1 is in the far right distance. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives. Photo #: 19-N-33050.Robert Hurst
Preston 147kMap of Iron Bottom Sound indicating where ships were sunk during the Battle of Guadalcanal.Ron Reeves

USS PRESTON DD-379 History
View This Vessels DANFS History entry at the Naval History & Heritage Command website

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Charles Davis Swain    Oct 27 1936 - Apr 30 1938

LCDR Clayton Shadek Isgrig    Apr 30 1938 - Jul 1 1939

LCDR Timothy Joseph O'Brien    Jul 1 1940 - Oct 31 1941 (Later RADM)

CDR Max Clifford Stormes    Oct 31 1941 - Nov 14 1942

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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