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Displacement 2219 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 340' 10" (oa) x 35' 10" x 12' 9" (Max)
Armament 4 x 5"/38AA, 4 x 0.5" MG, 16 x 21" tt.(4x4).
Machinery, 50,000 SHP; Bethlehem Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38.5 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 158.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel, Quincy. June 3 1935.
Launched February 25 1937 and commissioned September 2 1937.
Decommissioned April 18 1946.
Stricken February 25 1947.
Fate Sold October 2 1947 and broken up for scrap.

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Craven 47kTunis Augustus Macdonough Craven was born 11 January 1813 in Portsmouth, N.H., and appointed midshipman 2 February 1829. He served with distinction in the Mexican War and commanded the Atrato Expedition in 1857 which surveyed the Isthmus of Darien. In 1860 he was presented with a gold medal and diploma by Queen Isabella II of Spain for the rescue of the crew of a Spanish merchant vessel. In the Battle of Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864, Commander Craven commanded Tecumseh, which was struck by a torpedo while leading the attack. The vessel sank almost immediately carrying with her Commander Craven who had drawn back, giving his life to permit his pilot to escape through the narrow opening in the turret tower.Bill Gonyo
Craven 97kUndated, location unknown.-
Craven 25kUndated, location unknown.Christopher Karwowski
Craven 113kUndated World War II image, location unknown.Captain Jerry Mason USN
Craven 109kFlying the Bethlehem house flag, the Craven is shown on her acceptance trials. As part of the four ship Gridley class, she and her sisters were unique for U.S. destroyers in that they were never fitted with 40mm A.A. gun mounts.-
Craven 72kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Craven 117kUndated, location unknown.Roel Bakels
Craven 43kUndated, location unknown. Destroyer silhouette plus photos of the ship Craven Underway for US Navy identification purposes.Tommy Trampp
Craven 25kUndated, location unknown.Tommy Trampp
Craven 218kFebruary 1937 at the Quincy shipyard.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Craven 179kBuilders trials, Rockland, ME. 3 August 1937.Joe Radigan
Craven   Craven
Two snapshot views of Craven (DD-382) during the 1930s, exact date and location unknown.
Dave Wright
Craven 169kPhoto #: NH 74331. USS Craven (DD-382) group portrait of the ship's officers and crew, taken in 1938 or 1939. The third officer from the right (front row) is Lieutenant Commander Arleigh A. Burke, Craven's Executive Officer. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation; Collection of Admiral Arleigh A. Burke. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Craven 46kMay 1942, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Craven 205kMay 10 1942, Mare Island with USS Raleigh (CL-7) background.Ed Zajkowski
Craven 170kMay 10 1942, Mare Island with USS Raleigh (CL-7) background.Ed Zajkowski
Craven 787kOff Mare Island, 10 May 1942. Navy photo DD 382 2544-5-42, from files of Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum.Original: Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Replacement & caption: Darryl Baker
Craven 181kNovember 23 1943, San Francisco.Ed Zajkowski
Craven 73kBow on view of USS Craven (DD 382) off San Francisco on 24 Nov 1943.Darryl Baker
Craven 83kBroadside view of USS Craven (DD 382) off San Francisco on 24 Nov 1943. She was in overhaul at Mare Island from 9 Oct until 28 Nov 1943.Darryl Baker
Craven 67kStern view of USS Craven (DD 382) off San Francisco on 24 Nov 1943.Darryl Baker
Craven 167kUSS Craven (DD 382) off Mare Island on November 24, 1943. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Craven 70kSan Francisco, November 23 1943.Ed Zajkowski
Craven 86kThree Bagley/Gridley Class destroyers being towed from Pearl Harbor to the West coast for scrapping. From left to right they are USS Craven (DD-382), USS Bagley (DD-386), and USS Helm (DD-388). The photo was taken on 21 November 1947. Photo from Warship Boneyards, by Kit and Carolyn Bonner.Robert Hurst
85kCraven Thanksgiving dinner menu, 1938. Although Craven's wardroom and messes were only served one main entree, flourishes such as sage dressing and fresh tomato-lettuce salad rounded out the holiday meal.
Naval History & Heritage Command
Bob Canchola

USS CRAVEN DD-382 History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry at the Naval History and Heritage Command website

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Watson Osgood Bailey    Sep 2 1937 - Jun 15 1939

LCDR Mead Saltonstall Pearson    Jun 15 1939 - Jul 1 1940 (Later RADM)

LCDR Charles F. Quimby    Jul 1 1940 - Dec 19 1941

LCDR Allen Philip Calvert    Dec 19 1941 1942 - Dec 19 1942 (Later RADM)

LCDR Francis Thomas Williamson    Dec 19 1942 - Nov 16 1943 (Later RADM)

CDR Raymond lester Fulton    Nov 16 1943 - Feb 1 1945

LCDR Robert Edward Sinnott    Feb 1 1945 - Jul 10 1945

CDR Robert Somers Brookings II    Jul 10 1945 - Apr 19 1946

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Carrey Nelson

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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Destroyer History Foundation
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