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USS FANNING (DD-385)


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CLASS - MAHAN As Built.
Displacement 2103 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 341' 4" (oa) x 35' 5" x 12' 4" (Max)
Armament 4 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 Bethlehem Steel, Staten Island, NY April 10 1935.
Launched September 18 1936 and commissioned October 8 1937.
Decommissioned December 14 1945.
Stricken January 28 1947.
Fate Sold January 6 1948 and broken up for scrap.

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Fanning 110kNathaniel Fanning, born 31 May 1755 in Stonington, Conn., was commissioned midshipman in France by John Paul Jones when he was manning Bonhomme Richard. In the brilliant victory over Serapis 23 September 1779, Fanning served as captain of the main top. Most of his original group of men were killed, but he took a fresh party aloft and with them cleared Serapis' tops. When their yards locked the ships together, he led his men across to the British ship, where with hand grenades and other missiles, they drove the British seamen from their stations. In recommending that Fanning be promoted, Jones said of him ". . . he was one cause among the prominent in obtaining the victory". Lieutenant Fanning died of yellow fever 30 September 1805 while commanding Gunboat No. 1.Bill Gonyo/Phillip Thomas
Fanning 20kUndated, location unknown.-
Fanning 110kUndated, location unknown.Joe Radigan
Fanning 42kUndated, location unknown.Bill Roddy
Fanning 99kUSS Fanning (DD-385) underway either entering or leaving port with the crew at quarters, circa 1937-1938. Note that the ship's main gun director has not been installed. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1969. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 67666.Robert Hurst
Fanning 94kUSS Fanning (DD-385) escorting USS Enterprise (CV-6) on the day the Doolittle Raid aircraft were launched, 18 April 1942. Photographed from USS Salt Lake City (CA-25). Destroyer in the background, headed toward the left, is USS Balch (DD-363), flagship of Destroyer Squadron Six. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fred Weiss
Fanning 101kUSS Fanning (DD-385) maneuvers near USS Enterprise (CV-6) on the day the Doolittle Raid aircraft were launched, 18 April 1942. Photographed from USS Salt Lake City (CA-25). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fred Weiss
Fanning 153kAmidships view of the USS Flanning (DD 385) with Calistoga (YFB 21) in the background at Mare Island on 2 June 1942.Darryl Baker
Fanning 181kJune 2 1942, Mare Island with YFB-21 behind.Ed Zajkowski
Fanning 152kUSS Fanning (DD 385) off Mare Island on June 3, 1942. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Fanning 103kForward plan view of the USS Fanning (DD 385) at Mare Island on 22 Nov 1943. She was in overhaul at the shipyard from 9 Oct until 23 Nov 1943. USS Case (DD 370) is aft of Fanning.Darryl Baker
Fanning 109kAft plan view of the USS Fanning (DD 385) at Mare Island on 22 Nov 1943. She was in overhaul at the shipyard from 9 Oct until 23 Nov 1943. USS Chincoteague (AVP 24) is seen to the right.Darryl Baker
Fanning 75kBow on view of the USS Fanning (DD 385) departing Mare Island on 22 Nov 1943.Darryl Baker
Fanning 106kBroadside view of the USS Fanning (DD 385) off Mare Island on 22 Nov 1943.Darryl Baker
Fanning 74kStern view of the USS Fanning (DD 385) departing Mare Island on 22 Nov 1943.Darryl Baker
Fanning 109kStern view of USS Fanning (DD 385) off Mare Island on 17 July 1944. She was under repair at Mare Island from 7 July until 17 July 1944.Darryl Baker
Fanning 107kBroadside view of USS Fanning (DD 385) off Mare Island on 17 July 1944. She was under repair at Mare Island from 7 July until 17 July 1944. The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 32, Design 9d.Darryl Baker
Fanning 123kBow on view of USS Fanning (DD 385) off Mare Island on 17 July 1944. She was under repair at Mare Island from 7 July until 17 July 1944. USS Dunlap (DD 384) is aft of Fanning.Darryl Baker
Fanning 43kUnderway in late 1944, taken from sister ship USS Dunlap (DD-384).Ed Zajkowski
Fanning 177kJune 2 1945 at Mare Island.Ed Zajkowski
Fanning 65kJuly 1945 off Iwo Jima, from the collection of M. Garfinkel.Ed Zajkowski

USS FANNING DD-385 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Ellis Hugh Geiselman    Oct 8 1937 - Jul 1 1938
LCDR Norman Oscar Schwein    Jul 1 1938 - Nov 17 1941
CDR William Robert Cooke Jr.    Nov 17 1941 - May 21 1942
LCDR Ronald MacNicol MacKinnon    May 21 1942 - Apr 1 1944
LCDR James Calvin Bentley    Apr 1 1944 - Jun 26 1945
LCDR William Henry Morse    Jun 26 1945 - Nov 11 1945
CDR Earnest R. (Bud) Conant    Nov 29 1945 - DEc 14 1945

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