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USS PATTERSON (DD-392)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NIVJ

CLASS - BAGLEY As Built.
Displacement 2245 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 341' 4" (oa) x 35' 6" x 12' 10" (Max)
Armament 4 x 5"/38AA, 4 x 0.5" MG, 16 x 21" tt.(4x4).
Machinery, 49,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38.5 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 158.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Puget Sound Navy Yard July 23 1935.
Launched May 6 1937 and commissioned September 22 1937.
Decommissioned November 8 1945.
Stricken February 25 1947.
Fate Sold August 18 1947 to Northern Metals, Philadelphia and broken up for scrap.

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Patterson 59kDaniel Todd Patterson was born on Long Island, New York, 6 March 1786. As acting midshipman, he joined sloop of war Delaware, 11 June 1799, to cruise against French privateers and warships in the West Indies. On close of the Quasi-War with France, he resumed nautical studies, then had blockade duty off Tripoli in famed Constellation and Philadelphia. He fell prisoner upon capture of Philadelphia 13 October 1803 and remained a captive of the Barbary pirates until American victory over Tripoli in 1805. Upon returning home, he spent much of his following years on station at New Orleans where he took command after the outbreak of the War of 1812. On 16 September 1814, Patterson raided the base of the pirate Jean Laffite at Barataria Bay, La., capturing six schooners and other small craft. In that same month he refused Andrew Jackson’s request to send his few naval units to Mobile Bay where Patterson knew they would be bottled up by a superior British fleet. Foreseeing British designs against New Orleans almost two months before their attack, Patterson, not Jackson, was the first to prepare to defend the city. The victory resulted as much from his foresight and preparations as from Jackson’s able fighting. His little fleet delayed the enemy until reinforcements arrived, then gave artillery support in defense of the entrenchments from which Jackson was never driven. Patterson, highly commended by Jackson, received a note of thanks from Congress, and was promoted to Captain 28 February 1815. Patterson remained on the southern stations until 1824 when he became fleet captain and commander of flagship Constitution in Commodore John Rodger’s Mediterranean Squadron. Returning home in 1828, he was appointed one of the three Navy commissioners. He commanded the Mediterranean Squadron, 1832-1836. He took command of the Washington Navy Yard in 1836, an office he held until his death at Wilmington, N.J., 25 August 1839. Captain Daniel Todd Patterson, U.S. Navy, (1786-1839), portrait in oils by John Wesley Jarvis. Courtesy of Major S.A.W. Patterson, USMC (Retired).
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 43178
Tony Cowart/Robert M. Cieri
Patterson 79kUndated prewar image, location unknown.Robert M. Cieri
Patterson 79kUndated prewar image, location unknown.Tommy Trampp
Patterson 149kUndated wartime image, location unknown.Christopher Karwowski/Robert Hurst
Patterson 137kUSS Patterson (DD-392) and USS Jarvis (DD-393) nearing completion at Puget Sound Navy Yard, 1937.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Patterson 222kPhotographers shoot the christening party, just before the USS Patterson (DD-392) was christened at Puget Sound Navy Yard, 06 may 1937. Party includes (left-right): Lieutenant Commander Francis P. Old, aide to Admiral Craven; Rear Admiral Thomas T. Craven, commandant of the Thirteenth Naval District; Miss Elizabeth P. Patterson, sponsor.
Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 42820.
Mike Green
Patterson 115kMiss Elizabeth Patterson, grand-daughter of the ship's namesake, christens the USS Patterson (DD-392), 06 May 1937.S. Dale Hargrave
Patterson 783kUSS Patterson (DD-392) and USS Jarvis (DD-393) in the building dock prior to their launching ceremony, at the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, 06 May 1937.
Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 63388
Mike Green
Patterson 172kUSS Patterson (DD-392) and USS Jarvis (DD-393) in the building dock after christening, at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, 06 May 1937.
Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 63390
Mike Green
Patterson 682kUSS Patterson (DD-392) (left) and USS Jarvis (DD-393) leaving the building dock after their christening ceremony, at the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, 07 May 1937.
Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 63389
Fred Weiss
Patterson 628kUSS Patterson (DD-392) off the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, 22 December 1937. Crane ship Kearsarge (AB-1) is moored in the right background.
Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 70481
Fred Weiss/Robert Hurst
Patterson 330kUSS Patterson (DD-392) moored at the outboard end of a nest of destroyers, 25 April 1938. Other identifiable ships in the group include USS Henley (DD-391) and USS Borie (DD-215). Note that main gun directors have been temporarily removed from atop Patterson's and Henley's pilothouses.
Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 74320
Fred Weiss
Patterson 449kUSS Patterson (DD-392) at sea, 20 May 1938. Note that her main gun director has been temporarily removed from atop her pilothouse.
Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 74275
Robert Hurst
Patterson 143kUSS Patterson (DD-392) underway, circa 1939.
Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 50767
Robert Hurst
Patterson 144k1942 photo showing the Bagley class torpedo tube arrangement. Some of the Bagleys lost two of these mounts in later refits, to make room for A.A. guns.-
Patterson 78kUSS Patterson (DD-392) in the Pearl Harbor main channel, mid-May 1942.
National Archives photo 80-G-64754
Fred Weiss
Patterson 238kAt Mare Island in May 1942.Ed Zajkowski
Patterson 652kUSS Patterson (DD 392)off Mare Island on 08 May 1942. Navy photo DD 392 2515-5-42, from the collection of Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Patterson 180kUSS Patterson (DD 392) in San Pablo Bay off Mare Island on 08 May 1942. Navy photo DD 392 2513-5-42, from the collection of Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Patterson 602kBattle of Savo Island, 09 August 1942, U.S. destroyers remove the crew from the fatally-damaged HMAS Canberra off Guadalcanal at about 0630 on the morning of 09 August 1942, following the Battle of Savo Island. USS Blue (DD-387) is alongside Canberra's port bow, as USS Patterson (DD-392) approaches from astern.
National Archives photo 80-G-13488
Fred Weiss
Patterson 45kUSS Patterson (DD-392) alongside the burning Australian heavy cruiser HMAS Canberra (left), after being crushed by a hail of Japanese shells and hits by two torpedoes, during the Savo Island debacle. Photo from United States Destroyer Operations in World War II, by Theodore Roscoe.Robert Hurst
Patterson 570kShips of Destroyer Squadron Four firing offset gunnery practice inside the Great Barrier Reef about ten miles north of the Palm Islands, off the Australian coast, 9 October 1942. The two ships are USS Mugford (DD-389), at left and, USS Patterson (DD-392), photographed from USS Helm (DD-388).
National Archives photo 80-G-32149
Robert Hurst
Patterson 144kAft plan view of USS Patterson (DD-392) at Mare Island, 05 March 44. Patterson was in overhaul at Mare Island from 20 December 43 until 06 March 44.
Navy photo DD 392 1521-44, from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.
Darryl Baker
Patterson 96kForward plan view of USS Patterson (DD 392) at Mare Island, 05 March 44. Patterson was in overhaul at Mare Island from 20 December 43 until 06 March 44. The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 32, Design 2c.
Navy photo DD 392 1521-44, from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
Darryl Baker
Patterson 100kMarch 6 1944, after a refit at Mare Island.Robert Hurst
Patterson 36kUSS Patterson (DD-392) is seen from the port side on 6 March 1944, leaving Mare Island, California. The camouflage pattern here is Measure 31 Design 2C. Some panels of the lightest color reflect the sunlight directly to the camera making them appear to be white.
National Archives photo 19-N-62618, courtesy of C. Lee Johnson, usndazzle.com.
Mike Green
Patterson 112kCirca 1945, location unknown. Photo from "An Illustrated History of Destroyers of The World" by Bernard Ireland.Robert Hurst
Patterson 146kUSS Patterson (DD-392) refueling at sea from the USS Guadalupe (AO-32), while taking part in the Lingayen operation, 12 January 1945. Photographed from USS Makin Island (CVE-93). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fred Weiss/Mike Wethington
Patterson 74kUSS Patterson (DD-392) arrving at an unknown port, likely the Panama Canal Zone, date unknown. The Measure 22 camoflage indicates 1945.
Naval History and Heritage Command Photo UA-571.17.01, from Christopher Clarkson collection.
Mike Green
Patterson 940kThe decommissioning party for Patterson (DD-392) at the Hotel Roosevelt (probably the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City), 23 October 1945.
From the collection of Erwin A. Schroeder. Schroeder was Patterson's First Lieutenant and Damage Control Officer, and is visible all the way to the right, still wearing his J.G. stripes (though he had been promoted to full Lieutenant by the time of the party). Patterson's final Commanding Officer, Commander Alfred H. Angelo, Jr., is to the left.
Dave Johnson

USS PATTERSON DD-392 History
View This Vessels DANFS History entry at the Naval History & Heritage Command website

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves


CDR Francis Thomas Spellman    Sep 22 1937 - 1939

CDR Jack E. Hurff    1939 - Mar 3 1941 (Later RADM)

CDR Frank Robinson Walker    Mar 3 1941 - 0800 Dec 7 1941

LT Alexander Francis White    0800 Dec 7 1941 - 1100 Dec 7 1941

CDR Frank Robinson Walker    1100 Dec 7 1941 - Sep 13 1942

LCDR William Christian Schultz    Sep 13 1942 - May 29 1943

LCDR Albert Francis White    May 29 1943 - Aug 22 1944 (Later RADM)

LCDR Walter Andrew Hering    Aug 22 1944 - Mar 17 1945

LCDR Alfred Heath Angelo Jr.    Mar 17 1945 - Nov 8 1945


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Naval Historical Center Pearl Harbor Action Report
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
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