NavSource Main Page FAQ Contact us Search NavSource

Waving US Flag

NavSource Naval History
Photographic History of the United States Navy


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NIZT

Displacement 2767 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 381' (oa) x 36' 11" x 12' 5" (Max)
Armament 8 x 5"/38AA (4x2), 8 x 1.1" AA, 2 x 0.5" MG 12 x 21" tt.(4x3).
Machinery, 52,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 37 Knots, Range 7500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 294.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bath Iron Works, Bath Me. July 28 1936.
Launched July 30 1938 and commissioned November 9 1938.
Decommissioned October 19 1945.
Stricken November 1 1945.
Fate Sold November 24 1947and broken up for scrap.

Click On Image
For Full Size Image
Size Image Description Contributed
Davis 74kRear Admiral Charles Henry Davis, born 16 January 1807 in Boston, Mass., was appointed Midshipman 12 August 1823 and made many valuable scientific contributions to the Navy before the Civil War during which he served with distinction. As Flag Officer of the Mississippi Flotilla he directed the capture and destruction of seven Confederate gunboats and rams near Memphis, Tenn., and received the surrender of the city 6 June 1862; joined Farragut's fleet for operations against Vicksburg; and cooperated with the Army expedition up the Yazoo River from 16 to 27 August 1862. From 1862 to 1865 Admiral Davis served as Chief of the Bureau of Navigation, then served as Superintendent of the Naval Observatory; Commander in Chief, South Atlantic Squadron; Commandant of Norfolk Navy Yard; and member of the Lighthouse Board. Admiral Davis died in Washington, D.C., 18 February 1877. TB-12, DD-65, and DD-395 were named to honor him. Photo: Library of Congress.Bill Gonyo
USS Davis (DD-395)
Davis 33kUndated, location unknown.-
Davis 221kUndated, location unknown.-
Davis 120kUSN photo at Rockland, Maine, date unknown.Joe Radigan
Davis 92kUndated, location unknown.David Buell
Davis 64kThe USS Davis (DD-395) making heavy black smoke, date and location unknown. She is painted in US Navy Measure 32 design 3D camouflage (USN courtsey of Floating Drydock).Robert Hurst
Davis 151kUndated, location unknown.Ron Reeves
Davis 94kOctober 18 1938, Good View of aft twin Dual 5"/38's.Robert Hurst
Davis 147kOctober 18 1938 at Rockland, Maine.Robert Hurst
Davis 145kUSS Davis (DD-395), circa 1940, location unknown. Image from the 1943-44 Edition of Jane's Fighting Ships.Robert Hurst
Davis 104kCharleston Navy Yard, July 23 1943.David Buell
Davis   Davis   Davis   Davis
Davis   Davis
Charleston Navy Yard - July 23 1943
Mike Mohl
Davis 40kStarboard side view of USS Davis (DD-395) in Charleston Harbor on 18 November 1944, wearing camouflage scheme MS32/3D. Davis has had her original 5-inch SP guns replaced by 5-inch/38 caliber guns.
National Archives Bureau of Ships photo BS 74265, courtesy of C. Lee Johnson, (
Mike Green
Davis 224kUSS Davis (DD-395) underway at sea in March, 1945, after being refitted with 5/38 dual-purpose guns in place of her original low-angle guns. The ship is painted in Camouflage Measure 32, Design 3D. Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 107441.Robert Hurst/Tommy Trampp

USS DAVIS DD-395 History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry at the Naval History & Heritage Command webiste

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Thomas Dewitt Carr    Nov 9 1938 - Jul 1 1939

CDR Harley Francis Cope    Jul 1 1939 - Apr 4 1941

CDR Charles Cliffort Hartman    Apr 4 1941 - Dec 17 1941 (Later RADM)

LCDR Martin Rowland Peterson    Dec 17 1941 - Feb 21 1943

CDR William Archer Dunn    Feb 21 1943 - Nov 1 1944

LCDR Thomas Donald Cunningham    Nov 1 1944 - Oct 1 1945

LCDR William Bruce Tichenor    Oct 1 1945 - Oct 19 1945

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

Back To The Main Photo Index To The Destroyer Index Page

Comments and Suggestions about this page, E-mail DestroyerInfo
Problems and site related matters, E-mail Webmaster

This page was created by Fred Willishaw (ex ARG-4, AS-11 & DD-692) and is maintained by David L. Wright
All pages copyright NavSource Naval History
Last Updated 04 July 2020