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Displacement 3218 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 6"(oa) x 40' 10" x 14' 2" (Max)
Armament 6 x 5"/38AA (3x2), 12 x 40mm AA, 11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.5 Knots, Range 3300 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel, Staten Island NY January 25 1944.
Launched July 4 1944 and commissioned October 28 1944.
Completed as Minelayer DM-31, reclassified MMD-31 January 1 1969.
Heavily damaged by Japanese Kamikaze Aircraft June 6 1945 off Okinawa.
Decommissioned September 28 1945.
Stricken October 11 1945.
Fate Broken up for scrap in 1946.

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Ditter 103kJohn William Ditter was born in Philadelphia 5 September 1888. He received a law degree from Temple University Law School in 1913, following which he taught in the Philadelphia public schools and practiced law. Ditter was selected to Congress from the 17th District of Pennsylvania in 1932, and during his years in Washington served on the House Committee on Appropriations. He also was a member of the subcommittee on Navy Department appropriation bills, and at the time of his death was ranking minority member. Congressman Ditter was a supporter of a strong Navy and vitally interested in its welfare. He was killed in a single engine two-seater Navy airplane crash while flying in heavy rain near Lancaster, Pa., 21 November 1943. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.Bill Gonyo
Ditter 123kAs DM-31, Norfolk, VA January 1945. The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 32, Design 3d.Marc Piché
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USS J. WILLIAM DITTER DD-751 / DM-31 / MMD-31 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Robert Roy Sampson    Jul 19 1944 - Sep 28 1945

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
NavSource Minesweeper Pages, USS J. William Ditter (DM-31)
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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