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Lost to enemy action, 30 August 1942

USS Colhoun (APD-2)
USS Colhoun (DD-85) (1920 - 1940)
USS Colhoun (Destroyer #85) (1919 - 1920)

1921 International Radio Call Sign:
Nan - Able - Jig - Love
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - World War I Victory Medal (with bronze star in lieu of Destroyer clasp) - American Defense Service Medal (with bronze star in lieu of Fleet clasp)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal

Individual Awards

Purple Hearts (KIA 51, WIA, 18 30 August 1942,)
Wickes Class Destroyer:
  • Laid down, 19 September 1917, at Fore River Ship Building Co, Quincy, MA.
  • Launched, 21 February 1918, at Fore River Shipbuilding Co. Quincy, MA.
  • Commissioned USS Colhoun (Destroyer No. 85), 13 June 1918, CDR. B. B. Wygant USN in command
  • Designated (DD-85), 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned, 28 June 1922
  • Converted to a High-speed Transport
  • Recommissioned USS Colhoun (APD-2), 11 Dec 1940
  • During WWII USS Colhoun (APD-2) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, Commander South Pacific Force and South Pacific Area:
    TransDiv Twelve, CDR. Hugh W. Hadley, USN (22) and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Guadalcanal - Tulagi landings, 2 to 7 August 1942 Capture and Defense of Guadalcanal

  • Final Disposition, sunk by enemy aircraft off Guadalcanal 30 August 1942
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS Colhoun earned two battle star for World War II service
    Displacement 1,154 t. 1,600 t.(fl)
    Length 314' 5"
    Beam 30' 6"
    Draft 9' 10"
    Speed 35.2 kts.
    Officers 8
    Enlisted 98
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 3
    Enlisted 144
    Boats 4 LCP(L) landing craft
    three single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    two single 40mm AA gun mounts
    five single 20mm AA gun mounts
    one depth charge rack
    four depth charge projectors
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 2,380 Bbls
    Diesel 55 Bbls
    two Fore River Curtis design geared turbines
    two Yarrow boilers, 250psi Sat.
    single Falk Main Reduction Gears
    two turbo-drive 60Kw, 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers, 27,000shp

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    Size Image Description Contributed
    65k USS Colhoun (APD-2) moored to a buoy at Norfolk, VA., circa 1942, while painted in pattern camouflage.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-15982 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Rick Davis
    296k USS Colhoun (APD-2) underway, February 1942, location unknown.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-464374 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Rick Davis
    Colhoun 69k Photo taken from HMAS Hobart in August 1942, less than three weeks later USS Colhoun (APD-2) was sunk off Guadalcanal Clint Wingate
    Colhoun 564k Washington Evening Star newspaper photos, dated 1 October 1942, of USS Colhoun (APD-2) sinking off Guadalcanal, 30 August 1942 and of several surviving crew members after reaching safety on Guadalcanal. Ron Reeves

    USS Colhoun (DD-85 / APD-2)
    Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Demarest, Harold Demarest, USN (USNA 1922)11 December 1940 - 30 September 1941
    02LCDR. Loughead, Edward Christian, USN (USNA 1922)30 September 1941 - 7 July 1942
    03LT. Madden, George Bernard, USN (USNA 1931)7 July 1942 - 30 August 1942
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    "The Green Dragons" Four-stack APD destroyer-transports in World War Two
    Location of the wreck of USS Colhoun (APD-2) in Iron Bottom Sound
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