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Doran (DD-634)

Call sign:
November - Uniform - Juliet - Uniform

Gleaves Class Destroyer/Ellyson Class Highspeed Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 14 June 1941 at the Boston Navy Yard, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Launched 10 December 1941
  • Commissioned USS Doran (DD-634), 4 August 1942
  • Reclassified and converted to a Highspeed Minesweeper, DMS-41, 30 May 1945
  • Decommissioned 29 January 1947 at San Diego, CA and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Reclassified back to a Destroyer, DD-634, 15 July 1955
  • Struck from the Navy Register 15 January 1972
  • Sold for scrap 1 September 1973 by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service.


  • Displacement 1,630 t.(lt), 2,200 t.(fl)
  • Length 347' 10"
  • Beam 36' 1"
  • Draft 15' 8"
  • Speed 37 kts.
  • Complement 261
  • Armament: Four 5"/38 gun mounts, four 40mm mounts, five 20mm mounts, six depth charge projectors and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Four boilers, two steam turbines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    USS Doran (DD 634)
    Doran 98k National Archives photo BS 39979 Joe Radigan
    USS Doran (DMS 41)
    Doran 55k Dick Potter
    Doran 41k
    Doran 147k . ©John Robert Barrett
    Doran 203k c. 1942/1945
    San Francisco Bay
    Photo courtesy of World War II Photography
    Bill Gonyo
    Doran 62k 25 December 1945
    Shanghai, China
    Dick Potter
    Doran 173k Original photo: c. 1946
    Replacement photo: Arriving at San Francisco, California, on 31 March 1946
    Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, Corte Madera, California, 1973
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 77373
    Original photo: David Buell
    Replacement photo: Darryl Baker
    Replacement photo added 28 September 2021

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR H. W. Gordon, USN4 August 1942 - 24 November 1943
    02LCDR Norman Ernest Smith, USN24 November 1943 - 6 March 1945
    03LCDR Charles Harris Hutchins, USN - USNA Class of 1936
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1943)
    6 March 1945 - 31 October 1945
    04LCDR Pemberton Paul Southard, USN - USNA Class of 1941
    Awarded the Silver Star (1943) - Retired as Captain
    31 October 1945
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

    View the Doran (DMS-41)
    DANFS History entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Website
    Additional Resources and Websites of Interest
    NavSource DD Pages, USS Doran (DD-634)
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