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Doran (DD-634)
ex-DMS-41
ex-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.

    Specifications:

  • 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
    Shanghi, China
    Dick Potter
    Doran 95k c. 1946 David Buell

    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, USN6 March 1945 - 31 October 1945
    04LCDR Pemberton Paul Southard, USN31 October 1945
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    View the Doran (DMS-41)
    DANFS History entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Website
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    NavSource DD Pages, USS Doran (DD-634)
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
    Back To The Main Photo Index Back To the Mine Warfare Ship Photo Index Back to the Destroyer Minesweeper (DMS) Photo Index

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