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Displacement 2597 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 381' (oa) x 37' x 13' (Max)
Armament 8 x 5"/38AA (4x2), 8 x 1.1" AA (2x4), 8 x 21" tt.(2x4).
Machinery, 50,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 37 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 194.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by New York Shipbuilding December 18 1933.
Launched December 12 1935 and commissioned August 27 1936.
Fate Accidentally torpedoed by ditching TBF off Santa Cruz Island October 26 1942.

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Porter 63kPhoto #: 80-G-K-17588. Captain David Porter, U.S.N. (1780-1843) portrait in oils, possibly by John Trumbull. Photographed September 1954 by PHC A.L. Brooks. This portrait is in the collections of the U.S. Naval Academy Museum, Annapolis, Maryland. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
David Porter was born at Boston, Massachusetts, on 1 February 1780. He entered the U.S. Navy as a midshipman in 1798 and served in the Quasi-War with France and the Barbary Wars. He became a prisoner-of-war when USS Philadelphia was captured off Tripoli in October 1803. Following his release in 1805, Porter commanded USS Enterprise and later was in charge of naval forces at New Orleans, Louisiana. During the War of 1812, Captain Porter was Commanding Officer of the frigate Essex during her wide-ranging assault on British shipping, a campaign that continued until Essex was overwhelmed by HMS Phoebe and Cherub at Valparaiso, Chile, on 28 March 1814. Following the War, Porter was a member of the Board of Navy Commissioners and led an expedition to supress West Indies piracy in 1823-25. He resigned his commission in 1826 and spent three years as commander-in- chief of the Mexican navy. Porter died on 3 March 1843 while serving as U.S. Minister to Turkey.
Bill Gonyo
Porter 78kAdmiral David Dixon Porter, USN, (1813-1891) was born at Chester, Pennsylvania, on 8 June 1813, the son of Commodore David Porter (1780-1843). His naval career began as a midshipman in 1829, and included service in the peacetime cruising Navy, the Mexican War and the U.S. Civil War. The latter conflict saw him rapidly rise from the rank of Lieutenant to Rear Admiral. In 1862, he was in charge of the Mortar Flotilla during the campaign to capture New Orleans and the lower Mississippi River. He took command of the Mississippi Squadron in October 1862 and led it through the active phase of the Western Rivers campaigns. Rear Admiral Porter spent the last several months of the Civil War in command of the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron. Following the War, Porter was promoted to Vice Admiral in 1866 and served as Superintendant of the Naval Academy. He became the Navy's senior officer, with the rank of Admiral in 1870, and remained an influential figure in naval affairs until his death on 13 February 1891.Bill Gonyo
Porter 57kUndated, location unknown.Robert M. Cieri
Porter 190kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Museum.Darryl Baker
Porter 107kUndated, in the Panama Canal.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Porter 168kNewspaper clipping from Philadelphia dated December 12 1935.Ron Reeves
Porter 126kUSS Porter (DD-356) at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, 27 August 1936. Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 63119.Mike Green
Porter 118kUSS Porter (DD-356) Off Yorktown, Virginia, 19 April 1939. Courtesy of the Mariners Museum, Newport News, Virginia. Ted Stone Collection. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Porter 133kUSS Porter (DD 356) off Mare Island on July 10, 1941. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Museum.Darryl Baker
Porter 65kUSS Porter (DD-356) off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 4 November 1941, following her last pre-war overhaul. Note that an "FC" radar antenna has been fitted to her main battery director. Her mast has been modified to receive the antenna for an "SC" radar set, but the antenna has not yet been installed. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
Porter 123kNovember 1941.Ed Zajkowski
Porter 223kOverhead view looking aft of the USS Porter (DD-356) moored at Mare Island Navy Yard on November 13, 1941, with navy barge YF-259 alongside. Easily seen here is the searchlight platform just aft of the rear stack, aft quadruple torpedo tubes, 1.175 machine cannon (prior to the port side relocation. A 20mm mount will be installed in the starboard tub), #3 and #4 5/38 twin SP guns and stern depth charge racks. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. 19-N-26234.Mike Green
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Three operational views of USS Porter taken by Life Magazine photographer Robert Landry from aboard USS Portland. Porter and Portland were part of TF12 built around USS Lexington bringing air units to Midway island, 5 to 13 Dec 1941. While on this mission they missed the Pearl Harbor attack. This was Porter's first deployment after mods at Mare Island changing her topweight and AA battery. Robert Landry, Life Magazine, used for educational and non-commercial purpose.
John Chiquoine
Porter 95kOff the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 10 July 1942. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss


USS Porter (DD-356) off Mare Island, California, on 10 July 1942. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. 19-N-35347 and 19-N-35348.Mike Green
Porter 130kUSS Porter (DD-356) moored at Mare Island, July 10, 1942. Cruiser in the background is the USS Raleigh (CL-7). Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. 19-N-35350.Mike Green
Porter 134kUSS Porter (DD-356) at Mare Island, July 10, 1942. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No.19-N-35344.Mike Green
Porter 76kAs above uncropped, 1942 photo of the Porter. She still carries the 1.1/75 quad mount behind #2 turret and her aft mount has been relocated to port to make room for a 20mm mount to starboard.Fred Weiss
Porter 223kJuly 10 1942 at Mare Island.Ed Zajkowski
Porter 49kOur Navy magazine May 1943.Chet Morris

USS PORTER DD-356 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Forrest Betton Royal    Aug 25 1936 - Jun 11 1938 (Later RADM)

CDR Harry Draper Hoffman    Jun 11 1938 - ?

LCDR Frederick Irving Entwistle    Jun 15 1941 - Mar 21 1942 (Later RADM)

LCDR David Gillies Roberts    Mar 21 1942 - Oct 26 1942

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Joseph Mongelluzzo
Address: 1027 Taylor Drive, Folcraft, PA 19032-1944
Phone: (610)461-1944
E-mail: None

Note About Contacts.

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