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USS MAHAN (DD-364)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NEVG

CLASS - MAHAN As Built.
Displacement 2103 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 341' 4" (oa) x 35' 5" x 12' 4" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 4 x 0.5" MG, 12 x 21" tt.(3x4).
Machinery, 49,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.5 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 158.
Operational and Building Data
Built by Bethlehem Steel, Staten Island, NY
Laid down 12 June 1934
Launched 15 October 1935
Commissioned 18 September 1936
Fate Sunk after being hit by 3 Kamikaze Planes in Ormoc Bay, Leyte, Philippines, 07 December 1944

Six men died in service aboard and remain on duty

LT(jg) Robert Bernard Smith (O-161508) USNR, Ormoc Bay, 07 December 1944
S1c Thomas Carl Hannon (923 69 83) USNR, Ormoc Bay, 07 December 1944
S1c Harry Sheldon Leeper (923 69 88) USNR, Ormoc Bay, 07 December 1944
RdTech2c Jack William Roper (884 65 34) USN, Ormoc Bay, 07 December 1944
S2c Thomas Duane Rutan (923 69 27) USNR, Ormoc Bay, 07 December 1944
GM3c Woodrow Wilson Von Rohr (640 53 21) USNR, Ormoc Bay, 07 December 1944


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Mahan 135kRear Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan, born 27 September 1840 at West Point, NY, graduated from the Naval Academy in 1859 and served with the South Atlantic and Western Gulf Blockading Squadrons during the Civil War. Later appointed President of the Naval War College, he served two tours, 1886-89 and 1892-93. His widely admired study, “The Influence of Sea Power Upon History,” and his many other well reasoned and scholarly books and articles have made a major impact upon geopolitical thought and modern theories of world strategy and have established Mahan’s place among history’s great thinkers. Having retired in 1896, he was recalled during the Spanish-American War to serve on the Naval Strategy Board. Among his many activities during the years which followed were service as a delegate to the First Peace Conference at The Hague; as a member of the Board of Visitors, Naval Academy, 1903; with the Senate Commission on Merchant Marine, 1904; as a member of the Commission to Report on the Reorganization of the Navy Department; and as a lecturer at the Naval War College. He died at Washington, DC, 01 December 1914.
Portrait courtesy of the Naval War College Museum, donated by the United States Naval Academy.
Bill Gonyo
USS Mahan (DD-364)
Mahan 204kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Mahan 44kLaunching at Staten Island, 15 October 1935.Ron Reeves
Mahan 114kOn preliminary trials off Rockford, Maine, 1936.David Buell
Mahan 118kRunning trials, 1936Robert Hurst
Mahan 141kUSS Mahan (DD-364) anchored with her rails manned, circa the later 1930s. Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 101681.Tommy Trampp
Mahan 591kUnderway at sea, circa 1938. National Archives photo 80-G-466572Fred Weiss
Mahan 107kUnderway at sea, circa 1938. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Robert Hurst
Mahan 77kAt sea, with her torpedo tubes manned and trained to port, 8 February 1938. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Mahan 90kPhoto #: NH 99402. Commander Ernest G. Small, Commander Destroyer Division Three with the Commanding Officers of DesDiv 3's ships, probably on board USS Porter (DD-356), flagship of Destroyer Squadron Two. Taken on 21 March 1939, while DesDiv 3 was anchored in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, with other units of the U.S. Fleet. Those present are, from left to right: Lieutenant Commander Jesse H. Carter, Commanding Officer, USS Drayton (DD-366); Lieutenant Commander John F. Rees, Commanding Officer, USS Flusser (DD-368); Commander Ernest G. Small; Lieutenant Commander Herbert G. Hopwood, Commanding Officer, USS Mahan (DD-364); and Lieutenant Commander Byron H. Hanlon, Commanding Officer, USS Lamson (DD-367). Note the Mark 22 twin single-purpose 5"/38 gun mount in the background, and non-skid deck treads. Photographed by the U.S. Fleet Base Force Camera Party. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Mahan 91kOff the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 28 April 1942. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
Mahan 176kUSS Mahan (DD 364) off Mare Island on May 1, 1942. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Mahan 110kUSS Mahan (DD-364) manoeuvers near another destroyer and a battleship during the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, 26 October 1942 (USN Photo No 80-G-30169).Robert Hurst
Mahan 124kUSN Photo 80-G-36088: Guadalcanal Campaign, 1942-43. USS South Dakota (BB 57) and two destroyers alongside USS Prometheus (AR 3) for repairs, probably at Noumea, New Caledonia, in November 1942. The inboard destroyer, with the distorted bow, is probably USS Mahan (DD 364), which was damaged in a collision with South Dakota at the close of the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands on 27 October 1942. South Dakota received damage in both that battle and in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal on 15 November 1942. The other destroyer may be USS Lamson (DD 367). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Joe Radigan
Mahan 52kUSS Mahan (DD-364), left, and USS Bagley (DD-386) underway, circa 1943, location unknown. Photo Australian armed forces. Image is available from the Collection Database of the Australian War Memorial under the ID Number: 302547.Robert Hurst
Mahan 43kUSS Mahan (DD-364) right, and another destroyer shown steaming at high speed during the Battle of Santa Cruz. In this picture there is no collision course. However, shortly after this action the Mahan collided with the battleship USS South Dakota as a result of a submarine alarm disrupting the force's formation. Photo and text taken from United States Destroyer Operations in World War II, by Theodore Roscoe.Robert Hurst
Mahan 81kOff the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 21 June 1944. Her camouflage design is Measure 31, Design 23d. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
Mahan 93kStern view of USS Mahan (DD 364) off Mare Island on 21 June 1944. She was in overhaul at the yard from 17 April until 27 June 1944.Darryl Baker
Mahan 95kBow on view of USS Mahan (DD 364) departing Mare Island on 21 June 1944. She was in overhaul at the yard from 17 April until 27 June 1944.Darryl Baker
Mahan 120kUnderway off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 21 June 1944. Her camouflage design is Measure 31, Design 23d.Ed Zajkowski/Robert Hurst
Mahan 95kAfter plan view of USS Mahan (DD 364) at Mare Island on 24 June 1944. Circled areas indicate modification accomplished by the yard during the overhaul.Darryl Baker
Mahan 157kCloseup view of the ship's forward superstructure, taken at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 24 June 1944. View looks down on the port side of the pilothouse, and shows the ship's Mark 33 gun director, with fire control radar antenna, in the upper right. Also seen are her two forward 5"/38 Mark 21 gun mounts, non-skid deck treads, and life rafts. Circles mark recent alterations to the ship. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
Mahan 86kUndated postcard.Tommy Trampp / Tony DiGiulian
Mahan 223kUSS Mahan serving tray.Gerry Grable

USS MAHAN DD-364 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves


CDR John Beresford Wynn Waller    Sep 18 1936 - Nov 23 1937 (Later RADM)

LCDR Herbert Gladstone Hopwood    Nov 23 1937 - Jul 16 1939 (Later ADM)

LCDR John Henry Leppert    Jul 16 1939 - Apr 5 1941

LCDR Rodger Whitten Simpson    Apr 5 1941 - Mar 23 1943 (Later RADM)

LCDR James Thomas Smith    Mar 23 1943 - Dec 18 1943

CDR Earnest Goodrich Campbell    Dec 18 1943 - Dec 7 1944


Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Mahan website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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