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USS DORAN (DD-634 / DMS-41)

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Displacement 2395 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 348' 4"(oa) x 36' 1" x 13' 2" (Max)
Armament 4 x 5"/38AA, 6 x 0.5" MG, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 50,000 SHP; Boston Navy Yard Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 208.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Boston Navy Yard. June 14 1941.
Launched December 10 1941 and commissioned August 4 1942.
Converted to High Speed Minesweeper DMS-41 May 30 1945, reverted to DD-634 July 15 1955.
Decommissioned January 29 1947.
Stricken January 15 1972.
Fate Sold to Zidell Explorations, Portland, OR for $121,001.19 August 27 1973 and broken up for scrap.

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Doran 66kJohn James Doran born 6 August 1862 in Boston, Mass., enlisted in the Navy 8 February 1884 and served continuously until his death 16 February 1904 while serving as chief master-at-arms in Montgomery (Cruiser No. 9). He was awarded the Medal of Honor for extraordinary bravery and coolness under heavy fire from the enemy while cutting the cables leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11 May 1898. Photo #: NH 45717. USS Montgomery (C-9) photographed circa 1894-99. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Doran 82kArtist's conception of the Doran as she appeared in World War II by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Doran 152kJanuary 23 1943 at New York Navy Yard.Ed Zajkowski
Doran 140kUSS Doran (DD-634) underway on July 10 1943, the first day of the invasion of Sicily. Photographed from USS Ancon (AGC-4). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. Photo #: 80-G-215094.Robert Hurst
Doran 114kUSS Biscayne (AVP-11) docked at Arzew, Algeria, on 11 June 1944 during amphibious exercises there. USS Doran (DD-634) and the USS Cowie (DD-632) outboard. Photographed from USS Catoctin (AGC-5). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fred Weiss

USS DORAN DD-634 / DMS-41 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Howard Wright Gordon Jr.    Aug 4 1942  Nov 24 1943
LCDR Norman Ernest Smith    Nov 24 1943  Mar 6 1945
LCDR Charles Harris Hutchins    Mar 6 1945  Oct 31 1945
LCDR Pemberton Paul Southard    Oct 31 1945 to ?

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Charlie Ketzler
Address: 2124 Brookmeade Dr., Quincy IL, 62301
Phone: (217) 223-2925
E-mail: None

Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
NavSource Minesweeper Pages, USS Doran (DMS-41)
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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