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Lost to enemy action, 30 August 1942
USS Colhoun (APD-2)
USS Colhoun (DD-85) (1920 - 1940)
USS Colhoun (Destroyer #85) (1919 - 1920)
1921 International Radio Call Sign:
Nan - Able - Jig - Love
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - World War I Victory Medal (with bronze star in lieu of Destroyer clasp) - American Defense Service Medal (with bronze star in lieu of Fleet clasp)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal
Purple Hearts (KIA 51, WIA, 18 30 August 1942,)
Wickes Class Destroyer:
Laid down, 19 September 1917, at Fore River Ship Building Co, Quincy, MA.
Launched, 21 February 1918, at Fore River Shipbuilding Co. Quincy, MA.
Commissioned USS Colhoun (Destroyer No. 85), 13 June 1918, CDR. B. B. Wygant USN in command
Designated (DD-85), 17 July 1920
Decommissioned, 28 June 1922
Converted to a High-speed Transport
Recommissioned USS Colhoun (APD-2), 11 Dec 1940
During WWII USS Colhoun (APD-2) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, Commander South Pacific Force and South Pacific Area:
TransDiv Twelve, CDR. Hugh W. Hadley, USN (22) and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Guadalcanal - Tulagi landings, 2 to 7 August 1942
||Capture and Defense of Guadalcanal
Final Disposition, sunk by enemy aircraft off Guadalcanal 30 August 1942
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
USS Colhoun earned two battle star for World War II service
Displacement 1,154 t. 1,600 t.(fl)
Length 314' 5"
Beam 30' 6"
Draft 9' 10"
Speed 35.2 kts.
Boats 4 LCP(L) landing craft
three single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
two single 40mm AA gun mounts
five single 20mm AA gun mounts
one depth charge rack
four depth charge projectors
NSFO 2,380 Bbls
Diesel 55 Bbls
two Fore River Curtis design geared turbines
two Yarrow boilers, 250psi Sat.
single Falk Main Reduction Gears
two turbo-drive 60Kw, 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
two propellers, 27,000shp
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||USS Colhoun (APD-2) moored to a buoy at Norfolk, VA., circa 1942, while painted in pattern camouflage.
US National Archives photo # 80-G-15982 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
||USS Colhoun (APD-2) underway, February 1942, location unknown.
US National Archives photo # 80-G-464374 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
||Photo taken from HMAS Hobart in August 1942, less than three weeks later USS Colhoun (APD-2) was sunk off Guadalcanal
||Washington Evening Star newspaper photos, dated 1 October 1942, of USS Colhoun (APD-2) sinking off Guadalcanal, 30 August 1942 and of several surviving crew members after reaching safety on Guadalcanal.
USS Colhoun (DD-85 / APD-2)
Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Demarest, Harold Demarest, USN (USNA 1922)||11 December 1940 - 30 September 1941|
|02||LCDR. Loughead, Edward Christian, USN (USNA 1922)||30 September 1941 - 7 July 1942|
|03||LT. Madden, George Bernard, USN (USNA 1931)||7 July 1942 - 30 August 1942|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
"The Green Dragons" Four-stack APD destroyer-transports in World War Two
Location of the wreck of USS Colhoun (APD-2) in Iron Bottom Sound
Last Updated 1 January 2021
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