Allied Warships

USS Doran (DD 634)

Destroyer of the Bristol class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 634 
Built byBoston Navy Yard (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered16 Dec 1940 
Laid down14 Jun 1941 
Launched10 Dec 1941 
Commissioned4 Aug 1942 
End service29 Jan 1947 

Converted to High Speed Minesweeper DMS-41 on 30 May 1945.
Decommissioned 29 January 1947.
Reverted back to DD-634 on 15 July 1955.
Stricken 15 January 1972.
Sold 27 August 1973 and broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS Doran (DD 634)

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1Lt.Cdr. Howard Wright Gordon, Jr., USN4 Aug 194224 Nov 1943
2T/Cdr. Norman Ernest Smith, USN24 Nov 19436 Mar 1945
3Lt Charles Harris Hutchins, USNR6 Mar 194531 Oct 1945
4Pemberton Paul Southard, USNR31 Oct 1945

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Notable events involving Doran include:

16 Dec 1943
HMS Spirit (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with USS Butler (T/Cdr. M.D. Matthews, USN), USS Doran (T/Cdr. N.E. Smith, USN) and USS Gherardi (T/Cdr. N.R. Curtin, USN). (1)

Media links

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

U.S. Destroyers

Friedman, Norman

United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

Roscoe, Theodore


  1. ADM 173/18094

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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