USS Colahan (DD 658)
Destroyer of the Fletcher class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Bethlehem Steel Corp. (Staten Island, New York, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||15 Dec 1941|
|Laid down||24 Oct 1942|
|Launched||3 May 1943|
|Commissioned||23 Aug 1943|
|End service||1 Aug 1966|
Decommissioned 14 June 1946.
Commands listed for USS Colahan (DD 658)
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|1||Donald Taylor Wilber, USN||23 Aug 1943||30 Jan 1945|
|2||Martin Adam Shellabarger, USN||30 Jan 1945||30 Jun 1945|
|3||Frank Dolan Whalen, USN||30 Jun 1945||14 Jun 1946|
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Notable events involving Colahan include:
25 Oct 1944
USS Iowa (Capt. A.R. McCann, USN) fuelled the destroyers, USS Colahan (Cdr. D.T. Wilber, USN) and USS Tingey (Cdr. J.O. Miner, USN). Upon completion of the fuelling Iowa and other units of the Task Group formed Task Unit 34.5 and proceeded south at high speed (28 knots) towards San Bernardino Strait in the hope of intercepting the enemy force approaching that strait from the southward.
Task Unit 34.5 was made up of battleships USS Iowa (Capt. A.R. McCann, USN), USS New Jersey (Capt. C.F. Holden, USN), light cruisers USS Vincennes (Capt. A.D. Brown, USN), USS Biloxi (Capt. D.M. McGurl, USN), USS Miami (Capt. J.G. Crawford, USN), destroyers USS Miller (Lt.Cdr. D.L. Johnson, USN), USS Owen (Cdr. C.B.Jones, USN), USS Tingey (Cdr. J.O. Miner, USN), USS The Sullivans (Cdr. R.J. Baum, USN) and USS Lewis Hancock (Cdr. W.M. Searles, USN).
11 Jul 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) topped off four of the destroyers of the Task Group, USS Cushing (Lt.Cdr. W.D. Adams, USN), USS McGowan (Lt.Cdr. T.H.W. Conner, USN), USS Colahan (Cdr. M.A. Shellabarger, USN) and USS Melvin (Cdr. B.K. Atkins, USN), with fuel.
23 Jul 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) topped off four of the destroyers of the Task Group, USS Melvin (Cdr. B.K. Atkins, USN), USS Colahan (Cdr. M.A. Shellabarger, USN), USS McDermut (Cdr. C.B. Jennings, USN) and USS McGowan (Lt.Cdr. T.H.W. Conner, USN), with fuel.