USS Clemson

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The USS Clemson was a Clemson class destroyer that saw from 1918-1945.

  • Laid Down, 11 May 1918, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA.
  • Launched, 5 September 1918
  • Commissioned, USS Clemson (Destroyer No. 186), 29 December 1919
  • Reduced to Commissioned in Reserve, 13 June 1920
  • Designated (DD-186) 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned, 30 June 1922
  • Converted to Aircraft Tender (Small) (AVP-17), 16 November 1939
  • Recommissioned, 12 July 1940
  • Redesignated Seaplane Tender (Destroyer) (AVD-4), 6 August 1940
  • Reverted to (DD-186), 1 December 1943
  • Convert to a High-speed Transport and designated (APD-31), 17 July 1944
  • Decommissioned, 12 October 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 24 October 1945
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 21 November 1946
  • Clemson received the Presidential Unit Citation as a unit of TG 21.1.4 and nine battle stars for her actions in the Atlantic and Pacific during World War II.