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U.S. NAVY 4th FLEET IN RECIFE *

34)AVD 4 DD CLEMSON



Photo. www.navsource.org . From the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum. By Darryl Baker


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, LCDR. G. C. Dichman in command.
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.Reclassified AVP-17, 16 November 1939, and converted into a small aircraft tender, Clemson was recommissioned 12 July 1940.

Specifications:


Displacement; 1,215 t. Length; 314' 4" Beam; 31' 8" Draft; 9' 10"
Speed; 33.3 kts.

Complement; 130


Boats; 4 LCP(L) landing craft.


Armament: three single 4"/50 gun mounts, two single 40mm AA gun mounts, five single 20mm AA gun mounts, one depth charge track, four depth charge projectors.


Propulsion; geared turbines, 26,500shp, two propellers


On 6 August she was again reclassified, becoming AVD 4, and on 18 August reported to Commander, Aircraft, Scouting Force, Atlantic Fleet at Norfolk. From 29 August 1940 to 28 November 1941 she tended patrol planes in the Caribbean and at the Galapagos Islands. Clemson then sailed south arriving at Recife, Brazil, 06 December in order to service nine PBY-5 Catalinas which brought the first Marines to guard the airfields at Belem, Natal and Recife.


She remained on the coast of Brazil until 22 January 1942 when she returned to the Galapagos Islands. For the next year the tender shuttled between there and the Caribbean as her services were required. She returned to Norfolk, Va., 2 March 1943 and then moved to Charleston S.C., for reconversion to a destroyer (although not reclassified DD-186 until 1 December 1943).


Photo. www.navsource.org By Robert Hurst. AVD Clemson seen off Charleston April 1944. USN photo.


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