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Porter IV

(DD-800: dp. 2,940 (f.); 1. 376'5"; b. 39'7"; dr. 13'9"; s. 35 k.;

cpl.329;a. 55", 1040mm, 720mm, 10 21" tt., 2 dct., 6 dcp.;

cl. Fletcher).

The fourth Porter (DD-800) was laid down by the Todd Pactfic Shipyards, Inc., Seattle, Wash., 6 July 1943; launched

13 March 1944; sponsored by Miss Cleorgiana Porter Cusachs and commissioned 24 June 1944; Comdr. R. R. Prince in command.

After shakedown off San Diego Porter sailed for duty off Adak,'~Alaska 16 September 194i. On 21 November 1944, with 1ask Force 92, she made an offensive sweep against the Kurile Islands and bombarded enemy military installations on Matsuwa. She made another offensive sweep against the Japanese naval base at Suribachi Wan, Paramushiru, 5 January 1945, and on the night of 18 February bombarded Kurabu Zaki, Paramushiru. On 15 May Porter participated in the first extensive sweep by surface vessels into the Japanese-controlled Sea of Okhotsk, bombarding Suribachi Wan during the retirement. Porter bombarded Matsuma again on l0 and 11 June. On 25 June, during another sweep of the Sea of Okhotsk, Porter encountered a small convoy and sank a 2,000-ton Japanese merchantman with gunfire.

When V-J Day came Porter was undergoing overhaul at Portland, Oreg., where she remained until 1 September. After escorting Enterpr~se from Seattle to San Francisco, Porter underwent refresher training at San Diego, then steamed for the east coast. On 3 July 1946 Porter was placed out of commission, in reserve, attached to the U.S. Atlantic Reserve Fleet, berthed at Charleston.

Recommissioned 9 February 1951, Porter served in Korean waters from 18 Junc to 14 September 1952 with TF 95. A member of the "Trainbusters Club," she destroyed one North Korean train and damaged 2. She was placed out of commission, in reserve, berthed at Norfolk, Va., 10 August 1953 where she remains into 1970 as a unit of the Atlantic Reserve Fleet.

Porter earned one battle star for World War II service and one battle star for Korean War service.