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  USS Buchanan (DD-484) TCG Gelibolu (D-346)
USN
Gleaves-class destroyer

1,630 Tons
348' 3" x 36' 1" x 11' 10"
4 x 5" guns
6 x 20mm AA
6 x .50 cal MG
5 x 21" torpedo tubes
2 x depth charge racks

Ship History
Built by Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company in Kearny, New Jersey. Laid down February 11, 1941. Launched November 22, 1941. Commissioned March 21, 1941 as USS Buchanan (DD-484) with Lieutenant Commander R. E. Wilson in command and departed for the Pacific on May 28, 1942.

Wartime History
On August 7, 1942 Buchanan participated in the American landings at Tulagi and Guadalcanal. On August 9, 1942 participated in the Battle of Savo Island. Afterwards, helped rescued survivors of USS Astoria, USS Quincy, USS Vincennes and HMAS Canberra.

During September 1942 escorted USS Wasp (CV-7) and other Navy vessels to Noumea then jointed Task Force 64.1 (TF 64.1) and participated in the occupation of Funafuti Island. During the night of October 11-12, 1942 participated in the Battle of of Cape Esperence.

On November 12, 1942 at the start of the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal Japanese aircraft attack U.S. warships and transports in Iron Bottom Sound off the north coast of Guadalcanal. At 2:16pm a G4M1 Betty released a torpedo that missed, USS San Francisco (CA-38). The same Betty was hit by anti-aircraft fire and deliberately crashed into the after control station that killing 30 crew. This was the only damage inflicted on the American vessels by the Japanese bombers. Also damaged was USS Buchanan (DD-484) that was hit by friendly gunfire that killed five aboard and forced it to be withdrawn for repairs.

Postwar
Recommissioned on December 11, 1948 at Charleston and underwent shakedown and refresher training with a nucleus Turkish crew aboard. On 29 March 1949, she departed for Gölcük, Turkey, where she was turned over to the Turkish Navy on April 28, 1949. Comissioned in the Turkish Navy as destroyer TCG Gelibolu (D-346) until retired in 1976

Scrapping
During 1976, scrapped in Turkey.

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Last Updated
January 10, 2018

 

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