Allied Warships

USS Aaron Ward (iii) (DM 34)

Destroyer of the Allen M. Sumner class

NavyThe US Navy
ClassAllen M. Sumner 
PennantDM 34 
ModDestroyer Minelayer 
Built byBethlehem Steel Corp. (San Pedro, California, U.S.A.) 
Ordered7 Aug 1942 
Laid down12 Dec 1943 
Launched5 May 1944 
Commissioned28 Oct 1944 
End service28 Sep 1945 

Former DD 773, completed as Destroyer Minelayer DM-34.
Heavily damaged by Japanese kamikaze aircraft 3 May 1945 while off Okinawa, 27 of her crew were lost in this attack.
Decommissioned 28 September 1945.
Stricken 11 October 1945.
Scrapped in 1946.


Commands listed for USS Aaron Ward (iii) (DM 34)

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1T/Cdr. William Henry Sanders, Jr., USN28 Oct 194428 Sep 1945

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Notable events involving Aaron Ward (iii) include:

9 Feb 1945
USS Aaron Ward departed from San Diego bound for Pearl Harbor.

15 Feb 1945
USS Aaron Ward arrived at Pearl Harbor.

5 Mar 1945
USS Aaron Ward departed from Pearl Harbor bound for Ulithi.

16 Mar 1945
USS Aaron Ward arrived at Ulithi.

19 Mar 1945
USS Aaron Ward departed from Ulithi to participate in the operations of Okinawa.

22 Mar 1945
USS Aaron Ward arrived in the Okinawa area.

4 Apr 1945
USS Aaron Ward departed from the Okinawa area bound for Saipan.

10 Apr 1945
USS Aaron Ward arrived at Saipan. She left Saipan for Guam the same day. She stayed at Guam for a few days before returning to the Okinawa area.

3 May 1945
While operating of Okinawa USS Aaron Ward is hit by several kamikaze aircraft in position 26°24'N, 126°15'E resulting in massive damage. Through barely afloat Aaron Ward was towed to Kerama Retto where she arrived the following day for temporary repairs.

11 Jun 1945
USS Aardon Ward departed from Kerama Retto bound for the United States east coast.

Media links

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

U.S. Destroyers

Friedman, Norman

United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

Roscoe, Theodore

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