- USS Dent (DD-116)
USS "Dent" (DD–116) was a "Wickes" class
destroyerin the United States Navyduring the World War Iand later served as APD-9 in World War II. She was named for John H. Dent.
"Dent" was launched
23 March 1918by William Cramp and Sons, Philadelphia, Pa.; sponsored by Miss A. W. Collins, great-granddaughter of Captain Dent; and commissioned 9 September 1918, Commander B. C. Allenin command.
"Dent" escorted a convoy to
Irelandbetween 19 Septemberand 8 November 1918, then carried out training at Guantanamo Bay. On 1 May 1919she got underway from New York to serve on station off Trepassey Harbor, Newfoundland, during the historic first aerial crossing of the Atlantic, a feat accomplished by a Navy seaplane. She returned to Newport on the 24th, and on 20 Juneshe joined the escort for the yacht "Imperator", carrying the President of Brazilfrom New York to Newport.
"Dent" arrived at
San Pedro, California, 6 August 1919to join the Pacific Fleet. She cruised to Hawaiias escort for "New York" (BB-34) with the Secretary of the Navyembarked in August, then steamed to Seattlefor a Fleet Review in September. She returned to San Diego 22 Septemberand went into reserve. She was placed in active commission again 14 December 1920and operated with 50 percent of her complement on gunnery and torpedo practice, and in fleet maneuvers. She made a cruise to South Americafrom 7 Januaryto 11 March 1921, visiting Valparaíso, Chile; Costa Rica; and various ports in Mexico. "Dent" was placed out of commission in reserve 7 June 1922.
15 May 1930"Dent" acted as plane guard for carrier operations, trained reservists, and sailed for a fleet problem in the Caribbeanand a visit to the East Coast from April to November 1934. On 18 December, she entered the Rotating Reserve at San Diego and tested ordnance until returning to active commission 10 June 1935. "Dent" operated along the West Coast and in the Hawaiian Islands until the United Statesentered World War II. At San Diego on 7 December 1941, she got underway the next day to screen "Saratoga" (CV-3) in her high speed run to Pearl Harbor.
Returning to San Francisco
29 December 1941Dent had duty with the Sound School at San Diego and operated along the West Coast on convoy duty until 27 April 1942when she sailed for Alaskan waters. From 8 Mayshe operated out of Dutch Harboron convoy and patrol duty, escorting transports for the invasion of Adak 1 September. She returned to Seattle 30 January 1943for repairs and conversion to a high-speed transport. She was reclassified APD-9, 7 March 1943.
"Dent" arrived at
Noumea, New Caledonia 20 April 1943. She operated from this base and Espiritu Santo, landing troops in the assaults on New Georgia, Rendova, Vella Lavella, and Cape Torokina, Bougainville. After overhaul at Sydney, Australia, in November, she returned to Milne Bay, New Guineaon 17 December. While training at Cape Sudest5 days later, she grounded on an uncharted shoal. Serious structural damage necessitated her return to Australia for repairs through January 1944.
"Dent" arrived at Nouméa
7 February 1944and landed men of the 4th Marines on Emirau Island 20 March. From Milne Bay, New Guinea, she carried soldiers to the Aitapelandings 22 April. Sailing from New Guinea 9 May, she returned to the Solomonsto train an underwater demolition team for the invasion of the Marianas. She carried her team to Roi where they were transferred for transportation to Guam, then escorted "Mazama" (AE-9) to Saipanto carry emergency supplies of ammunition to the bombardment ships. "Dent" patrolled off Saipan and Tinianuntil early July when she escorted transports to Eniwetokand sailed for overhaul at San Diego, arriving 3 August.
8 November 1944until the end of the war "Dent" served with the Amphibious Training Force, Pacific Fleet, at San Diego. She sailed 20 October 1945for the East Coast, arriving at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 6 November. "Dent" was decommissioned there 4 December 1945and sold 13 June 1946.
"Dent" received five
battle stars for World War II service. As of 2004, no other ships of this name have served in the United States Navy.
List of United States Navy destroyers
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