DD-379 U.S.S. PRESTON
War Diary and Action Reports November 1942,

Due to the sinking of the Preston on November 14, 1942, 
no records of the Battle off Guadalcanal were saved 
or recoded.



Information U.S.S. PRESTON

Dictionary of Fighting Ships
U.S.S. PRESTON DD-379

                                    Mahan Class
                             Completed - 1936 - 37

DD 364 MAHAN
DD 365 CUMMINGS
DD 366 DRAYTON
DD 367 LAMSON
DD 368 FLUSSER
DD 369 REID
DD 370 CASE
DD 371 CONYGHAM
DD 372 CASSIN*
DD 373 SHAW
DD 374 TUCKER
DD 375 DOWNES*
DD 376 CUSHING
DD 377 PREKINS
DD 378 SMITH
DD 379 PRESTON
DD 384 DUNLAP
DD 385 FANNING

Notes:
     * These units rebuilt in 1944

Dimensions

Displacement:
   1,500 tons (stand)
   2,200 tons (Mean War Service)
Length: 344' (oa)
Beam: 35
Draft: 13' (max)

Armament

4 5"/ 38 DP
2 40mm twins (none on DD 366)
5 20mm
2 DC tracks
4 DC projectors
3 21" TT (quads)

Propulsion

Speed: 35 knots (max)
Max. Cruising radius:
  2,600 miles @ 25 knots 
  6,100 miles @15 knots
Horsepower: 50,0000 (shaft)
Drive: 2 screws; geared turbine
Fuel: 544 tons oil (max)

Remarks:
      Generally known before the war as the MAHAN Class, the CUMMINGS 
and her sisters represent a modified FARRAGUT design, with a heavier 
torpedo armament.  As first commissioned, they mounted 5-5" /- 38 guns 
in single shield and open mounts, and were fitted with a tripod 
foremast and pole mainmast, stepped right abaft the after-stack.  The 
need for increased close-defense armament during the war resulted in 
removing one 5"-gun and reducing the masts to a single pole foremast.

      Three of the units, the CUSHING (DD 372), SHAW (DD 373) and 
DOWNES (DD 375) were seriously damaged at Pearl Harbor and restored 
after elaborate reconstruction.

      The DUNLAP and FANNING are practically sisters of the CUMMINGS 
from which they differ in having enclosed single mounts for their 
forward guns instead of shields.  This type 5"-gun mount made its 
first appearance in U.S. destroyers in these two units.


War losses include:
DD 364 MANHAN (original name-ship of this class)
DD 369 REID 
DD 374 TUCKER 
DD 376 CUSHING 
DD 377 PREKINS
DD 379 PRESTON




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