USS John R. Craig (DD-885)
USS John R. Craig (DD-885) in 1963.
|Career (United States of America)|
|Operator:||United States Navy|
|Laid down:||17 November 1944|
|Launched:||14 April 1945|
|Commissioned:||20 August 1945|
|Struck:||27 July 1979|
|Fate:||Sunk as target|
USS John R. Craig (DD-885) was a Gearing-class destroyer. She was named for Lieutenant Commander John R. Craig USN (1906–1943), commanding officer of USS Grampus killed in action when the submarine was sunk by enemy Japanese destroyers in the Blackett Strait on 5 March 1943 and posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.
John R. Craig was laid down by the Consolidated Steel Corporation at Orange, Texas on 17 November 1944, launched on 14 April 1945 by Mrs. Lilian Hyde Craig, widow of Lieutenant Commander Craig and commissioned on 20 August 1945.
During the Vietnam War, John R. Craig as plane guard for aircraft carriers on Yankee Station in the Tonkin Gulf, participated in Operation Sea Dragon, patrolled on search and rescue duties, and carried out naval gunfire support missions.
With newer destroyers coming on the scene during the Vietnam War, John R. Craig was assigned to United States Naval Reserve training at San Diego, California, in 1973. During this time the ship conducted goodwill cruises to ports on the United States West Coast. She made cruises to Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; Everett, Washington; San Francisco, California; Long Beach, California; Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia; and to Ensenada, Mexico.
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