USS Don O. Woods (APD-118)
|Name:||USS Don O. Woods (DE-674)|
|Namesake:||Don O. Woods|
|Awarded:||13 June 1943|
|Builder:||Dravo Corporation, Pittsburgh|
|Laid down:||1 December 1943|
|Launched:||9 February 1944|
|Reclassified:||APD-118, before commissioning|
|Acquired:||26 May 1945|
|Commissioned:||28 May 1945|
|Decommissioned:||18 June 1946|
|Struck:||12 December 1963|
|Fate:||transferred to Mexican Navy, 12 December 1963|
|Name:||ARM Usumacinta (B06)|
|Acquired:||12 December 1963|
|Renamed:||ARM Miguel Hidalgo (B06), 1994|
|Namesake:||Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla|
|Renamed:||ARM Usumacinta (E20)|
|Struck:||16 July 2001|
|Class and type:||Rudderow-class destroyer escort, as ordered|
|Class and type:||Crosley-class high speed transport, as completed|
|Length:||306 ft (93 m)|
|Beam:||36 ft 10 in (11.23 m)|
|Draft:||13 ft (4.0 m)|
|Armament:||1 × 5 in (130 mm)/38 guns|
USS Don O. Woods (DE-721/APD-118) was a Crosley-class high-speed transport in the United States Navy built by Dravo Corporation, Neville Island, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her keel was laid 1 December 1944 and then launched on 9 February 1944, sponsored by Mrs. H. R. Woods (mother of Hospital Apprentice Woods). Don O. Woods was reclassified APD-118 on 17 July 1944 and floated to Orange, Texas for completion as a high speed transport by the Consolidated Steel Corporation. She was commissioned there on 28 May 1945 with Lieutenant Commander L. H. Crosby, USNR, in command.
Don O. Woods sailed from Norfolk 9 August 1945 and was making her transit of the Panama Canal on the day hostilities ended between Japan and the United States. She called at San Diego and proceeded to Pearl Harbor, arriving 7 September. Five days later she got underway with US Army and US Navy passengers for Saipan, continuing to Leyte, where she arrived 7 October. She served in the Philippines until 23 January 1946 when she departed Manila for the west coast. Arriving at San Pedro, California on 13 February. She was placed out of commission in reserve 18 June 1946.
Don O. Woods was sold and transferred to the custody of Mexico in December 1963 and renamed Usumacinta (H-06), then redesignated (B-06) and renamed Miguel Hidalgo, her speed being reduced to 13 knots. Miguel Hidalgo was scheduled to be decommissioned from the Mexican Navy in the year 2000.
Hospital Apprentice Woods died of wounds received in enemy action on 8 August 1942 while serving with the Marines against Japanese forces on Gavutu, Solomon Islands. On his own courageous initiative, Woods, in an effort to rescue several injured Marines, waded into the sea near a rock cliff where numerous hostile snipers were menacing troops. Although repeatedly warned of his imminent peril, he refused to abandon his heroic work but continued, less than twenty-five yards from the enemy position, to render medical assistance to the helpless men until he himself was mortally wounded. He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country. As a result of his exceptional courage he was posthumously presented the Silver Star.
|American Campaign Medal|
|Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal|
|World War II Victory Medal|
|Philippine Liberation Medal|
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.