Ship History:
USS Durant DER-389
From: Dictionary of American Fighting Ships


Kenneth W. Durant, born 2 March 1919 in Algona, Iowa, enlisted in the Navy 19 June 1940. He was killed in
action on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, 3 November 1942 serving with the Marines. Pharmacist's Mate Third
Class Durant was posthumously awarded the Silver Star Medal for his devotion to duty in caring for the wounded
and courage in facing machine gun and sniper fire in an attempt to rescue a wounded man.

(DE - 389: displacement 1,200 tons; length 306'; beam 36'7"; draught 8'7"; speed 21 knots; crew 186; armament 3
3", 3 21" tt., 8 dcp., 1 dcp.(hh.), 2 dct.; class Edsall)

Durant (DE-389) was launched 3 August 1943 by Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, Tex.; sponsored by Mrs. S.
R. Durant, mother of Pharmacist's Mate Durant; and commissioned 16 November 1943, Lieutenant Commander
C. C. Knapp, USCG, in command.

From 21 January to 7 February 1944 Durant served as school ship at Norfolk for the training of prospective
crews for escort vessels. She made eight voyages as a convoy escort to north African ports between 10 February
1944 and 12 June 1945, guarding men and supplies essential to victory in the European theater of war. On her last
crossing the German submarine U-873 surrendered to the escorts.

Durant sailed from Boston 9 July 1945 and conducted refresher training at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on her way to
San Diego where she arrived 7 August. Four days later she got underway for Pearl Harbor but with the end of the
war in the Pacific, her stay there was brief and she returned to the east coast, arriving at New York 26 September.
On 22 October she reported to Jacksonville, Fla., to undergo inactivation. Durant was placed out of commission in
reserve 27 February 1946.

Loaned to the Coast Guard 15 May 1952 Durant was commissioned as WDE-489, 9 May 1952 and served on
various Pacific weather stations until placed out of commission in reserve at San Diego 10 April 1954. She was
returned to the Navy 16 June 1954, and reclassified DER-389, 7 December 1955. After conversion to a radar
picket escort Durant was recommissioned 8 December 1956 and reported to San Diego for shakedown training.
Sailing from San Francisco 27 May 1957, she arrived at Pearl Harbor 2 June to begin picket duty on the Pacific
barrier line. Through 1962, she has alternated periods of service on early warning duty with participation in
exercises, air-sea rescue operations, and necessary maintenance periods.

Transcribed by Yves HUBERT
DE-389  1943 - 1946
WDE-489  1952 - 1954
DER-389  1955 - 1964
DE-389 and U-Boat 873  1945
The Durant participated in Operation Deepfreeze from September 1962 to March 1963.  After returning to Pearl
Harbor, she resumed picket duty on the Pacific DEW line until December 1963.  In February 1964, she left Hawaii
for Bremerton, Washington where she was decommissioned in June 1964.  The Durant was sold for scrap in April

Transcribed by John Penland
(from USS Durant Association website)
(from USS Durant Association website)
(from William Farmer DTTCM(SS) USN (Ret))
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