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USS Clemson DD-186 (1919)

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This is a 1:1 scale (or close enough) Minecraft build of the USS Clemson (DD-186), the lead ship of the Clemson class destroyers, the first of the 156 that were completed. She would see most of her service during World War II, earning nine battle stars for her service. This is my first destroyer build that I have made, and after a bit, I'm pretty satisfied on how it looks.

Now for the history lesson...

Clemson was launched 5 September 1918 by Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company, Newport News, Virginia; sponsored by Miss M. C. Daniels. The ship was commissioned on 29 December 1919 with Lieutenant Commander G. C. Dichman in command.

The ship's early career was pretty mundane, as she cruised in United States East Coast and Cuban waters until placed in reserve with 50% complement at Norfolk Navy Yard on 13 June 1920. She lay there and later at the Charleston Navy Yard and Boston Navy Yard until she steamed to the Philadelphia Navy Yard, where she was decommissioned 30 June 1922.

Clemson was later reclassified AVP-17, on 15 November 1939, and converted into a small aircraft tender, and after that, was recommissioned on 12 July 1940. On 6 August, she was again reclassified, becoming AVD-4, and on 18 August reported to Commander, Aircraft, Scouting Force, Atlantic Fleet at Norfolk, Virginia. From 29 August 1940 to 28 November 1941 she tended patrol planes in the Caribbean and at the Galapagos Islands. Clemson then sailed south arriving at Recife, Brazil, 6 December. She remained on the coast of Brazil until 22 January 1942 when she returned to the Galapagos Islands. For the next year the tender shuttled between there and the Caribbean as her services was required. She returned to Norfolk, 2 March 1943 and then moved to Charleston, for reconversion to a destroyer (although not reclassified DD-186 until 1 December 1943).

On 30 May 1943, she joined the pioneer American hunter-killer group built around the escort carrier USS Bogue. Clemson made eight patrols with the group during which it sank eight German submarines, and Clemson shared in the credit for the sinking of U-172 on 13 December. After an overhaul at New York early in 1944, she escorted a convoy to Casablanca and back between 25 January and 9 March. Once more, Clemson underwent conversion, this time to a high speed transport at Charleston Navy Yard, now reclassified as APD-31, on 7 March 1944. Clemson shared in the Presidential Unit Citation awarded the Bogue hunter-killer group.

In the Pacific, Clemson reached Pearl Harbor on 24 May and embarked Underwater Demolition Team 6 (UDT 6). She then sailed westward to act as a mother ship for UDT 6 as it prepared beaches immediately before the invasions of Saipan, Guam, Peleliu, Leyte and of Luzon. While entering Lingayen Gulf 5 January 1945, she drove off a Japanese air attack. Clemson then went on convoy escort duty before returning to San Pedro, Los Angeles, on 6 July. Re-designated DD-186, 17 July, she was still undergoing reconversion when World War II ended. She was decommissioned 12 October 1945 and sold 21 November 1946. The ship's bell is privately owned in Clemson, South Carolina.

In Minecraft, she is in her 1920's configuration, still as a full fledged destroyer, with all her 4 inch (102mm) guns, her torpedo tubes, and depth charges. Clemson's hull also didn't have numbers painted on them, but I put them on because it would fit in with all the other Clemson class destroyers that were in service during the 1930's, that did have them painted on. Slight historical inaccuracy, but nothing too big that would affect the rest of the build.

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Source: USS Clemson (DD-186) - Wikipedia
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