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The third USS Davis (DD-395) was a Somers-class destroyer in the United States Navy. She was named for Charles Henry Davis.

Davis was launched 30 July 1938 by Bath Iron Worksmarker, Bath, Mainemarker; sponsored by Miss E. Davis, granddaughter of Rear Admiral Davis; and commissioned 9 November 1938, Commander T. D. Carr in command.

History

Davis was assigned to Neutrality Patrol in the North Atlantic after World War II broke out in Europe 1 September 1939. On 13 November she sailed from Boston, Massachusettsmarker for Galveston, Texasmarker, from which she patrolled in the Gulf of Mexicomarker and conducted training exercises until clearing for patrol duty on the west coast between 11 March 1940 and 26 April 1941. She returned to the Caribbeanmarker for patrol and escort duty.

Continuing to serve in the Caribbean, after the United States entered the war, Davis also sailed on escort and patrol off Recifemarker, Brazilmarker, occasionally voyaging to the southern ports of the United States to pick up men and cargo, or to join convoys. On 19 July 1942 she rescued 10 men from the torpedoed Britishmarker sailing ship Glacier. She sailed from Recife 19 December 1943 for a blockade runner Burgenland (7 January 1944) whom she transferred to the authorities at Recife upon arrival 9 January.

Davis arrived in New York 15 April 1944 escorting Franklin , and sailed for Englandmarker 14 May as a convoy escort, arriving at Plymouthmarker 25 May. On 5 June she was underway from Milford Havenmarker, Walesmarker, to join a convoy en route to Baie de la Seinemarker for the invasion of Normandymarker. Davis arrived 7 June and five days later, while on patrol, repulsed an enemy torpedo boat attack. Returning to the Baie from Devonportmarker, England, 21 June, with a support convoy, she was heavily damaged from an explosion on the port quarter, probably a mine, and after emergency repairs departed two days later for the Isle of Portlandmarker, Englandmarker. She continued to Charleston, South Carolinamarker, arriving 11 August for permanent repairs.

Davis returned to convoy escort duty 26 December 1944 and until 21 June 1945 made four voyages between New York and English ports.

Arriving at Norfolk, Virginiamarker 10 July, she remained there until decommissioned 19 October 1945. She was sold 24 November 1947.

Honors

Davis received one battle star for World War II service.

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