The USS Conner (DD-582) was commissioned by the U.S. Navy during World War II, and was later transferred to Greece. She was named for Commodore David Conner who served in the Mexican War. Conner was a member of the Fletcher class of destroyers.
Conner was laid down by the Boston Navy Yard in April 1942, launched in July, and commissioned in June 1943 with Commander W.E. Kaitner in command. Carrying a crew of 273, Conner had a displacement of 2,924 tons and was armed with five 5-inch anti-aircraft guns, four 1.1-inch anti-aircraft guns, four 20-millimeter anti-aircraft guns, and ten 21-inch torpedo tubes.
Conner began her service out of Pearl Harbor in September 1943, and participated in the raid on Wake Island in October, and the invasion of the Gilbert Islands in November. In December, Conner operated as a screen for aircraft carriers during strikes on New Ireland. Conner was then deployed to the Marshall Islands in January and February 1944, where she continued carrier screening duty at Kwajalein and Majuro, as well as at Truk and the Mariana Islands. She also served during raids on Palaus, Yap, Ulithi, and Woleai in March and April, before joining the New Guinea bombardments.
Conner protected aircraft carriers during operations at Saipan, Tinian, and Guam before the Battle of the Philippine Sea in June, where she continued screening duties and served as a rescue vessel for long distance planes. In June and July, Conner operated during the Iwo Jima assault, and continued her service during the Battle for Surigao Strait and the Battle for Leyte Gulf. Following her service during troop landings at Mindoro and patrols at Lingayen Gulf in January 1945, Conner sailed to Mare Island Navy Yard for overhaul.
In May 1945, Conner returned to Leyte and guarded underwater demolition teams and minesweeping ships at Borneo, in addition to providing bombardment there during the invasion. Conner repeated this service for the invasion of Balikpapan in July. She continued operating in the region during the occupation of Japan, and was decommissioned at Long Beach in July 1946. Conner was transferred to Greece as HS Aspis in September 1959, served there until 1991, and was sold for scrap in 1997.
Asbestos Risk on the USS Conner (DD-582)
Nearly every area on board Conner made use of asbestos containing materials. The engine and power plant compartments on Conner were particularly dangerous. Asbestos insulation covered steam pipes and boilers, and protected elements of the ship's engines and turbines. Exposure to asbestos fibers is the only known cause of mesothelioma.
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Haze Gray & Underway. Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. DD-582.
NavSource Naval History. USS Conner (DD-582).