The USS Doran (DD-634) served in the U.S. Navy for approximately five years during the first half of the 20th century. She was named for John James Doran, who served with the U.S. Navy around the turn of the 20th century. Doran was built as a Gleaves-class ship.
Doran was laid down in Boston, Massachusetts at the Boston Navy Yard in June 1941. She was launched in December 1941 and commissioned in August 1942, with Lieutenant Commander H.W. Gordon at the helm. Doran carried a crew of 208 and offered a cruising speed of 35 knots. She was armed with four five-inch anti-aircraft guns, six half-inch machine guns, and ten 21-inch torpedo tubes.
Doran began her military service screening transports for the invasion of Safi, Morocco in November 1942. From December 1942 through April 1943, Doran made multiple voyages out of New York (mainly to and from the Mediterranean theater). In July, she assisted in the landings at Scoglitti during the invasion of Sicily. She then performed escort and patrol duties between Tunisia and Sicily before returning to the US in September 1943.
During the fall of 1943 and the spring of 1944, Doran made five voyages between the east coast of the US and various ports in the United Kingdom. In May, she returned to the Mediterranean to screen transports and conduct anti-submarine patrols.
Following a return to New York in August, Doran escorted a convoy to Liverpool, then sailed to the Canal Zone as an escort ship. She then spent the first several months of 1945 escorting convoys to Oran before returning to Charleston, South Carolina for conversion to a high-speed minesweeper and reclassification as DMS-41.
After a period of re-training, Doran headed to the Pacific, where she swept mines in the Yellow Sea and escorted ships near Shanghai and Wakanoura Wan. In March 1946, Doran left Japanese waters for the US, where she was soon decommissioned and placed on reserve. In 1966, after receiving three battle stars for service in World War II, Doran was reclassified as DD-634 before eventually being stricken from the Navy list in January 1972. In 1973, Doran was sold to Zidell Explorations of Portland, Oregon to be broken up for scrap.
Asbestos Risk on the USS Doran (DD-634)
Rapid developments in the industrial economy in the 1800s led to the manufacture of boilers, steam engines, and other heavy equipment that required the use of asbestos products for insulating high heat components. Civilian and naval ships such as Doran also required asbestos-containing materials to insulate their engineering rooms and machinery. Over time, medical researchers began to understand that exposure to asbestos was more dangerous than previously thought, and caused a serious cancer known as mesothelioma.
Crewmen repairing and refitting ship's machinery were exposed more frequently and in greater quantity to asbestos, as were crew members working in repair operations. The incidence of pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma is known to be strongly associated with the overall level of exposure to asbestos as well as the total time of exposure. Those working in these jobs on the USS Doran could be at serious risk for developing mesothelioma which sometimes takes up to 40 years to display outward symptoms.
Since exposure to asbestos is currently the major cause of malignant mesothelioma and asbestos-related conditions, there are legal options available for those affected. Our team has compiled a comprehensive mesothelioma information packet to help you in understand more about the disease and how you may receive compensation for your injury. Please complete the information form on this page and we will send you an information kit, absolutely free of charge.Sources
Haze Gray & Underway. Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. DD-634.
(http://www.hazegray.org/danfs/destroy/dd634txt.htm) Retrieved 29 January 2011.
NavSource Naval History, USS Doran (DD-634).
(http://www.navsource.org/archives/05/634.htm) Retrieved 29 January 2011.