USS Collett was a World War II-era Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer in the service of the U. S. Navy, named after Lieutenant Commander John A. Collett, a naval aviator and commanding officer of Torpedo Squadron Ten, killed during the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands in October 1942. Collett was launched 5 March 1944 by Bath Iron Works Corp. Bath, Maine. Baughman as proxy for Mrs. J. D. Collett. Assigned to the Pacific Fleet, Collett reached Pearl Harbor Ulithi 3 November. From this base, she screened the Fast Carrier Task Force for the remainder of the war, she first saw action in the air raids on Luzon and Formosa, which accompanied the advance of ground forces on Leyte, prepared for the invasion at Lingayen from November 1944 into January 1945. On 14 November 1944, while acting as a picket for TF 38, she was attacked by four Mitsubishi G4M "Betty" bombers; the ship is credited with dodging two torpedoes on this day. In January the carriers she screened continued to launch air attacks on Taiwan, the China coast, the Nansei Shoto, on 16 and 17 February sailed daringly close to the Japanese coast to strike targets on Honshū before giving air cover to the invasion of Iwo Jima from 20 to 22 February.
Collett returned to Empire waters with the carrier task force to screen during air raids on Honshū 25 February 1945, joined in the bombardment of Okino Daito Shima 2 March, returned to screening during the air strikes on Kyūshū and southern Honshū of 18 to 20 March. From 23 March to 24 April, the force concentrated its strikes on Okinawa, invaded on 1 April. On 18 April Collett joined with four other destroyers and carrier aircraft to sink Japanese submarine I-56 at26°42′N 130°38′E. After replenishing at Ulithi, Collett rejoined TF 58 11 May 1945 for its final month of air strikes supporting the Okinawa operation, from 10 July to 15 August sailed with the carriers as they flew their final series of heavy air attacks on the Japanese home islands. With her squadron, she swept through the Sagami Nada on 22 and 23 July, aiding in the sinking of several Japanese merchantmen. After patrol duty off Japan, guarding the carriers as they flew air cover for the landing of occupation troops, Collett entered Tokyo Bay 14 September 1945, 4 days sailed for a west coast overhaul.
Remaining on active duty with the Pacific Fleet from World War II into 1960, Collett alternated local operations and cruises along the west coast with tours of duty in the Far East, the first of which came in 1946–1947. She was in the Far East upon the outbreak of the Korean War in June 1950, after patrolling off Pusan from her base at Sasebo, escorting cargo ships laden with military supplies to Korea, she sailed up the difficult channel to Inchon on 13 September to begin the preinvasion bombardment, she carried out her mission, although hit four times by counterfire which wounded five of her men, on the 15th, returned with the invasion force, to whom she provided gunfire support once the landings had been made, as well as protective cover at sea. Her outstanding accomplishment in the invasion of Inchon was recognized with the awarding of the Navy Unit Commendation. After taking part in the Wonsan landings on 26 October, she returned to San Diego, California 18 November 1950, her second tour of duty in the Korean war, from 18 June 1951 to 17 February 1952, found her screening TF 77 as it conducted air strikes on the Korean east coast, training with an antisubmarine group off Okinawa, patrolling in the Taiwan Straits, conducting shore bombardments along the coast of Korea.
Similar duty, aside from bombardment, was her assignment during her third tour, from 29 August 1952 to 9 April 1953. From the close of the Korean war, Collett served in the Far East in between 1953 and 1959. Early in 1960 she began an extensive modernization, which continued until July 1960. On 19 July 1960, Collett collided with the destroyer USS Ammen off Newport Beach, killing 11 and injuring 20, all members of Ammen's crew. USCGC Heather rendered assistance after the collision. Despite a badly smashed bow, Collett made port under her own power, entering the Long Beach Naval Shipyard for extensive repairs, her bow was replaced with that of Seaman, an incomplete destroyer in the Reserve Fleet. On 5 November 1960, Collett departed Long Beach for coastal operations, which continued intermittently for the remainder of the year. Following repairs in 1961, Collett was home ported in Yokosuka, Japan, 1962-1964 for Seventh Fleet assignments that included participating in fleet exercises, patrolling the Taiwan Straits and the Gulf of Tonkin.
In the autumn of 1964, a Variable Depth Sonar was installed at the Yokosuka Naval Shipyard. Collett returned to Long Beach via Australia but returned to the Seventh Fleet in 1965 for duty from May to August; because Collett provided naval gunfire support while in the Mekong River on 19 August 1965, personnel onboard that day may be eligible for VA benefits related to Agent Orange exposure according to the website benefits.va.gov. According to the Command History USS Collett, DD 730 Westpac deployment 1966-1968 document, the weapons delivery systems of the Collett during this time were three 5 inch/38 twin mounts, two fixed and trainable torpedo tubes, two hedgehog mounts, DASH; the ship was again home-ported in Yokosuka, Japan, 1966-1968, performed a variety of combat missions in the Gulf of Tonkin. Her assignments included Search and Rescue, Naval Gunfire Support, Operation Sea Dragon, plane guarding for carriers. During
USS Hyman, an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer, was a ship of the United States Navy named for Lieutenant Commander Willford Milton Hyman, who commanded the destroyer USS Sims during the Battle of the Coral Sea. During the battle, Sims was lost and Hyman went down with his ship on 7 May 1942, he was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross. Hyman was laid down by Bath Iron Works, Maine on 22 November 1943, was launched on 8 April 1944 and commissioned on 16 June 1944. Hyman conducted exhaustive shakedown training off Bermuda and in Casco Bay, before sailing from Boston 18 September to join the Pacific war, she steamed via the Panama Canal Zone and San Diego to Pearl Harbor 12 October 1944. During the next few months she was occupied with training exercises, including practice amphibious assaults, escort voyages to the advance base at Eniwetok; as the amphibious pincers, one reaching across Micronesia and the other pushing through the Philippines, closed on Japan in early 1945, the island of Iwo Jima became a prime objective.
Hyman sailed 27 January 1945, with the transports of Kelly Turner's expeditionary force, touching at Eniwetok before carrying out on Saipan a final rehearsal of the Iwo Jima landing. On the morning of 19 February, the destroyer formed part of the screen for the transports, she bombarded Japanese troops and bunkers until 23 February, when she made an antisubmarine sweep south of Iwo Jima. The next day, after returning to gunfire support station, Hyman fought off an air attack. Fire support, duties continued until the destroyer sailed for Leyte Gulf on 2 March 1945. There she took part in practice bombardments for the upcoming invasion of Okinawa. Hyman arrived Okinawa 1 April; as troops landed she took station off the transport area, protecting the American ships from enemy submarines and planes. In the following days she fought off several air attacks and on 5 April, led a search group hunting a reported midget submarine. Next day the ship was attacked in company with other picket and patrol ships west of Ie Shima as the Japanese made kamikaze attacks in hopes of stopping the landing.
Shooting at attacking planes on all sides, Hyman downed several before a damaged aircraft crashed near her torpedo tubes, its engine exploding on the main deck. While fighting fire and flooding, Hyman helped down two more aircraft before the engagement ended, leaving twelve of her men killed and over forty wounded. After emergency repairs at Kerama Retto on 7 April, the ship arrived at Saipan eleven days later. From there she steamed on one engine to San Francisco, arriving on 16 May 1945; the destroyer was ready for sea again in late July 1945. Hyman performed plane-guard duties in Hawaiian waters until arriving at Kwajalein on 5 September to assist in receiving the surrender of outlying Pacific islands, she received the surrender of Japanese forces on Kusaie on Ponape 11 September. Captain Momm, division commander on Hyman, assumed duties as military governor of Ponape next day; the ship remained as station ship, assisting in the occupation and repatriation until arriving Eniwetok 26 December 1945.
After exercises out of Yokosuka early in 1946, the ship sailed via California and the Canal Zone to Casco Bay, where she arrived 16 April 1946. Hyman took part in antisubmarine training operations in the Caribbean through the end of 1946. Hyman sailed for her first deployment to the Mediterranean 2 February 1947. For the next year she operated in coastal waters, but sailed 13 September 1948 with a carrier and cruiser group for the Mediterranean; the ships supported the United Nations peace force in Palestine. After this cruise Hyman returned to Newport, Rhode Island on 23 January 1949. Through 1949 and 1950 the destroyer was assigned to reserve training duty out of Algiers, on this duty she steamed for 2-week periods. With the outbreak of the Korean War in June 1950, Hyman engaged in maneuvers and training in the Caribbean, ending her reserve duty in September. After another cruise to the Mediterranean from 6 March to 7 June 1951, she prepared for Korean duty, getting underway from Newport on 2 October 1951.
Hyman steamed with her division via the Panama Canal, San Diego, Hawaii, arriving at Yokosuka on 31 October. With the ground war in Korea in stalemate, fleet air power, surface bombardment carried much of the fight to the enemy. Hyman arrived at Wonsan for shore bombardment on 6 November, remaining in the area until 19 November, when she moved farther out to sea as plane guard for Australian aircraft carrier Sydney. Returning to Wonsan Harbor the destroyer engaged in a gunnery duel with batteries on Kalmo Pando peninsula 24 November, sustaining minor shrapnel damage during the close-in exchange, she carried out search and rescue duties into December when she joined Task Force 77 in the Sea of Japan during interdiction strikes on North Korea. Hyman returned to Yokosuka on 22 February 1952 and soon afterward embarked on the long cruise home, completing her round the world voyage at Newport on 21 April after visiting Ceylon, Saudi Arabia and France; the veteran ship sailed again for Mediterranean waters 7 January 1953.
On this cruise she took part in joint operations with British and French ships, returning to her home port 24 May 1953. During 1954 and 1955 Hyman took part in antisubmarine operations in the Atlantic. In 1956 she cruised to the Caribbean with midshipmen on training operations, participated in North Atlantic Treaty Organization maneuvers off the Virginia Capes in May
USS Rowan (DD-782)
USS Rowan was a Gearing-class destroyer of the United States Navy, the fourth Navy ship named for Vice Admiral Stephen C. Rowan. Rowan was laid down on 25 March 1944 by Inc.. Seattle, Washington. W. A. Dunn in command. After completing shakedown off southern California, Rowan returned to Puget Sound. On 20 July she departed Seattle for Hawaii, whence she continued on to Okinawa. Arriving after Japan's surrender, she remained in the Ryukyus until 9 September moved on to Japan where she supported occupation forces into December. At the end of December, she retraced her route. Arriving at San Diego on 10 February, Rowan was immobilized until February 1947 when she resumed operations along the west coast and in Hawaiian waters. Six months she deployed to the western Pacific for operations in Japanese and Korean waters, she returned to San Diego on 30 April 1948. On 25 June 1950 the North Korean Army crossed the 38th Parallel into the Republic of Korea. Six weeks Rowan sailed for Japan, she arrived at Yokosuka on 19 August, shifted to Sasebo on the 21st, and, on the 25th, commenced operations off Korea.
On 12 September she departed Sasebo for her first support mission for a wartime amphibious landing. On the 15th she arrived off Inchon with Task Force 90. On 3 October she left Inchon to take up duties off the Korean east coast. In mid-October Rowan arrived with the Wonsan attack force. South Korean forces, took that city prior to "D-Day", 20 October, the 1st Marines were landed on the Kalma Peninsula on the 26th. Rowan remained into November. N. forces pushed to the Yalu River and retreated. In February 1951 she sailed for home. Local and Hawaiian training operations occupied the remainder of the year and in early January 1952 Rowan again headed for Korea. By 15 February she was back in the Wonsan area. Seven days while patrolling the northern sweep area, she took a direct hit from a North Korean shore battery on the portside which damaged a 40 mm gun, her radar, superstructure. During the ensuing duel and James E. Kyes destroyed three guns and an ammunition dump. On 22 February 1952 Rowan suffered minor damage after 1 hit from a shore battery at Hungnam, North Korea, no casualties.
During the Siege of Wonsan, On 18 June 1953 the Rowan received damage from Communist Shore Batteries. Forty five rounds of shellfire bracketed her, five striking. One shell, thought to be 155mm, punched a two-foot hole on her starboard side at frame 209, 8 inches above the waterline. Another shell demolished the Mark 34 Radar. Several other holes were visible in her side. Nine crewmen were injured, two seriously. Into June Rowan continued to operate off the embattled peninsula on gunfire support and interdiction missions and as plane guard and escort for the carriers. In late June she steamed south, served on the Taiwan Patrol Force into July returned to Korea, at the end of the month sailed for San Diego. Rowan was back in the western Pacific for her third Korean tour by mid-April 1953. Again she shifted to Taiwan patrol duty in July, she returned to Korea in August and through September conducted patrols off that coast to maintain the uneasy truce that began in late July. On 2 October she departed Yokosuka for California.
After Korea, Rowan remained in active service. Through the 1950s and into the 1960s she rotated between assignments with the 7th Fleet in the western Pacific and operations and exercises with the 1st Fleet off the west coasts of the Americas and in the Hawaiian area. During the early 1960s she supported scientific experiments: recovering a Nuclear Emulsion Recovery Vehicle capsule containing information on the Earth's atmosphere. On 3 June 1963, Rowan departed San Diego for a Fleet Rehabilitation and Modernization I conversion at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, she returned to California a year with improved living spaces, up-to-date communications, ASROC and DASH weapons systems. Local operations took her into the fall and on 5 January 1965 she resumed her schedule of WestPac deployments, this time to another combat area — Vietnam. Off Vietnam into the summer. In August she returned to San Diego, but in May 1966 was back off the South Vietnamese coast to support Vietnamese troops in the IV Corps area.
Adding plane guard duty to her activities, she continued Vietnamese operations until August, when she departed for San Diego and more "routine" duties with the 1st Fleet. In November she served as gunnery and anti-submarine warfare Schoolship at San Diego. In December she conducted evaluation tests off California. Most of 1967 was spent undergoing overhaul. In the fall she resumed her 7th Fleet deployments in support of ground operations in Vietnam, this time in the IV and II Corps areas and on plane guard duty in Tonkin
USS Walke (DD-723)
USS Walke, an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer, was the third ship of the United States Navy to be named for Henry A. Walke, a Rear Admiral during the Mexican–American War and the American Civil War; the third Walke was laid down on 7 June 1943 at Bath, Maine, by the Bath Iron Works and launched on 27 October 1943. The ship was commissioned at the Boston Navy Yard on 21 January 1944, Comdr. John C. Zahm in command. After fitting out at the Boston Navy Yard, Walke got underway on 12 February for Washington, D. C. which she visited from 14 to 18 February before heading for shakedown training. She returned to Boston on 19 March 1944 for availability before moving to Norfolk, Virginia, to conduct high-speed, over-the-stern fueling exercises with Aucilla under the auspices of the Bureau of Ships. From Hampton Roads, the destroyer moved to Key West, Florida, at the end of the first week in April to conduct antisubmarine warfare tests on a new type of sound gear, she completed that duty on 17 April and headed to Norfolk where she arrived two days for a month of duty training nucleus crews for newly constructed destroyers.
On 12 May, Walke got underway for New York. On 14 May, she headed for European waters to participate in the Normandy invasion, she arrived in Scotland, on 24 May. As a unit of Destroyer Division 119, Walke participated in the Normandy invasion between 6 and 26 June. On 7 and 8 June, she conducted shore bombardments, destroying blockhouses and machine-gun positions as well as helping to repulse a counterattack mounted by German armored units. On 23 and 24 June, the warship supported minesweeping operations at the Bombardment of Cherbourg and duelled with enemy shore batteries. After the Allied ground forces had pushed the fighting front inland out of range of the destroyer's guns, Walke departed European waters on 3 July and arrived at the Boston Navy Yard on 9 July. Following repairs there and refresher training at Casco Bay, she sailed south and arrived at Norfolk on 26 August. Four days the ship departed Norfolk in the screen of the aircraft carrier Ticonderoga, bound for the western Pacific.
Steaming via the Panama Canal and San Diego, the destroyer arrived in Pearl Harbor on 25 September. She conducted training exercises there for a month before departing the Hawaiian Islands on 23 October in the screen of North Carolina. Steaming via Eniwetok and Manus Island, she arrived in Ulithi on 5 November. There, she became a unit of Task Group 38.4, of the fast carrier task force, with which she sortied that day for a series of air strikes on targets in the Philippines. The warship returned from that foray to Ulithi on 22 November and lay at anchor there until 27 November when she got underway with Destroyer Squadron 60 for the Philippines, she arrived in San Pedro Bay, Leyte, on 29 November and joined the screen of TG 77.2 operating in Leyte Gulf. She returned to the anchorage at San Pedro Bay on 4 December and remained there until 6 December when she departed with TG 78.3 to support landings from Ormoc Bay on the western coast of Leyte. The troops of the United States Army's 77th Infantry Division stormed ashore unopposed on 7 December, but the Japanese mounted heavy kamikaze attacks on the supporting ships in an attempt to foil the assault.
During those air raids, Walke assisted the destroyer Mahan when three kamikazes of a nine-plane raid succeeded in crashing into her. After rescuing a number of Mahan's crewmen, Walke sent the stricken destroyer to the bottom with a torpedo and gunfire; the next day, en route back to San Pedro Bay, she helped to splash an attacking enemy aircraft. She safely reached her destination that day and operated in Leyte Gulf and at San Pedro Bay until 13 December; that day, she got underway with TG 77.3 to support the assault on Mindoro. She arrived off that island on 15 December as a part of Rear Admiral Berkley's close covering force, made up of one heavy cruiser, two light cruisers and six other destroyers. Besides protecting the heavier elements from air and submarine attack, she destroyed by gunfire the grounded Wakaba. After completing that mission, she headed back to Leyte Gulf. En route, she drove off by antiaircraft fire several planes which approached her and arrived safely in San Pedro Bay on 18 December 1944.
The destroyer remained there until 2 January 1945 when she got underway for Lingayen Gulf and the invasion of Luzon. American minesweepers moved into the gulf on 6 January, Walke steamed in with them to provide covering fire and antiaircraft defense; that day, four enemy Nakajima Ki-43 "Oscar" aircraft approached the destroyer from her starboard side forward, low on the water. She succeeded in splashing the first two attackers; the third plane pressed home his combination strafing run-suicide attack and, though hit several times, managed to crash into Walke's bridge on the port side and burst into flames. The destroyer lost all communications, gyro repeaters, electricity throughout the superstructure, she suffered extensive damage to the bridge itself as well as to her gun and torpedo directors. The 250-pound bomb the plane carried did not explode but passed through the ship in the vicinity of the combat information center. Two minutes after the first kamikaze crashed into Walke, the last of the four "Oscars" began his dive.
As this attacker came in toward the destroyer's starboard quarter, he was subjected to fire from 5-inch mount number 3 in local control and from the starboard side 40- and 20-millimeter guns. Their concentrated fire saved the ship from a second crash when the plane burst into flames and splashed into the sea close aboard. Soon thereafter, control was
USS Brinkley Bass
USS Brinkley Bass was a Gearing-class destroyer of the United States Navy. She was named for Lieutenant Commander Harry Brinkley Bass, killed in action when his plane crashed in combat during the invasion of southern France on 20 August 1944. Brinkley Bass was laid down by the Consolidated Steel Corporation at Orange, Texas on 20 December 1944, launched on 26 May 1945 by Mrs. Percy Bass, mother of Lt. Cmdr. Bass and commissioned on 1 October 1945. USS Brinkley Bass was laid down on 20 December 1944 at Orange, Texas, by the Consolidated Steel Corporation and launched on 26 May 1945 sponsored by Mrs. Verna Maulding Bass; the destroyer was commissioned on Commander Philip W. Winston in command; the destroyer spent the remainder of 1945 outfitting and conducting shakedown training in the Gulf of Mexico. She put into Charleston, South Carolina, for post-shakedown availability. On 2 February 1946, the warship stood out of Charleston on her way to the U. S. West Coast. After transiting the Panama Canal, Brinkley Bass arrived in San Diego on 20 February.
She remained than a week. On the 26th, the destroyer was underway bound for the western Pacific Ocean. Early that spring the destroyer arrived in Shanghai and began duty transporting mail between the various naval commands in China, she made the rounds between Shanghai and Hong Kong, conducted maneuvers with Task Forces 58 and 77. In December, the destroyer began the voyage home, stopping at Guam and at Pearl Harbor before arriving back in San Diego in February 1947. For the next year, Brinkley Bass participated in type training and independent ship's exercises along the coast of southern California. During the summer of 1947, she entered Hunters Point Naval Shipyard for regular overhaul; the repair period lasted until November. In February 1948, she headed back to the Far East for a deployment of about eight months. During that cruise, she visited China; the warship resumed local operations out of her home port. In February 1949, she departed the waters of southern California to participate in Operation "Micowex" conducted in Alaskan waters.
Brinkley Bass reentered San Diego in March, April saw her begin another regular overhaul, that time at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard. In July, the warship resumed operations along the coast of southern California. In October, Brinkley Bass embarked upon her third tour of duty in the Orient. During that deployment, she alternated port visits in Japan, China and the Philippines with training evolutions and patrols in Tsushima Strait. Returning via Guam and Pearl Harbor, the destroyer arrived back home in June 1950. On 25 June 1950, the Korean War broke out. Brinkley Bass, did not get into the conflict immediateIy. Scheduled for regular overhaul, she entered the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard on 16 August and remained there until 8 October. After about a month of normal operations, the destroyer departed San Diego on 6 November, bound for her first tour of duty in the Korean combat zone, she made the normal stops, Pearl Harbor, Midway Island, Sasebo, Japan before joining Task Force 77 off the Korean coast on 25 November.
Brinkley Bass served the carriers of TF 77 as anti-submarine escort. Such remained her mission until late in April 1951 when she and her division mates were detached to escort a convoy of transports to Japanese ports. On 16 May, she reported for duty with TF 95, the "Blockading and Escort Force", for duty off Wonsan harbour. For the next 30 days, the warship shelled enemy installations continually and vectored in air strikes on other targets. On 20 May, a North Korean shore battery succeeded in wounding 10 Brinkley Bass crewmembers, one of them fatally, with shell fragments from a near-miss to starboard. On 27 June, she resumed duty as plane guard and escort to the carriers of TF 77, she and her division were relieved by Destroyer Division 91 on 18 July, they headed home via Yokosuka and Pearl Harbor. Brinkley Bass reentered San Diego on 6 August. After a post-deployment leave ana upkeep period, the destroyer resumed normal operations out of San Diego; that employment lasted until the first month of 1952.
On 26 January 1952, she stood out of San Diego in company with USS Arnold J. Isbell and USS Stickell bound for the Korean War once more. After stops at Pearl Harbor and Yokosuka, she reported for duty in the screen of TF 77 on 25 February 1952; that assignment lasted until 19 March. Over the next two weeks, the destroyer delivered gunfire on enemy installations, she received return fire from shore batteries. Relieved of duty at Wonsan on 1 April, Brinkley Bass headed for repairs. Back on station with TF 77 by mid-April, the warship screened the carriers and participated in shore bombardments for the next six weeks; the last week of that tour saw her assisting the Republic of Korea frigate ROKS Apnok 62 which had nearly been severed in half in a collision. On 27 May, she was detached from TF 77 for an eight-day respite at Sasebo; the warship spent two weeks bombarding the North Koreans. On 22 June, her division, DesDiv 52, was relieved at Wonsan and shaped a course for Okinawa whence she conducted two weeks of antisubmarine warfare training.
Following that, Brinkley Bass served a two-week tour with the Taiwan Strait patrol. On 28 July, the destroyer rejoined the screen of TF 77. On 31 July, she performed her last mission of the deployment—a gunfire mission on the e
USS Porterfield was a Fletcher-class destroyer of the United States Navy, named for Rear Admiral Lewis B. Porterfield. Porterfield was laid down by the Bethlehem Steel Co. San Pedro, California 12 December 1942. Porterfield. Woefel in command. Following her shakedown, Porterfield joined Task Force 53, getting underway 12 January 1944 and arriving off the Marshalls on the 31st. Porterfield's first job was shore bombardment on Ennomennet and Ennubirr Islands, followed by harassing and neutalizing fire on Roi and Namur. By 4 February the situation was well in hand, Porterfield left to convoy several cargo and transport ships to Funafuti. Here she joined another destroyer, Fletcher, en route to Majuro. On 20 February Porterfield got underway from Majuro in company with a division of battleships for shore bombardment in the Marshalls; the destroyers screened as the battleships’ guns worked over enemy installations for two days. After a quick voyage to Pearl Harbor, Porterfield joined the replenishment group for the fast carrier task force, screening the oilers which refueled the striking forces during the raids on Yap and Satawan.
This duty continued until the end of April. Porterfield's next assignment was screening escort carriers during the Marianas invasion; the group sortied from Pearl Harbor 30 June, with Porterfield's group of jeep carriers furnishing air coverage for the advance. The group arrived off Saipan 15 June and enemy air attacks began shortly thereafter. Porterfield stayed with the force, rescuing two pilots, before being sent to Eniwetok 1 July for dry-docking. After her repairs, the ship reached Saipan again 11 July and operated with the carrier screen until sent to Guam early in August. On 3 August, Porterfield was detached from the carrier group to join the Fast Carrier Task Force, she rendezvoused with Task Group 58.4 east of Guam 6 August and operated with that group during the rest of the Guam campaign, returning to Eniwetok for upkeep 10 August. The group put to sea again 29 August and launched raids against Palau and Mindanao in support of the landings in the Palaus; the ships remained in the general area between the Philippines and the Palaus during all of September, striking at islands within the Philippines.
The carrier force left Ulithi 6 October, with Formosa as their objectives. Air raids were heavier this time, Porterfield splashed three planes rescuing the crew of a torpedo bomber from the carrier Hornet. Following the attacks on Okinawa and Formosa, the group was sent to the Philippines, lying in wait for units of the Japanese Fleet, which were supposed to be planning an attack. At dawn 25 October the carrier planes from the formation began their strikes against the Japanese forces, crippling the entire group and sending it scurrying back toward Japan. Porterfield was ordered to join four cruisers to finish off the damaged ships; the group engaged one Japanese cruiser which sank just as the destroyers were pressing a torpedo attack. The group sortied again 1 November for an operating area east of Samar. On the morning of the 5th, the carriers launched a strike against Luzon, amid gathering stormy weather. One pilot from the carrier Langley crashed, had to be hauled aboard Porterfield by a life boat.
The Japanese struck back in the early afternoon, Lexington took a kamikaze crash. Again Porterfield was undamaged. On 22 November she again sortied from Ulithi for more raids on Luzon, returning to Ulithi for logistics and upkeep 3 December. A week she was again underway for Luzon, recovered another Langley pilot on the 13th. On the group's next raid, it was decided to enter the South China Sea via the Bashi Channel between Formosa and Luzon. Once inside, the group conducted a shipping raid along the China coast which cost the Japanese a heavy toll of their remaining shipping strength; the group cleared the China Sea 19 January 1945, again sent planes against Formosa. The Japanese defense was more effective this time, however, as two suicide planes crashed into the carrier Ticonderoga and one bomb hit Langley's flight deck. Further strikes were launched against Okinawa Gunto. On 10 February the ships sortied again, bound for Tokyo and subsequent support of the Iwo Jima landings. On the second day out, Porterfield rescued two pilots from the carrier Cowpens.
The Fast Carrier Task Force penetrated to within 60 miles of Tokyo without being attacked, retired toward Iwo Jima to provide direct support for the landings there. The carrier planes flew direct support missions until 23 February, when the group refueled and set course for Tokyo. During the Iwo Jima campaign Porterfield added another plane to her credit; the group prowled off the Japanese home islands for several days, striking at will. Early on the morning of 26 February, Porterfield picked up a Japanese picket boat on her radar screen, promptly engaged her; the 150-foot boat put up a stiff fight, aided by rough seas which made fire control difficult, but Porterfield sank her within fifteen minutes. One of her officers, Ensign Burton James Brown, was awarded the Navy Cross for heroism during this action; the following day, with the weather improving, the task group refueled and Porterfield departed for Ulithi, arriving 1 March. She stayed in Ulithi for three weeks before leaving for Okinawa Jima, where she was to lend fire support for the landings on Kerama Retto and Okinawa.
On 6 April, just as the ships were forming for night retirement, kamikaze suicide planes swarmed over the formation, div