Stuff You Should Know
USS Gainard was an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer laid down on March 29, 1944 as DD-706 and launched on September 17, the same year. It was commissioned on November 23, 1944 under Commander Francis J. Foley’s command and served in the US Navy for 27 years until it was decommissioned on February 26, 1971. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 336 people on board and had the main missions in Bermuda, New York, San Diego, Pearl Harbor, Saipan, Okinawa, Iheya Shima, Aguni Shima, Kume Shima, Japan or Maine. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register on February 26, 1971 and sold for scrapping three years later. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Gainard received one battle star.