(DD-422: dp. 1,620; l.374'4"; b. 36'1"; dr. 11'0"; s. 37..r, k.; cpl. 191 a. 5-5", 8 20mm., 5 21" tt., 2 dct.. cl.Benson)
Mayo (DD-422) was Iaid down 16 May 1938 by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp. Fore River. Mass.; launched 26 March 1940; sponsored by Mrs. C. G. Mayo daughter-in law Of Admiral Mayo; and commissioned 18 September 1940, Lt. C. D. Emory in command.
Mayo joined the expanding neutrality patrol after shakedown and escorted marines to Iceland in July 1941 as they took protective custody of this key island. As President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill - agreed to the Atlantic Charter during the second week in August, Mayo guarded their meeting by patrolling off Argentia. New Foundland.
The formal entrance of the United States into World War II lengthened her convoy assignment beyond the western Atlantic. Escort of slow merchant convoys out of Boston gave way in summer 1942 to duty with fast troop transports out of New York. U-boats and bad weather were not the only dangers to be encountered. When Wakefield caught fire 3 September Mayo swiftly moved alongside the burning ship and removed 247 survivors. With the invasion of North Africa, .Mayo appeared at Casablanca, Morocco, 12 November, 4 days after D-Day, to protect the landing of reinforcements. A retraining period at the end of the year in Casco Bay, Maine, temporarily interrupted convoy assignments.
With DesRon 7, .Mayo joined the 8th fleet in the Mediterranean in August 1943. She gave fire and antiaircraft protection to the beachhead at Salerno, Italy, 8 September and again 22 to 24 January 1944 to the assault beaches at Anzio. At 2001 on the 24th a sudden explosion killed seven and wounded 23 of her crew while almost breaking her in two. Despite a gaping hole at the waterline, starboard she survived a tow back to Naples for a temporary patch and 3 March began the long tow back to the States. Pulled into New York Navy Yard ;3 April, Mayo required 4 months for repairs.
Mayo made a voyage to Trinidad and four to Europe before Germany was conquered. DesRon 7 sortied from New York ., 5 May 1945., for the western Pacific, and at Pearl Harbor joined fast carrier TG 12.4. planes from this group for Wake Island as a training gesture 20 June as the ships sailed Off westward reaching Ulithi, .Mayo began a series of escort missions to Okinawa. On 24 August she got underway escorting occupation troops which were landed on Honshu 2 September. She shepherded additional troops from the Philippines and Okinawa before sailing from Yokohama 3 November for San Diego and Charleston, arriving 7 December. She decommissioned 18 March 1946 and went into reserve at Orange, Tex., where she remains into 1969.Mayo received two battle stars for World War II service.