“USS Porterfield (DD-682) was a Fletcher-class destroyer of the United States Navy. She was laid down by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding, San Pedro, California 12 December 1942; launched 13 June 1943; sponsored by Mrs Louis B. Porterfield and commissioned 30 October 1943, with Commander J. C. Woefel in command.
“Porterfield received ten battle stars for World War II service and four battle stars for Korean War service.
“Porterfield was decommissioned on 7 November 1969, stricken from the Naval Vessel Register 1 March 1975. Designated as a target in 1976 and sunk on 18 July 1982.”*
On Friday, September 17, 2021, former shipmates of the USS Porterfield gathered at Wichita Veterans Memorial Park. Names of those shipmates who are deceased were read and a memorial wreath was laid into the waters of the Arkansas River.
SOURCE: Wikipedia, USS Porterfield, Last updated 15 May, 2021. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Porterfield, 22 September, 2021.
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