PAUL HAMILTON (DD 307)
PAUL HAMILTONN (DD 307) was launched 21 February 1919 by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation of San Francisco, California.
The ship was sponsored by Miss Justin McGrath and was commissioned 24 September 1920 with Lieutenant Commander J. F. McClain in command. After acceptance trials off California, PAUL HAMILTON was assigned to Division Thirty-Three, Squadron Six, Flotilla Two of the Cruiser-Destroyer Force based at San Diego, California.
She performed yeoman service with the Pacific Battle Fleet from 1920 to 1930. PAUL HAMILTON was decommissioned 20 January 1930 and was scrapped in 1931.
PAUL HAMILTON (DD 590)
PAUL HAMILTON (DD 590) was laid down 20 January 1943 by the Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, South Carolina, launched 7 April 1943, sponsored by Mrs. William Dewar Gordon and commissioned 25 October 1943 with Commander Leo G. May in command.
Following shakedown off Bermuda, PAUL HAMILTON served in the lower Chesapeake Bay, out of Norfolk, Virginia, as a destroyer training unit until April 1944. She departed Norfolk 25 April 1944 and steamed via Aruba, Dutch West Indies and the Panama Canal to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii where she arrived May 1944.
From 13 June to 12 August, PAUL HAMILTON formed part of the protective screen for the replenishment aircraft and fueling groups that serviced the Third Fleet during the landing at Saipan on 15 June. She accompanied Task Force 58 west during the Battle of the Philippine Sea 19 and 20 June. She departed for Manus Island, Admiralty Islands, on 20 August in company with escort carriers and fleet oilers.
From 1 September to 3 October, PAUL HAMILTON served as a screening vessel for the replenishment and fueling groups that serviced Third Fleet during the capture and occupation of the southern Palau Islands. She played a similar role for the Third Fleet from 4 October to 15 November during air strikes against Okinawa, Luzon, Formosa, the Visaryan Islands and the Japanese Fleet.
She proceeded via New Guinea to Leyte Gulf where she patrolled 7 to 11 December to protect shipping from enemy surface attacks. She screened for the amphibious assault force that landed on Mindoro Island, Philippines, 15 December and shot down three enemy planes that day. She screened ships supplying United States Army forces in Mindoro until 2 January 1945.
In January, PAUL HAMILTON screened for the assault on Lingayen Gulf, Philippines. She rescued 73 survivors from USS OMMANEY BAY (CVE 79) on 4 January 1945. Following replenishment in Ulithi, Western Carolinas, PAUL HAMILTON participated in the assault on Iwo Jima, where she provided shore bombardment, fire support and pilot rescue.
She departed Okinawa 17 June 1945 and proceeded via Guam, and Pearl Harbor to San Diego, California where she arrived 8 July for overhaul. PAUL HAMILTON reported to the Reserve Fleet 24 September 1945 and remained inactive until struck from the Naval Register 1 May 1968.
PAUL HAMILTON received seven battle stars for World War II service.