Elton Edward Davenport - Trenton, NC
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Countrydragon
N 35° 03.787 W 077° 21.226
18S E 285359 N 3882576
Located on S. Market St. near Jones St in Trenton NC
Waymark Code: WM81JP
Location: North Carolina, United States
Date Posted: 01/09/2010
Views: 3

Memorial reads as followed:

Elton Edward Davenport
"Sonny Boy"

June 10, 1921
Oct. 3, 1944

Fireman F. 1/C
U.S.S. Clemson

In memory by his ship mates


USS Clemson was the lead ship of her class of destroyers which served in the United States Navy during World War II. She was named for Midshipman Henry A. Clemson (1820–1846), lost at sea when the brig USS Somers capsized in a sudden squall off Vera Cruz on 8 December 1846 while chasing a blockade runner.

She is the only ship in the United States Navy to have received the name Clemson.

Clemson was launched 5 September 1918 by Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company, Newport News, Virginia; sponsored by Miss M. C. Daniels; and commissioned 29 December 1919, Lieutenant Commander G. C. Dichman in command.

Reclassified AVP-17, 15 November 1939, and converted into a small aircraft tender, Clemson was recommissioned 12 July 1940. On 6 August, she was again reclassified, becoming AVD-4, and on 18 August reported to Commander, Aircraft, Scouting Force, Atlantic Fleet at Norfolk, Virginia. From 29 August 1940 to 28 November 1941 she tended patrol planes in the Caribbean and at the Galapagos Islands. Clemson then sailed south arriving at Recife, Brazil, 6 December. She remained on the coast of Brazil until 22 January 1942 when she returned to the Galapagos Islands. For the next year the tender shuttled between there and the Caribbean as her services were required. She returned to Norfolk, 2 March 1943 and then moved to Charleston, for reconversion to a destroyer (although not reclassified DD-186 until 1 December 1943).

On 30 May 1943, she joined the pioneer American hunter-killer group built around Bogue. Clemson made eight patrols with the group during which it sank eight German submarines, a major contribution to victory in the Battle of the Atlantic. Clemson shared in the credit for the sinking of U-175 on 13 December in 26° 19' N., 29° 58' W. After an overhaul at New York early in 1944, she escorted a convoy to Casablanca and back between 25 January and 9 March. Once more, Clemson underwent conversion, this time to a high speed transport at Charleston Navy Yard (reclassified APD-31, 7 March 1944).

Clemson shared in the Presidential Unit Citation awarded the Bogue hunter-killer group

List if there are any visiting hours:
None an open park were the nice sandstone memorial sits.

Entrance fees (if any):
Nope, just your tank of gas.

Date dedicated: 10/03/1933

Sponsor(s): Sailors Of Uss Clemson

Relevent website: Not listed

Parking coordinates: Not Listed

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