USS Fair DE-35
Victor Norman Fair, Jr., born
15 August 1921 in Lincoln County,N.C., enlisted in the Naval Reserve 15
August,1940, and was commissioned ensign 14 March 1941. Serving in Gregory
(APD-3), Lieutenant (junior grade)
Fair was wounded when his ship was sunk by Japanese gunfire in the Solomon's on 5 September 1942, and died 4 days later.
(DE-36: dp. 1,140; 1. 289'6"; b. 36'1"; dr. 8'3"; s. 21 k.; cpl. 156; a. 3 3"; cl. Evarts)
Fair (DE-35) was launched 27
July 1943 by Mare Island Navy Yard, sponsored by Mrs. V. N. Fair, Jr.,
widow of Lieutenant
(junior grade) Fair; and commissioned 23 October 1943, Lieutenant D. S. Crocker, USNR, in command.
Fair escorted a convoy from San
Francisco to Pearl Harbor, where she arrived 9 January 1944. She put to
sea 9 days later to
conduct an antisubmarine patrol off Tarawa, and late on 4 February, joined Charrette (DD-581) to develop a contact
previously made by the destroyer. Attacks by both ships led to the sinking in the early morning of 6 February of I-21. Fair
returned to Pearl Harbor 17 February, and sailed 26 February for Majuro, where from 6 March to 12 June she patrolled the
entrance to the lagoon, and escorted ships to and from ocean rendezvous and to Roi and Namur. On 14 June she arrived at
Eniwetok with three oilers, and for the next 2 weeks, screened them in the fueling area off the Marianas as they fueled ships
serving in the assault and capture of Saipan.
The escort vessel served on patrol
out of Eniwetok between 1 and 14 July 1944, then returned to screen the
during the assaults on Tinian and Guam. She returned to Pearl Harbor 31 August for a brief overhaul and to take part in training
operations. On 13 October Fair was back at Eniwetok for duty escorting convoys to Ulithi until 19 January 1946. She
continued her escort duty from Eniwetok to Manus Guam, and Guadalcanal, until 24 March, when she arrived at Ulithi to stage
for the assault on Okinawa.
Guarding a convoy composed primarily
of LSTs, Fair put out from Ulithi 27 March 1946, and after the initial
assault 1 April,
put into Kerama Retto. On 6 April, before getting underway for Saipan with unladen transports, she fired on the massive wave
of kamikaze planes which attacked shipping off the island, splashing one. After her voyage to Saipan, Fair patrolled off Chimu
Wan, Okinawa, until 12 May, then screened the transport area, firing on attacking aircraft and suicide boats for 10 days. Her
next assignment was a convoy escort voyage to Saipan and Guam, returning to Okinawa 10 June for local escort duty and
Fair cleared Okinawa 6 July 1946
for a west coast overhaul. She was decommissioned at Portland, Oreg., 17
1945, and transferred to the Army 20 May 1947.
USS Fair received five battle stars for World War II service.