USS Durik (DE-666)
USS Durik (DE-666) was a [[Buckley class destroyer escort #REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Buckley-class]] destroyer escort of the United States Navy, named in honor of Apprentice Seaman Joseph E. Durik (1922–42).
Durik was launched 9 October 1943 by Dravo Corp., Neville Island, Pennsylvania; sponsored by Mrs. M. Durik, mother of Seaman Apprentice Durik; and commissioned 24 March 1944, Commander K. B. Smith in command.
Between 20 May and 30 November 1944 Durik made two voyages from New York and Norfolk, Virginia escorting convoys to Casablanca, Bizerte, and Palermo. She served as schoolship for precommissioning crews of escort vessels, frigates, and high-speed transports at Norfolk from 9 December 1944 to 14 January 1945, then returned to convoy duty, making two voyages to Oran, Algeria, between 17 January 1945 and 19 May.
Durik arrived at Miami, Florida, 8 June 1945 to serve as schoolship for the instruction of student officers. From 21 July to 5 September she was briefly overhauled at New York and trained at Guantanamo Bay, then returned to duty at Miami until 1 November when she arrived at Mayport, Fla., to serve as plane guard for USS Solomons (CVE-67) during the qualifications of pilots in carrier operations. On 28 March 1946 Durik entered Charleston Naval Shipyard, and on 27 April arrived at Green Cove Springs, Fla., where she was placed out of commission in reserve 15 June 1946.