Beginning in September 1942, Benson-class Barton (DD 599, built at Quincy and commissioned in May) operated in the Solomon Islands, as did later DesDiv 27 arrivals Frazier, Meade and Edwards, but was sunk at the Battle of Guadalcanal on 13 November. Although her deck logs do not show that she was ever attached to a squadron, she may have been intended as the ninth destroyer of DesRon 14 and is included in the table below.
DesDiv 27, in the meantime, begin arriving in the South Pacific: Meade in September 1942, Frazier and Gansevoort in December and Edwards in January 1943.
With Guadalcanal in American hands and with the Fletchers of Squadron 21 and Squadron 22 taking station in the Solomon Islands, DesDiv 28 went north and in March 1943 joined DesDiv 27 in the Aleutians. The squadron provided shore bombardment and fire support for the siezure of Attu Island in May and Kiska in August. On 11 June, Frazier likely sank submarine I-9.
After overhaul on the West Coast, DesRon 14 moved south for the Fifth Fleet’s push across the Central Pacific, beginning with the Gilbert Islands operation in November 1943. On the 22nd, Meade and Frazier sank submarine I-35.
Thereafter, ships of the squadron were increasingly relegated to patrol, convoy escort and screening operations. Although dispersed, one or more of them participated in most offensive operations west to the Philippines in 1944 and south toward Borneo in 1945. Four were damaged:
Coghlan, Edwards and Frazier operated off Luzon in early 1945. Then, all the active ships participated in various combinations in the liberation of the southern Philippines and Borneo. Reflecting the squadron’s far-flung operations, Edwards ended the war with 14 service stars, a total surpassed by only nine other destroyers in World War II.
Source: Destroyer History Foundation database and Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships entries for individual ships, Morison.