The third USS Porter, DD 356, was laid down with Selfridge, McDougal and Winslow at New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, New Jersey, 18 December 1933. Commissioned on 25 August 1936, she conducted her shakedown cruise off northern Europe and participated in ceremonial events before being transferred to the Pacific Fleet, arriving at San Francisco on 5 August 1937.
Destroyer Squadron 5
1 October 1941
USS Porter (DD 356), flag
Destroyer Division 9
USS Drayton, DD 366, flag
USS Flusser, DD 368
USS Lamson, DD 367
USS Mahan, DD 364
Destroyer Division 10
USS Cushing, DD 376, flag
USS Perkins, DD 377
USS Preston, DD 379
USS Smith, DD 378

Operating from San Diego as flagship of Destroyer Squadron 5 (see table), she and her squadron participated in training exercises and large-scale fleet problems until the outbreak of World War II.

On 5 December 1941, Porter with DesDiv 9 of her squadron (Drayton, Flusser, Lamson and Mahan) departed Pearl Harbor with Lexington’s Task Force 12 (also including heavy cruisers Chicago, Portland and Astoria) to deliver Marine scout bombers to Midway Island and were at sea when the Japanese attacked on 7 December, returning to Pearl Harbor 13 December after searching to “intercept and destroy” the enemy.

Porter remained in Hawaiian waters until March 1942, when she began four months’ operations off the west coast. Returning to Pearl Harbor in August, she sortied on 16 October for the Solomons with Enterprise’s Task Force 16—battleship South Dakota, heavy cruiser Portland, anti-aircraft cruiser San Juan and destroyers Mahan, Conyngham, Shaw, Cushing, Smith, Preston and Maury. Ten days later, following the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, Porter was hit by the torpedo carried by the Avenger torpedo plane whose crew she stopped to rescue. After the crew had abandoned ship, was sunk by gunfire from Shaw.

Porter earned one battle star in World War II for this action.

Sources: Robert Stern; Naval Historical Center including Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.