The USS Farenholt (DD-491) was a US Navy destroyer that was commissioned on 2 April 1942. The ship was named for Admiral Oscar Walter Farenholt, and it was built by the Bethlehem Steel Company in Staten Island, New York, and it fought in the Pacific theater of World War II. The ship took three hits during the Battle of Cape Esperance in 1942, suffering 3 dead and 43 wounded. The ship took part in escort operations off the Solomon Islands, and it also attacked Japanese merchantmen in 1944. In April 1946, the ship was placed out of commission in Charleston, South Carolina, and the ship was sold for scrap in November 1972 after 25 years in the reserve fleet.