Allied Warships

USS Nicholson (DD 442)

Destroyer of the Benson / Gleaves class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassBenson / Gleaves 
PennantDD 442 
Built byBoston Navy Yard (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered1 Jul 1939 
Laid down1 Nov 1939 
Launched31 May 1940 
Commissioned3 Jun 1941 
End service26 Feb 1946 
History

Decommissioned 26 February 1946
Recommissioned 17 July 1950.
Decommissioned 15 January 1951.
Stricken 22 January 1951.
Transferred to Italy 15 January 1951 being renamed Aviere. Aviere was converted to an experimental gun ship in 1970. Aviere was stricken and sunk as target in 1975.

 

Commands listed for USS Nicholson (DD 442)

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CommanderFromTo
1John Stuart Keating, USN3 Jun 1941Jan 1943
2Lt.Cdr. Lewis Merrill Markham, Jr., USNJan 194314 Oct 1943
3William Winfred Vanous, USN14 Oct 194323 Sep 1944
4Warfield Clay Bennett, Jr., USN23 Sep 194426 Feb 1946

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Notable events involving Nicholson include:


22 Feb 1942
USS Nicholson picks up 20 survivors from the Norwegian merchant Sama that was torpedoed and sunk in the North Atlantic in position 49°20'N, 38°15'W by German U-boat U-155.

7 May 1949
The movie "On The Town" was shot on the Nicholson from 7 May to 11 May 1949. The ship appeared in the first part of the movie and at the last scenes. Movie made it\'s world premier at Radio City Music Hall during Xmas season 1949. The crew were invited guests. Movie starred Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Jules Munchin, Anne Miller, Betty Garrett and Vera Ellen. Gene Kelly spent time with crew talking & drinking bos'n locker coffee. (1)

Media links


Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.


U.S. Destroyers

Friedman, Norman


United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

Roscoe, Theodore

Sources

  1. Personal communication

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