Allied Warships

USS Rall (DE 304)

Destroyer Escort of the Evarts class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer Escort
PennantDE 304 
Built byMare Island Navy Yard (Vallejo, California, U.S.A.) 
Ordered7 Aug 1942 
Laid down24 May 1943 
Launched23 Sep 1943 
Commissioned8 Apr 1944 
End service11 Dec 1945 

Decommissioned 11 December 1945.
Stricken 3 January 1946.
Sold 18 March 1947 and broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS Rall (DE 304)

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1Lt.Cdr. Crittenden Battelle Taylor, USNR8 Apr 194425 Jun 1945
2James B. O'Donnell, USNR25 Jun 194511 Dec 1945

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Notable events involving Rall include:

9 Aug 1944
During 9 and 10 August 1944, USS Baya (Cdr. A.H. Holtz, USN), conducted exercises off Pearl Harbour together with USS Canfield (Lt.Cdr. P.E. Cherry, USNR), USS Greiner (Lt.Cdr. L.H. Kiser, USN), USS Griswold (Lt.Cdr. M.C. Walley, USNR), USS Rall (Lt.Cdr. C.B. Taylor, USNR), USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. M. Ferrara, USN) and USS Grouper (Cdr. F.H. Wahlig, USN). These exercises included night exercises.

18 Aug 1944
USS Baya (Cdr. A.H. Holtz, USN) conducted exercises off Pearl Harbour together with USS Lovering (Lt.Cdr. E.P. Bayley, USNR), USS Rall (Lt.Cdr. C.B. Taylor, USNR), USS Burden R. Hastings (Lt.Cdr. E.B. Fay, USNR), USS Hawkbill (Cdr. F.W. Scanland, Jr., USN) and USS Becuna (Cdr. H.D. Sturr, USN).

12 Apr 1945
(Lt Cdr Crittenden Battelle Taylor, USNR)Severely damaged by Kamikaze attack, 21 of the crew were killed and 38 wounded

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Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

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Graves, Richard W.
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