Allied Warships

USS Bates (DE 68)

Destroyer Escort of the Buckley class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer Escort
PennantDE 68 
Built byBethlehem Shipyard Inc. (Hingham, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered10 Jan 1942 
Laid down29 Mar 1943 
Launched6 Jun 1943 
Commissioned12 Sep 1943 
Lost25 May 1945 
Loss position26° 41'N, 127° 47'E

Converted to High Speed Transport and reclassified as APD- 47 on 31 July 1944.
Sunk by Japanese kamikaze aircraft west of Okinawa in position 26º41'N, 127º47'E. 23 of the crew were killed and 37 wounded which includes the Commanding officer Lcmdr Henry Augustus Wilmerding,USNR and his Executive officer Lcmdr Horace Greenough Powell, USNR;there are 177 survivors in all rescued by the USS Fleming, Gosselin, PC-877 and the USS Reynolds.


Commands listed for USS Bates (DE 68)

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1Lt.Cdr. Eugene Hugh Maher, USNR12 Sep 19435 May 1944
2Henry Augustus Wilmerding, Jr., USNR5 May 194425 May 1945

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Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

The Buckley-Class Destroyer Escorts

Bruce Hampton Franklin

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