Allied Warships

USS Bowers (DE 637)

Destroyer Escort of the Buckley class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer Escort
PennantDE 637 
Built byBethlehem Steel Corp., (San Francisco, California, U.S.A.) 
Ordered7 Aug 1942 
Laid down28 Mar 1943 
Launched31 Oct 1943 
Commissioned27 Jan 1944 
End service18 Dec 1956 

Converted to High Speed Transport and reclassified as APD- 40 on 25 June 1945.
Decommissioned 10 February 1947.
Recommissioned 6 February 1951.
Decommissioned 18 December 1956.
Stricken by the U.S.N. 1 May 1961.
Transferred to the Philippines 21 April 1961 being renamed Rajah Soliman.
Rajah Soliman was sunk in a Typhoon in June 1962.
Raised and stricken in December 1964, broken up for scrap in 1966.


Commands listed for USS Bowers (DE 637)

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1T/Lt.Cdr. Frederic William Hawes, USN27 Jan 19446 Dec 1944
2Charles Frederick Highfield, USNR6 Dec 194416 Apr 1945
3Truman Boyce Hinkle, USNR16 Apr 1945Aug 1945
4Kenneth Ferguson Williams, USNRAug 1945Dec 1945

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Media links

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

The Buckley-Class Destroyer Escorts

Bruce Hampton Franklin

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