Allied Warships

USS Darby (DE 218)

Destroyer Escort of the Buckley class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer Escort
PennantDE 218 
Built byPhiladelphia Navy Yard (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) 
Ordered8 Jun 1942 
Laid down22 Feb 1943 
Launched29 May 1943 
Commissioned15 Nov 1943 
End service 1958 

Decommissioned 28 April 1947.
Recommissioned 24 October 1950.
Decommissioned in 1958.
Stricken 23 September 1968.
Sunk as a target 24 May 1970.


Commands listed for USS Darby (DE 218)

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1David Dean Humphreys, USNR15 Nov 194323 Jul 1944
2Merritt Warren Martin, USNR23 Jul 194411 Oct 1945

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Notable events involving Darby include:

16 Jul 1945
USS Catfish (Lt.Cdr. W.A. Overton, USNR) conducted exercises off Pearl Harbour together with USS Darby (Lt.Cdr. M.W. Martin, USNR).

3 Aug 1945
During 3/4 August 1945, USS Bowfin (Cdr. A.K. Tyree, USN), conducted exercises off Pearl Harbour together with USS Chew (Lt.Cdr. J.J. Mannion, USNR), USS Pruitt (Lt. D.B. Harby, USNR), USS Darby (Lt.Cdr. M.W. Martin, USNR) and USS Flasher (Cdr. G.W. Grider, USN).

Media links

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

The Buckley-Class Destroyer Escorts

Bruce Hampton Franklin

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