Allied Warships

USS Joseph E. Campbell (DE 70)

Destroyer Escort of the Buckley class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer Escort
PennantDE 70 
Built byBethlehem Shipyard Inc. (Hingham, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered10 Jan 1942 
Laid down5 Apr 1943 
Launched30 Jun 1943 
Commissioned23 Sep 1943 
End service15 Nov 1946 

Converted to High Speed Transport and reclassified as APD- 49 on 24 November 1944.
Decommissioned 15 November 1946.
Stricken 1 December 1966.
Tansferred to Chile on 15 November 1966 being renamed Riquelme.
Riquelme was used for spare parts and stripped.


Commands listed for USS Joseph E. Campbell (DE 70)

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1T/Cdr. Jack Frank Bowling, Jr., USN23 Sep 19432 Feb 1944
2James McIntosh Robertson, 2nd, USNR2 Feb 194425 Jan 1945
3James John Roder Mulcare, USNR25 Jan 194525 Sep 1945

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Notable events involving Joseph E. Campbell include:

4 May 1944
German U-boat U-371 was sunk at 0409hrs on 4 May 1944 in the Mediterranean north of Constantine, in position 37°49'N, 05°39'E, by depth charges from the US destroyer escorts USS USS Pride and USS Joseph E. Campbell the French destroyer escort Sénégalais and the British escort destroyer HMS Blankney.

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Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

The Buckley-Class Destroyer Escorts

Bruce Hampton Franklin

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