Allied Warships

USS Reeves (DE 156)

Destroyer Escort of the Buckley class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer Escort
PennantDE 156 
Built byNorfolk Navy Yard (Portsmouth, Virginia, U.S.A.) 
Ordered10 Jan 1942 
Laid down7 Feb 1943 
Launched23 Apr 1943 
Commissioned9 Jun 1943 
End service30 Jul 1946 

Converted to High Speed Transport and reclassified as APD-52 on 7 September 1944.
Decommissioned 30 July 1946.
Stricken 1 June 1960.
Transferred to Ecuador in July 1961 and used as an electric generator plant.


Commands listed for USS Reeves (DE 156)

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1Lt.Cdr. Mat(t)hias Stanley Clark, USNR9 Jun 19432 Dec 1943
2Lt. James Joseph Durney, USNR2 Dec 194313 Aug 1945
3Lt.Cdr. Park Aloysius Dallis, Jr., USNR13 Aug 194518 Dec 1945

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Notable events involving Reeves include:

29 Oct 1943
HMS Taku (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) and HMS Viking (Lt. R. Bannar-Martin, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises off Larne on HMS Philante (Capt. A.J. Baker-Cresswell, DSO, RN) which was escorted by the destroyer escorts USS Charles Lawrence (Lt. F. Kernan, Jr., USNR, with COMTASKGR 21.6 / COMCORTDIV 6, T/Capt. H.T. Read, USN on board), USS Daniel T. Griffin (Lt. F. Denfeld, USNR), USS Donnell (Lt.Cdr. F.C. Billing, USNR), USS Sims (Lt J.A. Moffett, 2nd, USNR), USS Hopping (Lt. L.F. Loutrel, Jr., USNR) and USS Reeves (Lt.Cdr. M.S. Clark, USNR). (1)

10 Mar 1944
USS Reeves picks up 84 survivors from the American tanker Seakay that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-311 in the North Atlantic about 375 nautical miles west of Fastnet in position 51°10'N, 20°20'W.

24 Jun 1944

Convoy UC 27.

This convoy was assembled west off Oversay on 24 June 1944.

It was made up of the following transports / tankers; Ball's Bluff (American (tanker), 10195 GRT, built 1943), Bulkfuel (American (tanker), 11016 GRT, built 1944), Bulklube (American (tanker), 11016 GRT, built 1943), Chiwawa (American (tanker), 10146 GRT, built 1942), Esperance Bay (British, 13837 GRT, built 1922), Exceller (American, 6597 GRT, built 1941), Fair Wind (American, 8258 GRT, built 1944), Fallen Timbers (American (tanker), 10448 GRT, built 1943), Flying Eagle (American, 8258 GRT, built 1944), Fort Fetterman (American (tanker), 10172 GRT, built 1944), Frenchtown (American (tanker), 10297 GRT, built 1944), Gloucester (British, 8532 GRT, built 1941), Golden Fleece (American), 8258 GRT, built 1944), James Island (American (tanker), 10317 GRT, built 1944), Lightning (American, 8591 GRT, built 1942), Malvern Hill (American (tanker), 10296 GRT, built 1944), Musgrove Mills (American (tanker), 10297 GRT, built 1944), Robin Sherwood (American, 7101 GRT, built 1941), Sachem (American (tanker), 9910 GRT, built 1943), San Juan Hill (American (tanker), 10172 GRT, built 1944), Santa Barbara (American, 6507 GRT, built 1943), Sweepstakes (American, 8258 GRT, built 1944), Tamaroa (British, 12405 GRT, built 1922), Wacosta (American, 6065 GRT, built 1944), Wagon Box (American (tanker), 10172 GRT, built 1943) and Williamsburg (American (tanker), 10297 GRT, built 1944).

The damaged battleship HMS Nelson (Capt. A.H. Maxwell-Hyslop, AM, RN), escort carriers (in an aircraft ferry role) HMS Arbiter (Capt. R.C. Harry, RN), HMS Smiter (A/Capt. L.G. Richardson, RN) and the naval tankers USS Chiwawa (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Goza, USNR) and USS Winooski (Lt.Cdr. T.B. Christenson, USNR) were also part of this convoy.

From the assembly point onwards the convoy was escorted by the destroyer escorts USS Charles Lawrence (Lt. G.R. Seidlitz, USNR, with COMTASKGR 21.6, T/Capt. H.T. Chase, USN on board), USS Daniel T. Griffin (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Eastwood, USNR), USS Sims (Lt. F.M. Donahue, USNR), USS Hopping (Lt.Cdr. L.F. Loutrel, Jr., USNR), USS Reeves (Lt.Cdr. J.J. Durney, USNR) and USS Cates (Lt.Cdr. G.A. Prouse, USNR).

Around 0245O/28, in bad visibility, the Fort Fetterman collided with HMS Nelson but no much damage was sustained by neither ship.

On 1 July 1944, USS Chiwawa refuelled USS Sims and USS Charles Lawrence.

Around 0500P/3, HMS Arbiter, USS Chiwawa and USS Winooski parted company to proceed to Hampton Roads (Norfolk) escorted by USS Sims. They arrived at their destination in the morning of the 4th after which USS Sims set course for New York.

Around 0130Q/4, HMS Nelson and the tankers Fort Fetterman and Wagon Box were detached to proceed to Delaware Bay (Philadelphia) escorted by USS Cates. They arrived at their destination late that morning after which USS Cates set course for New York.

The remainder of the convoy arrived at New York in the morning of 4 July 1944.

Media links

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

The Buckley-Class Destroyer Escorts

Bruce Hampton Franklin


  1. ADM 173/18179

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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