Allied Warships

USS Keith (DE 241)

Destroyer Escort of the Edsall class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer Escort
PennantDE 241 
Built byBrown Shipbuilding Co. (Houston, Texas, U.S.A.) 
Ordered18 Jan 1942 
Laid down4 Aug 1942 
Launched21 Dec 1942 
Commissioned19 Jul 1943 
End service20 Jul 1946 

Decommissioned 20 July 1946.
Stricken 1 November 1972.
Sold 18 January 1974 and broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS Keith (DE 241)

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1Lt. Drayton Cochran, USN19 Jul 194312 Dec 1943
2Jack Louis Rinn, USNR12 Dec 194315 Dec 1944
3Willis W. Patrick, USNR15 Dec 19445 Dec 1945

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Notable events involving Keith include:

24 Apr 1945
German U-boat U-546 was sunk north-west of the Azores, in position 43°53'N, 40°07'W, by depth charges from the US destroyer escorts USS Flaherty, USS Neunzer, USS Chatelain, USS Varian, USS Hubbard, USS Janssen, USS Pillsbury and USS Keith.

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Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

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