Allied Warships

USS Kenneth M. Willett (DE 354)

Destroyer Escort of the John C. Butler class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer Escort
ClassJohn C. Butler 
PennantDE 354 
Built byConsolidated Steel Corp., Ltd. (Orange, Texas, U.S.A.) 
Ordered7 Aug 1942 
Laid down10 Jan 1944 
Launched7 Mar 1944 
Commissioned19 Jul 1944 
End service26 Feb 1959 

Decommissioned 24 October 1946.
Recommissioned 25 May 1951.
Decommissioned 26 February 1959.
Stricken 1 July 1972.
Sunk as a target off the coast of Puerto Rico 6 March 1974.


Commands listed for USS Kenneth M. Willett (DE 354)

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1T/Cdr. John McCreery Stuart, USN19 Jul 194427 Jul 1944
2Walter T. Flynn, USNR27 Jul 19445 Dec 1945

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Notable events involving Kenneth M. Willett include:

6 Apr 1945
USS Caiman (Lt.Cdr. W.L. Fey, Jr., USN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Subic Bay, Philippines. She was escorted in by USS Kenneth M. Willett (Lt.Cdr. W.T. Flynn, USNR). At Subic Bay she was refitted by a relief crew from Submarine Division 262 and USS Anthedon.

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Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

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