USS Roe (DD 418)
Destroyer of the Sims class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Charleston Navy Yard (Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||23 Apr 1938|
|Launched||21 Jun 1939|
|Commissioned||5 Jan 1940|
|End service||30 Oct 1945|
Decommissioned 30 October 1945.
Commands listed for USS Roe (DD 418)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Richard Martin Scruggs, USN||5 Jan 1940||16 Oct 1941|
|2||Cmdr John Newton Opie, III, USN||16 Oct 1941||16 Oct 1942 (1)|
|3||Rathel Linwood Nolan, Jr., USN||16 Oct 1942||8 Nov 1943|
|4||Francis Stephen Stich, USN||8 Nov 1943||8 Sep 1944|
|5||James Pressley Craft, Jr., USN||8 Sep 1944||29 Jul 1945 (1)|
|6||Guy Edward Hearn, Jr., USN||29 Jul 1945||30 Oct 1945 (1)|
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Notable events involving Roe include:
18 Jan 1942
USS Roe picks up 13 survivors from the American tanker Allan Jackson that was torpedoed and sunk earlier that day by German U-boat U-66 some 60 miles east-northeast of Diamond shoals, North Carolina in position 35°57'N, 74°20'W.
30 Jan 1942
USS Roe picks up 31 survivors from the American tanker Rochester that was torpedoed and sunk earlier that day by German U-boat U-106 about 85 miles east of the Chesapeake Lightship in position 37°10'N, 73°58'W.
22 Mar 1942
USS Roe picks up 52 survivors from the British tanker Athelviscount that was torpedoed and damaged by German U-boat U-202 about 600 miles east-southeast of Halifax in position 38°46'N, 52°44'W. The next day, the destroyer returned most of the crew to the abandoned tanker which was subsequently towed in, but 19 survivors remained aboard and were later landed at New York.