Allied Warships

USS Buchanan (ii) (DD 484)

Destroyer of the Bristol class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 484 
Built byFederal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. (Kearny, New Jersey, U.S.A.) 
Ordered9 Sep 1940 
Laid down11 Feb 1941 
Launched22 Nov 1941 
Commissioned21 Mar 1942 
End service28 Apr 1948 

Decommissioned 21 May 1946.
Stricken 7 June 1949.
Transferred to Turkey 28 April 1949 being renamed Gelibolu. Gilibolu was stricken and scraped in 1976.


Commands listed for USS Buchanan (ii) (DD 484)

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1Lt.Cdr. Ralph Ensign Wilson, USN21 Mar 19425 Jan 1943
2T/Cdr. Floyd Bertram Thomas Myhre, USN5 Jan 19435 Feb 1944
3T/Cdr. Robert William Curtis, USN5 Feb 19446 Mar 1945
4Lt.Cdr. Daniel Ermentrout Henry, USN6 Mar 194521 May 1946

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Notable events involving Buchanan (ii) include:

22 Jan 1944
The US Oiler USS Cache is torpedoed and damaged by the Japanese submarine RO-37 (offsite link) about 155 nautical miles south-east of San Cristobal, Solomons in position 12°08'S, 164°23'E.

The Cache sent out an SOS that reached the nearby US destroyer USS Buchanan (Cdr. F.B.T. Myhre, USN). While racing towards the scene at full speed the Buchanan picks up a radar echo that turned out to be RO-37. The Japanese submarine was eventually sunk by Buchanan after more than two hours about 130 nautical miles east-south-east of San Cristobal in position 11°47'S, 164°17'E.

18 Aug 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. C. Wellborn, Jr., USN) topped off two of the destroyers of the Task Group, USS Cushing (Lt.Cdr. W.D. Adams, USN) and USS Buchanan (Lt.Cdr. D.E. Henry, USN), with fuel. Following the fuelling of these destroyers Iowa herself was fuelled by the oiler USS Atascosa (Cdr. H.L. de Riviera, USN).

Media links

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

U.S. Destroyers

Friedman, Norman

United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

Roscoe, Theodore

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