Allied Warships

USS Corry (i) (DD 463)

Destroyer of the Bristol class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 463 
Built byCharleston Navy Yard (Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.A.) 
Ordered12 Jun 1940 
Laid down4 Sep 1940 
Launched28 Jul 1941 
Commissioned18 Dec 1941 
Lost6 Jun 1944 
Loss position49° 31'N, 1° 11'W

USS Corry (Lt.Cdr. George Dewey Hoffman, USN) was sunk by shore batteries off Utah Beach at Normandy, France in position 49º31'N, 01º11'W.
24 of her crew were lost and 55 wounded. In all there are 205 survivors rescued by the USS Butler, Fitch, Hobson and PT 199 which included the Commanding Officer.

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Commands listed for USS Corry (i) (DD 463)

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1Lt.Cdr. Eugene Carroll Burchett, USN18 Dec 19412 Dec 1942
2T/Cdr. Lot Ensey, USN2 Dec 19427 Dec 1943
3T/Lt.Cdr. George Dewey Hoffman, USN7 Dec 19436 Jun 1944

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Notable events involving Corry (i) include:

4 Jul 1942
USS Corry picks up 4 survivors from the American merchant Ruth that was torpedoed and sunk on 29 June 1942 by German U-boat U-153 about 320 nautical miles north-northeast of Barbuda in position 21°40'N, 59°20'W.

2 Sep 1943
HMS Tantivy (Cdr. M.G. Rimington, DSO, RN) conducted attack exercises at/off Scapa Flow with USS Ranger (Capt. G. Rowe, USN) that was escorted by USS Forrest (T/Cdr. K.P. Letts, USN), USS Hobson (Lt.Cdr. K. Loveland, USN) and USS Corry (T/Cdr. L.B. Ensey, USN). (1)

13 Oct 1943
HMS Storm (T/Lt. E.P. Young, DSC, RNVR) conducted A/S exercises with USS Corry (Lt.Cdr. L.B. Ensey, USN), HMS Brissenden (Lt. the Hon. D.D.E. Vivian, RN), HMS Hamlet (T/Lt. J.C. Boyd, RNVR) and HMS Celia (T/Lt. L.B. Merrick, RNR). (2)

15 Oct 1943
HMS Storm (T/Lt. E.P. Young, DSC, RNVR) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Musketeer (Cdr. R.L. Fisher, OBE, RN), HMS Mahratta (Lt.Cdr. E.A.F. Drought, DSC, RN), USS Corry (Lt.Cdr. L.B. Ensey, USN) and HMS Brissenden (Lt. the Hon. D.D.E. Vivian, RN). (2)

17 Mar 1944
German U-boat U-801 was sunk in the mid-Atlantic near the Cape Verde Islands, in position 16°42'N, 30°28'W, by a Fido homing torpedo from 2 Avenger aircraft (VC-9) of the US escort carrier USS Block Island and depth charges and gunfire from the US destroyer USS Corry and the US destroyer escort USS Bronstein.

Media links

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Blood on the Sea

Parkin, Robert Sinclair
($ 15.98)

U.S. Destroyers

Friedman, Norman

United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

Roscoe, Theodore


  1. ADM 173/18199
  2. ADM 173/18123

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

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