Allied Warships

USS Ellyson (DD 454)

Destroyer of the Bristol class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 454 
Built byFederal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. (Kearny, New Jersey, U.S.A.) 
Ordered12 Jun 1940 
Laid down20 Dec 1940 
Launched25 Jul 1941 
Commissioned28 Nov 1941 
End service19 Oct 1954 

Converted to High Speed Minesweeper DMS-19 on 15 November 1944.
Reclassified back to destroyer DD-454 on 4 May 1954.
Decommissioned 19 October 1954.
Transferred to Japan 19 October 1954 being renamed Asakaze. Returned to America in 1970.
Transferred to Taiwan in August 1970 and cannibalized for spare parts.


Commands listed for USS Ellyson (DD 454)

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1John Bartholomew Rooney, USN28 Nov 19412 Jun 1943
2Ernest William Longton, USN2 Jun 194312 Aug 1944
3Robert W Mountrey, USNR12 Aug 19441 Nov 1945

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Notable events involving Ellyson include:

14 Jan 1942
USS Ellyson picks up survivors from the Panamanian tanker Norness that was torpedoed and sunk 60 nautical miles from Montauk Point, Long Island in position 40°28'N, 70°50'W by German U-boat U-123.

17 May 1944
German U-boat U-616 was sunk on 17 May 1944 in the Mediterranean Sea north-west of Ténès, Algeria, in position 36°46'N, 00°52'E, by depth charges from the US destroyers USS Nields, USS Gleaves, USS Ellyson, USS Macomb, USS Hambleton, USS Rodman, USS Emmons and USS Hilary P. Jones and by depth charges from a British Wellington aircraft (36 Sqn RAF/K) on 15 May.

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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