Allied Warships

USS Ellyson (DD 454)

Destroyer of the Bristol class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassBristol 
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 
History

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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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. John Bartholomew Rooney, USN28 Nov 19412 Jun 1943
2T/Cdr. Ernest 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.

28 Aug 1943
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. McCrea, USN) departed Boston for Argentia, Newfoundland. She was escorted by USS Ellyson (Lt.Cdr. E.W. Longton, USN), USS Rodman (Cdr. J.F. Foley, USN) and USS Emmons (Lt.Cdr. E.B. Billingsley, USN).

For the daily positions of USS Iowa during this passage see the map below.

6 Sep 1943
During 6 and 7 September 1943, USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. McCrea, USN), conducted exercises off Placentia Bay, Newfoundland. She was escorted by destroyers from DesRon 10; USS Ellyson (Lt.Cdr. E.W. Longton, USN), USS Rodman (Cdr. J.F. Foley, USN) and USS Emmons (Lt.Cdr. E.B. Billingsley, USN).

16 Sep 1943
From 16 to 20 September 1943, USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. McCrea, USN), conducted exercises off Placentia Bay, Newfoundland. She was escorted by destroyers from DesRon 10; USS Ellyson (Lt.Cdr. E.W. Longton, USN), USS Rodman (Cdr. J.F. Foley, USN) and USS Emmons (Lt.Cdr. E.B. Billingsley, USN).

28 Sep 1943
During 28 and 29 September 1943, USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. McCrea, USN), conducted exercises off Placentia Bay, Newfoundland. She was escorted by destroyers from DesRon 10; USS Ellyson (Lt.Cdr. E.W. Longton, USN), USS Rodman (Cdr. J.F. Foley, USN) and USS Emmons (Lt.Cdr. E.B. Billingsley, USN).

3 Oct 1943
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. McCrea, USN) proceeded to sea to ride out a gale at sea. She was escorted by destroyers from DesRon 10; USS Ellyson (Lt.Cdr. E.W. Longton, USN), USS Rodman (Cdr. J.F. Foley, USN) and USS Emmons (Lt.Cdr. E.B. Billingsley, USN).

17 Nov 1943
Around 1345 hours, USS Ellyson (Lt.Cdr. E.W. Longton, USN), USS Rodman (Cdr. J.F. Foley, USN) and USS Emmons (Lt.Cdr. E.B. Billingsley, USN) took over the escort of USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. McCrea, USN).

19 Nov 1943
Around 1100 hours, USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. McCrea, USN) and her escort; USS Ellyson (Lt.Cdr. E.W. Longton, USN), USS Rodman (Cdr. J.F. Foley, USN) and USS Emmons (Lt.Cdr. E.B. Billingsley, USN) joined USS Brooklyn (Capt. R.W. Cary, Jr., USN) and her escort; USS Trippe (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Williams, USN), USS Edison (Lt.Cdr. H.A. Pearce, USN), HMS Troubridge (Capt. C.L. Firth, MVO, RN), HMS Teazer (Lt.Cdr. A.A.F. Talbot, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMS Tyrian (Cdr. C.W. Greening, RN). In the afternoon USS Ellson, USS Rodman and USS Emmons were detached.

21 Nov 1943
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. McCrea, USN) passed Gibaltar Straits westbound into the Atlantic.

Around 0540 hours, HMS Sheffield, departed the formation.

Around 0820 hours, USS Ellyson (Lt.Cdr. E.W. Longton, USN), USS Rodman (Cdr. J.F. Foley, USN) and USS Emmons (Lt.Cdr. E.B. Billingsley, USN) arrived to take over the escort of USS Iowa and USS Brooklyn (Capt. R.W. Cary, Jr., USN) and her escort; USS Trippe (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Williams, USN), USS Edison (Lt.Cdr. H.A. Pearce, USN), HMS Troubridge (Capt. C.L. Firth, MVO, RN), HMS Teazer (Lt.Cdr. A.A.F. Talbot, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMS Tyrian (Cdr. C.W. Greening, RN) departed the formation and set course for Gibraltar.

30 Nov 1943
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. McCrea, USN) departed Bahia, Brazil for Freetown, Sierra Leone. Again she was escorted by ComDesRon 10; USS Ellyson (Lt.Cdr. E.W. Longton, USN), USS Rodman (Cdr. J.F. Foley, USN) and USS Emmons (Lt.Cdr. E.B. Billingsley, USN).

For the daily positions of USS Iowa during this passage see the map below.

6 Dec 1943
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. McCrea, USN) departed Freetown, Sierra Leone for Dakar, Senegal, French West Africa. Yet again she was escorted by ComDesRon 10; USS Ellyson (Lt.Cdr. E.W. Longton, USN), USS Rodman (Cdr. J.F. Foley, USN) and USS Emmons (Lt.Cdr. E.B. Billingsley, USN).

For the daily positions of USS Iowa during this passage see the map below.

11 Dec 1943
Around 2230 hours USS Hall (Cdr. J.F. Delaney, Jr., USN), USS Halligan (Cdr. C.E. Cortner, USN) and USS Macomb (Cdr. J.C. South, USN) took over the escort of USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. McCrea, USN) from USS Ellyson (Lt.Cdr. E.W. Longton, USN), USS Rodman (Cdr. J.F. Foley, USN) and USS Emmons (Lt.Cdr. E.B. Billingsley, USN) which were then detached.

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.

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