Allied Warships

USS Gherardi (DD 637)

Destroyer of the Bristol class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 637 
Built byPhiladelphia Navy Yard (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) 
Ordered16 Dec 1940 
Laid down16 Sep 1941 
Launched12 Feb 1942 
Commissioned15 Sep 1942 
End service17 Dec 1955 

Converted to High Speed Minesweeper DMS-30 on 15 November 1944.
Reverted back to DD-637 on 15 July 1955.
Decommissioned 17 December 1955.
Stricken 1 June 1971.
Sunk as a target off the coast of Puerto Rico 3 June 1973.


Commands listed for USS Gherardi (DD 637)

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1Lt.Cdr. John William Schmidt, USN15 Sep 19424 Dec 1943 (1)
2Lt.Cdr. Neale Roland Curtin, USN4 Dec 19439 Dec 1944 (1)
3LCdr William Wade Gentry, USN9 Dec 1944 (1)

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Notable events involving Gherardi include:

16 Dec 1943
HMS Spirit (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with USS Butler (T/Cdr. M.D. Matthews, USN), USS Doran (T/Cdr. N.E. Smith, USN) and USS Gherardi (T/Cdr. N.R. Curtin, USN). (2)

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


  2. ADM 173/18094

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

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