Allied Warships

USS Gillespie (DD 609)

Destroyer of the Bristol class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 609 
Built byBethlehem Shipbuilding Corp., (San Francisco, California, U.S.A.) 
Ordered16 Dec 1940 
Laid down16 Jun 1941 
Launched8 May 1942 
Commissioned18 Sep 1942 
End service17 Apr 1946 

Decommissioned 17 April 1946.
Stricken 1 July 1971.
Sunk as a target off the coast of Puerto Rico 16 July 1973.


Commands listed for USS Gillespie (DD 609)

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1Lt.Cdr. Chester Lee Clement, USN18 Sep 194210 Jun 1943
2Lt.Cdr. John Southworth Fahy, USN10 Jun 19436 Nov 1944
3Lt.Cdr. Ervin Clinton Ogle, USN6 Nov 194417 Apr 1946

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Notable events involving Gillespie include:

15 Jul 1943
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. McCrea, USN) conducted a full power trial off New York. During this trial run she was escorted by USS Stevens (Cdr. F.H. Ball, USN), USS Hudson (Cdr. W.R. Smedberg III, USN) and USS Ringgold (Cdr. T.F. Conley, Jr., 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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