Allied Warships

USS Rodman (DD 456)

Destroyer of the Bristol class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 456 
Built byFederal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. (Kearny, New Jersey, U.S.A.) 
Ordered1 Jul 1940 
Laid down16 Dec 1940 
Launched26 Sep 1941 
Commissioned27 Jan 1942 
End service28 Jul 1955 

Converted to High Speed Minesweeper DMS-21 on 15 November 1944.
Reclassified back to destroyer DD-456 16 January 1955.
Decommissioned 28 July 1955.
Transferred to Taiwan 28 July 1955 being renamed Hsuen Yang. Hsuen Yang was expended in 1976.


Commands listed for USS Rodman (DD 456)

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1William Giers Michelet, USN27 Jan 19425 Dec 1942
2Joseph Ferrall Foley, USN5 Dec 194214 Oct 1944
3Lt.Cdr. William Henderson Kirvan, USN14 Oct 194427 Oct 1945
4Robert Hastings White, USN27 Oct 1945Jun 1947

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Notable events involving Rodman include:

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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