Allied Warships

USS Welles (ii) (DD 628)

Destroyer of the Bristol class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 628 
Built bySeattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp. (Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.) 
Ordered16 Dec 1940 
Laid down27 Sep 1941 
Launched7 Sep 1942 
Commissioned16 Aug 1943 
End service4 Feb 1946 

Decommissioned 4 February 1946.
Stricken 1 March 1968.
Sold 18 July 1969 and broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS Welles (ii) (DD 628)

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1T/Cdr. Doyle Murray Coffee, USN16 Aug 194324 Aug 1944
2T/Lt.Cdr. John Sim Slaughter, USN24 Aug 19442 Jan 1946

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Notable events involving Welles (ii) include:

2 Jan 1944
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. McCrea, USN) departed Hampton Roads, Virginia for the Panama Canal Zone. Iowa is proceed to the Pacific.

Passage was made together with sister ship USS New Jersey (Capt. C.F. Holden, USN). The battleships were escorted by ComDesDiv 38; USS Welles (Cdr. D.M. Coffee, USN), USS Gillespie (Cdr. J.S. Fahy, USN), USS Hobby (Cdr. G.W. Pressy, USN) and USS Kalk (Lt.Cdr. H.D. Fuller, USN).

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

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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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