Allied Warships

USS Benson (DD 421)

Destroyer of the Benson / Gleaves class

USS Benson during the war

NavyThe US Navy
ClassBenson / Gleaves 
PennantDD 421 
Built byBethlehem Shipbuilding Corp. (Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Laid down26 May 1939 
Launched15 Nov 1939 
Commissioned25 Jul 1940 
End service18 Mar 1946 

Decommissioned 18 March 1946.
Transferred to Taiwan 25 February 1954 and renamed Lo Yang.
Lo Yang was stricken 1 November 1974 and broken up for scrap in 1975.


Commands listed for USS Benson (DD 421)

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1Clifford Ashton Fines, USN25 Jul 19405 Sep 1941
2Knight Pryor, USN5 Sep 194110 Sep 1941
3Clifford Ashton Fines, USN10 Sep 19411 Feb 1943
4Ronald Joseph Woodman, USN1 Feb 194328 Feb 1944 (1)
5Thomas Milton Foster, USN28 Feb 194414 Mar 1944
6Cdr. Jack Bercaw Williams, USN14 Mar 194426 Sep 1944 (1)
7Lt.Cdr. Edwin Elmer Lord, III, USN26 Sep 194418 Mar 1946 (1)

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Notable events involving Benson include:

18 Aug 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxburgh, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with aircraft, HMS Monkshood (Lt. G.W. McGuiness, RNR), USS Gleaves, USS Mayo, USS Niblack and USS Benson. (2)

19 Aug 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxburgh, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with USS Niblack, USS Benson, USS Gleaves and USS Mayo. (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 173/17252

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

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