USS Benson (DD 421)
Destroyer of the Benson / Gleaves class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Class||Benson / Gleaves|
|Built by||Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp. (Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||26 May 1939|
|Launched||15 Nov 1939|
|Commissioned||25 Jul 1940|
|End service||18 Mar 1946|
Decommissioned 18 March 1946.
Commands listed for USS Benson (DD 421)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Clifford Ashton Fines, USN||25 Jul 1940||5 Sep 1941|
|2||Knight Pryor, USN||5 Sep 1941||10 Sep 1941|
|3||Lt.Cdr. Clifford Ashton Fines, USN||10 Sep 1941||Feb 1943|
|4||Ronald Joseph Woodman, USN||Feb 1943||28 Feb 1944 (1)|
|5||Thomas Milton Foster, USN||28 Feb 1944||14 Mar 1944|
|6||T/Cdr. Jack Bercaw Williams, USN||14 Mar 1944||26 Sep 1944 (1)|
|7||Lt.Cdr. Edwin Elmer Lord, 3rd, USN||26 Sep 1944||18 Mar 1946 (1)|
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Notable events involving Benson include:
23 Apr 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with USS Benson, HMCS Collingwood (T/A/Lt.Cdr. W. Woods, RCNR), HMCS Hepatica (T/Lt. T. Gilmour, RCNR) and FFS Aconit. (2)
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. (3)
- ADM 173/17248
- ADM 173/17252
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.