Allied Warships

USS Edison (DD 439)

Destroyer of the Benson / Gleaves class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassBenson / Gleaves 
PennantDD 439 
Built byFederal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. (Kearny, New Jersey, U.S.A.) 
Ordered15 Jun 1939 
Laid down18 Mar 1940 
Launched23 Nov 1940 
Commissioned31 Jan 1941 
End service18 May 1946 
History

Decommissioned 18 May 1946.
Stricken 1 April 1966.
Sold 29 December 1966 and broken up for scrap.

 

Commands listed for USS Edison (DD 439)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Albert Christian Murdaugh, USN31 Jan 1941Mar 1942
2Cdr. William Ramon Headden, USNMar 194224 Feb 1943 (1)
3Lt.Cdr. Hepburn Alcott Pearce, USN24 Feb 194315 May 1945 (1)
4Cdr. William John Caspari, USN15 May 194518 May 1946 (1)

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Notable events involving Edison include:


Franklyn E. Dailey, Jr., CAPT. USNR (Ret.), gunnery officer of the USS Edison wrote a book about the ship, "Joining the War at Sea, 1939-1945, A Destroyer's Role in World War II, Convoys and Invasion Landings". Dailey International Publishers, 500 Laurel Oaks Lane, Alpharetta, GA 30004, Georgia (2)

28 Mar 1942
HMS H 50 (Lt. M.L.C. Crawford, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Reading (Lt.Cdr. D.V. Clift, RN), HMS Sunflower (Lt.Cdr. J.T. Jones, RD, RNR), HMS Saladin (Lt.Cdr. G.V. Legassick, RNR), HMS Sabre (Lt. R.L. Caple, DSC, RN), USS Bristol, USS Buck and USS Edison. (3)

19 Nov 1943
Around 1100 hours, USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. McCrea, USN) and her escort; USS Ellyson (Lt.Cdr. E.W. Longton, USN), USS Rodman (Cdr. J.F. Foley, USN) and USS Emmons (Lt.Cdr. E.B. Billingsley, USN) joined USS Brooklyn (Capt. R.W. Cary, Jr., USN) and her escort; USS Trippe (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Williams, USN), USS Edison (Lt.Cdr. H.A. Pearce, USN), HMS Troubridge (Capt. C.L. Firth, MVO, RN), HMS Teazer (Lt.Cdr. A.A.F. Talbot, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMS Tyrian (Cdr. C.W. Greening, RN). In the afternoon USS Ellson, USS Rodman and USS Emmons were detached.

20 Nov 1943
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. McCrea, USN) arrived at Mers El Kebir where her 'passengers' left the ship.

She departed Mers El Kebir later the same day to proceed to Bahia, Brazil.

At sea she re-joined USS Brooklyn (Capt. R.W. Cary, Jr., USN), HMS Sheffield (Capt. C.T. Addis, RN) and their escort; USS Trippe (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Williams, USN), USS Edison (Lt.Cdr. H.A. Pearce, USN), HMS Troubridge (Capt. C.L. Firth, MVO, RN), HMS Teazer (Lt.Cdr. A.A.F. Talbot, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMS Tyrian (Cdr. C.W. Greening, RN).

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

21 Nov 1943
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. McCrea, USN) passed Gibaltar Straits westbound into the Atlantic.

Around 0540 hours, HMS Sheffield, departed the formation.

Around 0820 hours, USS Ellyson (Lt.Cdr. E.W. Longton, USN), USS Rodman (Cdr. J.F. Foley, USN) and USS Emmons (Lt.Cdr. E.B. Billingsley, USN) arrived to take over the escort of USS Iowa and USS Brooklyn (Capt. R.W. Cary, Jr., USN) and her escort; USS Trippe (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Williams, USN), USS Edison (Lt.Cdr. H.A. Pearce, USN), HMS Troubridge (Capt. C.L. Firth, MVO, RN), HMS Teazer (Lt.Cdr. A.A.F. Talbot, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMS Tyrian (Cdr. C.W. Greening, RN) departed the formation and set course for Gibraltar.

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

Sources

  1. http://www.navsource.org/archives/05/439.htm
  2. Personal communication
  3. ADM 173/17271

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


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