Allied Warships

USS Ericsson (DD 440)

Destroyer of the Benson / Gleaves class

NavyThe US Navy
ClassBenson / Gleaves 
PennantDD 440 
Built byFederal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. (Kearny, New Jersey, U.S.A.) 
Ordered15 Jun 1939 
Laid down18 Mar 1940 
Launched23 Nov 1940 
Commissioned13 Mar 1941 
End service15 Mar 1946 

Decommissioned 15 March 1946.
Stricken 1 June 1970.
Sunk as target 17 November 1970.


Commands listed for USS Ericsson (DD 440)

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1Lt.Cdr. Geoffrey Ellingwood Sage, USN13 Mar 19412 Aug 1942
2T/Cdr. Clyde Marcus Jensen, USN2 Aug 194229 Mar 1943
3T/Lt.Cdr. Bernard Henry Meyer, USN29 Mar 194315 Dec 1944 (1)
4Charles Alexander Baldwin, USN15 Dec 194415 Mar 1946 (1)

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Notable events involving Ericsson include:

15 Jan 1942
The British merchant Dayrose is torpedoed and sunk southwest of Cape Race in position 46°32'N, 53°00'W by German U-boat U-552. 4 survivors are picked up by the US destroyers USS Ericsson and USS Stack.

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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