Allied Warships

USS Gleaves (DD 423)

Destroyer of the Benson / Gleaves class

USS Gleaves during the war

NavyThe US Navy
ClassBenson / Gleaves 
PennantDD 423 
Built byBath Iron Works (Bath, Maine, U.S.A.) 
Laid down16 May 1938 
Launched9 Dec 1939 
Commissioned14 Jun 1940 
End service8 May 1946 

Decommissioned 8 May 1946.
Stricken 1 November 1969.
Sold 29 June 1972 and broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS Gleaves (DD 423)

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1Lt.Cdr. Edward Harris Pierce, USN14 Jun 194026 May 1942
2Lt.Cdr. Clarence Lindsay Winecoff, USN26 May 194217 Mar 1943
3T/Cdr. Byron Lawrence Gurnette, USN17 Mar 19432 Sep 1944 (1)
4William Manson Klee, USN2 Sep 19448 May 1946 (1)

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Notable events involving Gleaves include:

23 Mar 1942
HMS H 50 (Lt. H.B. Turner, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with USCGC Spencer and USS Gleaves. (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)

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. (3)

9 Oct 1943
USS Gleaves (Lt.Cdr. B.L. Gurnette, USN) picks up 64 survivors of the American destroyer USS Buck that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-616 about 50 nautical miles south of Capri in position 38°57'N, 14°28'E.

17 May 1944
German U-boat U-616 was sunk on 17 May 1944 in the Mediterranean Sea north-west of Ténès, Algeria, in position 36°46'N, 00°52'E, by depth charges from the US destroyers USS Nields, USS Gleaves, USS Ellyson, USS Macomb, USS Hambleton, USS Rodman, USS Emmons and USS Hilary P. Jones and by depth charges from a British Wellington aircraft (36 Sqn RAF/K) on 15 May.

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 173/17271
  3. ADM 173/17252

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

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