Allied Warships

USS Plunkett (DD 431)

Destroyer of the Benson / Gleaves class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassBenson / Gleaves 
PennantDD 431 
Built byFederal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. (Kearny, New Jersey, U.S.A.) 
Ordered17 Aug 1938 
Laid down1 Mar 1939 
Launched9 Mar 1940 
Commissioned17 Jul 1940 
End service 
History

Decommissioned 3 May 1946.
Transferred to Taiwan 16 February 1954 and renamed Nan Yang.
Nan Yang was stricken and scrapped in 1975.

 

Commands listed for USS Plunkett (DD 431)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Peter Gerald Hale, USN17 Jul 194010 May 1941
2William Arthur Graham, USN10 May 194124 Nov 1941
3Lt.Cdr. William Harrison Standley, Jr., USN24 Nov 194114 Sep 1942 (1)
4Lt.Cdr. Edward Joseph Burke, USN14 Sep 194215 Feb 1944
5T/Cdr. William Outerson, USN15 Feb 194413 Mar 1945
6T/Cdr. Fred Lee Ruhlman, USN13 Mar 194528 Oct 1945

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Notable events involving Plunkett include:


20 Aug 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxburgh, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with USS Plunkett, USS Hilary P. Jones, USS Charles F. Hughes and USS Madison. (2)

21 Aug 1942
During 21/22 August 1942 HMS H 32 (Lt. J.R. Drummond, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with USS Madison, USS Lansdale, USS Hilary P. Jones, USS Charles F. Hughes and USS Plunkett. These also included night exercises. (3)

21 Aug 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxburgh, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with USS Plunkett, USS Hilary P. Jones, USS Charles F. Hughes and USS Lansdale. (2)

23 Aug 1942
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.R. Drummond, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with USS Lansdale, USS Plunkett, HMS Achates (Lt.Cdr. A.H.T. Johns, RN) and HMS Yestor (Lt. R.C. Holt, RNVR). (3)

9 Oct 1943
USS Plunkett (Cdr. E.J. Burke, USN) picks up 13 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.

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/05/431.htm
  2. ADM 173/17252
  3. ADM 173/17216

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


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