Allied Warships

USS Wilkes (DD 441)

Destroyer of the Benson / Gleaves class

NavyThe US Navy
ClassBenson / Gleaves 
PennantDD 441 
Built byBoston Navy Yard (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered1 Jul 1939 
Laid down1 Nov 1939 
Launched31 May 1940 
Commissioned22 Apr 1941 
End service6 Mar 1946 

Decommissioned 6 March 1946.
Stricken 1 March 1971.
Sold 29 June 1972 and broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS Wilkes (DD 441)

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1Lt.Cdr. John Donald Kelsey, USN22 Apr 194128 Feb 1942
2Lt.Cdr. John Boyd McLean, USN28 Feb 1942Jan 1943 (1)
3T/Cdr. Frederick Wolsieffer, USNJan 194314 Aug 1944 (1)
4Frederick Earle McEntire, Jr., USN14 Aug 19442 Sep 1945
5T/Lt.Cdr. Herbert Fox Rommel, Jr., USNR2 Sep 19454 Mar 1946 (1)

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Whitley, M. J.

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Friedman, Norman

United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

Roscoe, Theodore

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