Allied Warships

USS Downes (DD 375)

Destroyer of the Mahan class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 375 
Built byNorfolk Navy Yard (Portsmouth, Virginia, U.S.A.) 
Laid down15 Aug 1934 
Launched22 Apr 1936 
Commissioned15 Jan 1937 
End service17 Dec 1945 

Downes was almost completely destroyed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941, She was decommissioned on 20 June 1942.
Her equipment was salvaged from her hulk and was taken to the Mare Island Navy Yard at Vallejo, California, where Cassin was completely rebuilt in a new hull, recommissioning on 15 November 1943.
Decommissioned 17 December 1945.
Stricken 28 January 1947.
Sold 18 November 1947 and broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS Downes (DD 375)

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1Kenneth Hill Noble, USN13 Jun 193910 Dec 1940
2Lt.Cdr. Thomas Henry Hederman, USN10 Dec 194013 Sep 1941
3Lt.Cdr. William Rudolph Thayer, USN13 Sep 19418 Dec 1941
4Lt. William Overton Snead, Jr., USN8 Dec 19411 Jan 1942
5Lt. Hugh Trent Mackay, USN1 Jan 194213 Apr 1942
6Frank Morse Culpepper, USN13 Apr 194220 Jun 1942

7T/Cdr. Robert Schley Fahle, USN15 Nov 1943Jan 1945
8Lt.Cdr. James Martin Yost, USNJan 194517 Dec 1945

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Notable events involving Downes include:

19 Sep 1944
USS Bergall (Cdr. J.M. Hyde, USN) arrived at Saipan. She was escorted in by USS Downes (Cdr. R.S. Fahle, USN).

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Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

U.S. Destroyers

Friedman, Norman

United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

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