Allied Warships

USS Ralph Talbot (DD 390)

Destroyer of the Bagley class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 390 
Built byBoston Navy Yard (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Laid down28 Oct 1935 
Launched31 Oct 1936 
Commissioned14 Oct 1937 
End service28 Aug 1946 

Damaged during the atomic bomb test at Bikini Atoll in July 1946.
Decommissioned 28 August 1946.
Scuttled off Kwajalein 8 March 1948.
Stricken 5 April 1948.


Commands listed for USS Ralph Talbot (DD 390)

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1Lt.Cdr. Harry Raymond Thurber, USN14 Oct 193710 Jun 1940
2Cdr. Roy William Montrose Graham, USN10 Jun 1940Feb 1941
3Lt.Cdr. Ralph Earle, Jr., USNFeb 19419 Jul 1942
4Lt.Cdr. Joseph William Callahan, USN9 Jul 194228 Aug 1943
5T/Lt.Cdr. Richard Daniels Shepard, USN28 Aug 19432 Mar 1944
6Cdr. Winston Seaborn Brown, USNR2 Mar 19449 Oct 1945 (1)
7Lt.Cdr. Burns Walling Spore, USN9 Oct 194528 Aug 1946 (1)

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Notable events involving Ralph Talbot include:

7 Dec 1941
USS Ralph Talbot was present during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Ralph Talbot was part of the 2nd destroyer flotilla.

For Ralph Talbot's action report see this website (offsite link).

9 Aug 1942
Damaged during the Battle of Savo Island though seriously damaged managed to withdraw; 14 of the crew died and 16 were wounded.

27 Apr 1945
Damaged by Kamikaze, 5 crew died and 9 were wounded

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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