Allied Warships

USS Van Valkenburgh (DD 656)

Destroyer of the Fletcher class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 656 
Built byGulf Shipbuilding Corp. (Chickasaw, Alabama, U.S.A.) 
Ordered15 Dec 1941 
Laid down15 Nov 1942 
Launched19 Dec 1943 
Commissioned2 Aug 1944 
End service26 Feb 1954 

Decommissioned 15 April 1946.
Recommissioned 8 March 1951.
Decommissioned 26 February 1954.
Transferred to Turkey 28 February 1967 being renamed Izmir.
Izmir was stricken and broken up for scrap in 1987.


Commands listed for USS Van Valkenburgh (DD 656)

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1T/Cdr. Alexander Bacon Coxe, Jr., USN2 Aug 194424 Sep 1945 (1)
2Thomas Hart Taylor, USN24 Sep 194512 Apr 1946

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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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