Allied Warships

USS Walker (ii) (DD 517)

Destroyer of the Fletcher class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 517 
Built byBath Iron Works (Bath, Maine, U.S.A.) 
Ordered9 Sep 1940 
Laid down31 Aug 1942 
Launched31 Jan 1943 
Commissioned3 Apr 1943 
End service31 May 1946 

Decommissioned 31 May 1946.
Stricken 2 July 1969.
Transferred to Italy on 2 July 1969 being renamed Fante.
Fante was stricken and broken up for scrap in 1977.


Commands listed for USS Walker (ii) (DD 517)

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1T/Cdr. Orville Francis Gregor, USN3 Apr 194327 Jul 1943
2T/Cdr. Harry Edson Townsend, USN27 Jul 19435 Dec 1944
3T/Cdr. Philip Decatur Quirk, USN5 Dec 194431 May 1946

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Notable events involving Walker (ii) include:

10 Jun 1943
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. McCrea, USN) conducted trials and exercises off Casco Bay, Maine together with USS Texas (Capt. R. Pfaff, USN). They were escorted by USS Terry (Cdr. G.R. Phelan, USN), USS Walker (Cdr. O.F. Gregor, USN), USS Bulmer (Lt.Cdr. L.F. Volk, USN) and USS Barker (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Miller, USN).

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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