Allied Warships

USS O'Brien (ii) (DD 725)

Destroyer of the Allen M. Sumner class


USS O'Brien late in her career

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassAllen M. Sumner 
PennantDD 725 
Built byBath Iron Works (Bath, Maine, U.S.A.) 
Ordered 
Laid down12 Jul 1943 
Launched8 Dec 1943 
Commissioned25 Feb 1944 
End service 
History

Decommissioned 4 October 1947.
Recommissioned 5 October 1950.
Decommissioned at an unknown date.
Stricken 18 February 1972.
Sunk as a target off the coast of California 13 July 1972.

External website
http://www.ussobriendd725.org.

 

Commands listed for USS O'Brien (ii) (DD 725)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/Cdr. Paul Frederick Heerbrandt, USN25 Feb 194429 May 1944
2Lt.Cdr. William Woodward Outerbridge, USN29 May 194426 Apr 1945
3T/Cdr. John Blair Gragg, USN26 Apr 194519 Oct 1945

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Notable events involving O'Brien (ii) include:


14 May 1944
USS O'Brien (Cdr. P.F. Heerbrandt, USN) departed from New York together with a convoy bound for England to participate in the Normandy landings.

25 Jun 1944
USS O'Brien (Cdr. William Woodward Outerbridge) is damaged by gunfire from a German shore battery of Cherbourgh, France.

18 Sep 1944
USS O'Brien (Cdr. W.W. Outerbridge) departed from San Diego, California bound for Pearl Harbor.

24 Oct 1944
USS O'Brien (Cdr. W.W. Outerbridge) departed from Pearl Harbor bound for Ulithi.

7 Nov 1944
USS Caiman (Cdr. J.B. Azer, USN) conducted exercises off Pearl Harbour together with USS O'Brien (Cdr. W.W. Outerbridge, USN) and USS Lansdowne (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Maddox, USN).

7 Dec 1944
USS O'Brien (Cdr. W.W. Outerbridge) scuttled the heavily damaged US high speed transport USS Ward in Ormoc Bay, Philippines.

6 Jan 1945
During the operations in Lingayen Gulf, USS O'Brien (Cdr. William Woodward Outerbridge) is lightly damaged by a Japanese kamikaze aircraft in position 16°23'N, 120°14'E.

18 Jan 1945
USS O'Brien (Cdr. W.W. Outerbridge) arrived at Manus Island to has the damage done in the January 6th attack repaired.

10 Feb 1945
USS O'Brien (Cdr. W.W. Outerbridge) departed from Ulithi with TF 58.

27 Mar 1945
While operating of Okinawa, USS O'Brien (Cdr. William Woddward Outerbridge) in heavily damaged by a Japanese kamikaze aircraft in position 26°16'N, 127°26'E. 53 Of the crew were killed and 73 wounded and amongst them the Commanding officer Outerbridge.

25 Apr 1945
USS O'Brien (Cdr. W.W. Outerbridge) arrived at the Mare Island Navy Yard for repairs.

3 Jul 1945
With her repairs completed USS O'Brien (Cdr. John Blair Gragg) departed from the Mare Island Navy Yard.

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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