Allied Warships

USS Cole (DD 155)

Destroyer of the Wickes class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 155 
Built byWilliam Cramp and Sons (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) 
Laid down25 Jun 1918 
Launched11 Jan 1919 
Commissioned19 Jun 1919 
End service1 Nov 1945 

Decommissioned 10 July 10 1922
Recommissioned 1 May 1930
Decommissioned 7 January 1937
Recommissioned 16 October 1939
Reclassified as auxiliary AG-116 on 30 June 1945
Decommissioned 1 November 1945
Stricken 16 November 1945
Sold 6 October 1947 and broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS Cole (DD 155)

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1Lt.Cdr. Paul Fleming Dugan, USN16 Oct 19396 Jun 1940
2Lt. Charles William Moses, USN6 Jun 19401941
3Lt.Cdr. Walter Leo Dyer, USN194130 Jun 1942
4T/Lt.Cdr. George Goldston Palmer, USN30 Jun 194213 Jan 1943
5T/Lt.Cdr. Joseph Francis Witherow, Jr., USN13 Jan 194310 May 1943
6T/Lt.Cdr. Briscoe Chipman, USN10 May 194325 Jan 1944
7Freeman Donald Miller, USNR25 Jan 194421 Oct 1944
8Lt. John Rupert Stewart, USCG21 Oct 19441 Nov 1945

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Notable events involving Cole include:

19 Mar 1942

Convoy AS 2.

This convoy departed Charleston, South Carolina, USA on 19 March 1942.

The convoy was made up of the following (troop) transports; Agwileon (American, 6678 GRT, built 1907), Brazil (American, 20614 GRT, built 1929) and Mormactide (American, 7773 GRT, built 1941).

They were escorted by the heavy cruiser HMS Devonshire (Capt. R.D. Oliver, DSC, RN), escort carrier HMS Archer (Cdr. J.I. Robertson, RN) and the destroyers USS Upshur (Lt.Cdr. W.K. Romoser, USN), USS Du Pont (T/Lt.Cdr. F.M. Adamson, USN) and USS Cole (Lt.Cdr. W.L. Dyer, USN).

Around 0800Q/20, the destroyer USS Du Pont was detached to return to Charlestown.

Around 1200Q/22, HMS Devonshire was detached to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands where she arrived later the same day.

The convoy arrived at San Juan, Puerto Rico later the same day.

At 0900Q/23, the Agwileon departed San Juan for St. Thomas where she arrived later the same day to fuel. She was escorted by USS Cole.

Around 0630Q/24, the Brazil, Mormactide and HMS Archer departed San Juan. They were joined off the harbour entrance by USS Upshur who first had conducted an A/S sweep of the harbour prior to the departure of the convoy.

Around 1400Q/24, the Agwileon, HMS Devonshire and USS Cole joined the convoy coming from St. Thomas.

Around 0900P/25, the troopship Monterey (American, 148017 GRT, built 1932) and USS Du Pont joined the convoy. They had departed Charleston around 1900Q/21.

Around 0645P/26, USS Du Pont was detached from the convoy. She was to proceed to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

Around 0400P/27, USS Upshur was detached from the convoy. She was to proceed to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

Around 0600P/28, USS Cole was detached to proceed to Bermuda.

Around 1500N/1, the corvettes FFS Commandant Detroyant and HMS Hydrangea (A/Lt.Cdr. J.E. Woolfenden, RNR) joined.

Around 1400N/2, HMS Devonshire parted company with the convoy to proceed ahead of it to Freetown where she arrived around 0600Z/3.

The convoy arrived around 1430Z/3. (1)

4 Sep 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxburgh, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with USS Nicholson, USS Ludlow and USS Cole. (2)

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


  1. ADM 53/115779
  2. ADM 173/17253

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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