Allied Warships

USS Du Pont (DD 152)

Destroyer of the Wickes class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 152 
Built byWilliam Cramp and Sons (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) 
Laid down2 May 1918 
Launched22 Oct 1918 
Commissioned30 Apr 1919 
End service2 May 1946 

Decommissioned at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19 April 1922
Recommisioned 15 August 1934
Decommissioned 14 January 1937
Recommissioned 16 October 1939
Converted for target towing and reclassified as AG-80 on 25 September 1944
Decommissioned 2 May 1946
Sold for scrap 12 March 1946.


Commands listed for USS Du Pont (DD 152)

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1Lt.Cdr. William LeRoy Messmer, USN16 Oct 193910 Jul 1940
2Lt.Cdr. Eugene Matthew Waldron, USN10 Jul 194017 Dec 1941
3Lt. Ernest William Longton, USN17 Dec 19416 Mar 1942
4T/Lt.Cdr. Frank Marshall Adamson, USN6 Mar 194225 Jan 1943
5T/Cdr. James Gilbert Marshall, USN25 Jan 194317 Mar 1944
6William Henry Stewart, USNR17 Mar 19447 Oct 1944
7Richard Berrian Hadaway, USNR7 Oct 19441 Mar 1945
8Lt. Walter Herman Dietz, Jr., USNR1 Mar 194521 Nov 1945

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Notable events involving Du Pont include:

15 Mar 1942
USS Du Pont picks up 26 survivors from the American merchant Ario that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-158 east of Cape Lookout in position 34°37'N, 76°20'W.

13 Dec 1943
German U-boat U-172 was sunk on 13 December 1943 in the mid-Atlantic after a 27 hour fight west of the Canary Islands, in position 26°29'N, 29°58'W, by depth charges and Fido homing torpedoes from Avenger and Wildcat aircraft (VC-19) of the American escort carrier USS Bogue and by some 200 depth charges from the US destroyers USS George E. Badger, USS Clemson, USS Osmond Ingram and USS Du Pont.

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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