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.

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 Detroyat 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)

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


  1. ADM 53/115779

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

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