USS Greer (DD 145)
Destroyer of the Wickes class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||William Cramp & Sons Ship & Engine Building Comp|
|Laid down||24 Feb 1918|
|Launched||1 Aug 1918|
|Commissioned||31 Dec 1918|
|End service||19 Jul 1945|
Decommissioned at San Diego, California on 22 June 1922
Commands listed for USS Greer (DD 145)
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|1||John Joseph Mahoney, USN||4 Oct 1939||4 Mar 1940|
|2||William Kilian Romoser, USN||4 Mar 1940||10 Jun 1940|
|3||Cdr. Carl Wright Brewington, USN||10 Jun 1940||12 Dec 1940|
|4||Lt.Cdr. Forrest Close, USN||12 Dec 1940||8 Sep 1941|
|5||Lt.Cdr. Lawrence Hugh Frost, USN||8 Sep 1941||20 Jun 1942|
|6||Lt. Thomas Henry Copeman, USN||20 Jun 1942||25 Apr 1943|
|7||Merle David Cooper, USNR||25 May 1943||25 Dec 1943|
|8||John Chapman Jolly, USN||25 Dec 1943||1 Jan 1945|
|9||J. P. Field, Jr., USNR||1 Jan 1945||19 Jul 1945|
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Notable events involving Greer include:
4 Sep 1941
On 4 September 1941, USS Greer had been signalled by a British bomber, that a German U-boat was hiding in the vicinity. Greer found sound contact, and started to pursue the U-boat U-652 from close range. The aircraft dropped 4 depth charges, and left the scene, leaving the two fighting ships. Soon after the U-boat fired a torpedo at the US warship, perhaps believing she dropped the four bombs. After this USS Greer went into attack, and a 2 hour battle followed, during which she dropped 19 depth charges, and the U-boat fired another torpedo, without results. President Roosevelt used this event in his campaign to convince the US to go to war, and the "undeclared war" between U-boats and US escorts escalated dramatically. (1)
1 Mar 1942
USS Greer picks up 13 survivors from the Panamanian merchant Equipoise that was torpedoed and sunk on 27 February 1942 about 60 miles south-east of Cape Henry in position 36°36'N, 74°45'W by German U-boat U-160.
23 Apr 1942
USS Greer picks up 24 survivors from the American merchant Robin Hood that was torpedoed and sunk on 16 April 1942 by German U-boat U-575 about 300 nautical miles south-east of Nantucket Island, Massachusetts in position 38°45'N, 66°45'W.
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- ADM 173/17792
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.