Allied Warships

USS Greer (DD 145)

Destroyer of the Wickes class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassWickes 
PennantDD 145 
Built byWilliam Cramp & Sons Ship & Engine Building Comp 
Ordered 
Laid down24 Feb 1918 
Launched1 Aug 1918 
Commissioned31 Dec 1918 
End service19 Jul 1945 
History

Decommissioned at San Diego, California on 22 June 1922
Recommissioned on 31 March 1930
Decommissioned at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 13 January 1937
Recommissioned on 4 October 1939
Decommissioned at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 19 July 1945
Stricken on 13 August 1945
Sold 30 November 1945 and broken up for scrap. 

Commands listed for USS Greer (DD 145)

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CommanderFromTo
1John Joseph Mahoney, USN4 Oct 19394 Mar 1940
2William Kilian Romoser, USN4 Mar 194010 Jun 1940
3Cdr. Carl Wright Brewington, USN10 Jun 194012 Dec 1940
4Lt.Cdr. Forrest Close, USN12 Dec 19408 Sep 1941
5Lt.Cdr. Lawrence Hugh Frost, USN8 Sep 194120 Jun 1942
6Lt. Thomas Henry Copeman, USN20 Jun 194225 Apr 1943
7Merle David Cooper, USNR25 May 194325 Dec 1943
8John Chapman Jolly, USN25 Dec 19431 Jan 1945
9J. P. Field, Jr., USNR1 Jan 194519 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.

23 Mar 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. J.P. Angell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with USS Greer, HMCS Trillium (T/Lt. P.C. Evans, RCNR) and HMCS Dauphin (T/Lt. M.H. Wallace, RCNR). (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

Sources

  1. Personal communication
  2. ADM 173/17792

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


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