Allied Warships

USS Rathburne (DD 113)

Destroyer of the Wickes class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 113 
Built byWilliam Cramp and Sons (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) 
Laid down12 Jul 1917 
Launched27 Dec 1917 
Commissioned24 Jun 1918 
End service2 Nov 1945 

Decommissioned at San Diego 12 February 1923
Recommissioned 8 February 1930
Reclassified high speed transport APD-25 on 20 May 1944
Reclassified back to DD-113 on 20 July 1945
Decommissioned at Philadelphia 2 November 1945
Stricken 28 November 1945
Sold 21 November 1946 and broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS Rathburne (DD 113)

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1Lt.Cdr. Preston Virginius Mercer, USN30 Jun 19397 Mar 1940
2Lt. Carl Guilford Christie, USN7 Mar 19407 Apr 1940
3Lt.Cdr. Preston Virginius Mercer, USN7 Apr 194010 Jun 1941
4Lt.Cdr. Roger Brown Nickerson, USN10 Jun 194125 Jun 1942
5T/Lt.Cdr. Corben Clark Shute, USN25 Jun 194217 Jul 1943
6Frank Lewis Fullaway, USNR17 Jul 194320 Jul 1944
7Richard Louis Welch, USNR20 Jul 194424 Sep 1945
8Lewis James Garfield, USNR24 Sep 19452 Nov 1945

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Notable events involving Rathburne include:

As part of DesDiv 20, she was among the first Destroyers to be fitted with Echo-Ranging Sonar equipment. (1)

27 Nov 1918
Last convoy to New York completed. Remained in New York until January, 1919. (1)

25 Apr 1944
Arrived at Puget Sound Navy yard to undergo conversion to High Speed Transport (APD, Calhoun class) (1)

12 Aug 1944
As APD-25, the Rathburne left Hawaii sailing for the Solomons, UTD-10 aboard, with Commander Richard L. Welch in command. (1)

12 Sep 1944
With TG-32.5, the Rathburne arrived in the Palau area for the Peleliu, Angaur per-invasion. On Sept. 14, off Angaur island, de-barked UTD-10 to clear Red beach, and provided fire support. (1)

21 Sep 1944
Arrived off Ulithi, debarked UDT-10 to recon Falalop and Asor beaches (1)

19 Oct 1944
Off Leyte, debarked UDT-10 to recon. Red beach, northern assault area. Provided covering fire. Then on 20, October covered the main landings with fire support off Dulag beaches. (1)

6 Jan 1945
Entered Lingayen Gulf, Luzon screening Larger ships during shore bombardment. Jan. 7th, 1945, debarked UDT-10 to recon. Blue beach, provided covering fire. (1)

29 Jan 1945
Arrived near San Nareiso, Zambales, Philippines. Debarked UDT-10, no opposition. (1)

22 Mar 1945
Departed the Bonin-Volcano area (Iwo Jima) carrying POW's to Guam. (1)

18 Apr 1945
Escorted LST Group 91 to Okinawa, arriving at Kerama Retto on the 18th of April. (1)

27 Apr 1945
On patrol off Hagushi, Okinawa, was hit by a Kamikaze on the port bow just above thhe waterline. The planes engine and bomb traveled through the ship and exited the Starboard bow just below the waterline. Fire and flood control efforts saved the ship, which then made for Kerama Retto for temporary repairs. (1)

18 Jun 1945
USS Rathburne, APD-25 arrived in San Diego California for repairs and re-conversion back to a destroyer. (1)

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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