USS Upshur (DD 144)
Destroyer of the Wickes class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||William Cramp and Sons (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||19 Feb 1918|
|Launched||4 Jul 1918|
|Commissioned||23 Dec 1918|
|End service||11 Nov 1945|
Decommissioned at San Diego, California on 15 May 1922
Commands listed for USS Upshur (DD 144)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Ralph Ensign Wilson, USN||4 Oct 1939||15 Jun 1940|
|2||Lt. William Kilian Romoser, USN||15 Jun 1940||9 May 1942|
|3||T/Lt.Cdr. Lot Ensey, USN||9 May 1942||1 Nov 1942|
|4||T/Lt.Cdr. Ernest Bradford Ellsworth, Jr., USN||1 Nov 1942||12 Feb 1944 (1)|
|5||James Abner Boyd, USN||12 Feb 1944||3 Oct 1944|
|6||Gordon Gemmill, USNR||3 Oct 1944||11 Nov 1945|
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Notable events involving Upshur include:
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 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. (2)
- ADM 53/115779
- ADM 173/17827
- ADM 173/17793
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.
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