Allied Warships

USS Upshur (DD 144)

Destroyer of the Wickes class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 144 
Built byWilliam Cramp and Sons (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) 
Laid down19 Feb 1918 
Launched4 Jul 1918 
Commissioned23 Dec 1918 
End service11 Nov 1945 

Decommissioned at San Diego, California on 15 May 1922
Recommissioned on 2 June 1930
Decommissioned at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 22 December 1936
Recommissioned on 4 October 1939
Reclassified AG-103 30 June 1945
Decommissioned at Norfolk, Virginia on 11 November 1945
Stricken 16 November 1945
Sold 26 September 1947 and broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS Upshur (DD 144)

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1Lt.Cdr. Ralph Ensign Wilson, USN4 Oct 193915 Jun 1940
2Lt. William Kilian Romoser, USN15 Jun 19409 May 1942
3T/Lt.Cdr. Lot Ensey, USN9 May 19421 Nov 1942
4T/Lt.Cdr. Ernest Bradford Ellsworth, Jr., USN1 Nov 194212 Feb 1944 (1)
5James Abner Boyd, USN12 Feb 19443 Oct 1944
6Gordon Gemmill, USNR3 Oct 194411 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 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. (2)

3 Apr 1943
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.S.C Clarabut, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Hesperus (Cdr. D.G.F.W. MacIntyre, DSO and Bar, RN), USS Upshur and another vessel. (3)

4 Apr 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. J.P. Angell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with USS Upshur, HNoMS St. Albans (Lt.Cdr. S.V. Storheill, RNorN), HMS Lotus (Lt.Cdr. H.J. Hall, DSC, RD, RNR). (4)

8 Apr 1943
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.S.C Clarabut, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with USS Madison, USS Lansdale, USS Charles F. Hughes, USS Babbitt and USS Upshur. (3)

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


  2. ADM 53/115779
  3. ADM 173/17827
  4. ADM 173/17793

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

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