USS Alden (DD 211)
Destroyer of the Clemson class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||William Cramp and Sons (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||24 Oct 1918|
|Launched||14 May 1919|
|Commissioned||24 Nov 1919|
|End service||20 Jul 1945|
Decommissioned 24 January 1923
USS Alden took part in the Java Sea Battle. Later she protected convoys from Japanese submarines.
In April 1943 she sailed trough the Panama Canal to the Caribbean. In 1944 she was assigned to the destroyer screen of the USS Guadalcanal, and later escorted convoys in the Atlantic, as well as in the Mediterranean.
She was decommissioned on 20 July 1945, stricken on 13 August 1945 and sold for scrap on 30 November 1945.
USS Alden was awarded 3 Battle Stars for her services in World War 2.
Commands listed for USS Alden (DD 211)
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|1||Lewis Elliott Coley, USN||9 Jul 1939||31 Mar 1942|
|2||Lt Jacob Elliott Cooper, USN||Mar 1942||Jul 1942|
|3||Lcmdr Ernest Edwin Evans, USN||Jul 1942||28 Jun 1943 (1)|
|4||Wayne Herkness, II, USN||7 Jul 1943||27 Jan 1945|
|5||John G. York, USNR||27 Jan 1945||20 Jul 1945|
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Notable events involving Alden include:
9 Feb 1942
Around 0800 hours, HrMs De Ruyter (Cdr. E.E.B. Lacomblé, RNN and flagship of Rear-Admiral K.W.F.M. Doorman, RNN) and HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN), were joined by eight US destroyers USS Whipple (Lt.Cdr. E.S. Karpe, USN), USS Pillsbury (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Pound, USN), USS Edsall (Lt.Cdr. J.J. Nix, USN), USS Alden (Lt.Cdr. L.E. Coley, USN), USS Stewart (Lt.Cdr. H.P. Smith, USN), USS John D. Edwards (Lt.Cdr. H.E. Eccles, USN), USS Barker (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Miller, USN) and USS Bulmer (Lt.Cdr. D.A. Harris, USN).
At 1700 hours the Dutch destroyers HrMs Piet Hein (Lt.Cdr. J.M.L.I. Chompff, RNN), HrMs Banckert (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Goslings, RNN) and HrMs Van Ghent (Lt.Cdr. P. Schotel, RNN) also joined. Van Ghent developed engine trouble and was later replaced by HrMs Kortenaer (Lt.Cdr. A. Kroese, RNN). (After repairs Van Ghent re-joined the task force on the 11th.)
Around 2130 hours the US destroyers USS Edsall and USS Alden were detached and sent to Tjilatjap. (2)
- Files 2.12.03.6849 and 220.127.116.11 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)