Allied Warships

USS Alden (DD 211)

Destroyer of the Clemson class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 211 
Built byWilliam Cramp and Sons (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) 
Laid down24 Oct 1918 
Launched14 May 1919 
Commissioned24 Nov 1919 
End service20 Jul 1945 

Decommissioned 24 January 1923
Recommissioned 8 May 1930, and assigned to the Pacific fleet.

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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1Lewis Elliott Coley, USN9 Jul 193931 Mar 1942
2Lt Jacob Elliott Cooper, USNMar 1942Jul 1942
3Lcmdr Ernest Edwin Evans, USNJul 194228 Jun 1943 (1)
4Wayne Herkness, II, USN7 Jul 194327 Jan 1945
5John G. York, USNR27 Jan 194520 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)

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. Files and (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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