Allied Warships

USS Broome (DD 210)

Destroyer of the Clemson class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 210 
Built byWilliam Cramp and Sons (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) 
Laid down8 Oct 1918 
Launched14 May 1919 
Commissioned31 Oct 1919 
End service20 May 1946 

Decommissioned 30 December 1922
Recommissioned 5 February 1930
Reclassified as Auxiliary AG-96 on 23 May 1945
Decommissioned 20 May 1946
Stricken 19 June 1946. Sold 20 November 1946 and broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS Broome (DD 210)

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Thomas Edward Fraser, USN
1Karl Frederick Poehlmann, USNDec 194123 May 1942
2George Cameron Seay, USN23 May 19421 Jul 1943
3Charles Snowden Arthur, Jr., USN1 Jul 194320 Sep 1944
4Winthrop B. Walker, USNR20 Sep 19441 Oct 1945
5Thomas L Wallace, USNR1 Oct 194520 May 1946

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Notable events involving Broome include:

19 Apr 1942
USS Broome (Lt.Cdr. K.F. Poehlmann, USN) picks up 27 survivors from the American merchant Alcoa Guide that was torpedoed and sunk on the April 17th by German U-boat U-123 some 300 miles east of Cape Hatteras in position 35°34'N, 70°08'W.

10 Jun 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Kootenay (A/Lt.Cdr. K.L. Dyer, DSC, RCN), HMCS Rosthern (T/Lt. R.J.G. Johnson, RCNVR) and USS Broome. (1)

27 Jul 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. B. Charles, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with USS Broome (Lt. C.S. Arthur, Jr., USN), HMS Duncan (Cdr. Sir P.W Gretton, DSO and Bar, DSC, OBE, RN) and HMS Sunflower (A/Lt.Cdr. J. Plomer, RCNVR). (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


  1. ADM 173/17783
  2. ADM 173/17796

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

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