Allied Warships

USS Simpson (DD 221)

Destroyer of the Clemson class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 221 
Built byWilliam Cramp and Sons (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) 
Laid down9 Oct 1919 
Launched28 Apr 1920 
Commissioned3 Nov 1920 
End service29 Mar 1946 

Reclassified as Auxiliary AG-97 on 25 May 1945
Decommissioned 29 March 1946
Stricken 19 June 1946
Sold 21 November 1946 and broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS Simpson (DD 221)

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1Edward Joseph Burke, USN 8 Jan 1943
2Robert Schley Fahle, USN8 Jan 194316 Aug 1943
3Lt.Cdr. Leigh William Sedgwick, USNR16 Aug 19431 Mar 1945
4Donald James Donahue, USNR1 Mar 194531 Dec 1945

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Notable events involving Simpson include:

4 Mar 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. R.B. Lakin, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with USS Mayo (Lt.Cdr. I.T. Duke, USN) and USS Simpson (Lt.Cdr. E.J. Burke, USN). (1)

14 Apr 1942
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with USS Mayo (Lt.Cdr. I.T. Duke, USN), HNoMS Rose, HMS Venomous (Cdr. H.W. Falcon-Steward, RN), HMS Burwell (Lt.Cdr. S.R.J. Woods, RNR), HNoMS Acanthus, USS Simpson (Lt.Cdr. E.J. Burke, USN), HNoMS Potentilla and HNoMS Eglantine. (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 173/17247
  2. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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

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