Allied Warships

USS Thornton (AVD 11)

Destroyer of the Clemson class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantAVD 11 
ModSea plane tender 
Built byBethlehem Shipbuilding Corp., (Squantum, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Laid down3 Jun 1918 
Launched22 Mar 1919 
Commissioned15 Jul 1919 
End service2 May 1945 

Decommissioned on 24 May 1922
Reclassified as sea plane tender AVD-11 on 2 August 1940
Recommissioned on 5 March 1941
Beached and abandoned at Kerama Retto on 2 May 1945
Decommissioned on 2 May 1945
Stricken on 13 August 1945


Commands listed for USS Thornton (AVD 11)

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1Lt.Cdr. Wendell Fischer Kline, USN5 Mar 194116 Oct 1942
2Lt.Cdr. James Paul Walker, USN16 Oct 194223 Feb 1943
3Lt. Frank Este Sellers, Jr., USN23 Feb 19437 Jan 1944
4Lt. John Scott Burns, Jr., USNR7 Jan 1944Nov 1944
5Laurence Francis Geibel, USNRNov 19442 May 1945

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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

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