USS Phelps (DD 360)
Destroyer of the Porter class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp. (Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||2 Jan 1934|
|Launched||18 Jul 1935|
|Commissioned||26 Feb 1936|
|End service||24 Jun 1946|
Decommissioned 24 June 1946
Commands listed for USS Phelps (DD 360)
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|1||Cdr. Harold Biesemeier, USN||10 Jun 1938||6 Jun 1940 (1)|
|2||Cdr. Albert MacQueen Bledsoe, USN||6 Jun 1940||Oct 1941 (1)|
|3||Lt.Cdr. Edward Louis Beck, USN||Oct 1941||4 Nov 1942 (1)|
|4||T/Cdr. Bruce Edward Scofield Trippensee, USN||4 Nov 1942||13 Mar 1943|
|5||T/Cdr. John Ellis Edwards, USN||13 Mar 1943||14 Dec 1943 (1)|
|6||Lt.Cdr. David Louis Martineau, USN||14 Dec 1943||26 Aug 1944 (1)|
|7||Lt.Cdr. Robert Broussard Erly, USN||26 Aug 1944||6 Nov 1945 (1)|
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Notable events involving Phelps include:
8 May 1942
During the Battle of the Coral Sea USS Phelps (Lt.Cdr. E.L. Beck) was ordered to sink the badly damaged US aircraft carrier USS Lexington with torpedoed in position 15°12'S, 155°27'E.
17 Mar 1944
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. McCrea, USN) departed Majoro Atoll as part of Task Group 50.10 which was to bombard Milli Island. The other ships of the task force were battleship USS New Jersey (Capt. C.F. Holden, USN) and destroyers USS Dewey (Lt.Cdr. R.G. Copeland, USN), USS Hull (Lt.Cdr. C.W. Consolvo, USN), USS MacDonough (Cdr. J.W. Ramey, USN) and USS Phelps (Lt.Cdr. D.L. Martineau, USN). Air cover was provided by fleet carrier USS Lexington (Capt. F.B. Stump, USN) escorted by destroyers USS Bancoft (Cdr. R.M. Pitts, USN), USS Meade (Cdr. J. Munholland, USN) and USS Edwards (Cdr. P.G. Osler, USN).
For the daily positions of USS Iowa during this operation see the map below.