Allied Warships

USS Ernest G. Small (DD 838)

Destroyer of the Gearing class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 838 
Built byBath Iron Works (Bath, Maine, U.S.A.) 
Ordered14 Jun 1943 
Laid down30 Jan 1945 
Launched14 Jun 1945 
Commissioned21 Aug 1945 
End service 

Reclassified as DDR-838 on 18 July 1952.
Reverted back to DD-838 on 1 January 1969.
Decommissioned at an unknown date.
Stricken 13 November 1970.
Transferred to Taiwan 13 April 1971 being renamed Fu Yang.
Sunk as a target off Ryukyu.


Commands listed for USS Ernest G. Small (DD 838)

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1T/Cdr. Thomas Dana McGrath, USN21 Aug 1945Aug 1947

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Notable events involving Ernest G. Small include:

2 May 1941
At 2345 hours, while exercising in the Pentland Firth, HNoMS St. Albans (Capt. G. Hovdenak, RNorN) rammed and sunk the auxiliary minesweeping trawler HMT Alberic. The trawler sank quickly taking 13 of her crew with her. St. Ablans sustained damage to her bow. (1)

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 199/399

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

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