Allied Warships

USS Dobbin (AD 3)

Destroyer tender of the Dobbin class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer tender
PennantAD 3 
Built byPhiladelphia Navy Yard (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) 
Laid down 
Launched5 May 1921 
Commissioned23 Jul 1924 
End service27 Sep 1946 

Decommissioned on 27 September 1946


Commands listed for USS Dobbin (AD 3)

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1Emory Percival Eldredge, USN1 Jul 193910 Jun 1940 (1)

2Cdr. Thomas Calloway Latimore, Jr., USNApr 1941Jul 1941
3Cdr. Hubert Esterly Paddock, USNJul 1941Sept 1942 (1)
4Cdr. Harold Nordmark Williams, USNSept 194226 May 1944 (1)
5T/Capt. Shirley Youngs Cutler, USN26 May 194431 May 1945 (1)
6T/Capt. John Thompson Warren, USN31 May 194527 Sep 1946 (1)

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Notable events involving Dobbin include:

25 Jun 1943
Around 0800K/25, HMAS Stuart (Lt.Cdr. N.A. Mackinnon, RAN) and HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. J. Plunkett-Cole, RAN) departed Sydney escorting the destroyer tender USS Dobbin (T/Capt. H.N. Williams, USN) to Brisbane where they arrived in the morning of the 27th. Both escorting destroyers did not enter Brisbane but anchored near Bribie Island. (2)

12 Jul 1943
Around 2220K/12, HMAS Stuart (Lt.Cdr. N.A. Mackinnon, RAN) departed Moreton Bay escorting the destroyer tender USS Dobbin (T/Capt. H.N. Williams, USN) to the vicinity of Cape Capricorn.

They parted company around 0200K/13 when HMAS Stuart commenced escorting the transport George M. Livanos (Greek, 3831 GRT, built 1928) southwards to Brisbane where they arrived around 1420K/14. (3)

14 Feb 1945

Convoy GI 11.

This convoy departed Humboldt Bay (Hollandia) around 1600I/14.

It was made up of the transports; Clan Lamont (British, 7250 GRT, built 1939), John Lind (American, 7176 GRT, built 1943), Moses Rogers (American, 7181 GRT, built 1942), Ralph A. Cram (American, 7207 GRT, built 1943), Sea Corporal (American, 8040 GRT, built 1944), Simon Bolivar (American, 7176 GRT, built 1943) and Swartenhondt (Dutch, 5084 GRT, built 1924).

The tankers; Bandelier (American, 10448 GRT, built 1944), E.H. Blum (American, 11638 GRT, built 1941), Joshua Tree (American, 10448 GRT, built 1945) and Pennsylvania Sun (American, 11394 GRT, built 1938).

Small Army cargo ships; FS-175 (American, 573 GRT, built 1944), FS-179 (American, 573 GRT, built 1944), FS-193 (American, 573 GRT, built 1944), FS-258 (American, 560 GRT, built 1944), FS-317 (American, 560 GRT, built 1944) and FS-361 (American, 560 GRT, built 1944).

The following Navy ships were also part of the convoy; destroyer tender USS Dobbin (T/Capt. S.Y. Cutler, USN), attack transport USS Banner (6010 GRT, built 1944) (Lt.Cdr. J.R. Pace, USNR), attack cargo USS Torrance (8172 GRT, built 1944) (Lt.Cdr. G.A. Euerle, USNR), stores ship USS Acubens (7176 GRT, built 1944) (Cdr. E.B. Ellis, USNR) and landing ship LCI(L)-608 (Lt.(jg) D.S. Bays, USNR).

The convoy was escorted by the frigates USS Allentown (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Cardwell, USCG), USS Charlottesville (Lt.Cdr. B.D. Shoemaker, Jr., USCGR), USS Sandusky (Lt.Cdr. T.R. Sargent, 3rd., USCG) and the destroyer escorts USS Pratt (Cdr. R.H. Wanless, USNR) and USS Rombach (Lt.Cdr. C.B. Gill, USN).

At 2000I/15, the Biak section of the convoy departed that place.

It was made up of the transports; Elco Victory (American, 7607 GRT, built 1944) and Robert W. Bingham (American, 7176 GRT, built 1944).

Also part of the Biak section were the Small Army cargo ships; FS-196 (American, 573 GRT, built 1944) and FS-253 (American, 560 GRT, built 1944).

They were escorted by the destroyer HMAS Vendetta (Lt. M. Germaine, RANVR, temporary in command)

Around 0100I/16, USS Charlottesville parted company with the main body of the convoy to take over the escort of the Biak section from HMAS Vendetta which she did around 0230I/16. USS Charlottesville rejoined the main body of the convoy with the Biak section around 1245I/16.

The convoy arrived at San Pedro Bay (Leyte) around 1730I/20.


  2. Report of proceedings of HMAS Stuart for June 1943 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Vendetta for June 1943
  3. Report of proceedings of HMAS Stuart for July 1943

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