Allied Warships

USS Emmons (DD 457)

Destroyer of the Bristol class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 457 
Built byBath Iron Works (Bath, Maine, U.S.A.) 
Ordered12 Jun 1940 
Laid down14 Nov 1940 
Launched23 Aug 1941 
Commissioned5 Dec 1941 
Lost6 Apr 1945 
Loss position26° 48'N, 128° 04'E

Converted to High Speed Minesweeper DMS-22 on 15 November 1944.
USS Emmons (Lt.Cdr. Eugene Noble Foss, 2nd, USNR) was damaged beyond repair,by Japanese kamikazes of the north coast of Okinawa in position 26º48'N, 128º04'E, 60 of her crew died and 194 of the crew survived though 78 had been wounded which included the Commanding officer. Scuttled by USS Ellyson and the survivors were rescued by the USS PGM 11


Commands listed for USS Emmons (DD 457)

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1Thomas Cameron Ragan, USN5 Dec 194110 Oct 1942
2Harold Millar Heming, USN10 Oct 19424 Jul 1943
3Edward Baxter Billingsley, USN4 Jul 194330 Nov 1944
4Eugene Noble Foss, 2nd, USNR30 Nov 19446 Apr 1945

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Notable events involving Emmons include:

17 May 1944
German U-boat U-616 was sunk on 17 May 1944 in the Mediterranean Sea north-west of Ténès, Algeria, in position 36°46'N, 00°52'E, by depth charges from the US destroyers USS Nields, USS Gleaves, USS Ellyson, USS Macomb, USS Hambleton, USS Rodman, USS Emmons and USS Hilary P. Jones and by depth charges from a British Wellington aircraft (36 Sqn RAF/K) on 15 May.

Media links

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Blood on the Sea

Parkin, Robert Sinclair

U.S. Destroyers

Friedman, Norman

United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

Roscoe, Theodore

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