Allied Warships

USS Ira Jeffery (DE 63)

Destroyer Escort of the Buckley class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer Escort
PennantDE 63 
Built byBethlehem Shipyard Inc. (Hingham, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered10 Jan 1942 
Laid down13 Feb 1943 
Launched15 May 1943 
Commissioned15 Aug 1943 
End service18 Jun 1946 

Converted to high speed transport and reclassified APD 44 on 23 February 1945.
The ship was used to transport underwater demolition team number 3.
This team cleared beaches in Japan for the occupation forces while operating from this ship.
Decommissioned 18 June 1946.
Stricken 1 June 1960.
Sunk as target in July 1962.


Commands listed for USS Ira Jeffery (DE 63)

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1Robert Atwood Fitch, USNR15 Aug 194310 Feb 1944
2George Reginald Cassels-Smith, USNR10 Feb 19442 May 1944
3Lcmdr Alexander Malcolm White, USNR2 May 194430 May 1944
4Lt.Cdr. George Reginald Cassels-Smith, USNR30 May 194412 Oct 1944
5Lt. William Henry Doheny, USNR12 Oct 1944Nov 1945

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Media links

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

The Buckley-Class Destroyer Escorts

Bruce Hampton Franklin

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