USS Reuben James (ii) (DE 153)
Destroyer Escort of the Buckley class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Norfolk Navy Yard (Portsmouth, Virginia, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||10 Jan 1942|
|Laid down||7 Sep 1942|
|Launched||6 Feb 1943|
|Commissioned||1 Apr 1943|
|End service||11 Oct 1947|
Decommissioned 11 October 1947.
Commands listed for USS Reuben James (ii) (DE 153)
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|1||T/Cdr. Frank Daniel Giambattista, USN||1 Apr 1943||13 Apr 1943|
|2||Alfred Edward Sharp, Jr., USNR||13 Apr 1943||6 Oct 1943|
|3||George Stephen James Forde, USNR||6 Oct 1943||Jan 1944|
|4||Vernon Aaron Isaacs, USNR||31 Jan 1944||17 Sep 1944|
|5||Grant Cowherd, USNR||17 Sep 1944||late 1945|
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Notable events involving Reuben James (ii) include:
1 Aug 1944
As part of Escort Div. 66, Task Force 62 Reuben James shot down a German Ju 88 bomber in the Mediterranean Sea while defending the hundred ship eastbound convoy USG 48. At least two bombs fell close by the ship and two torpedoes were dodged during the action lasting 1 hour and 40 minutes. Reuben James was strafed by one Ju 88. (1)
19 Apr 1945
During the action when U 548 was sunk the Reuben James played only a supporting role as the DE that was conning the Buckley to the target. Reuben James fired no weapons of any kind as the target was sunk by 3 hits with the initial salvo of 24 hedgehogs fired by Buckley. First contact was at 0650 hours, Hedgehogs fired at 0729 hours, Reuben James noted 3 explosions at 0730 hours and logged a severe explosion at 0730. At this time contact. Reuben James can only claim an assist in this action. DE's 700 800 were present guarding the perimeters during the sinking. Much debris was collected by whaleboat over the next 5 hours and turned over to Buckley. (1)
19 Apr 1945
German U-boat U-548 was sunk in the North Atlantic south-east of Halifax, in position 42°19'N, 61°45'W by depth charges from the American destroyer escorts USS Reuben James and USS Buckley.
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