Allied Warships

USS MacKenzie (ii) (DD 614)

Destroyer of the Bristol class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 614 
Built byBethlehem Steel Corp. (San Pedro, California, U.S.A.) 
Ordered16 Dec 1940 
Laid down29 May 1941 
Launched27 Jun 1942 
Commissioned21 Nov 1942 
End service4 Feb 1946 

Decommissioned 4 February 1946.
Stricken 1 July 1971.
Sunk as a target off the coast of Florida 6 May 1974.


Commands listed for USS MacKenzie (ii) (DD 614)

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1Lt.Cdr. Daniel Byrd Miller, USN21 Nov 19421 Oct 1943
2Lt.Cdr. Basil Norris Rittenhouse, Jr., USN1 Oct 194312 Nov 1944
3Overton Dickinson Hughlett, USN12 Nov 19444 Feb 1946

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Notable events involving MacKenzie (ii) include:

16 May 1943
German U-boat U-182 was sunk north-west of Madeira Islands, in position 33°55'N, 20°35'W, by depth charges from the US destroyer USS Mackenzie

20 Nov 1943
HMS Unswerving (T/Lt. M.D. Tattersall, RNVR) conducted A/S exercises off Londonderry with HMS Primrose (T/Lt. R.F. Pembry, RNR), USS Mackenzie (Cdr. B.N. Rittenhouse, Jr., USN) and HMS Verity (Lt. C.G. Cowley, RN). (1)

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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 173/18430

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

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