USS Nields (DD 616)
Destroyer of the Bristol class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp. (Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||16 Dec 1940|
|Laid down||15 Jun 1942|
|Launched||1 Oct 1942|
|Commissioned||15 Jan 1943|
|End service||26 Mar 1946|
Decommissioned 26 March 1946.
Commands listed for USS Nields (DD 616)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Albert Rossville Heckey, USN||15 Jan 1943||7 Oct 1944|
|2||Charles Rutter Norris, Jr., USN||7 Oct 1944||25 Mar 1946|
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Notable events involving Nields include:
21 May 1943
The Italian submarine Gorgo was most likely sunk off Oran by the US destroyer USS Nields.
USS Nields was on a anti-submarine patrol out off Oran when a British aircraft reported a submarine contact. At 1716hours Nields established a sound contact. At 1718hours she dropped a pattern of 9 depth charges. At 1723 the sound contact was regained and another 9 depth charges were dropped. At 1731 and 1741hours more depth charges were dropped. Within seconds of the last attack, oil patches were observed. This, most likely, meant the end of the Italian submarine Gorgo.
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.