USS Turner (ii) (DD 648)
Destroyer of the Bristol class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Federal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. (Kearny, New Jersey, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||10 Feb 1941|
|Laid down||15 Nov 1942|
|Launched||28 Feb 1943|
|Commissioned||16 Apr 1943|
|Lost||3 Jan 1944|
After returning from her third convoy duty, the Turner was anchored off Sandy Hook, New Jersey waiting to go to the Brooklyn Navy Yard for repairs. the next morning, a series of unknown explosions rocked her ammunition storage areas, turning the ship into an inferno. Another explosion ripped the bottom out of the Turner and she sank by the stern taking with her 165 of the crew however 167 survived and were rescued by the USS Inch/Swasey and USCG boats. The commanding officer was amongst those lost and many of the survivors were wounded after being taken to the hospital at Sandy Hook, many of them were saved by blood plasma being flown in from New York by helicoper !
Commands listed for USS Turner (ii) (DD 648)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Henry Sollett Wygant, Jr., USN||15 Apr 1943||3 Jan 1944 (+)|
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