Allied Warships

USS Kearny (DD 432)

Destroyer of the Benson / Gleaves class

NavyThe US Navy
ClassBenson / Gleaves 
PennantDD 432 
Built byFederal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. (Kearny, New Jersey, U.S.A.) 
Ordered17 Aug 1938 
Laid down1 Mar 1939 
Launched9 Mar 1940 
Commissioned13 Sep 1940 
End service7 Mar 1946 

Decommissioned 7 March 1946.
Stricken 1 June 1971.
Sold 6 October 1972 and broken up for scrap.


Hit by U-boat
Damaged on 17 Oct 1941 by U-568 (Preuss).

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Commands listed for USS Kearny (DD 432)

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1Lt.Cdr. Anthony Leo Danis, USN13 Sep 194025 Nov 1941
2Lt.Cdr. Adolph Henry Oswald, USN25 Nov 19414 Dec 1942 (1)
3T/Cdr. Lindsey Williamson, USN4 Dec 19421 Oct 1944
4T/Cdr. Frank Knowles Bladsell Wheeler, USN1 Oct 19447 Mar 1946 (1)

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Notable events involving Kearny include:

17 Oct 1941
The USS Kearny (DD 432) (Lt.Cdr. Anthony Leo Danis, USN) was part of the Escort Group 4.1.4 (detached from convoy ON-24) and escorted SC-48 southwest of Iceland. At 04.15 hours on 17 October 1941, the destroyer was hit by one of four torpedoes fired by U-568. The torpedo struck on starboard side, killing eleven men and wounded 22 others including the commanding officer. The vessel steamed at 10 knots under escort by the American destroyer USS Greer (DD 145) to Hvalfjordur, Iceland, arriving on 19 October. After temporary repairs alongside the American repair ship USS Vulcan (AR 5) she left Iceland on 24 December for Boston for permanent repairs, which were completed until March 1942.

16 Jul 1942
USS Kearny picks up 123 survivors of the American merchant Fairport that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-161 about 500 nautical miles north of St.Thomas, Virgin Islands in position 27°10'N, 64°33'W.

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U.S. Destroyers

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United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

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