USS Kearny (DD 432)
Destroyer of the Benson / Gleaves class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Class||Benson / Gleaves|
|Built by||Federal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. (Kearny, New Jersey, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||17 Aug 1938|
|Laid down||1 Mar 1939|
|Launched||9 Mar 1940|
|Commissioned||13 Sep 1940|
|End service||7 Mar 1946|
Decommissioned 7 March 1946.
Hit by U-boat
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the USS Kearny|
Commands listed for USS Kearny (DD 432)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Anthony Leo Danis, USN||13 Sep 1940||25 Nov 1941|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Adolph Henry Oswald, USN||25 Nov 1941||4 Dec 1942 (1)|
|3||T/Cdr. Lindsey Williamson, USN||4 Dec 1942||1 Oct 1944|
|4||T/Cdr. Frank Knowles Bladsell Wheeler, USN||1 Oct 1944||7 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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