Allied Warships

USS Meredith (i) (DD 434)

Destroyer of the Benson / Gleaves class

NavyThe US Navy
ClassBenson / Gleaves 
PennantDD 434 
Built byBoston Navy Yard (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered1 Oct 1938 
Laid down1 Jun 1939 
Launched24 Apr 1940 
Commissioned1 Mar 1941 
Lost15 Oct 1942 

USS Meredith (Cdr. Harry Enson Hubbard, USN) was lost near San Cristobal Island in the Solomons. Sunk by air attack while escorting the tug USS Vireo and petrol barges, alerted to the oncoming attack had taken on the crew from the Vireo which was abandoned and left adrift. The Japanese dive bombers appeared from the carrier Shokaku concentrated their attack on the Meredith sinking her with many hits and then strafed the survivors. 182 were killed and 78 survived from the Meredith, and 55 were killed and 15 survived from the vireo. The Commanding Officer of the Meredith died of wounds and the Commanding officer of the Vireo Lt James Claude Legg survived though wounded as was almost every one else. The survivors were rescued by the USS Grayson, USS Gwin and USS Seminole and also a PBY from VP-51.


Commands listed for USS Meredith (i) (DD 434)

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1Lt.Cdr. William Kavanaugh Mendenhall, Jr., USN1 Mar 19412 Mar 1942
2Lt.Cdr. Harry Enson Hubbard, USN2 Mar 194215 Oct 1942

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