USS Meredith (i) (DD 434)
Destroyer of the Benson / Gleaves class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Class||Benson / Gleaves|
|Built by||Boston Navy Yard (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||1 Oct 1938|
|Laid down||1 Jun 1939|
|Launched||24 Apr 1940|
|Commissioned||1 Mar 1941|
|Lost||15 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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|1||William Kavanaugh Mendenhall, Jr., USN||1 Mar 1941||2 Mar 1942|
|2||Cdr. Harry Enson Hubbard, USN||2 Mar 1942||15 Oct 1942|
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