USS Nicholson (DD 442)
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 Jul 1939|
|Laid down||1 Nov 1939|
|Launched||31 May 1940|
|Commissioned||3 Jun 1941|
|End service||26 Feb 1946|
Decommissioned 26 February 1946
Commands listed for USS Nicholson (DD 442)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. John Stuart Keating, USN||3 Jun 1941||Jan 1943|
|2||T/Cdr. Lewis Merrill Markham, Jr., USN||Jan 1943||14 Oct 1943|
|3||T/Cdr. William Winfield Vanous, USN||14 Oct 1943||23 Sep 1944|
|4||T/Cdr. Warfield Clay Bennett, Jr., USN||23 Sep 1944||26 Feb 1946|
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Notable events involving Nicholson include:
3 Sep 1942
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.R. Drummond, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Amherst (T/Lt. H.G. Denyer, RCNR), HMCS St. Croix (A/Lt.Cdr. A.H. Dobson, DSC, RCNR), USS Nicholson and USS Ludlow. (1)
7 May 1949
The movie "On The Town" was shot on the Nicholson from 7 May to 11 May 1949. The ship appeared in the first part of the movie and at the last scenes. Movie made it\'s world premier at Radio City Music Hall during Xmas season 1949. The crew were invited guests. Movie starred Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Jules Munchin, Anne Miller, Betty Garrett and Vera Ellen. Gene Kelly spent time with crew talking & drinking bos'n locker coffee. (3)
- ADM 173/17217
- ADM 173/17253
- Personal communication
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.
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