Allied Warships

USS Swanson (DD 443)

Destroyer of the Benson / Gleaves class

NavyThe US Navy
ClassBenson / Gleaves 
PennantDD 443 
Built byCharleston Navy Yard (Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.A.) 
Ordered1 Jul 1939 
Laid down15 Nov 1939 
Launched2 Nov 1940 
Commissioned29 May 1941 
End service6 Mar 1946 

Decommissioned 6 March 1946.
Stricken 1 March 1971.
Sold 29 June 1972 and broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS Swanson (DD 443)

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1Lt.Cdr. Marvin Peirce Kingsley, USN29 May 194124 Jul 1942 (1)
2Lt.Cdr. Lewis Merrill Markham, Jr., USN24 Jul 19421 Dec 1942 (1)
3T/Cdr. Edward Livingston Robertson, Jr., USN1 Dec 194216 May 1944 (1)
4Lt.Cdr. William Kenneth Ratliff, USN16 May 194419 Jul 1945 (1)
5Cdr. William G. Collar, USNR19 Jul 19456 Mar 1946 (1)

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Notable events involving Swanson include:

29 Jan 1942
USS Swanson picks up 12 survivors from the Norwegian merchant Ringstad that was torpedoed and sunk on 24 January 1942, about 85 miles southeast of Cape Race in position 45°50'N, 51°04'W, by German U-boat U-333.

16 Nov 1942
German U-boat U-173 was sunk at Casablanca in position 33°40'N, 07°35'W by depth charges from the US destroyers USS Woolsey, USS Swanson and USS Quick.

22 Nov 1944
USS Blenny (Cdr. W.H. Hazzard, USN) arrived at Saipan. She was escorted in by USS Swanson (Lt.Cdr. W.K. Ratliff, USN).

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Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

U.S. Destroyers

Friedman, Norman

United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

Roscoe, Theodore

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