Allied Warships

USS Sampson (DD 394)

Destroyer of the Somers class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 394 
Built byBath Iron Works (Bath, Maine, U.S.A.) 
Laid down8 Apr 1936 
Launched16 Apr 1938 
Commissioned19 Aug 1938 
End service8 Nov 1945 

Decommissioned 8 November 1945.
Stricken 28 November 1945.
Sold and broken up for scrap 29 March 1946.


Commands listed for USS Sampson (DD 394)

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1Cdr. William Granat, USN19 Aug 193829 Jun 1940
2Cdr. William Kearney Phillips, USN29 Jun 194021 Dec 1940
3Cdr. Lunsford Yandell Mason, Jr., USN21 Dec 19405 Dec 1941
4Lt.Cdr. Harman Brown Bell, Jr., USN6 Dec 19414 Sep 1943
5T/Cdr. Thomas Martin Fleck, USN4 Sep 19439 Dec 1944
6Samuel Oliver Rush, Jr., USN9 Dec 19448 Nov 1945

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Notable events involving Sampson include:

12 Jan 1944

Convoy US 23A.

This convoy departed Wellington on 12 January 1944.

It was made up of the troop transport Mooltan (British, 20952 GRT, built 1923).

On departure from Wellington the convoy was escorted by the destroyer USS Sampson (T/Cdr. T.M. Fleck, USN).

Around 0600L/15, the light cruiser HMAS Adelaide (A/Capt. J.C.D. Esdaile, OBE, RAN) took over the escort duties from the USS Sampson (T/Cdr. T.M. Fleck, USN) which then parted company.

Around 1650H/23 the convoy arrived at Fremantle.

The convoy departed Fremantle for Bombay around 1000H/26. It was now escorted by the heavy cruiser HMS Sussex (A/Capt. M. Everard, RN).

Around 1230FG/4, in approximate position 02°00'S, 73°00'W the convoy was turned over to the destroyer HMS Redoubt (Lt.Cdr. N.E.G. Ropner, DSO, RN). HMS Sussex then parted company to proceed to Colombo.

The convoy arrived at Bombay on 9 February 1944.

13 Jan 1944
Around 1100L/13, HMAS Adelaide (A/Capt. J.C.D. Esdaile, OBE, RAN) departed Port Melbourne to make rendezvous with convoy US 23A.

[For more info on this convoy see the event ' Convoy US 23A ' for 12 January 1944.] (1)

Media links

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

U.S. Destroyers

Friedman, Norman

United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

Roscoe, Theodore


  1. Report of proceedings of HMAS Adelaide for January 1944

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