Allied Warships

USS Somers (DD 381)

Destroyer of the Somers class

USS Somers during the war

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 381 
Built byFederal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. (Kearny, New Jersey, U.S.A.) 
Laid down27 Jun 1935 
Launched13 Mar 1937 
Commissioned1 Dec 1937 
End service 

Decommissioned 13 October 1945.
Stricken 28 January 1947.
Sold on 16 May 1947 and broken up for scrap by Boston Metals, Baltimore, Maryland.


Commands listed for USS Somers (DD 381)

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1Cdr. James Edward Maher, USN1 Dec 1937late 1939
2Cdr. Jeffrey Caswell Metzel, Jr., USNlate 1939early 1942 (1)
3Lt.Cdr. Arthur Crosby Wood, USNearly 194226 Feb 1943
4T/Cdr. William Christopher Hughes, Jr., USN26 Feb 194325 Oct 1944 (1)
5Edward Michael Luby, USN25 Oct 194413 Oct 1945

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Notable events involving Somers include:

20 May 1942
USS R-12 (Lt. E.E. Shelby, USN) participated in A/S exercises of St. Thomas together with USS Davis (Lt.Cdr. M.R. Peterson, USN) and USS Somers (Lt.Cdr. A.C. Wood, USN).

21 May 1945
From 21 to 23 May 1945, HMS Sheffield (Capt. J.W.M. Eaton, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted trials and exercises in the Gulf of Maine. She was escorted by the destroyers USS Somers (T/Lt.Cdr. E.M. Luby, USN) and USS Davis (T/Lt.Cdr. T.D. Cunningham, USN). (2)

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


  2. ADM 53/122232

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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