Allied Warships

USS De Haven (i) (DD 469)

Destroyer of the Fletcher class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 469 
Built byBath Iron Works (Bath, Maine, U.S.A.) 
Ordered1 Jul 1940 
Laid down27 Sep 1941 
Launched28 Jun 1942 
Commissioned21 Sep 1942 
Lost1 Feb 1943 
Loss position9° 09'S, 159° 52'E

During the Japanese evacuation from Guadalcanal, USS De Haven (Cdr. Charles Edward Tolman, USN) was attacked by 6 Japanese planes. 3 of them were shot down but the remaining three dropped their bombs and fled. The result destroyed the bridge, killing the captain. A fourth bomb split the hull plates and the De Haven upended and sank in position 09º09'S, 159º52'E with 167 of her men out of a crew of 299. Today, she lies in Iron Bottom Sound.


Commands listed for USS De Haven (i) (DD 469)

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1T/Cdr. Charles Edward Tolman, USN21 Sep 19421 Feb 1943 (+)

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