Allied Warships

USS Fletcher (DD 445)

Destroyer of the Fletcher class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 445 
Built byFederal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. (Kearny, New Jersey, U.S.A.) 
Ordered1 Jul 1940 
Laid down2 Oct 1941 
Launched3 May 1942 
Commissioned30 Jun 1942 
End service 1969 

Decommissioned 15 January 1947.
Reclassified DDE-445 on 26 March 1949.
Recommissioned 3 October 1949.
Reclassified back to DD-445 on 30 June 1962.
Decommissioned in 1969.
Stricken 1 August 1969.
Sold 22 February 1972 and broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS Fletcher (DD 445)

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1Lt.Cdr. William Marchant Cole, USN30 Jun 194211 Dec 1942
2T/Cdr. Frank Lesher Johnson, USN11 Dec 194211 Apr 1943
3T/Lt. John Gerard Hughes, USN11 Apr 194319 Apr 1943
4T/Cdr. Robert Devore McGinnis, USN19 Apr 194310 Feb 1944
5T/Cdr. John Lee Foster, USN10 Feb 194414 Mar 1945
6Lt.Cdr. Robert Robinson Green, USN14 Mar 194515 Jun 1946

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Notable events involving Fletcher include:

12 Aug 1942
USS R-12 (Lt. E.E. Shelby, USN) participated in A/S exercises of Guantanamo Bay together with USS Fletcher (Lt.Cdr. W.M. Cole, USN) and with USS O’Bannon (Cdr. E.R. Wilkinson, USN).

4 Sep 1943
USS Cabrilla (Cdr. D.T. Hammond, USN) conducted exercises off Pearl Harbour together with USS Fletcher (Lt.Cdr. R.D. McGinnis, USN)

14 Feb 1945
Damaged by Shore batteries, there are 7 killed and 6 wounded amongst the crew.

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

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