USS Mertz (DD 691)
Destroyer of the Fletcher class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Bath Iron Works (Bath, Maine, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||15 Jul 1942|
|Laid down||10 May 1943|
|Launched||11 Sep 1943|
|Commissioned||19 Nov 1943|
|End service||23 Apr 1946|
Decommissioned 23 April 1946.
Commands listed for USS Mertz (DD 691)
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|1||T/Cdr. William Sears Estabrook, Jr., USN||19 Nov 1943||27 Jan 1945|
|2||T/Cdr. William Squire Maddox, USN||27 Jan 1945||23 Apr 1946|
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Notable events involving Mertz include:
13 Jul 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) topped off five of the destroyers of the Task Group, USS Cushing (Lt.Cdr. W.D. Adams, USN), USS Uhlmann (Cdr. S.C. Small, USN), USS Wedderburn (Lt.Cdr. R.W. Clark, USN), USS Mertz (Cdr. W.S. Maddox, USN) and USS Smalley (Lt.Cdr. H.A. Cassidy, Jr., USN), with fuel.
19 Jul 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) topped off four of the destroyers of the Task Group, USS McDermut (Cdr. C.B. Jennings, USN), USS Remey (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Balch, USN), USS Melvin (Cdr. B.K. Atkins, USN) and USS Mertz (Cdr. W.S. Maddox, USN), with fuel.