Allied Warships

USS Drexler (DD 741)

Destroyer of the Allen M. Sumner class

NavyThe US Navy
ClassAllen M. Sumner 
PennantDD 741 
Built byBath Iron Works (Bath, Maine, U.S.A.) 
Ordered7 Aug 1942 
Laid down24 Apr 1944 
Launched3 Sep 1944 
Commissioned14 Nov 1944 
Lost28 May 1945 
Loss position27° 06'N, 127° 38'E

USS Drexler (Cdr. Ronald Lee Wilson, USN) was hit and sunk by a Japanese kamikaze plane north-west of Okinawa in position 27º06'N, 127º38'E. 164 of her crew were lost with the ship. Amongst the survivors was the Commanding Officer who was wounded.


Commands listed for USS Drexler (DD 741)

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1T/Cdr. Ronald Lee Wilson, USN14 Nov 194428 May 1945

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Notable events involving Drexler include:

23 Jan 1945
USS Drexler (Cmdr Ronald Lee Wilson) departed from Norfolk bound for Trinidad.

10 Feb 1945
From Trididad USS Drexler (Cdr. R.L. Wilson) sailed to San Diego, California where she arrived on this day.

13 Feb 1945
USS Drexler (Cdr. R.L. Wilson) departed from San Diego bound for Pearl Harbor.

23 Feb 1945
USS Drexler (Cdr. R.L. Wilson) departed from Pearl Harbor for Ulithi.

27 Mar 1945
USS Drexler (Cdr. R.L. Wilson) departed from Ulithi to participate in the Okinawa operations.

Media links

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Blood on the Sea

Parkin, Robert Sinclair
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U.S. Destroyers

Friedman, Norman

United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

Roscoe, Theodore

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