USS Du Pont (DD 152)
Destroyer of the Wickes class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||William Cramp and Sons (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||2 May 1918|
|Launched||22 Oct 1918|
|Commissioned||30 Apr 1919|
|End service||2 May 1946|
Decommissioned at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19 April 1922
Commands listed for USS Du Pont (DD 152)
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and that we only list Commanding Officers for the duration of the Second World War.
|1||Lt.Cdr. William LeRoy Messmer, USN||16 Oct 1939||10 Jul 1940|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Eugene Matthew Waldron, USN||10 Jul 1940||17 Dec 1941|
|3||Lt. Ernest William Longton, USN||17 Dec 1941||6 Mar 1942|
|4||T/Lt.Cdr. Frank Marshall Adamson, USN||6 Mar 1942||25 Jan 1943|
|5||T/Cdr. James Gilbert Marshall, USN||25 Jan 1943||17 Mar 1944|
|6||William Henry Stewart, USNR||17 Mar 1944||7 Oct 1944|
|7||Richard Berrian Hadaway, USNR||7 Oct 1944||1 Mar 1945|
|8||Lt. Walter Herman Dietz, Jr., USNR||1 Mar 1945||21 Nov 1945|
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Notable events involving Du Pont include:
19 Mar 1942
Convoy AS 2.
This convoy departed Charleston, South Carolina, USA on 19 March 1942.
The convoy was made up of the following (troop) transports; Agwileon (American, 6678 GRT, built 1907), Brazil (American, 20614 GRT, built 1929) and Mormactide (American, 7773 GRT, built 1941).
They were escorted by the heavy cruiser HMS Devonshire (Capt. R.D. Oliver, DSC, RN), escort carrier HMS Archer (Cdr. J.I. Robertson, RN) and the destroyers USS Upshur (Lt.Cdr. W.K. Romoser, USN), USS Du Pont (T/Lt.Cdr. F.M. Adamson, USN) and USS Cole (Lt.Cdr. W.L. Dyer, USN).
Around 0800Q/20, the destroyer USS Du Pont was detached to return to Charlestown.
Around 1200Q/22, HMS Devonshire was detached to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands where she arrived later the same day.
The convoy arrived at San Juan, Puerto Rico later the same day.
At 0900Q/23, the Agwileon departed San Juan for St. Thomas where she arrived later the same day to fuel. She was escorted by USS Cole.
Around 0630Q/24, the Brazil, Mormactide and HMS Archer departed San Juan. They were joined off the harbour entrance by USS Upshur who first had conducted an A/S sweep of the harbour prior to the departure of the convoy.
Around 1400Q/24, the Agwileon, HMS Devonshire and USS Cole joined the convoy coming from St. Thomas.
Around 0900P/25, the troopship Monterey (American, 148017 GRT, built 1932) and USS Du Pont joined the convoy. They had departed Charleston around 1900Q/21.
Around 0645P/26, USS Du Pont was detached from the convoy. She was to proceed to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
Around 0400P/27, USS Upshur was detached from the convoy. She was to proceed to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
Around 0600P/28, USS Cole was detached to proceed to Bermuda.
Around 1400N/2, HMS Devonshire parted company with the convoy to proceed ahead of it to Freetown where she arrived around 0600Z/3.
The convoy arrived around 1430Z/3. (1)
13 Dec 1943
German U-boat U-172 was sunk on 13 December 1943 in the mid-Atlantic after a 27 hour fight west of the Canary Islands, in position 26°29'N, 29°58'W, by depth charges and Fido homing torpedoes from Avenger and Wildcat aircraft (VC-19) of the American escort carrier USS Bogue and by some 200 depth charges from the US destroyers USS George E. Badger, USS Clemson, USS Osmond Ingram and USS Du Pont.
- ADM 53/115779
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.
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