USS Lea (DD 118)
Destroyer of the Wickes class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||William Cramp and Sons (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||18 Sep 1917|
|Launched||29 Apr 1918|
|Commissioned||2 Oct 1918|
|End service||20 Jul 1945|
Decommissioned at San Diego, California on 1 May 1930
Commands listed for USS Lea (DD 118)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Franklin Wilbur Slaven, USN||30 Sep 1939||13 Jun 1940|
|2||Clarence Broussard, USN||13 Jun 1940||4 Apr 1942|
|3||Lt.Cdr. Paul Wentworth Card, USN||4 Apr 1942||21 Jul 1942|
|4||Lt.Cdr. John Franklin Walsh, USN||21 Jul 1942||24 Dec 1942|
|5||T/Cdr. Donald Irving Thomas, USN||24 Dec 1942||14 Feb 1944|
|6||Moore Peter Huffman, USNR||14 Feb 1944||19 Oct 1944|
|7||Lt. Donald Leonard John Dierks, USNR||19 Oct 1944||20 Jul 1945|
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Notable events involving Lea include:
28 Apr 1942
USS Lea picks up 37 survivors from the Dutch merchant Arundo that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-136 about 15 nautical miles south of the Ambrose Lightship in position 40°10’N, 73°44’W.
11 May 1943
HMS Upstart (Lt. P.C. Chapman, DSC and Bar, RN) conducted A/S exercises in Lough Foyle with USS Greene (Lt.Cdr. J.S. Lewis, USN), HMS Chanticleer (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Bristowe, DSO, RN), USS Lea (Lt.Cdr. D.I. Thomas, USN) and USS Osmond Ingram (Lt.Cdr. N.J. Sampson, USN).
Upon completion of the exercises Upstart departed Lough Foyle for Holy Loch escorted by HMS Chanticleer. (1)
- ADM 173/18373
- ADM 173/17782
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.
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