USS Roper (DD 147)
Destroyer of the Wickes class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||William Cramp and Sons (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||19 Mar 1918|
|Launched||17 Aug 1918|
|Commissioned||15 Feb 1919|
|End service||15 Sep 1945|
Decommissioned at San Diego, California on 14 December 1922
Commands listed for USS Roper (DD 147)
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|1||Harry Enson Hubbard, USN||22 Apr 1939||21 Jun 1940|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Henry Edward Richter, USN||21 Jun 1940||10 Oct 1941|
|3||Lt.Cdr. Hamilton Wilcox Howe, USN||10 Oct 1941||22 Jun 1942|
|4||T/Lt.Cdr. John Blair Gragg, USN||22 Jun 1942||1 Oct 1943|
|5||Lt.Cdr. Winfield Fox DeLong, USNR||1 Oct 1943||5 Jan 1944|
|6||Ens. Ulysses Brooks Carter, USNR||5 Jan 1944||11 Jul 1945|
|7||Alfred Gilbert Steer, Jr., USNR||11 Jul 1945||15 Sep 1945|
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Notable events involving Roper include:
23 Mar 1942
USS Roper sank the bow section of the damaged American tanker Naeco with gunfire. The Neaco was torpedoed by German U-boat U-124 about 65 nautical miles south-east of Cape Lookout, North Carolina in position 33°59'N, 76°40'W.
31 Mar 1942
USS Roper picks up 70 survivors of the American passenger ship City of New York that was torpedoed and sunk on 29 March 1943 by German U-boat U-160 40 nautical miles east of Cape Hatteras in position 35°16'N, 74°25'W.
14 Apr 1942
On this day USS Roper (Lt.Cdr. Hamilton Howe) sank U-85 near Cape Hatteras, USA.
U-85 was the first U-boat to be sunk off the North American coast after the start of Operation Drumbeat (Paukenschlag) on 13 January 1942.
On the day that she was sunk U-85 stayed on the surface through the engagement. After repeated gunfire hits on the boat, fatally damaging her, the order to abandon ship was given and maybe half of the crew got into the water and then U-85 started to sink again fast. USS Roper then dropped 11 depth charges onto the already sinking U-boat and its 2 dozen survivors and in the process killed everyone in the water.
The wreck of U-85 is now a popular dive site.
23 Apr 1942
USS Roper picks up 30 survivors from the Panamanian merchant Desert Light that was torpedoed and sunk on 16 April 1942 east of Cape Hattaras in position 35°35'N, 72°48'W by German U-boat U-572.
29 Apr 1942
USS Roper picks up 14 survivors from the British merchant Empire Drum that was torpedoed and sunk on 24 April 1942 southeast of New York by German U-boat U-136. 13 more survivors from the same ship were picked up on 1 May.
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