Allied Warships

USS Tarbell (DD 142)

Destroyer of the Wickes class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 142 
Built byWilliam Cramp and Sons (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) 
Laid down31 Dec 1917 
Launched28 May 1918 
Commissioned27 Nov 1918 
End service20 Jul 1945 

Decommissioned at San Diego, California on 8 June 1922
Recommissioned on 29 May 1930
Decommissioned in late 1936 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Recommissioned on 4 October 1939
Decommissioned at Philadelphia on 20 July 1945
Stricken 13 August 1945
Sold 30 November 1945 and broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS Tarbell (DD 142)

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1Lt.Cdr. Edward White Rawlins, USN4 Oct 193921 Mar 1941
2Lt. Solomon David Willingham, USN21 Mar 194120 May 1942 (1)
3T/Lt.Cdr. Walter Manley Foster, USN20 May 19424 Nov 1943
4Howard Martin Payne, USNR4 Nov 194315 Jun 1944
5Lt.Cdr. Charles Alfred Berry, USNR15 Jun 194420 Jul 1945

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Notable events involving Tarbell include:

26 Mar 1942
USS Tarbell picks up 22 survivors of the American tanker Dixie Arrow that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-71 12 nautical miles off the Diamond Shoals Lighted Buoy in position 34°55'N, 75°02'W.

15 May 1942
USS Tarbell picks up 25 survivors of the American merchant Lammot Du Pont that was torpedoed and sunk on 23 April 1942 by German U-boat U-125 500 nautical miles south-east of Bermuda in position 27°10'N, 57°10'W. Three of these survivors later died in hospital.

4 Jun 1942
USS Tarbell picks up 30 survivors of the American tanker M.F. Elliott that was torpedoed and sunk the previous day by German U-boat U-502 about 150 nautical miles north-west of Trinidad in position 12°04'N, 63°49'W.

9 Sep 1942
USS R-12 (Lt. E.E. Shelby, USN) participated in A/S exercises of Guantanamo Bay together with USS Chevalier (Lt.Cdr. E.R. McLean, Jr., USN), USS Jenkins (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Miller, USN) and USS Tarbell (Lt.Cdr. W.M. Foster, USN).

Media links

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

U.S. Destroyers

Friedman, Norman

United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

Roscoe, Theodore

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