Allied Warships

USS Goldsborough (AVD 5)

Destroyer of the Clemson class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantAVD 5 
ModSea plane tender 
Built byNewport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. (Newport News, Virginia, U.S.A.) 
Laid down8 Jun 1918 
Launched20 Nov 1918 
Commissioned26 Jan 1920 
End service11 Oct 1945 

Decommissioned on 14 July 1922
Reclassified as sea plane tender AVP-18 on 15 November 1939
Classification changed to AVD-5 on 24 August 1940
Reclassified back to destroyer DD-188 on 1 December 1943
Converted to high speed transport and reclassified APD-32 on 7 March 1944
Classification changed back to Destroyer DD-188 on 10 July 1945
Decommissioned on 11 October 1945
Stricken on 24 October 1945
Sold to be broken up for scrap on 21 November 1946


Commands listed for USS Goldsborough (AVD 5)

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1Stanley John Michael, USN1 Jul 19402 Aug 1940
2Lt.Cdr. Roland Philip Kauffman, USN2 Aug 194017 Aug 1942 (1)
3T/Lt.Cdr. William Irvin Darnell, USN17 Aug 194228 Nov 1942
4T/Cdr. Reid Puryear Fiala, USN28 Nov 194220 Jul 1943
5Lt. William Joseph Meehan, 3rd, USNR20 Jul 194324 Feb 1945
6Lt. Clifford Edson Caton, USNR24 Feb 1945Aug 1945
7Frank Thomas Hyde, USNRAug 1945Sep 1945
8Charles John Harvi, USNRSep 194511 Oct 1945

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Notable events involving Goldsborough include:

13 Aug 1943
USS Goldsborough (Lt. W.J. Meehan, USNR) picks up 24 survivors from the British merchant Fort Halkett that was sunk by German U-boat U-185 about 600 miles southeast of Natal, Brazil in position 09°30'S, 26°50'W on 6 August.

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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