Allied Warships

USS Sturtevant (i) (DD 240)

Destroyer of the Clemson class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 240 
Built byNew York Shipbuilding Corp. (Camden, New Jersey, U.S.A.) 
Laid down23 Nov 1918 
Launched29 Jul 1919 
Commissioned21 Sep 1920 
Lost26 Apr 1942 

Decommissioned 30 January 1931
Recommissioned 9 March 1932
Decommissioned 20 November 1935
Recommissioned 26 September 1939
Struck mine and sank off Key West, Florida on April 26 1942
The minefield was American-laid
15 members of her crew were lost.


Commands listed for USS Sturtevant (i) (DD 240)

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1Lt.Cdr. Albert Edmondson Jarrell, USN26 Sep 193927 Nov 1940
2Lt.Cdr. William Stamps Howard, Jr., USN27 Nov 194027 Jan 1941
3Lt. Edwin Elmer Lord, 3rd, USN27 Jan 194126 Feb 1941
4Lt.Cdr. William Stamps Howard, Jr., USN26 Feb 19419 Dec 1941
5Lt. Claude Lee Weigle, USN9 Dec 194126 Apr 1942

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Notable events involving Sturtevant (i) include:

8 Dec 1940
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) intercepts the German passenger / cargo ship Idarwald (5033 GRT, built 1923) off Cape Corrientes, Cuba. Unfortunately before the German ship can be captured it is set on fire by her crew and finally sank on December 9th.

At 1320R/8, HMS Diomede sighted an US 4-stack destroyer (USS Sturtevant) escorting a merchant vessel. Course was set to intercept and speed increased to 25 knots.

At 1409R/8, a round was fired across the merchant ship bows which by now had been identified as the Idarwald. The German ship was already on fire and was being abandoned. After picking up her crew HMS Diomede went alongside. Although the fire in the engine room was soon under control, other fires were not. Also the ship was still flooding despite the use of a submersible pump. At dark HMS Diomede cast off and stood by.

At dawn on the 9th preparations were made to take the ship in tow but the ship was settling too quickly and she finally sank at 1252R/9.

HMS Diomede then set course for Kingston, Jamaica where she was to fuel and land the survivors, 45 in total, 5 of which were injured. (1)

6 Apr 1942
USS Sturtevant picks up 38 survivors from the American tanker Catahoula that was torpedoed and sunk the previous day by German U-boat U-154 off the northwest coast of the Dominican Republic in position 19°16'N, 68°12'W.

USS Sturtevant also picks up 39 survivors from the American tanker Comol Rico that was torpedoed and sunk the previous day by German U-boat U-154 225 nautical miles north of San Juan, Puerto Rico in position 20°46'N, 66°46'W.

Media links

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Blood on the Sea

Parkin, Robert Sinclair
($ 15.98)

U.S. Destroyers

Friedman, Norman

United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

Roscoe, Theodore


  1. ADM 199/367

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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