Allied Warships

USS Asheville (PG-21)

Gunboat of the Asheville class

NavyThe US Navy
Built byCharleston Navy Yard (Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.A.) 
Laid down9 Jul 1917 
Launched4 Jul 1918 
Commissioned6 Jul 1920 
Lost3 Mar 1942 
Loss position12° 33'S, 111° 35'E

USS Asheville (Lt.Cdr. Jacob William Britt, USN) was sunk by gunfire from the Japanese destroyers Arashi and Nowaki (both offsite links) south of Java in position 12º33'S, 111º35'E


Commands listed for USS Asheville (PG-21)

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1Cdr. Hobart Andrew Sailor, USN29 Jul 193811 Jul 1940
2Cdr. Eliot Hinman Bryant, USN11 Jul 194016 Dec 1940
3Cdr, Kenneth Mortimer Hoeffel, USN16 Dec 1940Dec 1941
4Lt. Jacob William Britt, USNDec 19413 Mar 1942 (+)

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Notable events involving Asheville include:

18 Mar 1945
The only survivor of the USS Asheville, Fireman 1st Class Fred L. Brown, died in a Japanese POW camp (DANFS). (1)


  1. Personal communication

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