Allied Warships

USS Benham (i) (DD 397)

Destroyer of the Benham class

USS Benham at Mare Island Navy Yard on 6 February 1942

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 397 
Built byFederal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. (Kearny, New Jersey, U.S.A.) 
Laid down1 Sep 1936 
Launched16 Apr 1938 
Commissioned2 Feb 1939 
Lost15 Nov 1942 

USS Benham (Lt.Cdr. John Barrett Taylor, USN) was scuttled by USS Gwin after being heavily damaged by Japanese warships off Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands.


Commands listed for USS Benham (i) (DD 397)

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1Lt.Cdr. Thomas Francis Darden, Jr., USN2 Feb 193910 Mar 1941
2Lt.Cdr. Joseph Muse Worthington, USN10 Mar 194127 Apr 1942 (1)
3Lt.Cdr. John Barrett Taylor, USN27 Apr 194215 Nov 1942

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