Allied Warships

USS Bancroft (ii) (DD 598)

Destroyer of the Bristol class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 598 
Built byBethlehem Shipbuilding Corp. (Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered16 Dec 1940 
Laid down1 May 1941 
Launched31 Dec 1941 
Commissioned30 Apr 1942 
End service1 Feb 1946 

Decommissioned 1 February 1946.
Stricken 1 June 1971.
Sold 16 March 1973 and broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS Bancroft (ii) (DD 598)

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1Lt.Cdr. John Leslie Melgaard, USN30 Apr 194212 Jul 1943
2T/Cdr. Ray Maurer Pitts, USN12 Jul 194330 Sep 1944
3Gordon Haskell Smith, USNR30 Sep 1944Oct 1944
4Charles Ellsworth Pond, USNOct 19441 Feb 1946

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Notable events involving Bancroft (ii) include:

17 Mar 1944
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. McCrea, USN) departed Majoro Atoll as part of Task Group 50.10 which was to bombard Milli Island. The other ships of the task force were battleship USS New Jersey (Capt. C.F. Holden, USN) and destroyers USS Dewey (Lt.Cdr. R.G. Copeland, USN), USS Hull (Lt.Cdr. C.W. Consolvo, USN), USS MacDonough (Cdr. J.W. Ramey, USN) and USS Phelps (Lt.Cdr. D.L. Martineau, USN). Air cover was provided by fleet carrier USS Lexington (Capt. F.B. Stump, USN) escorted by destroyers USS Bancoft (Cdr. R.M. Pitts, USN), USS Meade (Cdr. J. Munholland, USN) and USS Edwards (Cdr. P.G. Osler, USN).

For the daily positions of USS Iowa during this operation see the map below.

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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