Allied Warships

USS Grayson (DD 435)

Destroyer of the Benson / Gleaves class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassBenson / Gleaves 
PennantDD 435 
Built byCharleston Navy Yard (Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.A.) 
Ordered1 Oct 1938 
Laid down17 Jul 1939 
Launched7 Aug 1940 
Commissioned14 Feb 1941 
End service4 Feb 1947 
History

Decommissioned 4 February 1947.
Stricken 1 June 1972.
Sold 12 June 1974 and broken up for scrap.

 

Commands listed for USS Grayson (DD 435)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Thomas Murray Stokes, USN14 Feb 194130 May 1942 (1)
2Lt.Cdr. Frederick Jackson Bell, USN30 May 194222 Apr 1943 (1)
3T/Cdr. Henry Otto Hansen, USN22 Apr 194314 Nov 1943 (1)
4T/Lt.Cdr. William Veazie Pratt, 2nd, USN14 Nov 194325 Jan 1945 (1)
5Everett Alan Trickey, USN25 Jan 194529 Jan 1946 (1)

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Notable events involving Grayson include:


29 Aug 1943

Convoy PW 2293.

This convoy departed San Francisco on 29 August 1943.

It was made up of the transports Kota Agoeng (Dutch, 7356 GRT, built 1930) and President Grant (American, 10558 GRT, built 1921).

On departure from San Francisco the convoy was escorted by the destroyer USS Grayson (T/Cdr. O.H. Hansen, USN).

On 9 September and 15 September, USS Grayson fuelled at sea from the Kota Agoeng. Also provisions were transferred.

Around 0845K/22, the destroyer HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. J. Plunkett-Cole, RAN) joined the convoy. USS Grayson then parted company with the convoy and proceeded to Noumea.

The convoy arrived at Caloundra around 1630K/23. (2)

1 Dec 1944
USS Caiman (Cdr. F.C. Lucas, Jr., USN) conducted exercises off Saipan together with USS Cassin (Cdr. V.J. Meola, USN), USS Ellet (Cdr. E.C. Rider, USN) and USS Grayson (Cdr. W.V. Pratt, III, USN).

2 Dec 1944
USS Caiman (Cdr. F.C. Lucas, Jr., USN) conducted exercises off Saipan together with USS Cassin (Cdr. V.J. Meola, USN), USS Ellet (Cdr. E.C. Rider, USN) and USS Grayson (Cdr. W.V. Pratt, III, USN).

Media links


Condition Red

Frederick J. Bell


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Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.


U.S. Destroyers

Friedman, Norman


United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

Roscoe, Theodore

Sources

  1. http://www.navsource.org/archives/05/435.htm
  2. Report of proceedings of HMAS Vendetta for September 1943 + Deck log of USS Grayson for August 1943 + Deck log of USS Grayson for September 1943

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