Allied Warships

USS Gwin (i) (DD 433)

Destroyer of the Benson / Gleaves class

NavyThe US Navy
ClassBenson / Gleaves 
PennantDD 433 
Built byBoston Navy Yard (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered1 Oct 1938 
Laid down1 Jun 1939 
Launched25 May 1940 
Commissioned15 Jan 1941 
Lost13 Jul 1943 
Loss position7° 41'S, 157° 27'E

USS Gwin ((Lt.Cdr. John Benjamin Fellows, Jr., USN) with Cdr. John Martin Higgins, USN, ComDesDiv 23 embarked) was damaged beyond repair by Japanese warships during the Battle of Kolombangara July 13 1943.

Scuttled by torpedoes from destroyer USS Ralph Talbot (DD 390) in position 07º41'S, 157º27'E.

61 of her crew were killed and 15 wounded. Amongst the 214 survivors were the Commanding officer and Commander Higgins who were rescued by the Ralph Talbot.


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1Lt.Cdr. John Martin Higgins, USN15 Jan 194124 Oct 1942 (1)
2T/Lt.Cdr. John Benjamin Fellows, Jr., USN24 Oct 194213 Jul 1943

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