Allied Warships

USS Monssen (i) (DD 436)

Destroyer of the Benson / Gleaves class

NavyThe US Navy
ClassBenson / Gleaves 
PennantDD 436 
Built byPuget Sound Navy Yard (Bremerton, Washington, U.S.A.) 
Ordered1 Oct 1938 
Laid down12 Jul 1939 
Launched16 May 1940 
Commissioned14 Mar 1941 
Lost13 Nov 1942 

USS Monssen was assigned to the Atlantic Fleet Destroyer Squadrons after her shakedown trials. She almost immediately left for the Pacific with task force 17, screening the carrier Hornet when Lieut. Colonel James DooLittle and his 16 B-25 bombers set off for Tokyo on the famous DooLittle Raid.

In November 1942 USS Monssen joins Task Group 67.4 and was hit by a bomb that damaged her fire control radar. USS Monssen (Lt.Cdr. Charles Edward McCombs, USN) fired 5-inch shells and fired 5 torpedoes at the Japanese battleship Hiei. She was also damaged herself, being quickly reduced by fire to a mass of wreckage and lay dead in the water. Many of the crew abandoned ship, watching the fires detonate the ammunition onboard Monssen. The heat finally reached her magazines and she blew up and sank, 145 of her crew were killed and 97 were wounded which includes the commanding officer.


Commands listed for USS Monssen (i) (DD 436)

Please note that we're still working on this section.

1Lt.Cdr. Roland Nesbit Smoot, USN14 Mar 194128 Oct 1942
2T/Cdr. Charles Edward McCombs, USN28 Oct 194213 Nov 1942

You can help improve our commands section
Click here to Submit events/comments/updates for this vessel.
Please use this if you spot mistakes or want to improve this ships page.

Media links

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Blood on the Sea

Parkin, Robert Sinclair
($ 15.98)

U.S. Destroyers

Friedman, Norman

United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

Roscoe, Theodore

Return to the Allied Warships section

As an Amazon Associate earns a commission from qualifying purchases.