Allied Warships

USS La Vallette (DD 448)

Destroyer of the Fletcher class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 448 
Built byFederal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. (Kearny, New Jersey, U.S.A.) 
Ordered1 Jul 1940 
Laid down27 Nov 1941 
Launched21 Jun 1942 
Commissioned12 Aug 1942 
End service16 Apr 1946 

Decommissioned 16 April 1946.
Stricken 1 February 1974.
Sold to Peru 26 July 1974, cannibalized for spare parts.
Her hulk was scraped.


Commands listed for USS La Vallette (DD 448)

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1T/Cdr. Harry Havelock Henderson, USN12 Aug 194219 Jun 1943
2T/Cdr. Robert Lee Taylor, USN19 Jun 1943Mar 1944
3Lt.Cdr. Wells Thompson, USNMar 1944Aug 1945
4Lt.Cdr. Edward Isham Gibson, USNAug 1945

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Notable events involving La Vallette include:

14 Feb 1945
In a mission of screening minesweepers in Manila Bay, USS La Vallette struck a mine in Mariveles Harbour, with the result of 6 killed and 23 wounded, causing extensive damage to the ship. (1)

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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