Allied Warships

USS Longshaw (DD 559)

Destroyer of the Fletcher class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 559 
Built bySeattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp. (Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.) 
Ordered9 Sep 1940 
Laid down16 Jun 1942 
Launched4 Jun 1943 
Commissioned4 Dec 1943 
Lost18 May 1945 
Loss position26° 11'N, 127° 34'E

Grounded of the southern end of Okinawa on 18 May 1945 and sunk by Japanese shore batteries in position 26°11'N, 127°37'E, 84 of her crew were lost including the Commanding Officer Lt.Cdr. Clarence William Becker, USN, with the ship.


Commands listed for USS Longshaw (DD 559)

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1T/Cdr. Daniel Thomas Birtwell, Jr., USN4 Dec 19438 Dec 1943
2T/Lt. Neal Almgren, USN8 Dec 194313 Dec 1943
3Lt.Cdr. Robert Hursey Speck, USN13 Dec 194328 Jan 1945
4T/Cdr. Theodore Robert Vogeley, USN28 Jan 194510 May 1945
5Clarence William Becker, USN10 May 194518 May 1945 (+)

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Whitley, M. J.

Blood on the Sea

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Friedman, Norman

United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

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