Allied Warships

USS Dickerson (DD 157)

Destroyer of the Wickes class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 157 
Built byNew York Shipbuilding Corp. (Camden, New Jersey, U.S.A.) 
Laid down25 May 1918 
Launched12 Mar 1919 
Commissioned3 Sep 1919 
Lost4 Apr 1945 

Decommissioned 25 June 1922
Recommissioned 1 May 1930
Converted to High Speed Transport APD-21 on 21 August 1943
USS Dickerson (Lt.Cdr. Ralph Emerson Lounsbury,Jr. USNR) was irreparably damaged by Japanese Kamikaze Attack off Okinawa 2 April 1945. 51 of the crew were killed including the Commanding officer,and the survivors were rescued by the USS Bunch/Herbert though 26 of them were wounded. However after being towed by USS Arikara to Kerama Retto she was scuttled after being decommissioned on the 04th April,1945.


Commands listed for USS Dickerson (DD 157)

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1Lt. Martin Robert Stone, USN9 May 193931 Oct 1940
2Lt. John Keane Reybold, USN31 Oct 194019 Mar 1942 (+)
3Lt. Francis Edmond Wilson, USN19 Mar 194211 Feb 1943
4Lt.Cdr. James Robert Cain, Jr., USNR11 Feb 194311 Aug 1944
5Ralph Emerson Lounsbury, Jr., USNR11 Aug 19442 Apr 1945 (+)

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Notable events involving Dickerson include:

18 Mar 1942
USS Dickerson picks up 14 survivors from the American tanker E.M. Clark that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-124 about 22 nautical miles south-west of the Diamond Shoals Lighted Buoy in position 34°50'N, 75°35'W.

Media links

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Blood on the Sea

Parkin, Robert Sinclair
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U.S. Destroyers

Friedman, Norman

United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

Roscoe, Theodore

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