Allied Warships

USS Hamilton (DMS 18)

Destroyer of the Wickes class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDMS 18 
ModHigh speed minesweeper 
Built byMare Island Navy Yard (Vallejo, California, U.S.A.) 
Laid down8 Jun 1918 
Launched15 Jan 1919 
Commissioned7 Nov 1919 
End service16 Oct 1945 

Decommissioned on 20 July 1922
Recommissioned on 20 January 1930
Reclassified high speed minesweeper DMS-18 on 11 October 1941
Reclassified AG-111 on 5 June 1945
Decommissioned 16 October 1946
Stricken on 1 November 1945
Sold on 21 November 1946 and broken up for scrap


Commands listed for USS Hamilton (DMS 18)

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1Lt. Thomas Cockey Evans, USN10 May 193817 Jul 1940 (1)
2Lt. Harold Melvin Briggs, USN17 Jul 194021 Jan 1941
3Lt.Cdr. Harold Oscar Larson, USN21 Jan 194119 Jun 1942
4T/Lt.Cdr. Robert Roy Sampson, USN19 Jun 194230 Jun 1944 (1)
5T/Lt.Cdr. John Clague, USNR30 Jun 194413 Jul 1945
6Lyle Howard Turner, USNR13 Jul 194516 Oct 1945

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Notable events involving Hamilton include:

5 Apr 1942
USS Hamilton picks up 25 survivors from the American tanker Byron D. Benson that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-552 off Currituck Inlet, North Carolina in position 36°08'N, 75°32'W.

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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