Allied Warships

USS Selfridge (DD 357)

Destroyer of the Porter class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 357 
Built byNew York Shipbuilding Corp. (Camden, New Jersey, U.S.A.) 
Laid down18 Dec 1933 
Launched18 Apr 1936 
Commissioned26 Nov 1936 
End service15 Oct 1945 

USS Selfridge was commissioned just after the Berlin-Rome Axis was proclaimed and the beginning of the siege of Madrid, her shakedown cruise in the Mediterranean was almost like a war patrol. She served in the Atlantic until December 1937, when she was relocated to the Pacific as flagship of Destroyer Squadron 4 in San Diego, California.

In 1940 she was reassigned to the Hawaiian islands. When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941, she left port with a mixed crew from different ships in search for the attacking fleet, finding no enemy. She spent the next few weeks patrolling around Oahu, and then joined the destroyer screen around the Lexington. She was soon reassigned for escort duties, and on January 30th, 1942 she was attacking a Japanese submarine on the way back to Hawaii from the Canton Island. She remained in this role until the invasion of the Solomon Islands begun, when she was attached to TG 62.6, the screening group for the transports bound to Guadalcanal. After the battle off Savo Island she had the sad duty to scuttle the badly damaged cruiser HMAS Canberra. Later in the year she patrolled the waters around Australia.

In May 1943, Selfridge was reassigned to the 3rd Fleet. On the 6th October, Selfridge, along with USS O'Bannon and Chevalier intercepted a Japanese force of 6 destroyers and 4 other ships. They went into attack, but the results were disastrous. Chevalier was sunk, O'Bannon and Selfridge suffered extensive damage. Selfridge crew suffered a casualty of 13 killed, 11 wounded and 36 missing. After repairs and training with the new crew, she returned to action in May 1944, participating in the battles around Guam and Saipan. In September 1944 she sailed to New York for a major refit and overhaul, then she joined TF65 and serving as flagship she escorted convoys in the Atlantic until the end of the war.

She was decommissioned on 15 October 1945, stricken on 1 November 1945 and sold for scrap on 20 December 1946, she was eventually scrapped in October 1947. USS Selfridge received 4 Battle Stars for her services during WW2.


Commands listed for USS Selfridge (DD 357)

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1Cdr. Bertram Joseph Rodgers, USN15 Jun 193817 May 1940 (1)
2Cdr. Leland Pearson Lovette, USN17 May 194019 Jul 1940 (1)
3Lt.Cdr. Wyatt Craig, USN19 Jul 194021 Mar 1942 (1)
4Lt.Cdr. Carroll Dayne Reynolds, USN21 Mar 19423 Oct 1943
5T/Cdr. George Edward Peckham, USN3 Oct 19439 Feb 1944
6T/Cdr. Lewis Levi Snider, USN9 Feb 19449 Oct 1944 (1)
7James Abner Boyd, USN9 Oct 194415 Oct 1945

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Notable events involving Selfridge include:

31 May 1942
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) returned to Sydney. After fuelling she departed for yet another convoy mission.

Convoy ZK 9 was to be escorted northwards. This convoy was made up of the following merchant vessels; American Robert Gray (7176 GRT, built 1942) (joined off Melbourne on 2 June), Stephen A. Douglas (7176 GRT, built 1942) (joined off Melbourne on 2 June), Australian Katoomba (9424 GRT, built 1913), Ormiston (5815 GRT, built 1922) and Dutch Japara (3323, built 1930) (joined off Melbourne on 2 June). Besides Tromp they were escorted by the US destroyer USS Selfridge (Cdr. C.D. Reynolds, USN) and the Australian sloop HMAS Warrego (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Green, RAN). (2)

4 Jun 1942
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN), the American destroyer USS Selfridge (Cdr. C.D. Reynolds, USN), the American merchant Stephen A. Douglas (7176 GRT, built 1942), the Australian merchant Stephen A. Douglas (7176 GRT, built 1942) and the Dutch Japara (3323, built 1930) split off from the convoy off Rockhampton and proceeded towards that harbour.

After fuelling Tromp and Selfridge departed for Sydney later the same day.

20 Apr 1945
USS R-1 (Lt. W.A. Schoenfeld, USN) conducted A/S exercises off Casco Bay, Maine together with USS Selfridge (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Boyd, USN), USS Knoxville (Lt.Cdr. G.R. Reynolds, USCGR) and USS Brunswick (Lt.Cdr. B.B. Sherry, USCGR).

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


  2. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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