USS Ellet (DD 398)
Destroyer of the Benham class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Federal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. (Kearny, New Jersey, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||3 Dec 1936|
|Launched||11 Jun 1938|
|Commissioned||17 Feb 1939|
|End service||29 Oct 1945|
Decommissioned 29 October 1945.
Commands listed for USS Ellet (DD 398)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Francis James Mee, USN||17 Feb 1939||22 Jun 1941 (1)|
|2||Cdr. Francis Hartt Gardner, USN||22 Jun 1941||22 Jan 1943 (1)|
|3||James Dickson Whitfield, USN||22 Jan 1943||27 May 1943|
|4||Thomas Carson Phifer, USN||27 May 1943||10 Mar 1944 (1)|
|5||Eugene Carter Rider, USN||10 Mar 1944||21 Jan 1945|
|6||James Robert Banks, USN||21 Jan 1945||29 Oct 1945|
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Notable events involving Ellet include:
9 Aug 1942
Following an engagement with Japanese naval forces 9 August 1942 off Savo Island, Ellet rescued 509 enlisted men & 41 officers from oil covered shark infested waters during darkness and adverse weather conditions from the cruiser USS Quincy and one sailor from the cruiser USS Astoria, both ships having been sunk in the cited engagement. (2)
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