Allied Warships

USS Woolsey (DD 437)

Destroyer of the Benson / Gleaves class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassBenson / Gleaves 
PennantDD 437 
Built byBath Iron Works (Bath, Maine, U.S.A.) 
Ordered15 Jun 1939 
Laid down9 Oct 1939 
Launched14 Feb 1941 
Commissioned7 May 1941 
End service13 Jun 1946 
History

Decommissioned 13 June 1946.
Stricken 1 July 1971.
Sold 12 June 1974 and broken up for scrap.

 

Commands listed for USS Woolsey (DD 437)

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CommanderFromTo
1William Henry Von Dreele, USN7 May 194121 Feb 1942
2Cmdr Bernard Lige Austin, USN21 Feb 19421 Dec 1942 (1)
3Henry Robert Wier, USN1 Dec 194228 Feb 1945 (1)
4William Marshall Shifflette, USN28 Feb 194513 Jun 1946

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Notable events involving Woolsey include:


16 Nov 1942
German U-boat U-173 was sunk at Casablanca in position 33°40'N, 07°35'W by depth charges from the US destroyers USS Woolsey, USS Swanson and USS Quick.

16 Dec 1943
German U-boat U-73 was sunk in the Mediterranean near Oran, in position 36°07'N, 00°50'W, by depth charges and gunfire from the US destroyers USS Woolsey and USS Trippe.

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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