Allied Warships

USS Blessman (DE 69)

Destroyer Escort of the Buckley class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer Escort
PennantDE 69 
Built byBethlehem Shipyard Inc. (Hingham, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered10 Jan 1942 
Laid down22 Mar 1943 
Launched19 Jun 1943 
Commissioned19 Sep 1943 
End service15 Jan 1947 

Converted to a high speed transport and reclassified as such (APD-48) on 31 July 1944.
Decommissioned 15 January 1947.
Stricken 1 June 1967.
Transferred to Taiwan 3 July 1967 being renamed Chung Shan.
Chung Shan was stricken in May 1995 and broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS Blessman (DE 69)

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1Joseph Albert Gillis, USNR19 Sep 19436 Aug 1944
2Pierre DeBoutillier, USNR6 Aug 194421 Jul 1945
3Cdr. Clement Olmstead Davidson, USNR21 Jul 1945Oct 1945

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Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

The Buckley-Class Destroyer Escorts

Bruce Hampton Franklin

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