Allied Warships

USS Whitehurst (DE 634)

Destroyer Escort of the Buckley class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer Escort
PennantDE 634 
Built byBethlehem Steel Corp., (San Francisco, California, U.S.A.) 
Ordered7 Aug 1942 
Laid down21 Mar 1943 
Launched5 Sep 1943 
Commissioned19 Nov 1943 
End service1 Aug 1962 

Decommissioned 27 November 1946.
Recommissioned 1 September 1950.
Decommissioned 6 December 1958.
Recommissioned 2 October 1961.
Decommissioned 1 August 1962.
Stricken 12 July 1969.
Sunk as target on 28 April 1971 by USS Trigger (SS-564).


Commands listed for USS Whitehurst (DE 634)

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1James Robert Gray, USN19 Nov 19431 Sep 1944
2Jack Carter Horton, USNR1 Sep 19445 Dec 1945

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Notable events involving Whitehurst include:

This ship was used in the movie "The Enemy Below" and had the hull number painted on the bow as DE 181. (1)

Media links

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

The Buckley-Class Destroyer Escorts

Bruce Hampton Franklin


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