Allied Warships

USS Gandy (DE 764)

Destroyer Escort of the Cannon class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer Escort
PennantDE 764 
Built byTampa Shipbuilding Co. Inc. (Tampa, Florida, U.S.A.) 
Laid down1 Mar 1943 
Launched12 Dec 1943 
Commissioned7 Feb 1944 
End service17 Jun 1946 

Decommissioned 17 June 1946.
Stricken 26 March 1951.
Transferred to Italy 10 January 1951 being renamed Altair.
Altair was stricken and broken up in 1971.


Commands listed for USS Gandy (DE 764)

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1Lcmdr William A. Sessions, USNR7 Feb 19446 Jan 1945
2Lt.Cdr. Frederick Heister Brooke, Jr., USNR6 Jan 19456 Nov 1945

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Notable events involving Gandy include:

16 Apr 1944
German U-boat U-550 was sunk in the North Atlantic east of New York, in position 40°09'N, 69°44'W, by depth charges and gunfire from the US destroyer escorts USS Gandy, USS Joyce and USS Peterson.

Some two hours after the attack USS Joyce and USS Peterson together pick up 56 survivors from the American tanker Pan Pennsylvania that was the first and only ship sunk by U-550.

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Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

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