Allied Warships

USS Ellet (DD 398)

Destroyer of the Benham class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 398 
Built byFederal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. (Kearny, New Jersey, U.S.A.) 
Laid down3 Dec 1936 
Launched11 Jun 1938 
Commissioned17 Feb 1939 
End service29 Oct 1945 

Decommissioned 29 October 1945.
Stricken 13 November 1945.
Sold 1 August 1947 and broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS Ellet (DD 398)

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1Lt.Cdr. Francis James Mee, USN17 Feb 193922 Jun 1941 (1)
2Cdr. Francis Hartt Gardner, USN22 Jun 194122 Jan 1943 (1)
3James Dickson Whitfield, USN22 Jan 194327 May 1943
4Thomas Carson Phifer, USN27 May 194310 Mar 1944 (1)
5Eugene Carter Rider, USN10 Mar 194421 Jan 1945
6James Robert Banks, USN21 Jan 194529 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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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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