Allied Warships

USS Lang (DD 399)

Destroyer of the Benham class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 399 
Built byFederal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. (Kearny, New Jersey, U.S.A.) 
Laid down5 Apr 1937 
Launched28 Aug 1938 
Commissioned30 Mar 1939 
End service16 Oct 1945 

Decommissioned 16 October 1945.
Stricken 13 November 1945.
Sold 20 December 1946 and broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS Lang (DD 399)

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1Lt.Cdr. Felix Leslie Johnson, USN30 Mar 193910 Oct 1940 (1)
2John Augustine Waters, Jr., USN10 Oct 194021 Sep 1941
3Erskine Austin Seay, USN21 Sep 194110 Oct 1942 (1)
4John Lester Wilfong, USN10 Oct 194219 Oct 1943 (1)
5Harold Payson, Jr., USN19 Oct 19434 Nov 1944 (1)
6John Thomas Bland, 3rd, USN4 Nov 194416 Oct 1945 (1)

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Notable events involving Lang include:

24 Jan 1942
USS Lang picks up 34 survivors from the British merchant Empire Wildebeeste that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-106 east of New York in position 39°30'N, 59°54'W.

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