Allied Warships

USS O'Brien (i) (DD 415)

Destroyer of the Sims class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 415 
Built byBoston Navy Yard (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Laid down31 May 1938 
Launched20 Oct 1939 
Commissioned2 Mar 1940 
Lost19 Oct 1942 
Loss position13° 30'S, 171° 18'W

USS O'Brien (Cdr. Thomas Burrowes) was torpedoed by the Japanese submarine I-15 on 15 September 1942 north-west of Espiritu Santo in position 12º25'S, 164°08'E. O'Brien reached Espititu Santo under her own power the following day where the American seaplane tender USS Curtiss made temporary repairs. O'Brien sailed on 21 September for Noumea, New Caledonia to receive further repairs by USS Argonne. O'Brien departed on 10 October 1942 bound for San Francisco for permanent repairs. O'Brien called at Suva, Fiji Islands from 13 to 16 October. She sank on 19 October 1942 some 50 nautical miles north-northwest of Tutuila, Samoa in position 13°30'S, 171°18'W.


Commands listed for USS O'Brien (i) (DD 415)

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1Lt.Cdr. Carl Frederick Espe, USN2 Mar 194013 Dec 1941
2Lt.Cdr. Thomas Burrowes, USN13 Dec 194119 Oct 1942

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