Allied Warships

USS Roe (DD 418)

Destroyer of the Sims class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 418 
Built byCharleston Navy Yard (Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.A.) 
Laid down23 Apr 1938 
Launched21 Jun 1939 
Commissioned5 Jan 1940 
End service30 Oct 1945 

Decommissioned 30 October 1945.
Stricken 16 November 1945.
Sold 1 August 1947 and broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS Roe (DD 418)

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1Lt.Cdr. Richard Martin Scruggs, USN5 Jan 194016 Oct 1941
2Lt.Cdr. John Newton Opie, 3rd, USN16 Oct 194116 Oct 1942 (1)
3T/Lt.Cdr. Rathel Linwood Nolan, Jr., USN16 Oct 19428 Nov 1943
4T/Cdr. Francis Stephen Stich, USN8 Nov 19438 Sep 1944
5T/Cdr. James Pressley Craft, Jr., USN8 Sep 194429 Jul 1945 (1)
6Guy Edward Hearn, Jr., USN29 Jul 194530 Oct 1945 (1)

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Notable events involving Roe include:

18 Jan 1942
USS Roe picks up 13 survivors from the American tanker Allan Jackson that was torpedoed and sunk earlier that day by German U-boat U-66 some 60 miles east-northeast of Diamond shoals, North Carolina in position 35°57'N, 74°20'W.

30 Jan 1942
USS Roe picks up 31 survivors from the American tanker Rochester that was torpedoed and sunk earlier that day by German U-boat U-106 about 85 miles east of the Chesapeake Lightship in position 37°10'N, 73°58'W.

8 Feb 1942
USS Roe picks up 14 survivors from the British merchant Ocean Venture that was torpedoed and sunk earlier that day by German U-boat U-108 near Cape Hatteras in position 37°05'N, 74°46'W.

22 Mar 1942
USS Roe picks up 52 survivors from the British tanker Athelviscount that was torpedoed and damaged by German U-boat U-202 about 600 miles east-southeast of Halifax in position 38°46'N, 52°44'W. The next day, the destroyer returned most of the crew to the abandoned tanker which was subsequently towed in, but 19 survivors remained aboard and were later landed at New York.

Media links

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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