USS Bancroft (ii) (DD 598)
Destroyer of the Bristol class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp. (Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||16 Dec 1940|
|Laid down||1 May 1941|
|Launched||31 Dec 1941|
|Commissioned||30 Apr 1942|
|End service||1 Feb 1946|
Decommissioned 1 February 1946.
Commands listed for USS Bancroft (ii) (DD 598)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. John Leslie Melgaard, USN||30 Apr 1942||12 Jul 1943|
|2||T/Cdr. Ray Maurer Pitts, USN||12 Jul 1943||30 Sep 1944|
|3||Gordon Haskell Smith, USNR||30 Sep 1944||Oct 1944|
|4||Charles Ellsworth Pond, USN||Oct 1944||1 Feb 1946|
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Notable events involving Bancroft (ii) include:
17 Mar 1944
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. McCrea, USN) departed Majoro Atoll as part of Task Group 50.10 which was to bombard Milli Island. The other ships of the task force were battleship USS New Jersey (Capt. C.F. Holden, USN) and destroyers USS Dewey (Lt.Cdr. R.G. Copeland, USN), USS Hull (Lt.Cdr. C.W. Consolvo, USN), USS MacDonough (Cdr. J.W. Ramey, USN) and USS Phelps (Lt.Cdr. D.L. Martineau, USN). Air cover was provided by fleet carrier USS Lexington (Capt. F.B. Stump, USN) escorted by destroyers USS Bancoft (Cdr. R.M. Pitts, USN), USS Meade (Cdr. J. Munholland, USN) and USS Edwards (Cdr. P.G. Osler, USN).
For the daily positions of USS Iowa during this operation see the map below.
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