Allied Warships

USS Murphy (DD 603)

Destroyer of the Bristol class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 603 
Built byBethlehem Steel Corp. (Staten Island, New York, U.S.A.) 
Ordered16 Dec 1940 
Laid down19 May 1941 
Launched29 Apr 1942 
Commissioned27 Jul 1942 
End service9 Mar 1946 

Decommissioned 9 March 1946.
Stricken 1 November 1970.
Sold 6 October 1972 and broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS Murphy (DD 603)

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1Lcmdr Leonard Scott Bailey, USNR23 Jul 194211 Feb 1944
2T/Cdr. Royal Allan Wolverton, USN11 Feb 194428 Jan 1945
3T/Cdr. Bernard Adrian Smith, USN28 Jan 19451 Jan 1946

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Notable events involving Murphy include:

Benson Class not a Bristol

21 Oct 1943
USS Murphy was rammed off New York by the tanker Bulkoil. The forward section of the ship sank, taking 36 officers and men with it. The stern section was towed to the New York Navy yard where a new forward section was fitted. In all the repairs took some 7 months.

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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