Allied Warships

USS Mayo (DD 422)

Destroyer of the Benson / Gleaves class

NavyThe US Navy
ClassBenson / Gleaves 
PennantDD 422 
Built byBethlehem Shipbuilding Corp. (Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Laid down16 May 1938 
Launched26 Mar 1940 
Commissioned18 Sep 1940 
End service18 Mar 1946 

Decommissioned 18 March 1946.
Stricken 1 December 1971.
Sold 8 May 1972 and broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS Mayo (DD 422)

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1Lt.Cdr. Campbell Dallas Emory, USN18 Sep 194014 Sep 1941
2Lt.Cdr. Irving Terrill Duke, USN14 Sep 19416 Sep 1942 (1)
3Lt.Cdr. Frederic Shrom Habecker, USN6 Sep 194223 Nov 1944 (1)
4T/Cdr. Albert David Kaplan, USN23 Nov 194426 Feb 1945 (1)
5Lt.Cdr. Wayne Herkness, 2nd, USN26 Feb 19457 Dec 1945 (1)
6Arthur Boyden Glidden, USNR7 Dec 194531 Dec 1945 (1)
7Lt.Cdr. Wayne Herkness, 2nd, USN31 Dec 194518 Mar 1946 (1)

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Notable events involving Mayo include:

4 Mar 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. R.B. Lakin, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with USS Mayo (Lt.Cdr. I.T. Duke, USN) and USS Simpson (Lt.Cdr. E.J. Burke, USN). (2)

25 Mar 1942
USS Mayo picks up 4 survivors from the Dutch tanker Ocana that was torpedoed and sunk south-east of Nova Scotia, Canada in position 42°36'N, 64°30'W by German U-boat U-552.

14 Apr 1942
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with USS Mayo (Lt.Cdr. I.T. Duke, USN), HNoMS Rose, HMS Venomous (Cdr. H.W. Falcon-Steward, RN), HMS Burwell (Lt.Cdr. S.R.J. Woods, RNR), HNoMS Acanthus, USS Simpson (Lt.Cdr. E.J. Burke, USN), HNoMS Potentilla and HNoMS Eglantine. (3)

11 Jul 1942
USS Livermore and USS Mayo together pick up 32 survivors from the American merchant Santa Rita that was torpedoed and sunk on 9 July 1942 by German U-boat U-172 about 700 nautical miles north-east of Puerto Rico in position 26°11'N, 55°40'W.

18 Aug 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxburgh, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with aircraft, HMS Monkshood (Lt. G.W. McGuiness, RNR), USS Gleaves, USS Mayo, USS Niblack and USS Benson. (4)

19 Aug 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxburgh, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with USS Niblack, USS Benson, USS Gleaves and USS Mayo. (4)

21 Jan 1944
Around 1220/21, the Task Group 82.8, part of 'X-ray Force', made up of the light cruisers USS Brooklyn (Capt. R.W. Cary, Jr., USN), HMS Penelope (Capt. G.D. Belben, DSC, AM, RN) and the destroyers USS Trippe (T/Cdr. R.C. Williams, USN), USS Mayo (T/Cdr. F.S. Habecker, USN), USS Woolsey (T/Cdr. H.R. Wier, USN), USS Ludlow (T/Cdr. L.W. Creighton, USN) and USS Edison (T/Cdr. H.A. Pearce, USN) departed Naples in support of Operation Shingle, the landings at Anzio. En-route to the landing area they escorted a convoy (NAF 1).

They entered the 'fire support area' around 0130/22.

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


  2. ADM 173/17247
  3. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  4. ADM 173/17252

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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