USS Plunkett (DD 431)
Destroyer of the Benson / Gleaves class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Class||Benson / Gleaves|
|Built by||Federal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. (Kearny, New Jersey, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||17 Aug 1938|
|Laid down||1 Mar 1939|
|Launched||9 Mar 1940|
|Commissioned||17 Jul 1940|
Decommissioned 3 May 1946.
Commands listed for USS Plunkett (DD 431)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Peter Gerald Hale, USN||17 Jul 1940||10 May 1941|
|2||Lt.Cdr. William Arthur Graham, USN||10 May 1941||24 Nov 1941|
|3||Lt.Cdr. William Harrison Standley, Jr., USN||24 Nov 1941||14 Sep 1942 (1)|
|4||Lt.Cdr. Edward Joseph Burke, USN||14 Sep 1942||15 Feb 1944|
|5||T/Cdr. William Outerson, USN||15 Feb 1944||13 Mar 1945|
|6||T/Cdr. Fred Lee Ruhlman, USN||13 Mar 1945||28 Oct 1945|
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Notable events involving Plunkett include:
21 Aug 1942
During 21/22 August 1942 HMS H 32 (Lt. J.R. Drummond, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with USS Madison, USS Lansdale, USS Hilary P. Jones, USS Charles F. Hughes and USS Plunkett. These also included night exercises. (3)
9 Oct 1943
USS Plunkett (Cdr. E.J. Burke, USN) picks up 13 survivors of the American destroyer USS Buck that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-616 about 50 nautical miles south of Capri in position 38°57'N, 14°28'E.
- ADM 173/17252
- ADM 173/17216
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.
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