Allied Warships

USS Woolsey (DD 437)

Destroyer of the Benson / Gleaves class

NavyThe US Navy
ClassBenson / Gleaves 
PennantDD 437 
Built byBath Iron Works (Bath, Maine, U.S.A.) 
Ordered15 Jun 1939 
Laid down9 Oct 1939 
Launched14 Feb 1941 
Commissioned7 May 1941 
End service13 Jun 1946 

Decommissioned 13 June 1946.
Stricken 1 July 1971.
Sold 12 June 1974 and broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS Woolsey (DD 437)

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1Lt.Cdr. William Henry von Dreele, USN7 May 194121 Feb 1942
2Lt.Cdr. Bernard Lige Austin, USN21 Feb 19421 Dec 1942 (1)
3T/Cdr. Henry Robert Wier, USN1 Dec 194228 Feb 1945 (1)
4William Marshall Shifflette, USN28 Feb 194513 Jun 1946

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Notable events involving Woolsey include:

16 Nov 1942
German U-boat U-173 was sunk at Casablanca in position 33°40'N, 07°35'W by depth charges from the US destroyers USS Woolsey, USS Swanson and USS Quick.

16 Dec 1943
German U-boat U-73 was sunk in the Mediterranean near Oran, in position 36°07'N, 00°50'W, by depth charges and gunfire from the US destroyers USS Woolsey and USS Trippe.

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.

19 Apr 1945
USS R-1 (Lt. W.A. Schoenfeld, USN) conducted A/S exercises off Casco Bay, Maine together with USS Woolsey (Lt.Cdr. W.M. Shifflette, USN), USS Eberle (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Transue, USN) and USS Cates (Lt.Cdr. T.N. Broaddus, USNR).

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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