USS Woolsey (DD 437)
Destroyer of the Benson / Gleaves class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Class||Benson / Gleaves|
|Built by||Bath Iron Works (Bath, Maine, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||15 Jun 1939|
|Laid down||9 Oct 1939|
|Launched||14 Feb 1941|
|Commissioned||7 May 1941|
|End service||13 Jun 1946|
Decommissioned 13 June 1946.
Commands listed for USS Woolsey (DD 437)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. William Henry von Dreele, USN||7 May 1941||21 Feb 1942|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Bernard Lige Austin, USN||21 Feb 1942||1 Dec 1942 (1)|
|3||T/Cdr. Henry Robert Wier, USN||1 Dec 1942||28 Feb 1945 (1)|
|4||William Marshall Shifflette, USN||28 Feb 1945||13 Jun 1946|
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Notable events involving Woolsey include:
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).
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