Allied Warships

USS Perkins (DD 377)

Destroyer of the Mahan class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 377 
Built byPuget Sound Navy Yard (Bremerton, Washington, U.S.A.) 
Laid down15 Aug 1934 
Launched31 Dec 1934 
Commissioned18 Sep 1936 
Lost29 Nov 1943 
Loss position9° 39'S, 150° 04'E

USS Perkins (Lt.Cdr. Gerald Lyle Ketchum, USN) was sunk in a collision with the Australian troop ship HMAS Duntroon off Cape Vogel, New Guinea in position 09º39'S, 150º04'E, 9 of her crew were lost.


Commands listed for USS Perkins (DD 377)

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1John Peter Vetter, USN27 May 19384 Jun 1940
2Lt.Cdr. Timothy Francis Wellings, USN4 Jun 194012 Oct 1941
3Stephen Ray Benford, USN12 Oct 194112 Dec 1941
4Lt.Cdr. Walter Chilcott Ford, USN12 Dec 194125 Feb 1943
5T/Cdr. Gerald Lyle Ketchum, USN25 Feb 194329 Nov 1943

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Notable events involving Perkins include:

17 May 1942
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Sydney for sea. She was ordered to perform an A/S search off Sydney together with the brand new Australian destroyer HMAS Arunta (Cdr. J.C. Morrow, DSO, RAN) and the US destroyer USS Perkins (Lt.Cdr. W.C. Ford, USN).

The previous day the Russian freighter Uelen (5106 GRT, built 1913) was attacked to the north of Sydney by the Japanese submarine I-29.

All three Allied ships returned to Sydney later the same day having found no enemy submarine. (1)

Media links

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Blood on the Sea

Parkin, Robert Sinclair
($ 15.98)

U.S. Destroyers

Friedman, Norman

United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

Roscoe, Theodore


  1. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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