Allied Warships

USS Benham (ii) (DD 796)

Destroyer of the Fletcher class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 796 
Built byBethlehem Steel Corp. (Staten Island, New York, U.S.A.) 
Ordered14 Jun 1942 
Laid down3 Apr 1943 
Launched30 Aug 1943 
Commissioned20 Dec 1943 
End service15 Dec 1960 

Decommissioned 18 October 1946.
Recommissioned 24 March 1951.
Decommissioned 15 December 1960.
Transferred to Peru 15 December 1960 being renamed Villar. Villar was stricken and broken up for scrap in 1980.


Commands listed for USS Benham (ii) (DD 796)

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1Lcmdr Erle Van Emburgh Dennet, USN20 Dec 194312 May 1944
2Frederic Seward Keeler, USN12 May 19443 Jun 1945
3William Lindsay Poindexter, USN3 Jun 19451 Sep 1946

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Notable events involving Benham (ii) include:

8 Oct 1944
USS Iowa (Capt. A.R. McCann, USN) fuelled the light cruiser USS San Diego (Capt. W.E.A. Mulen, USN) and two destroyers, USS Yarnall (Cdr. J.H. Hogg, USN) and USS Benham (Cdr. F.S. Keeler, USN).

Thereafter Iowa herself fuelled from the USS Neches (Cdr. H.G. Hansen, USN).

11 Aug 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. C. Wellborn, Jr., USN) topped off four of the destroyers of the Task Group, USS Benham (Lt.Cdr. W.L. Poindexter, USN), USS Cogswell (Cdr. R.N. Perley, Jr., USN), USS Uhlmann (Cdr. S.C. Small, USN) and USS Stockham (Cdr. D.L. Moody, USN), with fuel. Following the fuelling of these destroyers Iowa herself was fuelled by the oiler USS Neches (Cdr. H.G. Hansen, USN).

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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