Allied Warships

USS Cogswell (DD 651)

Destroyer of the Fletcher class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 651 
Built byBath Iron Works (Bath, Maine, U.S.A.) 
Ordered15 Dec 1941 
Laid down1 Feb 1943 
Launched5 Jun 1943 
Commissioned17 Aug 1943 
End service1 Oct 1969 

Decommissioned 30 April 1946.
Recommissioned 7 January 1951.
Decommissioned and stricken 1 October 1969.
Transferred to Turkey 1 October 1969 being renamed Izmit.
Izmit was stricken and broken up for scrap in 1980.


Commands listed for USS Cogswell (DD 651)

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1Cdr. Harold Thomas Deutermann, USN17 Aug 194331 Oct 1944
2Cdr. Robert Elmore Lockwood, USN31 Oct 19447 Apr 1945 (1)
3Reuben Noel Perley, Jr., USN7 Apr 19454 Sep 1946

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Notable events involving Cogswell include:

13 Nov 1943
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. McCrea, USN) departed Chesapeake Bay for Mers El Kebir, Algeria. She is escorted by USS Cogswell (Cdr. H.T. Deutermann, USN), USS William D. Porter (Cdr. W.A. Walter, USN) and USS Young (Cdr. G.B. Madden, USN).

Iowa had on board President Roosevelt, Secretary of State Cordell Hull, Chief of Staff Admiral William D. Leahy, Chief of Staff of the Army General George C. Marshall, Chief of Naval Operations Ernest King, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Air Forces Henry Arnold, Harry Hopkins to Mers El K├ębir, Algeria, This was the first leg of their journey to the Tehran Conference.

For the daily positions of USS Iowa during this passage see the map below.

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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