Allied Warships

USS Converse (DD 509)

Destroyer of the Fletcher class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 509 
Built byBath Iron Works (Bath, Maine, U.S.A.) 
Ordered9 Sep 1940 
Laid down23 Feb 1942 
Launched30 Aug 1942 
Commissioned20 Nov 1942 
End service23 Apr 1946 

Decommissioned 23 April 1946.
Transferred to Spain on 1 July 1959 being renamed Almirante Valdés (D 23).
Almirante Valdés was stricken on 17 November 1986 and scraped in 1988.


Commands listed for USS Converse (DD 509)

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1Dewitt Clinton Ellis Hamberger, USN20 Nov 1942Dec 1943
2Lcmdr Ellis Hole McDowell, USNDec 194320 Jan 1944 (1)
3John Barr Colwell, USN20 Jan 194427 Sep 1944 (1)
4Lcmdr Ellis Hole McDowell, USN27 Sep 194417 Aug 1946 (1)

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