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USS O"Bannon (DD 450)

Destroyer of the Fletcher class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 450 
Built byBath Iron Works (Bath, Maine, U.S.A.) 
Ordered1 Jul 1940 
Laid down3 Mar 1941 
Launched19 Feb 1942 
Commissioned26 Jun 1942 
End service30 Jan 1970 

Decommissioned 21 May 1946.
Reclassified as DDE-445 on 26 March 1949.
Recommissioned 19 February 1951.
Reclassified back to DD-445 on 30 June 1962.
Decommissioned and Stricken 30 January 1970.
Sold 6 June 1970 and broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS O"Bannon (DD 450)

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1Lt.Cdr. Edwin Richard Wilkinson, USN26 Jun 194219 Jan 1943
2T/Cdr. Donald John MacDonald, USN19 Jan 1943Mar 1944
3Cmdr Robert William Smith, USNMar 194423 Dec 1944
4T/Lt.Cdr. James Arthur Pridmore, USN23 Dec 194421 May 1946

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Notable events involving O"Bannon include:

12 Aug 1942
USS R-12 (Lt. E.E. Shelby, USN) participated in A/S exercises of Guantanamo Bay together with USS Fletcher (Lt.Cdr. W.M. Cole, USN) and with USS O’Bannon (Cdr. E.R. Wilkinson, USN).

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