Allied Warships

USS William D. Porter (DD 579)

Destroyer of the Fletcher class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 579 
Built byConsolidated Steel Corp., Ltd. (Orange, Texas, U.S.A.) 
Ordered9 Sep 1940 
Laid down7 May 1942 
Launched27 Sep 1942 
Commissioned6 Jul 1943 
Lost10 Jun 1945 
Loss position27° 06'N, 127° 38'E

(Cdr. Charles Melville Keyes, USN) was sunk by a Japanese kamikaze aircraft north-west of Okinawa in position 27º06'N, 127º38'E; All the crew survived and were rescued by USS LCS 86 and USS LCS 122 though 61 were wounded.


Commands listed for USS William D. Porter (DD 579)

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1T/Cdr. Wilfred Aves Walter, USN6 Jul 194314 Nov 1943
2T/Cdr. Charles Melville Keyes, USN14 Nov 194310 Jun 1945

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Notable events involving William D. Porter 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 Kébir, 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.

Media links

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Blood on the Sea

Parkin, Robert Sinclair
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U.S. Destroyers

Friedman, Norman

United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

Roscoe, Theodore

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