Allied Warships

USS Young (DD 580)

Destroyer of the Fletcher class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 580 
Built byConsolidated Steel Corp., Ltd. (Orange, Texas, U.S.A.) 
Ordered9 Sep 1940 
Laid down7 May 1942 
Launched15 Oct 1942 
Commissioned31 Jul 1943 
End service31 Mar 1946 

Decommissioned 31 March 1946.
Stricken 1 May 1968.
Sunk as a target off the Virginia coast on 16 April 1970.


Commands listed for USS Young (DD 580)

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1T/Cdr. George Bernard Madden, USN31 Jul 194326 Aug 1944
2T/Cdr. Donald Granville Dockum, USN26 Aug 194415 Nov 1945

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Notable events involving Young 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.

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United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

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