USS Blakeley (DD 150)
Destroyer of the Wickes class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||William Cramp and Sons (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||26 Mar 1918|
|Launched||19 Sep 1918|
|Commissioned||8 May 1919|
|End service||21 Jul 1945|
Decommissioned at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania on 29 June 1922
At 15.52 hours on 25 May 1942, the USS Blakeley (Lt Cdr Mitchell Dudley Matthews, USN) was patrolling off Martinique in the French West Indies, when she was hit by a torpedo from the German submarine U-156 which carried away 60 feet of her bow. The explosion killed six men and wounded 21, but the ship did not sink and reached Port de France, Martinique for emergency repairs. After additional repairs in Port Castries, Santa Lucia and in San Juan, Puerto Rico the Blakeley steamed to Philadelphia where she was refitted with the bow taken from her stricken sister ship USS Taylor (DD 94) and was thoroughly overhauled. She returned to duty in the Caribbean in September 1942.
Decommissioned at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania on 21 July 1945
Commands listed for USS Blakeley (DD 150)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Kenneth Pendleton Hartman, USN||16 Oct 1939||18 Dec 1940 (1)|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Ernest St. Clair von Kleek, Jr., USN||18 Dec 1940||1 Mar 1942 (1)|
|3||Lt.Cdr. Mitchell Dudley Matthews, USN||1 Mar 1942||mid 1942|
|4||William Henry Saunders, Jr., USN||mid 1942||10 Jul 1943|
|5||Lt.Cdr. Russell Jones Brooke, USNR||10 Jul 1943||1 Aug 1944|
|6||David Silberstein, USNR||1 Aug 1944||21 Jul 1945|
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22 May 1942
USS Blakeley picks up 7 survivors from the American merchant Quaker City that was torpedoed and sunk on 18 May 1942 by German U-boat U-156 about 300 nautical miles east of Barbados in position 15°47'N, 53°12'W.
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