Allied Warships

USS Upshur (DD 144)

Destroyer of the Wickes class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 144 
Built byWilliam Cramp and Sons (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) 
Laid down19 Feb 1918 
Launched4 Jul 1918 
Commissioned23 Dec 1918 
End service11 Nov 1945 

Decommissioned at San Diego, California on 15 May 1922
Recommissioned on 2 June 1930
Decommissioned at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 22 December 1936
Recommissioned on 4 October 1939
Reclassified AG-103 30 June 1945
Decommissioned at Norfolk, Virginia on 11 November 1945
Stricken 16 November 1945
Sold 26 September 1947 and broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS Upshur (DD 144)

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1Lt.Cdr. Ralph Ensign Wilson, USN4 Oct 193915 Jun 1940
2Lt. William Kilian Romoser, USN15 Jun 19409 May 1942
3T/Lt.Cdr. Lot Ensey, USN9 May 19421 Nov 1942
4T/Lt.Cdr. Ernest Bradford Ellsworth, Jr., USN1 Nov 194212 Feb 1944 (1)
5James Abner Boyd, USN12 Feb 19443 Oct 1944
6Gordon Gemmill, USNR3 Oct 194411 Nov 1945

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Notable events involving Upshur include:

3 Apr 1943
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.S.C Clarabut, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Hesperus (Cdr. D.G.F.W. MacIntyre, DSO and Bar, RN), USS Upshur and another vessel. (2)

4 Apr 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. J.P. Angell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with USS Upshur, HNoMS St. Albans (Lt.Cdr. S.V. Storheill, RNorN), HMS Lotus (Lt.Cdr. H.J. Hall, DSC, RD, RNR). (3)

8 Apr 1943
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.S.C Clarabut, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with USS Madison, USS Lansdale, USS Charles F. Hughes, USS Babbitt and USS Upshur. (2)

Media links

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

U.S. Destroyers

Friedman, Norman

United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

Roscoe, Theodore


  2. ADM 173/17827
  3. ADM 173/17793

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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