Allied Warships

USS Phelps (DD 360)

Destroyer of the Porter class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 360 
Built byBethlehem Shipbuilding Corp. (Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Laid down2 Jan 1934 
Launched18 Jul 1935 
Commissioned26 Feb 1936 
End service24 Jun 1946 

Decommissioned 24 June 1946
Stricken 28 January 1947
Sold 10 August 1947 and broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS Phelps (DD 360)

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1Cdr. Harold Biesemeier, USN10 Jun 19386 Jun 1940 (1)
2Cdr. Albert MacQueen Bledsoe, USN6 Jun 1940Oct 1941 (1)
3Lt.Cdr. Edward Louis Beck, USNOct 19414 Nov 1942 (1)
4T/Cdr. Bruce Edward Scofield Trippensee, USN4 Nov 194213 Mar 1943
5T/Cdr. John Ellis Edwards, USN13 Mar 194314 Dec 1943 (1)
6T/Lt.Cdr. David Louis Martineau, USN14 Dec 194326 Aug 1944 (1)
7T/Lt.Cdr. Robert Broussard Erly, USN26 Aug 19446 Nov 1945 (1)

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Notable events involving Phelps include:

8 May 1942
During the Battle of the Coral Sea USS Phelps (Lt.Cdr. E.L. Beck) was ordered to sink the badly damaged US aircraft carrier USS Lexington with torpedoed in position 15°12'S, 155°27'E.

17 Mar 1944
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. McCrea, USN) departed Majoro Atoll as part of Task Group 50.10 which was to bombard Milli Island. The other ships of the task force were battleship USS New Jersey (Capt. C.F. Holden, USN) and destroyers USS Dewey (Lt.Cdr. R.G. Copeland, USN), USS Hull (Lt.Cdr. C.W. Consolvo, USN), USS MacDonough (Cdr. J.W. Ramey, USN) and USS Phelps (Lt.Cdr. D.L. Martineau, USN). Air cover was provided by fleet carrier USS Lexington (Capt. F.B. Stump, USN) escorted by destroyers USS Bancoft (Cdr. R.M. Pitts, USN), USS Meade (Cdr. J. Munholland, USN) and USS Edwards (Cdr. P.G. Osler, USN).

For the daily positions of USS Iowa during this operation see the map below.

1 May 1945
USS R-1 (Lt. W.A. Schoenfeld, USN) conducted A/S exercises off Casco Bay, Maine together with USS Clark (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Hopkins, USNR) and USS Phelps (Lt.Cdr. R.B. Erly, USN).

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

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