USS Blakeley DD150

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Navy US Navy
Type Destroyer
Class Wickes 
Pennant DD 150 
Built by William Cramp and Sons (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) 
Laid down 26 Mar 1918 
Launched 19 Sep 1918
Commissioned 8 May 1919 
Decommissioned 21 Jul 1945 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania
End service Stricken 31 August 1945

Decommissioned at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania on 29 June 1922
Recommissioned on 16 October 1939

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.

Sold 30 November 1945 and broken up for scrap.


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