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USS BENNER (DD-807 / DDR-807)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NTWE

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - ESPOUSE

CLASS - GEARING As Built.
Displacement 3460 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 390' 6"(oa) x 40' 10" x 14' 4" (Max)
Armament 6 x 5"/38AA (3x2), 12 x 40mm AA, 11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.8 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bath Iron Works, Bath ME July 10 1944.
Launched November 30 1944 and commissioned February 13 1945.
Reclassified DDR-807 March 18 1949, reverted to DD-807 November 15 1962.
Completed FRAM upgrade February 1963.
Decommissioned November 20 1970.
Stricken February 1 1974.
Fate Sold March 19 1975 to General Metals, Tacoma, WA for $339,800 and broken up for scrap.

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-Stanley Graves Benner was born on 5 July 1916 in Arlington, Massachusetts. He lived in Boston, until 1940. Enlisting in the United States Marine Corps Reserve on 21 August 1940, he reported for active duty at Quantico, Virginia, on 8 November that same year. After training at the Marine Corps' recruit depot at Parris Island, South Carolina, he arrived at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on 21 January 1941. While there, he participated in maneuvers on the Puerto Rican Island of Culebra. Transferred to the Marine Corps Base at Parris Island, South Carolina, on 12 April, he served there, receiving a promotion to private first class on 26 May, until shifting duty station to what would later become Camp Lejeune at New River, North Carolina, on 28 September. Benner was promoted to corporal on 11 October 1941 and to sergeant on 1 April 1942. Ordered to the field on 8 May 1942, Sgt. Benner joined Company "A", 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, and, after traveling by rail to San Diego, California, sailed for the South Pacific in late May. After arriving at Tutuila, the battalion reinforced other elements of the 7th Marines already on garrison duty in the Samoan Islands. It remained there, serving as a reserve amphibious force, during the initial landings on Guadalcanal in early August. While on Samoa, Sgt. Benner accepted appointment as second lieutenant on 4 August. Heavy Japanese pressure against American forces on and around Guadalcanal, particularly the naval action that sank four Allied cruisers on the night of 8–9 August, prompted a call for more reinforcements. Following a Japanese infantry attack along the Tenaru River on 21 August, a sign that the enemy was trying to retake Henderson Field, the 7th Marines sailed from Samoa on 4 September for Espiritu Santo in the New Hebrides. Upon arrival on the 12th, the regiment received orders to move to Guadalcanal as soon as possible. Departing the New Hebrides on the 14th, the transports spent four days at sea dodging enemy naval forces before anchoring off Kukum, Guadalcanal, on 18 September. Later that same day, the 7th Marines took up a position astride "Bloody Ridge", guarding the perimeter's southern flank from there down to the Lunga River. Over the next few weeks, Lt. Benner's unit took part in the fierce fighting along the Matanikau River, including the desperate amphibious evacuation west of Point Cruz on 27 September and the far more successful spoiling attack west of the river between 7 and 9 October. The 1st Battalion then returned to their original positions on "Bloody Ridge." Meanwhile, in a series of hard fought air and sea battles around Guadalcanal, the Japanese managed to reinforce their position on the island. After several night convoy runs, nicknamed the "Tokyo Express", the Japanese had assembled enough troops to attempt another assault on the defending marines. After swinging inland through the jungle, the Japanese 4th Infantry Regiment closed the perimeter's southern flank on the night of 24 October. When the Japanese arrived, only Benner's 1st Battalion remained to face them because the 2d Battalion had been pulled out to reinforce the perimeter's western flank the day before. The assault, coming under cover of heavy rain and darkness, surged out of the jungle just after midnight on the 25th. The Japanese, throwing grenades and firing rifles and machine guns, repeatedly charged the marine positions but were beaten back by American small arms, mortar, and artillery fire. The enemy kept the pressure on the ridge throughout the night, at one point forcing a salient into the leathernecks’ line, but were eventually driven back with heavy losses. The Japanese resumed the attack the following evening, throwing fresh troops into the fray. Artillery, mortars, small arms, and canister-firing 37-millimeter guns cut down the repeated Japanese assaults, forcing the decimated units to withdraw. Lt. Benner led his platoon in the fierce two days of combat on “Bloody Ridge,”and directed its fire against repeated assaults of enemy forces greatly superior in number. In so doing, contributing to the “rout and virtual annihilation of a Japanese regiment” he was killed in action sometime during the early morning hours of 26 October 1942. For his “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity” in command of his platoon, he was awarded the Silver Star, posthumously.Robert M. Cieri
Benner 101kUndated, entering Pearl HarborHarry K. (Hong Kong) Smith OSCS USN-Ret
Benner 113kUndated, at Sea PacificHarry K. (Hong Kong) Smith OSCS USN-Ret
Benner 39kUndated, DESRON-13 Emblem on StackHarry K. (Hong Kong) Smith OSCS USN-Ret
Benner 58kUndated, postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Benner 42kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Benner 115kUSS Gherardi (DMS-30), USS Kenneth D. Bailey (DD-713), USS Murray (DD-576), USS Benner (DD-807) and USS Everett F. Larson (DD-830) in Algiers May 20, 1954.Larry Bohn
Benner 216kMay 15 1968 off Hawaii. Photo by PH2 D. R. Hyder.Ed Zajkowski
Benner 235kOctober 21 1969, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Benner 59kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Benner 100k-120kUniform Ship's name shoulder patch.Al Grazevich
Benner 35kShip's Zippo circa 1970.John A. Altfeltis

USS BENNER DD-807 / DDR-807 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR John Munholland    Feb 13 1945 - Apr 7 1946
CDR Clayton Rogers Simmers    Apr 7 1946 - Dec 15 1946
CDR William Edward Seipt    Dec 15 1946 - Jul 25 1947
CDR Colin Jack MacKenzie    Jul 25 1947 - Aug 10 1949
CDR William Kittridge Rogers    Aug 10 1949 - Jun 1950
CDR John Marshall Lee    Jun 1950 - Jun 1952 (Later VADM)
CDR Lawrence Stephen Lockett Jr.    Jun 1952 - Aug 1954
CDR Edward Geary Fitz-Patrick    Aug 1954 - Sep 1956
CDR Ward Willson Griffith III    Sep 1956 - Aug 29 1958
CDR James Hutchison Davis    Aug 29 1958 - Aug 21 1959
CDR Joseph Brennan Drachnik    Aug 21 1959 - Oct 16 1961
CDR Eugene Moise Wilmarth    Oct 16 1961 - Aug 1 1963
CDR Philip Devereux Johnston Jr.    Aug 1 1963 - Nov 14 1964
CDR Robert Joseph Tribble    Nov 14 1964 - Aug 12 1966
CAPT Richard Charles Maurer Jr.    Aug 12 1966 - Aug 16 1968
CDR Leroy Albert Hamilton    Aug 16 1968 - 1969
CDR Roland James Carr    1969 - 1970
CDR Charles Eugene Donaldson III    1970 - Nov 20 1970

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mike Mace
E-mail: mace@teleport.com


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