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Displacement 2103 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 341' 4" (oa) x 35' 5" x 12' 4" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 4 x 0.5" MG, 12 x 21" tt.(3x4).
Machinery, 47,000 SHP; Bethlehem Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.5 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 158.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel, Quincy May 16 1938.
Launched November 15 1939 and commissioned July 25 1940.
Decommissioned March 18 1946.
To Taiwan February 25 1954, Renamed Lo Yang.
Stricken November 1 1974.
Fate Stricken in 1975 and broken up for scrap.

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Benson 100kWilliam Shepherd Benson was born in Macon, Georgia, on 25 September 1855. Completion of his U.S. Naval Academy studies in 1877 was followed by years of sea duty, including a cruise around the World in USS Dolphin during the 1880s. He was also active in coast survey and hydrographic duties, was an instructor at the Naval Academy, commanded the cruiser USS Albany and served as a flag aide and fleet chief of staff, in addition to other assignments. In 1911, Captain Benson became the first Commanding Officer of the battleship USS Utah (BB-31). He was Commandant of the Philadelphia Navy Yard in 1913-15, and from there was ordered to Washington, D.C., where he was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral and became the Navy's first Chief of Naval Operations (CNO). Benson was heavily involved in defining the functions of the new CNO position and strengthing the Navy during a period marked by internal Navy Department tensions, U.S. interventions in the Caribbean and Central America, and the European war crisis. Promoted to the rank of Admiral in 1916, his responsibilities greatly expanded when the United States entered the First World War in April 1917. Over the next year and a half, he oversaw a huge expansion of the Navy, the extension of its operations to European waters and the transportation of the United States' Army to France. After the November 1918 Armistice, he was an active participant in the lengthy peace negotiations held in France. Admiral Benson retired from the Naval service in September 1919. Over the next decade, he was active in the leadership of the U.S. Shipping Board. Admiral William S. Benson died in Washington, D.C. on 20 May 1932. Photo #: NH 58904. Admiral William S. Benson, USN, Chief of Naval Operations, portrait photograph, in Special Full Dress uniform, circa 1916-1919. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Benson 82kArtist's conception of the Benson as she appeared in World War II by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Benson 118kUndated, location unknown. The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 32, Design 3d.-
Benson 50kUndated, location unknown.Cal Emerson
Benson 113kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst/Mike Green
Benson 80kA painting depicting the USS Benson (DD-421) in action during WWII.Bill Gonyo
Benson 183kUndated, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Benson 93kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Benson 117kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Benson   Benson   Benson
First image is 1948, the next two are undated, location probably Charleston.
Mike Mohl
Benson 83kCirca 1940, location unknown.David Buell
Benson 193kBoston Navy Yard, June 27 1941.David Buell
Benson 167kUSS Benson (DD-421) underway off Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, 13 April 1942. Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 63527.Mike Green
Benson 212kUSS Benson (DD-421) overhead stern view taken 10 May 1943. Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 80562.Mike Green
Benson 195kUSS Benson (DD-421) underway at sea, circa 1944. She is painted in Camouflage Measure 32, Design 3D. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 107274.Robert Hurst
Benson 44kPassing under the Cooper River bridge at Charleston S.C. December 1945.Robert Moran/Thomas J DiGiovanna Rdrm 1st Class
Benson 173kAt War's end headed home.David Buell
Benson 121kIn the Reserve Fleet circa 1948.David Buell
On Taiwanese Service
Benson 54kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Benson 137kUndated, location unknown. Probably taken when during the turnover to Taiwan.Perry Huang

USS BENSON DD-421 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Clifford Ashton Fines    Jul 25 1940 - Sep 5 1941 (Later RADM)
LT Knight Pryor    Sep 5 1941 - Sep 10 1941 (Acting)
CDR Clifford Ashton Fines    Sep 10 1941 - Feb 1 1943 (Later RADM)
LCDR Ronald Joseph Woodaman    Feb 1 1943 - Feb 28 1944
LT Thomas Milton Foster    Feb 28 1944 - Mar 14 1944 (Acting)
CDR Jack Bercaw Williams    Mar 14 1944 - Sep 1 1944
LCDR Edwin Elmer Lord III    Sep 1 1944 - Mar 18 1946

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Charles Berardo
Address: 93 Mt. Pleasant Ave., Dover, NJ 07801
Phone: 973-361-1994
E-mail: None

Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.

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