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Displacement 2924 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 10 x 40mm, 7 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; Allis Chalmers Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Boston Navy Yard. March 19 1943.
Launched July 4 1943 and commissioned December 14 1943.
Decommissioned June 20 1946.
Stricken April 15 1971.
Fate Sold May 30 1973 to Levin Metals, San Jose, CA for $91,336 and broken up for scrap at Terminal Island.

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Mervyn Sharp Bennion was born in Vernon, Utah, on 5 May 1887. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1910 and later specialized in naval ordnance. He was Commanding Officer of the battleship West Virginia (BB-48) at the time of the 7 December 1941 Japanese air raid on Pearl Harbor and was mortally wounded on the ship's bridge when a bomb exploded nearby. Captain Mervyn S. Bennion was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. {1} - Photo #: NH 56151, U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. [2] Photo of a circa 1950's ceremony at the Salt Lake City capital building with a plaque in the center honoring CAPT Mervyn S. Bennion.Bill Gonyo/David Buell
Bennion 77kArtist's conception of the Bennion 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
Bennion 17kUndated, location unknown.Christopher Karwowski
Bennion 220kUndated, image of the Bennion from her World War II cruise book.David Buell
Bennion 80kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Bennion 185kMrs. Louise C. Bennion of Salt Lake City, Utah, christened the destroyer named for her husband at Boston Navy Yard, 04 July 1943.Tommy Trampp
Bennion 136kUSS Bennion (DD-662), Underway on 13 January 1945. The ship is painted in Camouflage Measure 32, Design 13D. This photograph was retouched by wartime censors to eliminate the radar antenna atop Bennion's Mark 37 gun director. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 107197.Rob Rielly/Robert Hurst

USS BENNION DD-662 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Joshua Winfred Cooper    Dec 14 1943 - Dec 24 1944 (Later RADM)

CDR Robert Henderson Holmes    Dec 24 1944 - Nov 8 1945

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Robert Pitts
Address: 16760 SR 68, Mt. Orab, OH 45154
Phone: (937)444-3647
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.

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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