USS Du Pont (DD-152/ AG-80)

USS Du Pont (DD-152/ AG-80)

USS Du Pont (DD-152/ AG-80)

USS Du Pont (DD-152/ AG-80) was a Wickes class destroyer that spent most of the Second World War on convoy escort duty in the Atlantic theatre and that played a part in the sinking of U-172.

The Du Pont was named after Samuel Francis Du Pont, a US naval officer during the Mexican War and the American Civil War, who died in 1865 with the rank of Rear Admiral.

The Du Pont was launched on 22 October 1918 at Cramps and commissioned on 30 April 1919. On 6 May she put to sea to support the first transatlantic flight, completed by the Navy Curtiss flying boat NC-4. Her role was to patrol off the Azores to support the aircraft as they flew over. After the flight she visited Brest and then returned to New York in mid June. A month later she set off for the Mediterranean and on 27 July she reached Constantinople, where she came under the command of the Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, European Waters. She was used to support the relief efforts in Eastern Europe and to investigate conditions in Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and Greece. She spent almost a year on this duty, before returning to New York on 21 July 1920. She was placed in the reserve but with a half crew and carried out training exercises until she was decommissioned on 19 April 1922.

The Du Pont was recommissioned on 1 May 1930, and served on the east coast and in the Caribbean between then and the start of 1932. She mainly took part in practice and training exercises and for reserve training cruises, but on 13-29 March 1931 she escorted the Arizona (BB-39) as she carried President Hoover to Ponce, Rhode Island, and St. Thomas, Virginia.

Between 9 January and 22 October 1932 the Du Pont served on the west coast. She then returned to Norfolk, where she joined Rotating Reserve Squadron 19. During this period she was used to train Naval Reservists. Between September 1933 and February 1934 she took part in patrols off the Cuban coast.

On 15 August 1934 the Du Pont was fully recommissioned. She served as a plane guard and target vessel in the Caribbean in the autumn, before moving to San Diego in November. She was used on training and tactical development work, as well as visiting Pearl Harbor during a fleet training problem in 29 April-10 June 1935. In April 1936 she moved to the Canal Zone to take part in that year's fleet problem, then moved to the east coast, where she took part in Naval Reserve training. On 14 January 1937 she was placed into the reserve for a second time,

The Du Pont was recommissioned for the second time on 16 October 1939 after the outbreak the Second World War, and joined the Neutrality Patrol. She operated on the east coast, performing a mix of training duties with reservists and submarines and patrols. Between 7 July 1941 and 26 February 1942 she escorted five convoys to Argentia, Newfoundland and on to Iceland. She then returned to escort duties on the east coast, and on 15 March rescued 30 survivors from a sunken merchant ship.

Anyone who served on her between 9 July and 1 August 1941 was entitled to wear the American Defence Medal service ribbon with a bronze letter 'A' in the centre.

Between 8 May 1942 and 19 February 1943 the Du Pont was used to escort convoys moving from New York and Norfolk south to Key West and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

After a brief overhaul she was used to escort tankers between Aruba in the Dutch East Indies and Guantanamo Bay, part of the key fuel supply route. This ended on 17 May 1943 when she departed for the Mediterranean, arriving at Algiers on 1 June. On 9 June she departed from North Africa as part of the escort for the carrier USS Card (CVE-11) as she returned to New York. During the voyage she rescued four men from downed aircraft.

Between 17 July and 12 September 1943 she escorted two convoys to the United Kingdom.

On 25 September she set sail as part of an anti-submarine patrol as part of a hunter-killer group centred around the carrier Card.

On 6 October she joined the screen for the carrier USS Bogue (CVE-9), first for exercises, and then from 14 November to support a Gibraltar-bound convoy.

On 12 December 1943, during the return voyage, one of the Bogue's aircraft spotted U-172 on the surface and bombed the U-boat. The destroyers George E. Badger (DD-196) and Du Pont then attacked the U-boat, eventually forcing her to the surface on the morning of 13 December. The destroyers opened fire on the submarine, and soon sank her. Forty six of her crew, including the captain, were rescued. The entire task force was given a Presidential Unit Citation for its anti-submarine operations.

Between 25 January and 9 March 1944 the Du Pont escorted a convoy to Gibraltar and the return convoy to Boston. She then returned to duties in the Caribbean, before on 11 June leaving for Britain as part of the escort for the Albermarle (AV-5). She then escorted the Albermarle back to Boston, carrying some of the casualties from the invasion of Normandy.

On 16 September 1944 the Du Pont entered Charleston Navy Yard to be converted into auxiliary vessel AG-80. The work was completed by 9 October and she moved to Key West to act as a target ship for Fleet Air Wing 5. She rescued two downed airmen on 24 November. This duty lasted into the spring of 1946.

On 2 May 1946 the Du Pont was decommissioned and she was sold on 12 March 1947.

The Du Pont earned three battle stars during the Second World War, for escorting Convoy UGS-6 in March 1942, her role with Task Group 21.13 in November-December 1943 and for her part in sinking U-172 on 12 December 1943.

Displacement (standard)

1,160t (design)

Displacement (loaded)

Top Speed

35kts (design)
35.34kts at 24,610shp at 1,149t on trial (Wickes)


2 shaft Parsons turbines
4 boilers
24,200shp (design)


3,800nm at 15kts on trial (Wickes)
2,850nm at 20kts on trial (Wickes)

Armour - belt

- deck


314ft 4in


30ft 11in

Armaments (as built)

Four 4in/50 guns
Twelve 21in torpedoes in four triple tubes
Two depth charge tracks

Crew complement



22 October 1918


30 April 1919


2 May 1946


12 March 1947

USS Du Pont (DD-152/ AG-80) - History

View from above (rue de l'Église):

Another point of view (central cross):

A Forrest Sherman-class destroyer, USS Du Pont (DD-941) was named for Rear Admiral Samuel Francis Du Pont USN (1809–1866). She was built by the Bath Iron Works Corporation at Bath in Maine and launched by Mrs H B Du Pont, great-great-grandniece of Rear Admiral Du Pont, and commissioned on 1 July 1957.

She returned to Norfolk, VA., on 12 March 1959 after a Mediterranean deployment, to prepare for Operation Inland Seas, the historic first passage of a naval task force into the Great Lakes through the Saint Lawrence Seaway. She escorted HMY Britannia with Queen Elizabeth II embarked during the dedicatory ceremonies on 26 June.

She then re-crossed the Atlantic in August and September 1959, visiting Southampton, England, after serving as plane guard for the trans-Atlantic flight of President Dwight D Eisenhower.

She participated in enforcing the US naval quarantine during the Cuban missile crisis in 1962 and served as the command ship during the search for the USS Thresher (SSN-593) that foundered off Boston on 10 April 1963.

She was the first ship to reach the Gemini V space capsule after it landed, and her crew stood by to ensure that both astronauts (Cooper and Conrad) and capsule were recovered safely. She was also the first vessel ever to recover the booster section of a space shot launch rocket, which she carried back to Norfolk lashed to her fantail.

The Du Pont's first Vietnam deployment began in August 1967 on the gun line in support of US Marines fighting at the Demilitarised Zone. On 28 August 1967, the enemy fired on the USS Robison (DDG-12), which was between the Du Pont and the beach. As the Robison manoeuvred away, the Du Pont returned fire, immediately replacing it as a target for some 20 130mm rounds. One shell found its target, hitting the Mount 52 gun (where the ASROC launcher can be seen above). The shrapnel killed Fireman Frank L Ballant and wounded eight others. At the end of 75 days in combat, the Du Pont's 5-inch guns had fired 20,000 rounds.

Back in the Far East on 10 October 1968, she left Vietnam in the spring of 1969, having fired 30,000 5-inch rounds in support of various units ashore.

Seen above departing Sicily in 1982, Du Pont participated as part of the US Sixth Fleet, supporting the US Marines of the 32nd MAU landed in Lebanon to evacuate the PLO after Israel's invasion. The ship provided naval gunfire support for nearly 100 days, longer than any other ship.

However, that was her swansong. She was decommissioned on 4 March 1983 and sold for scrap on 11 December 1992.

180406-N-TK936-001 GULF OF TADJOURA, Djibouti (April 6, 2018) - Members of Task Group (TG) 68.6 set a security zone while escorting the Henry J. Kaiser-class fleet replenishment oiler USNS Kanawha (T-AO 196) through the Gulf of Tadjoura, April 6, 2018. TG-68.6 is forward-deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations and conducts joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Theresa Mullis /Released)

Another point of view (center cross):

180510-N-TK936-003 GULF OF TADJOURA, Djibouti (May 10, 2018) Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Michael Montgomery, a Sailor assigned to Task Group (TG) 68.6, stands lookout watch on a se-curity patrol boat providing a security escort of the Henry J. Kaiser-class replenishment oiler USNS Big Horn (T-AO 198) in the Gulf of Tadjoura, Djibouti, May 10, 2018. TG-68.6 is forward-deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations and conducts joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Master-at-Arms 2nd Class The-resa Mullis/Released)

180626-N-EH436-017 PORT OF DJIBOUTI, Djibouti (June 26, 2018) Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Stephen Ferris, assigned to Task Group (TG) 68.6, prepares a security patrol boat to moor at the Djibouti Navy Pier. TG-68.6 is forward-deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations and conducts joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Quartermaster 2nd Class Ashley Taylor/Released)

Another point of view (central cross):

Army Maj. Scott Sendmeyer (center) leads the Campaign Development Team aboard the amphibious command ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC/JCC 20) in support of Joint Task Force (JTF) Odyssey Dawn. JTF Odyssey Dawn is the task force U.S. Africa Command established to provide operational and tactical command and control of U.S. military forces supporting the international response to the unrest in Libya and enforcement of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1973.

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Daniel Viramontes

For Army Lt. Col. Leamond “Bo” Stuart, a 40-year-old Special Forces Soldier from Atlanta, Ga., the order to deploy happened fast, and the prospect of serving on a ship seemed like an interesting opportunity.

“My wife was a little disappointed that I was going to be gone on yet another deployment,” said Stuart. “We really didn’t have much time to think about it.”

The deployment order arrived within days and the task at hand was quite unique. Stuart didn’t really know exactly what to expect, where he was going or how long he would be away. All he knew was that this deployment, in support of U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa-U.S. Sixth Fleet, would be unlike any assignment he’d ever had.

“It is always difficult when there is little information on where you’re going and when you’re coming home,” said Sgt. 1st Class Steven Terrell, a 36-year-old Detroit, Mich., human resources manager. “We make it through by staying close and supporting each other.”

Stuart, Terrell and approximately 60 Soldiers packed their duffle bags, said goodbye to family and friends, and traveled to Gaeta, Italy, where they joined more than 300 airmen, Coast Guardsmen, Marines and sailors embarked upon the USS Mount Whitney (LCC/JCC20), headquarters of Operation Joint Task Force-Odyssey Dawn.

“I was actually excited to have the opportunity to serve on a Navy ship,” said Stuart, a task force liaison officer permanently assigned to Headquarters, U.S. Army Africa, in Vicenza, Italy. “It is a new experience for most Soldiers.”

U.S. Africa Command, the regional command that oversees and coordinates U.S. military activities in Africa, established the Joint Task Force (JTF) to provide operational and tactical command and control for emergency evacuations, humanitarian relief and potential future missions in support of the international response to unrest in Libya.

With a growing coalition of more than 13 nations including France, Great Britain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, Joint Task Force-Odyssey Dawn set out to enforce United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNCR) 1973, which “authorizes all necessary measures to protect civilians in Libya under threat of attack by Qadhafi regime forces.”

“I think that JTF-Odyssey Dawn was a resounding success,” Stuart said. “We [the Army] had planners in every part of the JTF and you could see results of our work in all of the JTF’s products.”

“Overall, my experience has been very good, although challenging,” said Maj. Scott Sendmeyer, a 39-year-old Indianapolis, Ind., native. “Having the entire JTF staff on the ship enabled rapid team formulation and also mitigated many outside distractions.”

An Army Engineer Corps officer by trade, Sendmeyer led the overall Campaign Development Team, a group of planners responsible for organizing operations according to task force objectives and desired effects. While working as a joint plans officer was a great learning experience, life on a ship was very different from Army life, he said.

“I never thought of serving from aboard a ship, and it has proven to truly be an opportunity that I shall cherish,” Terrell said. “I know that I’m a much better human resources manager after serving in such a challenging billet.”

Terrell, who served as the JTF’s resident expert on personnel tracking, U.S. Army finance and personnel procedures, and strength management, said being deployed aboard a ship was an eye-opening experience that showed him how the U.S. Navy operates.

“Getting to participate in this operation feels like a privilege,” said 23-year-old Army Staff Sgt. Nichell Sauls of Sonora, Calif., a military intelligence analyst also assigned to U.S. Army Africa. “Working with all of the different services gives a new perspective of how things come together to get results. Seeing a piece of the world from a new angle has been amazing.”

At the conclusion of Operation Odyssey Dawn, U.S. forces will fulfill a supporting role in the NATO-led Operation Unified Protector, charged with the mission “to reduce the flow of arms, related material and mercenaries to Libya, as called for in UN Security Council Resolution 1973.”

“I really got a chance to see how a large JTF works in a multinational environment,” said Stuart. “It was so interesting to work so close to national policy-level decisions. It was a great experience and I am really glad I got to be part of it.”

Stuart said being able to watch the news and see how the efforts of the JTF helped improve the lives of others was an awe-inspiring experience.

“A few short days ago, the Libyan people were being systematically attacked by their own government,” Stuart said. “The work of the JTF has alleviated the suffering of the average Libyan citizen, which is certainly a worthy goal.”

USS Du Pont (DD-152/ AG-80) - History

(ACV-9: dp. 9800 1. 495'8": b. 111'6" dr. 2ff' 8. 18
k cpl. 890 a. 2 5" cl. Bogue)

Bogue was originally classified AVG-9 but was changed to ACV-9, 20 August 1942 CVE 9, 19 July 1943 and CVH1

9, 12 June 1955. She was launched 15 January 1942,by Seattle-Tacoma Shiphuilding Co., Tacoma, Wash., under a Maritime Commission contract sponsored by Mrs. W. Miller, Jr., wife of Lieutenant Commander Miller, transferred to the Navy 1 May 1942 and commissioned 26 September 1942, Captain G.E. Short command.

After an extensive shakedown and repair period Bogue joined the Atlantic Fleet in February 1942 as the nucleus of the pioneer American anti

iubmarine hunterkiller group. During March and April 1943 she made three North Atlantic crossings but sank no submarines. She departed on her fourth crossing 22 April and got her flrat submarine 22 May when her aircraft sauk U-569 in 50°40' N,, 36°21' W. During her fltth North Atlantic cruise her planes sank two German submarines: U-217 in 30°1S' N., 42°50' W., 5 June and U-118 in 30°49' N., 33°49' W., 12 June. On 23 July 1943, during her seventh patrol, her planes sank V - 27 in 35°25' N., 27056, W. George E. Badger (DD-126), of her screen, sank U - '18 during this patrol.

Bogue's eighth patrol was her most productive with three German submarines sunk: U - 6 by planes, 29 November 1943 in 39°33' N., 19°01' W., U-172 by planes, aeorge IV. Badger, DuPont (DD-152 ), Clemson ( DD-186 ), and Osmond Ingram (DD-255), 13 December in 26°19' N., 29°58' W. and U - 50 by planes, 20 December in 32°54' N., 37°01' W.

Bogue had a break from her anti-submarine operations during January and February 1944 when she carried a cargo of Army flghters to Glasgow, Scotland. The carrier then returned to her anti-submarine role and on 13 March her aircraft teamed with British planes, Haverpleld (DE393), Zlobson (DLk464), and HMS Prince Rupert to sunk U

On 5 May 1944 Bogue and her escorts departed Hampton Roads, Va`, for a cruise that netted two more submarines and lasted until 2 July. Franois M. Robinson (D

220), of the screen, sank the .Japanese RO-.

01 (exGerman U 1224) on 13 May and Bogue's planes sank the Japanese I-52 in 15°16' N., 39°55' W., on 24 June. During the next cruise, 24 July-24 September 1944, Boguets planes sank another German submarine, U-1229, 20 August in 42°20' N., 51°39' W.

Following her return in September 1944 Bogue operated on training missions out of Bermuda and Quonset Point R. I., until February 1945 when she made a trip to Liverpool, llngland, with Army planes. In April 1945 she put to sea again as an anti-submarine vessel, forming part of Captain a. J. Dufek's Second Barrier Force. On 24 April success came as Flaherty (DID 135), Neunzer (DE150), Chatelain (DE-149), Varian (DD

798), Hubbard (DE211), Janseen (DE

396), Pillsbury (DE: 133) and Keith (DE 241) sank U

546. This was the last of 13 submarine sank by Bogue or her escorte.

With the war in the Atlantie over, Bogue moved to the Pacific, arriving at San Diego 3 July 1945. She then steamed westward to Guam, arriving 2July. She made a trip to Adak, Alaska (12 August-11 September 1945), and then Joined the "Magic Carpet" fleet returning servicemen from the Pacifle islands She was placed out of commission in reserve 30 November 1946 at Tacoma, Wash.

Bogue received a Presidential Unit Citation and three battle stars for her World War II service.

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