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  USS Bennett DD-473
Fletcher-class destroyer

2,050 Tons
376' 6" x 39' 8" x 17' 9"
5 x 5" guns
10 x 40mm
7 x 20mm
10 x 21" torpedoes
6 x depth charge projectors
2 x depth charge tracks

Sinking History
Built by Boston Navy Yard and launched 16 April 1942 and commissioned February 9, 1943. Bennett received nine battle stars and a Navy Unit Commendation for her service in World War II.

Wartime History
Departing the United States, Bennett arrived at Pearl Harbor on May 31 and spent the next two months patrolling in the Hawaii area. After escorting a convoy to Efaté, serving as a plane guard during August 27 0 October 28.

Moving to the Solomon Islands on November 4, she patrolled and escorted convoys. On November 1, 1943 supported the landings at Cape Torokina on Bougainville. Supported the landings on Green Island (Nissian) on February 15, 1944. Also, bombardment of Kavieng on February 18, 1944 and Rabaul on February, 29, 1944. Poporang bombardment on May 8, 1944. Departed Solomon area until April 5, 1944.

Bennett then moved north to take part in the invasions of Saipan during June 14 to July 1 and off Guam August 2-16. Returning to the South Pacific later in the month she supported the invasion of Palau September 6–25 and then returned to San Francisco for repairs, arriving October 25.

Returned to Pearl Harbor on December 24 and remained in Hawaii area for the next month. Then she steamed west to take part in the Iwo Jima landings from February 19 - March 5, 1945. Slightly damaged by a dud bomb on March 1 while in the area.

On 1 April she was a unit of the forces taking part in the invasion of Okinawa. At 08:50, 7 April, firing every gun, she was hit by a Japanese kamikaze, killing three men, wounding 18, damaging the forward engine room, and knocking out all electrical power.

Bennett was able to make Kerama Retto under her own power and on the following day departed for Saipan under tow of USS Yuma (ATF-94). After emergency repairs, she steamed to Puget Sound Navy Yard where she underwent further repairs during May-August 1945.

In August she went to Adak and made one run to Petropavlovsk, Kamchatka, with weather personnel (28 August – 26 September).

Returning to San Diego and placed in reserve commission on December 21, 1945 and out of commission in reserve April 18, 1946.

Stricken from the US Navy on August 1, 1973. Bennett was transferred to Brazil 15 December 1959, where she was renamed Paraíba. The ship was stricken by the Brazilian Navy and scrapped in 1978.

USS Bennett DD-473 on Destroyer History Homepage
Don Sheridan Diary - September 30, 1942 - August 1945

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Last Updated
August 4, 2020



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