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Hull Number: DD-662

Launch Date: 07/04/1943

Commissioned Date: 12/14/1943

Decommissioned Date: 06/20/1946

Call Sign: NZDQ

Voice Call Sign: BOLERO, FLAPJACK (44)



Data for USS Fletcher (DD-445) as of 1945

Length Overall: 376’ 5"

Beam: 39’ 7"

Draft: 13’ 9"

Standard Displacement: 2,050 tons

Full Load Displacement: 2,940 tons

Fuel capacity: 3,250 barrels


Five 5″/38 caliber guns
Five 40mm twin anti-aircraft mounts
Two 21″ quintuple torpedo tubes


20 Officers
309 Enlisted


4 Boilers
2 General Electric Turbines: 60,000 horsepower

Highest speed on trials: 35.2 knots



Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, June 2015

Born in Vernon, Utah, 5 May 1887, Mervyn Sharp Bennion graduated form the Academy in 1910. An ordnance specialist, Captain Bennion was killed in action at Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941, while in command of West Virginia (BB-48). Captain Bennion was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.


Sold 05/30/1972 to Levin Metals Corp., San Jose, CA. Scrapped.

USS BENNION DD-662 Ship History

Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, June 2015

Bennion (DD-662) was launched 4 July 1943 by Boston Navy Yard; sponsored by Mrs. M. S. Bennion, Captain Bennion’s widow; and commissioned 14 December 1943, Commander J. W. Cooper in command.

Bennion departed Philadelphia 3 March 1944 escorting Bataan (CVL-29) to the Pacific. Arriving at Pearl Harbor 22 March, she trained and patrolled in Hawaiian waters until 29 May 1944. Moving westward she served as a fighter director and radar picket ship during the Saipan seizure (15 June-24 July 1944); Tinian occupation (24 July-2 August); Palaus occupation (2-29 September); Leyte invasion (18 October-18 November) during which she was slightly damaged by a shore battery; Mindoro landings (13-17 December); Lingayen Gulf landings (7-20 January 1945); Iwo Jima invasion (18 February-12 March); Okinawa seizure (26 March-8 June); during which the near miss of a suicide plane caused slight damage; and the 3rd Fleet raids against Japan (18-29 July). She returned to Puget Sound Navy Yard 27 October 1945 and went out of commission in reserve at Long Beach, Calif., 20 June 1946.

Bennion received the Presidential Unit Citation for her actions off Okinawa (1 April-1 June 1945) and eight battle stars.