Hull Number: DD-796
Launch Date: 08/30/1943
Commissioned Date: 12/20/1943
Call Sign: NHLD
Voice Call Sign: Spark Plug, Ermine, Ladybug (WWII), Old Smokey (58-60)
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
2 General Electric Turbines: 60,000 horsepower
Highest speed on trials: 35.2 knots
Namesake: ANDREW ELLICOT KENNEDY BENHAM
ANDREW ELLICOT KENNEDY BENHAM
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (Published 1959)
Born on Staten Island, NY, 10 April 1832, Andrew Ellicot Kennedy Benham was appointed a Midshipman in 1847. He took part in the Paraguay Expedition (1854-55) and served with both the South Atlantic and West Gulf Blockading Squadrons during the Civil War. He commanded the North Atlantic Station, 1892-93, and retired the following year. Rear Admiral Benham died at Lake Mahopac, NY, 11 August 1905.
Transferred to Peru, as loan, on 12/15/1960 as VILLAR (DD-71). Returned to USN 01/15/1974. Stricken 1/15/1974. Retransferred to Peru, as sale, on the same date. Stricken and broken up for scrap in 1980.