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Hull Number: DD-807

Launch Date: 11/30/1944

Commissioned Date: 02/13/1945

Decommissioned Date: 11/20/1970

Call Sign: NTWE (52-54)

Voice Call Sign: Espouse (66-68)

Other Designations: DDR-807



Data for USS Gearing (DD-710) as of 1945

Length Overall: 390’ 6"

Beam: 40’ 10"

Draft: 14’ 4"

Standard Displacement: 2,425 tons

Full Load Displacement: 3,479 tons

Fuel capacity: 4,647 barrels


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


20 Officers
325 Enlisted


4 Boilers
2 General Electric Turbines: 60,000 horsepower

Highest speed on trials: 34.6 knots



Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (Published 1959)

Born in Arlington, Mass., 5 July 1916, Stanley Graves Benner enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve in 1940 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant, USMCR, 4 August 1942. Second Lieutenant Benner was killed in action on Guadalcanal 27 October 1942.


Sold to General Metals of Tacoma 3/19/75. Struck from Navy Register 2/1/1974. Sold for scrap 3/19/1975.

USS BENNER DD-807 Ship History

Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (Published 1959)

Benner (DD-807) was launched 30 November 1944 by Bath Iron Works Corp., Bath, Maine; sponsored by Mrs. H. C. Benner, mother of Lieutenant Benner; commissioned 13 February 1945, Commander J. Munholland in command; and reported to the Pacific Fleet.

On 26 July 1945 Benner joined the 3rd Fleet off Japan and screened carriers during the last strikes against the Japanese home islands. Following the surrender of Japan, the destroyer remained in the Far East on occupation duty until 3 January 1946. For the next three years she rotated between the west coast and Far East, making two Far Eastern cruises (30 January-23 September 1947 and 1 October-23 December 1948). She was reclassified DDR-807, 18 March 1949. Reassigned to the Atlantic Fleet 1 May 1949, Benner shifted her base to Newport, RI. She operated on normal peacetime duty, including four Mediterranean tours, until departing for the Pacific 9 June 1956. She arrived at Long Beach, Calif., 28 June 1956 and remained on the west coast during the rest of the year.

Benner received one battle star for her service in World War II.