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USS Blakeley (DD-150)

Please see below for item level images and donated collections containing photographs of USS Blakeley (DD-150)

USS Blakeley (DD-150) was launched 19 September 1918 by William Cramp and sons Ship and Engine Building Co., Philadelphia, Pa.; sponsored by Mrs. C. A. Blakeley, wife of Commander Blakeley, great-grand-nephew of Captain Blakeley; commissioned 8 may 1919. Commander W. Brown, Jr., in command; and joined the Atlantic Fleet.

USS Blakeley (DD-150) cruised along the east coast until going out of commission 29 June 1922 at Philadelphia Navy Yard. Except for 1932-37 when she served with the Scouting Fleet, USS Blakeley (DD-150) remained out of commission at Philadelphia until 16 October 1939. Upon recommissioning, USS Blakeley (DD-150) joined the Neutrality Patrol and with America's entrance into World War II began patrol and convoy duty in the Caribbean. In February 1942 USS Blakeley (DD-150) helped escort the convoy carrying troops to garrison Curacao, Netherlands West Indies. While patrolling off Martinique, 25 May 1942, a German submarine torpedoed her, carrying away 60 feet of her bow. 

In September 1942 USS Blakeley (DD-150) returned to duty with the Caribbean Sea Frontier and, with the exception of two voyages, continued escort and patrol work there until February 1945. From 1 January to 23 February 1943 she served with TG 21.13 on hunter-killer duty in the North Atlantic and between 24 March and 11 May 1943 she escorted a convoy to Bizerte, Tunisia. She operated out of New London, Conn., 18 March-13 June 1945 on training duty with submarines in Long island Sound. USS Blakeley (DD-150) decommissioned at Philadelphia Navy Yard 21 July 1945.

For a complete history of USS Blakeley (DD-150) please see its DANFS page.