Built by Mare Island Naval Shipyard at Mare Island, California. Laid down September 15, 1920. Launched October 29, 1921. Named in honor of Oliver Hazard Perry. Sponsored by Miss Anne R. Scudder. Commissioned August 7, 1922 with Lt. Richard H. Booth in command.
On November 19, 1940 converted to a Destroyer Minesweeper designated DMS-17.
On September 14, 1944, the
USS Perry hit a mine at 14:07, and
sank in less than two hours roughly 700 yards south of Angaur
Island. The survivors
were rescued from the sea.
Veteran Lt. jg Charles L. Ennis adds:
“My battle station was on the Flying Bridge and I saw mines. The proximity of these deadly orbs certainly prevented any rescue ship from effective aid particularly since many of the crew were in the water and would been killed had another mine been exploded. I have been frequently interviewed by Jon Bell who did a marvelous dive on the Perry.”
The wreck of the USS Perry was discovered on May 1, 2000, by Fish ‘n Fins, owner Navot Bornovski on a 240' bottom. Navot
and Padi Owdi, Jeff Wonnenberg were the first to dive the wreck.
Fish 'n Fins - USS Perry
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November 16, 2018