USS Bernadou (DD-153)

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USS Bernadou (DD-153) in 1921.jpg
USS Bernadou in November 1921
United States
Name: Bernadou
Namesake: John Bernadou
Builder: William Cramp and Sons
Cost: $1,448,315.46 (hull and machinery)[1]
Laid down: 4 June 1918
Launched: 7 November 1918
Commissioned: 19 May 1919
Decommissioned: 1 July 1922
Identification: DD-153
Recommissioned: 1 May 1930
Decommissioned: 17 July 1945
Struck: 13 August 1945
Fate: Sold for scrapping, 30 November 1945
General characteristics
Class and type: Wickes-class destroyer
Displacement: 1,154 tons
Length: 314 ft 5 in (95.8 m)
Beam: 31 ft 8 in (9.7 m)
Draft: 9 ft 0 in (2.7 m)
Speed: 35 knots (65 km/h)
Complement: 122 officers and enlisted

USS Bernadou (DD–153) was a Wickes-class destroyer in the United States Navy during World War II. She was named for Commander John Bernadou. Bernadou was launched on 7 November 1918 by William Cramp and Sons Ship and Engine Building Company, Philadelphia. The ship was sponsored by Miss Cora Winslow Bernadou, Commander Bernadou's sister. The destroyer was commissioned on 19 May 1919, Lieutenant Commander L. G. Farley in command.

Service history[edit]

Following a cruise to Europe during in mid-1919, Bernadou joined Division 19, Atlantic Fleet, and cruised along the east coast until placed out of commission at Philadelphia Navy Yard on 1 July 1922. She joined Squadron 7, Scouting Force, after recommissioning on 1 May 1930. Out of service September 1936-October 1939, she then rejoined the fleet for service with Destroyer Division 6, Atlantic Squadron, on Neutrality Patrol.

She helped convoy the Marines to Iceland (1 July 1941 – 7 July 1941) and, except for one crossing to Britain, remained on the Newfoundland-Iceland convoy run until late 1942. On 25 October 1942 she departed Norfolk, Virginia to take part in the invasion of North Africa (8–11 November). She won a Presidential Unit Citation for landing assault troops inside the harbor of Safi, French Morocco.

Returning to Boston on 26 November she remained on east coast convoy duty until February 1943. Bernadou made a convoy run to Gibraltar during March and April and on 10 May departed Norfolk for Oran, Algeria. She operated from Oran until December 1943 during which time she screened the Amphibious Battle of Gela during the occupation of Sicily (9–12 July); took part in the Salerno landings (9–10 September and 21–23 September), and escorted Mediterranean convoys.

She returned to the United States in December 1943 and escorted two convoys to North Africa (22 February 1944 – 9 June 1944) before retiring to the less rigorous east coast-Caribbean runs. From October 1944 to May 1945, she served as plane guard and escort vessel during carrier exercises off the east coast. She arrived at Philadelphia Navy Yard on 8 June 1945 and was decommissioned on 17 July. The destroyer was sold for scrap on 30 November 1945.


In addition to her Presidential Unit Citation, Bernadou received five battle stars for her World War II service.

As of 2004, no other ship in the United States Navy has borne this name.

Convoys escorted[edit]

USS Bernadou (DD-153) during World War II.
Convoy Escort Group Dates Notes
task force 19 1–7 July 1941[2] occupation of Iceland prior to US declaration of war
HX 153 7-13 Oct 1941[3] from Newfoundland to Iceland prior to US declaration of war
ON 28 25 Oct-3 Nov 1941[4] from Iceland to Newfoundland prior to US declaration of war
HX 161 23 Nov-3 Dec 1941[3] from Newfoundland to Iceland prior to US declaration of war
ON 43 11-15 Dec 1941[4] from Iceland to Newfoundland
HX 173 3-10 Feb 1942[3] from Newfoundland to Iceland
ON 67 19-28 Feb 1942[4] from Iceland to Newfoundland
ON 89 MOEF group A1 23–26 April 1942[4] from Northern Ireland to Newfoundland

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Table 21 - Ships on Navy List June 30, 1919". Congressional Serial Set. U.S. Government Printing Office: 762. 1921. 
  2. ^ Morison, Samuel Eliot (1975). The Battle of the Atlantic September 1939-May 1943. Little, Brown and Company. pp. 74–79. 
  3. ^ a b c "HX convoys". Andrew Hague Convoy Database. Retrieved 2011-06-19. 
  4. ^ a b c d "ON convoys". Andrew Hague Convoy Database. Retrieved 2011-06-19. 

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