U.S.S. Branch (1919)

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U.S.S. Branch (1919)
Hull Number: DD-197
Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company[1]
Laid down: 25 Oct, 1918[2]
Launched: 19 Apr, 1919[3]
Commissioned: 26 Jul, 1920[4]
Decommissioned: 11 Aug, 1922[5]
Torpedoed: 11 Apr, 1943[6]
Fate: as H.M.S. Beverly
U.S.S. Branch was one of one hundred and fifty-six Clemson Class destroyers completed for the U.S. Navy.


Branch was commissioned 26 July, 1920 Commander Frank H. Roberts in command.

Branch was one of the fifty U.S. destroyers transferred to the Royal Navy for World War II, becoming H.M.S. Beverley.

She was sunk by U-188 near Iceland while escorting a convoy, with only four of 155 crew surviving.


See Also


  1. Friedman. U.S. Destroyers. p. 433.
  2. Friedman. U.S. Destroyers. p. 434.
  3. Friedman. U.S. Destroyers. p. 434.
  4. Friedman. U.S. Destroyers. p. 434.
  5. Friedman. U.S. Destroyers. p. 434.
  6. Friedman. U.S. Destroyers. p. 434.
  7. Uboat.net page on the ship.
  8. Uboat.net page on the ship.
  9. Uboat.net page on the ship.
  10. Uboat.net page on the ship.
  11. Uboat.net page on the ship.
  12. Uboat.net page on the ship.


Clemson Class Destroyer
Clemson Dahlgren Goldsborough Semmes Satterlee
Mason Graham Abel P. Upshur Hunt Welborn C. Wood
George E. Badger Branch Herndon Dallas Chandler
Southard Hovey Long Broome Alden
Smith Thompson Barker Tracy Borie John D. Edwards
Whipple Parrott Edsall MacLeish Simpson
Bulmer McCormick Stewart Pope Peary
Pillsbury Ford Truxtun Paul Jones Hatfield
Brooks Gilmer Fox Kane Humphreys
McFarland James K. Paulding Overton Sturtevant Childs
King Sands Williamson Reuben James Bainbridge
Goff Barry Hopkins Lawrence Belknap
McCook McCalla Rodgers Ingram Bancroft
Welles Aulick Turner Gillis Delphy
McDermut Laub McLanahan Edwards Greene
Ballard Shubrick Bailey Thornton Morris
Tingey Swasey Meade Sinclair McCawley
Moody Henshaw Meyer Doyen Sharkey
Toucey Breck Isherwood Case Lardner
Putnam Worden Flusser Dale Converse
Reid Billingsley Charles Ausburn Osborne Chauncey
Fuller Percival John Francis Burnes Farragut Somers
Stoddert Reno Farquhar Thompson Kennedy
Paul Hamilton William Jones Woodbury S. P. Lee Nicholas
Young Zeilin Yarborough La Vallette Sloat
Wood Shirk Kidder Selfridge Marcus
Mervine Chase Robert Smith Mullany Coghlan
Preston Lamson Bruce Hull Macdonough
Farenholt Sumner Corry Melvin Litchfield
Zane Wasmuth Trever Perry Decatur
  Hulbert Noa William B. Preston  
  Preble Sicard Pruitt  
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