USS Wickes (DD-75)

Wickes after transfer to the Royal Navy, now sailing as HMS Montgomery (G95). Photo in the collections of the Imperial War Museums.

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USS Wickes (DD-75) was the lead of a 111 ship class of destroyers built for the US Navy. Wickes was laid down in 1917, and commissioned 22 July, 1918. She spent the next two months escorting convoys, and suffered an influenza outbreak in October, followed by suffering a collision on the night of the 24th. She was part of the screen for President Wilson's trip to France, and suffered another collision while in Hamburg, but was repaired in time to escort Wilson home again. Wickes transferred to the Pacific in July, 1919, and remained there until decommissioned in 1922. Wickes returned to service in the Atlantic in 1930, returning to the Pacific two years later, and decommissioned again in 1937. Reactivated for Neutrality Patrol duties on 30 September, 1939, she was part of the fifth group of destroyers traded to Britain in the summer of 1940. Wickes was commissioned as HMS Montgomery (G 95) on 23 October, 1940. In mid-1941 her anti-submarine armament was increased, and she spent the next two years running convoy escort. She was placed in reserve on 23 February, 1944, and scrapped in the Spring of 1945.

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Fun Fact: One William F. Halsey Jr. commanded the Wickes from late 1919 to her decommissioning in 1922, describing her as "the best ship I ever commanded; she was also the smartest and the cleanest."