Ellet file photo [1257]


CountryUnited States
Ship ClassBenham-class Destroyer
BuilderFederal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Kearny, New Jersey, United States
Laid Down3 Dec 1936
Launched11 Jun 1938
Commissioned17 Feb 1939
Decommissioned29 Oct 1945
Displacement2,250 tons full
Length341 feet
Beam36 feet
Draft13 feet
MachineryWestinghouse geared turbines with two screws
Power Output50,000 shaft horsepower
Speed38 knots
Range6,500nm at 12 knots
Armament4x5in anti-aircraft, 4x0.5in machine gun, 16x21in torpedo tubes


ww2dbaseThe destroyer Ellet served off the east coast of the United States and the Gulf of Mexico before moving to the Pacific in anticipation for Japanese aggression. When the Pacific War broke out, she escorted convoys and aircraft carriers, including escorting the carrier Wasp as it transport James Doolittle and his raiders on their famous bombing mission on Japan. In Jun 1942 she also participated in the Battle of Midway. During the invasion of Guadalcanal and Tulagi, she played a utility role, performing a wide-array of support tasks such as setting up an anti-aircraft screen and some bombardment roles. Ellet also performed escort duties, as noted for the rescue of survivors off Savo Island and from the cripple Australian cruiser Canberra. She participated in the Battle of the Eastern Solomons in late Aug 1942, then sailed with the Marshalls, New Guinea, Marianas, and Ulithi invasion fleets. She completed her WW2 career in the central Pacific as a convoy escort and rescue ship, though she did shell Iwo Jima in Dec 1944 and Jan 1945.

ww2dbaseSource: Naval Historical Center.

Last Major Revision: Feb 2006

Destroyer Ellet Interactive Map


Ellet anchored in Hudson River, off New York City, circa 1939Ellet anchored off New York City during a naval review in 1939Ellet off Kearny, New Jersey, circa early 1939Ellet underway in New York Harbor during a 1939 naval review
See all 9 photographs of Destroyer Ellet

Ellet Operational Timeline

17 Feb 1939 Ellet was commissioned into service.
28 Jul 1942 US Navy and Marines began a four-day amphibious landing exercise at Fiji as rehearsals for the Guadalcanal landings set for two weeks later.
11 Mar 1944 Carriers USS Corregidor and USS Coral Sea with destroyers USS Nicholas, USS LaVallette, and USS Ellet departed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii bound for the Solomon Islands.
21 Mar 1944 Carriers USS Corregidor and USS Coral Sea with destroyers USS Nicholas, USS LaVallette, and USS Ellet arrived at Tulagi, Solomon Islands.
29 Oct 1945 Ellet was decommissioned from service.

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1. Anonymous says:
2 Mar 2009 01:09:31 PM

hello I was looking for information on the uss elliott, not sure if that is correct spelling. wanted list of her crew in aug. 1942 if that is possible
Many thanks
2. Anonymous says:
10 Sep 2009 06:00:52 AM

Great Uncle, Alphonso Pavolonski, served aboard USS Ellet. Anyone know him?
3. Myron says:
26 Oct 2009 10:38:24 AM

My Grandfather Art Peirce was a torpedo man on the uss ellet, he passed a few years ago,Anybody know him??
4. Jeff says:
1 Feb 2010 02:48:43 PM

Doing a research article on Charles Ellet Jr. - one of the Ellet's the USS Ellet was named after .. if any one has olod photos of the ship it would be greatly appreciated


5. Anonymous says:
2 Feb 2010 06:55:33 PM

thanks for the post folks.

Does any one out there know of an USS Ellet survivors ???

6. Anonymous says:
8 Feb 2010 09:32:00 AM

Anyone out there have personal photos of the USS Ellet taken wheile they or a family member were stationed aboard?

OI'm doing a research paper and would use any assistance
7. warren j long jr says:
11 Apr 2010 10:38:09 AM

my father served on the U.S.S.Elliot 1942-1945.he is still alive.name is warren j long
8. Anonymous says:
21 Jul 2010 03:51:36 PM

My Grandfather Olen Stephenson was a gunner on the ellet. I am looking for pictures or articles for this ship.
9. Anonymous says:
2 Aug 2010 10:09:03 AM

to warren j long---does your father recall a boatswain's mate Al Pavilonski? Thanks.
10. marianne says:
6 Sep 2010 09:44:58 PM

My father served on the USS Ellet. I have some photos. Please contact me for more information. My email is mycoldhouse@yahoo.com.
11. Charlotte says:
8 Jun 2011 07:13:33 PM

My father, Robert Eugene Bryan, served on the USS Ellet. I have photos of them crossing the equator, and the celebration they had. Quite amusing.
12. Anonymous says:
22 Jul 2012 01:12:18 AM

I am searching for any information from any family member that may have had a loved one who was a gunner on the USS Elliot, my dad was on this ship his name was Cecil Teal. I have a picture of him and other members on the ship. Would appreciate anything, anyone might could tell me. Daddy, would not talk much about his service. I know there was a hit on the ship and many lives lost. Thanks for any information given.
13. Bill Towler says:
7 Aug 2012 02:45:43 PM

Please contact me about anyone with information on USS Ellet crew. My friend is a former crew member and alive. Write quick he is turning 90. Cecil Teal was on his gun crew.
14. Bill Towler says:
7 Aug 2012 05:16:17 PM

My email address is bi70566@comcast.net. Would appreciate anyone knows about Ellet crew to contact me ASAP. Also see video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSHzttBIXek

15. dale blue also known as anonymous says:
9 Aug 2012 10:02:46 PM

Bill, this is the first time anyone has ever let it be known they knew my dad, cecil Teal, I would truly like to know more about my dad and his demeaner on the ship. I loved him so much, he would have nightmares about it but ooud never talk. I do have a pic of the crew members, Someone told me he had hit an officer, this was hard to beleave lol. But would truly like to talk to your friend.
Anyone who would like to share pictures I have one I know of, but think I have more, Please someone tell me about my father. Thanks my emai:daleblue2000@yahoo.com
16. Anonymous says:
20 Aug 2012 01:42:01 PM

Checkout today's Stars and Stripes for an article about an Ellet sailor.
17. Jsmo says:
7 Jun 2013 04:56:59 PM

My Dad served on the USS Ellet. I believe he was a radioman. His name was John D.Rogers. He has passed away. I have a bracelet that he and a shipmate made out of a downed Japanese plane that was on the island of Tulagi. Also, I used to live down the street from a man named Cecil Teal. The street was Smalley Rd. in Hockley, Texas. Could this be the same man as your father? I would love to have pictures of the crew and ship, if anyone would like to email them.
18. Jsmo says:
26 Jun 2013 07:41:16 AM

Sorry....guess you would need my email address:jastex12000@yahoo.com
19. shaun says:
29 Sep 2014 02:07:00 PM

My scout leader/mentor served on the USS Ellet, his name is Roy Gardner. He currently lives in Idaho Falls Idaho. Does anyone have any pictures of information how to search for crew members who served on this ship.

Thank you
20. Walter Skip" Yale says:
5 May 2015 09:34:05 PM

My father, Walter Franklin Yale, served aboard the Ellet and was on board and out to sea when Pearl Harbor was attacked. I don't know how long he was aboard, but he joined the Navy in 1935 and was a Machinist Mate. He retired a Chief Machinist Mate in 1954 and joined many of his shipmates in 1986 at age 73. I will find some pictures I have and post them on the Ellet facebook page. I didn't know until an older cousin advised me recently that he was on the Ellet at Pearl and with the carrier group that launched the Doolittle raid on Tokyo. I would love to hear any history on the Ellet and any of it's crew members that are still with us. Dad didn't talk about the war, but I thought he told me once that the Ellet was hit by a kimakaze in which a friend of his was kkilled and a few colorful bar encounters in Galveston, where he was saved by his big Polish buddy, but I have no name. I served on the USS Moale DD693 from June of 1965 until August of 1968. Feel free to use my e-mail address if you would like. yalew.l.693@outlook.com
21. Gary Fox says:
25 Oct 2015 10:59:23 PM

I am enquiring about any sailors that where on the Ellet in the time period from 1942 - 1945 that might have known my Dad, Wyllis H. Fox (Hank Fox), who served from 42 - 45 rate - seaman to BM -2 during that time period. My greatest respect to you guys, those times you were always in harms way.
22. Harry H. Beeman says:
18 Apr 2016 07:33:20 PM

I was The Gunners Mate 1st Class on The Ellet D. D.
398 . I worked directly for Cheif Gunners Mate Michael
Myhalyo. We ,- The Ellet,fought in every major battle
in the Pacific Theater . Cecil Teal Was a Loader on my 5 inch 38 caliber naval canon . Any one is welcome to
phone me to hear a few war stories , 239-549-1489 . Hurry ,- cause I turn 94 on August 23. I don't guy any green bananas .I have lived a
wonderful ( blessed ) life I live in Cape Coral , Fl,
33904I did have a beautiful website , and hope my friend will restore It before I sail into that great beyond. Please stay well,- love to all.
Harry Beeman GM 1/c Ellet unclesampatriot@gmail.com

life (blessed )
23. Anonymous says:
4 Sep 2016 06:02:27 PM

Harry h. Beeman , I was wondering if you knew my grandfather who is also 94 and says that he was too a gunner on the Ellet. His name , James W. Noonan.
24. Anonymous says:
10 May 2017 01:04:28 PM

TM-2 Donald H Curtis was honorably discharged from Navy and went to Army's OTS. He eventually became a Colonel. I am his grandson, and wish to know more about his life. I know that he has been all over the Pacific and Atlantic theaters​ of war, and I have his medals, tapes, patches and ribbons. I don't know exactly when, why or how they were received/earned. Charles Crosby @8053910753.
25. Mark Balser says:
16 Jul 2017 04:24:34 PM

My dad, Lynn Balser served with you on the Ellet, Feb. to July, 42. Did you know him. He was from Hicksville, Ohio.

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Ellet anchored in Hudson River, off New York City, circa 1939
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