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Bell

CountryUnited States
Ship ClassFletcher-class Destroyer
BuilderCharleston Naval Shipyard, South Carolina, United States
Laid Down30 Dec 1941
Launched24 Jun 1942
Commissioned4 Mar 1943
Decommissioned14 Jun 1946
Displacement2,050 tons standard
Length377 feet
Beam40 feet
Draft18 feet
Power Output60,000 shaft horsepower
Speed35 knots
Range6,500nm at 15 knots
Crew329
Armament5x5in guns, 10x21in torpedo tubes

Contributor:

ww2dbaseBell was a named for Rear Admiral Henry H. Bell of the United States Navy. Between commissioning and Nov 1943, she patrolled and escorted convoys in the North Atlantic. On 6 Nov 1943, she joined the Pacific Fleet, arriving in Pearl Harbor on 27 Nov. She participated in many campaigns in the Pacific including Marshall and Mariana Islands campaigns. After the war, she remained in Asia at Okinawa, China, and Korea, until 14 Dec 1945. She was decommissioned in 1946 and was sunk as target on 11 May 1975.

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Last Major Revision: Apr 2007

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4 Mar 1943 Bell was commissioned into service.
18 Dec 1944 Many ships from the United States Third Fleet, Task Force 38 sailed into Typhoon Cobra in the Philippine Sea. Three destroyers and 790 men were lost.
14 Jun 1946 Bell was decommissioned from service.

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Bell sliding down the building ways after being christened at the Charleston Navy Yard, South Carolina, 24 Jun 1942Bell underway off the Charleston Navy Yard, South Carolina, 11 Jun 1943, photo 1 of 2
See all 3 photographs of Destroyer Bell



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1. Anonymous says:
19 Apr 2018 07:31:11 AM

I looking for a man with the last name of bell
2. ALBERT HENDREN says:
27 Jan 2023 10:39:50 AM

I am looking for the sailor Benjamin F. Hendren who served on the Bell during WWII.

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Event(s) Participated:
» Marshall Islands Campaign
» Mariana Islands Campaign and the Great Turkey Shoot
» Typhoon Cobra

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Bell sliding down the building ways after being christened at the Charleston Navy Yard, South Carolina, 24 Jun 1942Bell underway off the Charleston Navy Yard, South Carolina, 11 Jun 1943, photo 1 of 2
See all 3 photographs of Destroyer Bell


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General Douglas MacArthur at Leyte, 17 Oct 1944


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