USS Gillespie (DD 609).
Thirty 1,620-ton Benson-class destroyers
were built in two groups. The first six were authorized in fiscal year 1938 and laid down at Bethlehem Steel, Quincy, Massachusetts
and three navy yards.The remaining 24 “repeat Bensons
” were authorized in 1941–42 and built at four Bethlehem Steel yards. They were laid down after the first group was commissioned. These plus the “repeat Livermores
” were also known at the time as the Bristol
were lost at the Battle of Guadalcanal, 13 November 1942. Lansdale
was lost in the Mediterranean 20 April 1944.
received the Presidential Unit Citation
for her role in the Battle of Guadalcanal. Bailey
received the Navy Unit Commendation for her role in the Battle of the Komandorski Islands, 26 March 1943. Hilary P. Jones
received the Navy Unit Commendation for her role in the final operations in the Mediterranean Sea, September 1944.