USS Wren
DD 568 (Fletcher class)

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Builder:         Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding
Laid Down:  	 April 24, 1943
Launched:        January 29, 1944
Commissioned:  	 May 20, 1944
Decommissioned:  July 13, 1946
Recommissioned:  September 7, 1951
Decommissioned:  1963
Fate:            Stricken 12/1/74; 
                 broken up in 1975 

We are seeking information on the USS Wren and her crews. Files and photos may be E-mailed to us and we will incorporate them into these pages.

The E-Mail:


Hi Mark,

My father, Clayton Ross Jr. was commanding officer of the USS Wren. I'm not sure of the dates, however I am trying desperately to find a letter he wrote to my mother about being tied up to the USS Missouri and watching the Japanese surrender. He watched from the Wren's bridge wing and exclaimed that he was sure glad he wasn't on the Missouri with all that brass standing at attention for hours! You have to love the perspective.

Mark Ross
San Diego, CA


I served 2 years on board the Wrem 1959-1961. It was decomissioned and used to take reserves on their yearly 2 week cruises. We had a skelton crew of 97 when in port at Galveston, Texas. When the reserves were on board we sailed all over the Caribbean, I visited Montego Bay, Jamica, Port-o-Prince, Haiti, Kingston Jamica, San Juan Puerto Rico, Key west, Tampa and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. I also served during a shake down cruise to Getmo Bay, Cuba. A little known fact was the Wren spent 3 days loading ammo in Key West and was off shore at the Bay of Pigs in Cuba, to help with the overthrow of Castro as was promised by President Eisenhower, however when Kennedy won the election instead of Nixon the support was cancelled. I'll never forget the calls for help on the Radio, but we were ordered not to lend our support.

Mike Whelan

Subject: USS Wren
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2003
From: Mitch Collins

Just wanted to add to the letter mentioning the Wren being used for the movie "Operation Petticoat". Video of the ship was also used on an episode of Magnum PI called "Operation Silent Night". Since it was filmed on December 15, 1983, I figured footage was used from the movie "Operation Petticoat" especially given the simularities in the names. This since the Wren was scrapped in 1975. My mother almost had a heart attach when she saw the 568 plowing through the waves.

My dad served 52-56. Ray Collins

Take care,

Mitch Collins

Subject: USS Wren
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2003
From: Tom Anderson

When I was in a Surface Division in the Naval Reserve in Fort Worth Texas in June, 1961, I was given orders for two weeks training aboard the USS Wren and went aboard her in Galveston, Texas.

We sailed and for one week were in the Caribbean firing the 5" guns and seemed like we stayed at General Quarters from daylight to dark. We docked in Gitmo for a few hours on the second or third day. Then we spent the weekend in Montego Bay, Jamaica with the ship divided into two liberty sections, half of us went on liberty Saturday and half on Sunday. Monday it was back to sea and more GQ until we sailed back into Galveston, then I headed for home.

I don't know if the Wren was being used only for Reservist training then or if it was only a temporary assignment for her. I never saw the Wren again although I was aboard the USS Farragut for two years from 1961 to 1963.

Tommy Anderson - Watauga, Texas

Subject: U.S.S. Wren
Date: Tue, 03 Jun 2003
From: Tom Anderson

I just finished watching "Operation Petticoat" with Cary Grant and notices that the U.S.S. Wren DD-568 was the destroyer that depth charged the pink submarine that Grant captained. Didn't see anything on the Wren's web page.

Tom Anderson
Colleyville TX

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