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USS LAWRENCE (DD-954 / DDG-4)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NTQP

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - PROUD STAR

CLASS - CHARLES F. ADAMS As Built.
Displacement 4526 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 437' (oa) x 47' x 15' (Max)
Armament 2 x 5"/54 RF (2x1), Tartar SAM (1x2 Mk 11) ASROC ASW (1x8), 6 x 12.75" Mk 32 ASW TT (2x3).
Machinery, 70,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 33 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 333-350.
Operational and Building Data
Originally classified as DD- 954, classification changed to DDG- 4 April 23 1957.
Laid down by New York Shipbuilding on October 27 1958.
Launched February 27 1960 and commissioned January 6 1962.
Decommissioned March 30 1990.
Stricken May 16 1990.
Fate Sold to Metro Machine Corp. October 28 2004 for $184,550.88 for scrapping.

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Lawrence 84kJames Lawrence was born in Burlington, New Jersey, on 1 October 1781. Though educated in the field of law, he joined the infant United States Navy in September 1798 as a Midshipman and served in the ship Ganges and frigate Adams during the undeclared war with France. Commissioned in the rank of Lieutenant in 1802, he served in the schooner Enterprise during the War with Tripoli, taking part in a successful attack that burned enemy craft ashore on 2 June 1803. In February 1804 he was second in command of ketch Intrepid during the daring expedition to destroy the captured frigate Philadelphia in Tripoli harbor. Later in the conflict he commanded Enterprise and a gunboat in battles with the Tripolitans. He was also First Lieutenant of the frigate John Adams and, in 1805, commanded the small Gunboat Number 6 during a voyage across the Atlantic to Italy. Subsequently, Lieutenant Lawrence commanded the warships Vixen, Wasp and Argus. In 1810 he also took part in trials of an experimental spar-torpedo. Promoted to the rank of Master Commandant in November 1810, he took command of the sloop of war Hornet a year later and sailed her to Europe on a diplomatic mission. From the beginning of the War of 1812, Lawrence and Hornet cruised actively, capturing the privateer Dolphin on 9 July 1812. Later in the year Hornet blockaded the British sloop Bonne Citoyenne at Bahia, Brazil, and on 24 February 1813 captured HMS Peacock. Upon his return to the United States in March, Lawrence learned of his promotion to Captain. Two months later he took command of the frigate Chesapeake, then preparing for sea at Boston, Massachusetts. She left port on 1 June 1813 and immediately engaged the Royal Navy frigate Shannon in a fierce battle. Captain Lawrence, mortally wounded by small arms fire, ordered "Don't give up the ship" as he was carried below. However, his crew was overwhelmed by British boarders shortly afterwards. James Lawrence died of his wounds on 4 June, while Chesapeake was being taken to Halifax, Nova Scotia, by her captors. His body was later repatriated to New York for burial. Photo #: KN-2579. Master Commandant James Lawrence, USN (1781-1813) oil on wood, 28.5" x 23.5", by Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828), Boston, circa 1812. Painting in the U.S. Naval Academy Museum Collection. Bequest of George M. Moffett, 1952. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Tony Cowart/Robert M. Cieri
Lawrence 89kUndated, location unknown.Dwayne Davis
Lawrence 70kUndated postcard Copyright © Atlantic Fleet Sales, Norfolk, VA.Mike Smolinski
Lawrence 92kUndated, location unknow.Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr
Lawrence 112kUndated, location unknow.ssharpbt2
Lawrence 116kPhoto #: NH 51266. USS Lawrence (DDG-4) launching, at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard, Camden, New Jersey, 27 February 1960. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Lawrence 113kPhoto #: NH 51265. USS Lawrence (DDG-4) immediately after launching, at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard, Camden, New Jersey, 27 February 1960. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Lawrence 79kPhoto #: NH 98400. USS Lawrence (DDG-4) off the New York Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard, Camden, New Jersey, 6 October 1961. She was then running trials. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Lawrence 169kPhoto #: NH 98401. USS Lawrence (DDG-4) underway at sea, 26 December 1961. Photographed by the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Lawrence 121kPhoto #: NH 51264. USS Lawrence (DDG-4) in Buffalo Harbor, New York, September 1962. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Lawrence 163kEntering Malta in 1968BOB SCHMID ETN2 2-66 to 3-69
Lawrence 319kPhoto from sometime between 1972 and mid 1973 almost certainly in Hampton Roads, VA. The Chaparral launcher and flame thrower on the fantail were installed during the yard period spanning late 1971 and early 1972 as part of “Project Lawrence” to evaluate anti-ship missile defenses. The picture was likely taken post overhaul prior to deployment to Southeast Asia in June 1972. The after 5”/54 mount was removed in 1973 (I believe after June) and not replaced.Ed Gillespie
Lawrence 69kPhoto #: NH 98402. USS Lawrence (DDG-4) underway near Cape Henry, inbound to Norfolk, Virginia on 3 May 1973. Note the Destroyer Squadron 22 insignia painted on the side of her forward superstructure. Photographed by PH2 Dupuis. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Lawrence 76kThe Captain is CDR Leo Cangianelli, the officer taking a bearing ENS Bischoff, the ASW Officer. Circa November 1976 - November 1978.Robert Hall/Ron Buchanan
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Welcome Aboard pamphlet - circa 1977
Wolfgang Hechler
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Welcome Aboard pamphlet - circa 1981
Wolfgang Hechler
Lawrence 24kNorfolk August 17 1983.Marc Piché
Lawrence 88kDN-ST-85-10914. Two RGM-84A Harpoon antiship cruise missiles are mounted in the loading position on an Mk 11 launcher aboard the guided missile destroyer USS LAWRENCE (DDG 4). The missiles will be fired at a target hulk during Exercise READEX 2-83 near Vieques Island, Puerto Rico. 30 August 1983.Bill Gonyo
Lawrence 95kDN-ST-85-10916. An RGM-84A Harpoon antiship cruise missile is fired from an Mk 11 launcher aboard the guided missile destroyer USS LAWRENCE (DDG 4). The missile is being fired at a target hulk during Exercise READEX 2-83 near Vieques Island, Puerto Rico. 30 August 1983.Bill Gonyo
Lawrence 98kCharlestown Navy Yard, August 22 1987.Tommy Trampp
Lawrence 160kDN-ST-89-00647. A port bow view of the guided missile destroyer USS LAWRENCE (DDG 4) tied up at the destroyer and submarine piers. Photo by Don Montgomery at Norfolk on October 10 1988.Bill Gonyo
Lawrence 58kSingapore November 1989.Marc Piché
Lawrence 40kUSS Charles F. Adams (DDG-2), USS John King (DDG-3) and USS Lawrence (DDG-4) in Philadelphia July 16 1991.Marc Piché
Lawrence 54kBaltimore, Maryland Aug 25, 1994: An aerial port side view of two Adams-class guided missile destroyers and one Forrest Sherman-class destroyer tied up at the Baltimore Fairfield Marine Terminal awaiting scrapping. The destroyer on the right unidentified. The inboard guided missile destroyer is the Lawrence (DDG-4) with the Claude V. Ricketts (DDG-5) outboard.Fred Weiss
Lawrence 124kBaltimore, Maryland Aug 25, 1994: An aerial port side view of two Adams-class guided missile destroyers and one Forrest Sherman-class destroyer tied up at the Baltimore Fairfield Marine Terminal awaiting scrapping. The destroyer on the right unidentified. The inboard guided missile destroyer is the Lawrence (DDG-4) with the Claude V. Ricketts (DDG-5) outboard. The two Forrest Sherman Class destroyers are the USS Bigelow (DD-942) and USS Davis (DD-937).Gerd Matthes
Lawrence 314kAn aerial view of the Baltimore Fairfield Terminal area showing various former U.S. Navy destroyers awaiting the scrapper's torch. From bottom to top: the destroyers Blandy (DD-943) and Forrest Sherman (DD-931), the former U.S. Army N-3 type port repair ship Madison Jordon Manchester (ex USS Hydra (AK-82)), the guided missile destroyers USS Claude V. Ricketts (DDG-5) and USS Lawrence (DDG-4), the destroyer USS Davis (DD-937) and the bow of the USS Bigelow (DD-942), November 11 1994. Photo courtesy of the National Archives.Bill Gonyo
Lawrence 88kSeven views of the USS Lawrence and USS Claude V. Ricketts in March of 1995 when both vessels were in Baltimore to be scrapped. Lawrence behind Ricketts.Larry Backus
Lawrence 85kAs above. Ricketts with Lawrence behind.Larry Backus
Lawrence 69kAs above. Ricketts with Lawrence behind.Larry Backus
Lawrence 83kAs above. (L-R) Ricketts and Lawrence.Larry Backus
Lawrence 91kAs above. Ricketts behind Lawrence.Larry Backus
Lawrence 89kAs above. (L-R) Lawrence and Ricketts.Larry Backus
Lawrence 85kAs above. (L-R) Lawrence and Ricketts.Larry Backus
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Bridge exhibit inside the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia, September 20 2013.
Ed Zajkowski
Lawrence 43kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Lawrence 40kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Lawrence 56kBumper sticker.Wolfgang Hechler

USS LAWRENCE DD-954 / DDG-4 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Thomas William Francis Walsh    Jan 6 1962 - Jul 13 1963
CDR Worth Harrington Bagley    Jul 13 1963 - May 28 1965 (Later ADM)
CDR William Henry Shonk Jr.    May 28 1965 - Mar 29 1967
CDR Mark Perrin Frudden    Mar 29 1967 - Dec 14 1968 (Later RADM)
CDR Daniel Joseph Costello    Dec 14 1968 - May 3 1970
CDR Richard Glenn Murphy    May 3 1970 - Dec 18 1971
CDR Peter Bernard Fiedler Jr.    Dec 18 1971 - Mar 30 1973
CDR James Dixon Coolbaugh    Mar 30 1973 - Nov 3 1974
CDR William Clarence Wheaton    Nov 3 1974 - Nov 23 1976
CDR Leo Anthony Cangianelli    Nov 23 1976 - Nov 21 1978
CDR Robin Dexter Shoop Jr.    Nov 21 1978 - Nov 12 1980
CDR David Charles Brown    Nov 12 1980 - Dec 20 1982
CDR Jeffrey Lynn Brown    Dec 20 1982 - Dec 14 1984
CDR James Rutledge Mason Jr.    Dec 14 1984 - Mar 21 1987
CDR James Michael Brown    Mar 21 1987 - Aug 25 1989
CDR Alan Yancy Etter    Aug 25 1989 - Mar 30 1990

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Kent E. Garshwiler
Address:
Phone:
E-mail: LeapLarry4@aol.com


Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.


Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Adams Class Veterans Association Website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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