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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NOZX

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - KILLERWHALE

Displacement 4526 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 437' (oa) x 47' x 15' (Max)
Armament 2 x 5"/54 RF (2x1), Tartar SAM (1x1 Mk 13) 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
Laid down by Puget Sound Bridge & Dredging, Seattle on January 3 1961.
Launched December 15 1961 and commissioned November 9 1963.
Decommissioned and Stricken April 30 1993.
Fate Sold to Australia September 17 1993 and cannibalized for spare parts.

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Goldsborough 94kLouis Malesherbes Goldsborough, born 18 February 1805 in Washington, D.C., was appointed Midshipman 28 June 1812, but did not serve until 13 February 1816 when he reported for duty at the Washington Navy Yard. He led a four-boat night expedition from Porpoise in September 1827 to rescue British merchant brig Comet from Mediterranean pirates. In 1830 he was appointed first officer in charge of the newly created Depot of Charts and Instruments at Washington, the rude beginning of the United States Hydrographic Office. It was Goldsborough who suggested creation of the depot and initiated the collection and centralization of the instruments, books and charts that were scattered among several Navy yards. After 2 years he was relieved by Lt. Charles Wilkes. Goldsborough led German emigrants to Wirt's Estates near Monticello, Fla., in 1833; then took leave from the Navy to command a steamboat expedition and later mounted volunteers in the Seminole War. After cruising the Pacific in frigate United States, he participated in the bombardment of Vera Cruz in Ohio. He served consecutively as: commander of a detachment in the expedition against Tuxpan; senior officer of a commission which explored California and Oregon (1849-1850) ; Superintendent of the Naval Academy (1853-1857) ; and commander of the Brazil Squadron (1859-1861). During his command of the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron October 1861 to September 1862, he led his fleet off North Carolina, where in cooperation with troops under General Burnside, he captured Roanoke Island and destroyed a small Confederate fleet. After special administrative duties in Washington, D.C., he took command of the European Squadron in the last year of the Civil War, returning to Washington in 1868 to serve as Commander of the Washington Navy Yard until his retirement in 1873. Rear Admiral Goldsborough died 20 February 1877.NHC
Goldsborough 92kUndated, location unknown.-
Goldsborough 67kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Goldsborough 91kUndated, location unknown.Wolfgang Hechler
Goldsborough 223kUndated, location unknown.Charles Lamm
Goldsborough 32kUndated, USS Goldsborough (DDG-20) and USS Benjamin Stoddert (DLG-22) at Pearl Harbor.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Goldsborough 91kUSS Goldsborough (DDG-20), circa 1964, location unknown. Photo courtesy Mr. J. C. Jeremy from the 1964-65 Edition of Jane's Fighting Ships.Robert Hurst
Goldsborough 134kUSS Benjamin Stoddert (DDG-22), USS Cochrane (DDG-21) and USS Goldsborough (DDG-20)at Pearl Harbor in 1966.ssharpbt2/Art Burciaga
Goldsborough 107kUSS Yorktown (CVS-10) in posed formation with her escorts and some of her aircraft during Exercise "Sea Imp", a major Southeast Asia Treaty Organization exercise conducted in the western Pacific during the first part of 1966. The two leading escorts are USS Goldsborough (DDG-20) at left and USS Bronstein (DE-1037) at right. Other escorts include two destroyers and two escort ships. Planes overhead include S-2, E-1 and SH-3 types. Official U.S. Navy Photograph.Fred Weiss
Goldsborough 77kPearl Harbor, October, 1968© Richard Leonhardt
Goldsborough 156kUSS Benjamin Stoddert (DDG-22), USS Goldsborough (DDG-20) and USS Cochrane (DDG-21) in Pearl Harbor, November 1968.© Richard Leonhardt
Goldsborough 81kUSS Goldsborough (DDG-20) and USS Towers (DDG-9) in Subic Bay during 1969.Masao Aochi
Goldsborough 117kUSS Goldsborough (DDG-20) underway in 1969, location unknown. United States Navy.Robert Hurst
Goldsborough 72kDecember 12 1977, USS Lynde McCormick (DDG-8) and USS Goldsborough (DDG-20) in Kaohsiung Taiwan.ctorbann
Goldsborough 189kUSS Goldsborough (DDG-20) being refueled from the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) in the Pacific Ocean on March 27, 1978. US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 1996.488.104.042.Mike Green
Goldsborough 142kUSS Kitty Hawk (CV-64) preparing to refuel the USS Goldsborough (DDG-20) in the Pacific Ocean on March 27, 1978. US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 1996.488.104.045.Mike Green
Goldsborough 77kPhoto from a liberty boat from the USS Ranger (CV-61). It was taken while the battle group was at anchor at Pattaya Beach, Thailand in early 1981.Kevin Batman, FTM2, USS Ranger CV-61
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Welcome Aboard pamphlet - circa 1982
Robert M. Cieri
Goldsborough 49kSydney, Australia August 1982.Marc Piché
Goldsborough 106kHong Kong November 1982.Gerhard L. Mueller-Debus
Goldsborough 38kVancouver, BC July 3 1986.Marc Piché
Goldsborough 48kSan Francisco September 1986.Marc Piché
Goldsborough 139kDN-SC-92-04496. The guided missile destroyer USS GOLDSBOROUGH (DDG-20) lies at anchor off Mina Sulman, Bahrain. Photo by OS2 John Bouvia, December 1 1986.Bill Gonyo
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Welcome Aboard pamphlet - circa 1987
Wolfgang Hechler
Goldsborough 136kDN-SC-92-05729. A crew member monitors fuel tank levels in an engineering space aboard the guided missile destroyer USS GOLDSBOROUGH (DDG 20). Photo by OS2 John Bouvia, August 1 1990.Bill Gonyo
Goldsborough 149kDN-SC-92-05731. Crew members monitor gauges in the No. 2 Engine Room aboard the guided missile destroyer USS GOLDSBOROUGH (DDG-20) during Operation Desert Shield. Photo by OS2 Bouvia, August 1 1990.Bill Gonyo
Goldsborough 130kDN-SC-92-04838. Capt. Reid and crew members of the guided missile destroyer USS GOLDSBOROUGH (DDG-20) man the bridge during flight operations as the vessel operates in the Gulf of Oman during Operation Desert Shield. Photo by OS2 Bouvia, September 1 1990.Bill Gonyo
Goldsborough 101kDN-SC-92-06786. Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Greenwood and Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Lawlor inspect an RGM-84A Harpoon missile in a Mark 13 launcher aboard the guided missile destroyer USS GOLDSBOROUGH (DDG 20) during Operation DESERT SHIELD. Photo by OS2 John Bouvia 1 October 1990.Bill Gonyo
Goldsborough 42kAlongside the USS Jouett (CG-29) in Hong Kong, Nov 16, 1990.William Chiu
Goldsborough 221kDecember 1990, the USS Goldsborough (DDG-20) and USS Benjamin Staddert (DDG-22) at Pearl Harbor , Hawaii with the USS Brewton (FF-1086) in the background.Gerd Matthes
Goldsborough 96kCollector card from the 1991 Desert Storm series.Tommy Trampp
Goldsborough 82kNaval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 1991. Photo by OS2 Bouvia.Tommy Trampp
Goldsborough 56kLongview, WA June 1 1991.Marc Piché
Goldsborough 57kLongview, WA June 1 1991.Marc Piché
Goldsborough 114kThree views of the Goldsborough entering Pearl Harbor in June 1991.Gerd Matthes
Goldsborough 125kAs above.Gerd Matthes
Goldsborough 143kAs above.Gerd Matthes
Goldsborough 55kJanuary 1, 1992, Pacific Ocean, the guided missile destroyer USS Goldsborough (DDG-20) fires a Standard RIM-66 surface-to-air missile from a Mark 13 launcher during exercises off the coast of southern California. Fred Weiss
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Decommissioning pamphlet - April 30 1993
Wolfgang Hechler
Goldsborough 37kReady for transfer to the RAN February 1994.Marc Piché
Goldsborough 64kShip's patchMike Smolinski
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Goldsborough 13kShip's patchGerd Matthes
Goldsborough 34kShip's patchGerd Matthes

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CAPT Charles Douglas Allen Jr.    Nov 9 1963 - Jul 17 1965
CDR William Haley Rogers    Jul 17 1965 - Oct 31 1966 (later RADM)
CDR Ronald Ralph Hansen    Oct 31 1966 - Jul 29 1968
CDR Paul Anthony Lautermilch    Jul 29 1968 - Jun 13 1970 (Later RADM)
CDR Gilbert Edward Schmidt    Jun 13 1970 - May 4 1971
LCDR William Clifford Carlson    May 4 1971 - Jun 1 1971 (Later RADM)
CDR James Arthur Major    Jun 1 1971 - Feb 6 1973
CDR Walter Theodore Piotti Jr.    Feb 6 1973 - Jun 11 1974 (Later VADM)
CDR William Oliphant Kendall Rentz    Jun 11 1974 - Aug 29 1975
CDR Joseph Smith Hurlburt    Aug 29 1975 - Jul 16 1977
CDR Paul Louis Sovey    Jul 16 1977 - Sep 15 1979
CDR Milton Mordecai Finkelstein    Sep 15 1979 - Aug 19 1981
CDR Harry Clinton Owen III    Aug 19 1981 - Sep 20 1983
CDR Patrick Edwin Fitch    Sep 20 1983 - Jun 6 1985
CDR Michael Glenn Mullen    Jun 6 1985 - Oct 9 1987 (Later ADM & CNO)
CDR Melvin Kaahanui    Oct 9 1987 - Dec 18 1989
CAPT James Armstrong Reid    Dec 18 1989 - May 24 1991
CAPT Michael Anthony Saraniero    May 24 1991 - Apr 30 1993

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Thomas L. Weaver
Address: 6708 Wild Bob Way, Las Vegas, NV 89108
Phone: 702 656-8482
E-mail: None

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
USS Goldsborough Website
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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