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USS MACDONOUGH (DL-8 / DLG-8 / DDG-39)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NSWU

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - ROCKET SHIP later ROOSTER

CLASS - FARRAGUT As Built.
Displacement 5648 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 512' 6" (oa) x 52' 4" x 17' 9" (Max)
Armament 1 x 5"/54 RF, 1 Terrier Missile SAM System, 1 ASROC ASW System,
6 x 12.75" MK 32 ASW TT.
Machinery, 85,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 33 Knots, Range 5000 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 360.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel, Quincy on April 15 1958.
Launched July 9 1959 and commissioned November 4 1961.
Reclassified Guided Missile Frigate DLG -8 November 14 1956.
Decommissioned April 6 1973 and recommissioned May 4 1974.
Reclassified Guided Missile Destroyer DDG -39 June 30 1975.
Decommissioned October 23 1992.
Stricken November 30 1992.
Fate Sold to Metro Machine Corp at Philadelphia, scrapping completed September 10 2004.

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Macdonough 84kPortrait in oils of Captain Thomas Macdonough, U.S.N. (1783-1825), "The Hero of Lake Champlain" by an unknown artist. Photographed on 17 September 1954. The original painting is in Old North Church, 187 Salem Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. Photo #: 80-G-K-22707.Bill Gonyo/Robert Hurst
Macdonough 50kSample artist's conception by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
DLG-8
Macdonough 84kUndated, Ponta Delgada, Azores.Carlos Manuel Estrela
Macdonough 92kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR (Ret.)
Macdonough 95kGuantanamo Bay, Cuba circa 1962-1964.Jay Jones
Macdonough 79kMediterranean Sea, June 7 1967 following the USS Saratoga.© Richard Leonhardt
Macdonough 221kSeptember 10 1973 at Philadelphia Navy Yard.Ed Zajkowski
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Recommissioning pamphlet - May 4 1974
Wolfgang Hechler
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Welcome Aboard pamphlet - circa 1974
Wolfgang Hechler
Macdonough 185kUSS Macdonough (DLG-8/later DDG-39), Underway in the Atlantic Ocean on 8 April 1975. Photographer PH2 Edwards. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 106806.Robert Hurst
Macdonough 39kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
DDG-39
Macdonough 39kUndated, location unknown.-
Macdonough 183kUndated, location unknown.-
Macdonough 172kUndated, location unknown.-
Macdonough 49kUndated in the harbor of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.Robert Ruiter
Macdonough 59kUndated postcard Copyright © Atlantic Fleet Sales, Norfolk, VA.Mike Smolinski
Macdonough 34kUndated postcard.Mike Smolinski
Macdonough 107kMacDonough escorting the HMS Ark Royal during joint NATO exercises in the autumn of 1977.Robert Hurst
Macdonough 112kAt Barcelona, Spain, on Dec. 28, 1978. Note the large, NTDS-associated, broadband antenna on the forecastle; 5"/54 Mk.42 gun mount; ASROC launcher; the prominent antenna of the 3D air search SPS-48 radar and ESM pods on the foremast; and TACAN and 2D SPS-37 radar antennas on the mainmast. Ship alongside is USS Edenton (ATS 1). Fabio Peña
Macdonough 27kLisbon, Portugal circa 1978.Marc Piché
Macdonough 33kLisbon, Portugal circa 1978 with the USS Harry Yarnell (CG-17).Marc Piché
Macdonough 29kThe guided missile frigate USS Macdonough (DLG-8) closing to fuel from RFA Grey Rover, North Atlantic, March 1984. Photo by George Mortimer.Robert Hurst
Macdonough 95kDN-ST-90-01194. A port bow view of the guided missile destroyer USS MACDONOUGH (DDG 39) on the first day of UNITAS XXV, the silver anniversary hemispheric naval exercise involving Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, the United States, Uruguay and Venezuela. Photo by PH2 Paul Erickson, June 14 1984.Bill Gonyo
Macdonough 148kUSS Macdonough (DDG-39) underway in the Caribbean Sea during Unitas XXV, a naval exercise in volving Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, the United States, Uruguay and venezuela, 29 June 1984. Photographer PHC Terry C. Mitchell. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 106805.Robert Hurst
Macdonough 115kDN-ST-90-01201. The guided missile destroyer USS MACDONOUGH (DDG 39) passes through the Miraflores locks during UNITAS XXV, the silver anniversary hemispheric naval exercise involving Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, the United States, Uruguay and Venezuela. Photo by PHC Terry Mitchell, July 9 1984.Bill Gonyo
Macdonough 79kMarseille, France circa 1986-1987.Philippe Gonzales
Macdonough 86kMarseille, France circa 1986-1987.Philippe Gonzales
Macdonough 200kAt La Spezia, Italy on December 30 1988.Carlo Martinelli
Macdonough 111kApril 22 1989, New York, New York, crew members man the rails of the guided missile destroyer USS MacDonough (DDG 39 ) as the ship passes the Statue of Liberty upon arriving for Navy Fleet Week activities.Fred Weiss
Macdonough 132kUSS Forrestal (CV-59) and Battle Group, 28 April 1989, en route to New York City for Fleet Week '89. Ships accompanying Forrestal can be identified as (clockwise from extreme left): USS McCloy (FF-1038), USS Fairfax County (LST-1193), USS Klakring (FFG-42), USS W.S. Sims (FF-1059) or USS Pharris (FF-1094), USS Ticonderoga (CG-47), USS Hayler (DD-997), W.S. Sims or Pharris, and USS Macdonough (DDG-39).Ken Killmeyer, USS Forrestal Association Historian
Macdonough 99kDN-ST-90-09265. April 29 1989, following numerous civilian tug boats, the guided-missile cruiser USS Ticonderoga (CG 47), center, and the guided-missile destroyer USS MacDonough (DDG 39), right foreground, pass the Coast Guard training bark USCGC Eagle (WIX 327) as they lead a parade of ships past Manhattan at the start of Fleet Week '89. U.S. Navy Photo by PHC Ed Bailey.Robert M. Cieri
Macdonough 257kDN-SC-90-09353. April 29 1989, a high angle port beam view of the guided-missile destroyer USS Macdonough (DDG 39) as her Sailors man the rails, as she arrives in New York Harbor for Navy Fleet Week '89 activities. U.S. Navy photo by PHC Ed Bailey.Robert M. Cieri
Macdonough 137kDN-ST-90-09399. May 2 1989, visitors study the Standard (SM-2 ER) RIM-67B missiles mounted in the Mark 10 missile launcher aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS MacDonough (DDG 39) during New York City Fleet Week '89. U.S. Navy Photo by PH2 Randy Waterman.Robert M. Cieri
Macdonough 68kDN-SN-90-09468. Civilians receiving a tour of the guided missile destroyer USS MACDONOUGH (DDG 39) stop next to one of the ship's Mark 141 four-tube canister launchers for the Harpoon missile. The MacDonough is tied up at the Manhattan Passenger Terminal for New York Fleet Week. Photo by PH2 Randy Waterman 4 May 1989.Bill Gonyo
Macdonough 137kDN-ST-91-08692. The crew of the guided missile destroyer USS MACDONOUGH (DDG-39) mans the rails as a large harbor tug helps move the ship closer to the pier. The MACDONOUGH is returning to Charleston following its deployment to the Persian Gulf region for Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. Photo by PH2 Johnny Bivera, March 22 1991.Bill Gonyo
Macdonough 114kDN-ST-91-08393. March 22 1991, followed by several small craft, the guided-missile destroyer USS MacDonough (DDG 39) sails up the Cooper River toward Naval Station Charleston, South Carolina. The MACDONOUGH is returning to Charleston following its deployment to the Persian Gulf region for Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. U.S. Navy Photo by JO2 Oscar Sosa.Robert M. Cieri
Macdonough 128kDN-ST-91-08395. March 22 1991, while large harbor tug USS Ahoskie (YTB 804), left, sprays streams of water into the air, the large harbor tug USS Antigo (YTB 792) comes alongside the guided-missile destroyer USS MACDONOUGH (DDG-39) to escort the ship up the Cooper River to Naval Station, Charleston The MACDONOUGH is returning to Charleston following its deployment to the Persian Gulf region for Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. U.S. Navy Photo by JO2 Oscar Sosa.Robert M. Cieri
Macdonough 151kA series of three images of the USS McDonough (DDG-39) being moved out of the Philadelphia Reserve Basin and taken for scrap to Metro Machine, October 21 2003.Ed Zajkowski
Macdonough 151kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
Macdonough 148kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
Macdonough 41kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Macdonough 174kShip's patchGerd Matthes

USS MACDONOUGH DL-8 / DLG-8 / DDG-39 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR William Gerald Hurley    Nov 4 1961 - Feb 21 1963
CDR Franklin Stewart Bergen    Feb 21 1963 - Jul 1 1964
CDR William Otis McDaniel    Jul 1 1964 - Jul 15 1966
CDR Gordon Lee Wineman    Jul 15 1966 - Sep 1966
CDR Paul Anthony Lautermilch    Sep 1966 - May 5 1968 (Later RADM)
CDR John Theodore (Ted) Parker Jr.    May 5 1968 - Oct 1 1969 (Later VADM)
CDR Robert Reed Clarke    Oct 1 1969 - Mar 27 1971
CDR Gerard F. Rogers    Mar 27 1971 - Jun 24 1972
CDR Jackson Knowles Parker    Jun 24 1972 - Apr 6 1973 (Later RADM)
(Decommissioned Apr 6 1973 - May 4 1974)
CDR George Smith Allen    May 4 1974 - May 7 1976
CDR Richard Keith Beggs    May 7 1976 - Jun 28 1978
CDR Robert Calvin Jones    Jun 28 1978 - Jul 14 1980 (Later RADM)
CDR John Glenn (Wink) Wilkinson Jr.    Jul 14 1980 - Aug 16 1982
CDR Edward Charles Long III    Aug 16 1982 - Jul 25 1984
CDR Walter Harold LeCompte    Jul 25 1984 - Aug 26 1986
CDR Michael Jesse Worley    Aug 26 1986 - Nov 9 1988
CDR Arthur Thomas Cooper    Nov 9 1988 - Feb 8 1991
CDR Grey Allen Glover Sr.   Feb 8 1991 - Oct 23 1992

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Walter Carroll
Address: 1549 Fieldcrest Circle, Rock Hill, SC 29732
Phone: (803)366-2016
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.


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