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USS COONTZ (DL-9 / DLG-9 / DDG-40)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NOEP

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - STEEL HAWSER

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 Puget Sound Navy Yard on March 1 1957.
Launched December 6 1958 and commissioned July 15 1960.
Reclassified Guided Missile Frigate DLG -9 November 14 1956.
Decommissioned February 23 1971 and recommissioned March 18 1972.
Reclassified Guided Missile Destroyer DDG -40 June 30 1975.
Decommissioned October 4 1989.
Stricken January 7 1990.
Fate October 3 1989 moved from ISMF Philadelphia to ISMF Portsmouth, VA arriving October 5 1989.
May 5 1993 sold to NR Aquisition for $232,270.10, arrived Wilmington, NC October 24 1994.
Reposessed October 1 1996, moved by Moran Towing to ISMF Philadelphia October 13 1996.
January 25 2002 sold to Metro for $97,275.00, removed April 1 2002. Scrap completed March 26 2003.

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Coontz 52kAdmiral Robert E. Coontz (1864-1935), second Chief of Naval Operations (1 November 1919 - 21 July 1923).Brian N. Kroenung II EMC(SW)
Coontz 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-9
Coontz 88kUndated location unknown.Captain John C. Ruff USN (Ret) Chief Engineer 1972 to 1974
Coontz 76kUndated location unknown.Brian N. Kroenung II EMC(SW)
Coontz 198kUndated location unknown.Brian N. Kroenung II EMC(SW)
Coontz 199kUndated location unknown.Brian N. Kroenung II EMC(SW)
Coontz 81kUndated location unknown.Brian N. Kroenung II EMC(SW)
Coontz 171kUndated newspaper clipping of the Coontz, King, Mahan and Preble together.Brian N. Kroenung II EMC(SW)
Coontz 207kUndated location unknown.Edward H. Cleary
Coontz 68kUndated postcard Copyright © Atlantic Fleet Sales, Norfolk, VA.Mike Smolinski
Coontz 94kUndated newspaper clipping of the Coontz and King prior to Commissioning.Brian Kroenung
Coontz 220kUndated newspaper clipping of the Coontz's new Chiefs.Brian Kroenung
Coontz 76kUndated, location unknown.David Buell
Coontz 178kUndated, location unknown. Photo from "An Illustrated History of Destroyers of the World" by Bernard Ireland.Robert Hurst
Coontz 70kUndated, location unknown.Tommy Trampp
Coontz 146kApril 12, 1957, #3 drydock at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, USS King (DLG-10) left side, USS Coontz (DLG-9), right side.Brian N. Kroenung II EMC(SW)
Coontz 147kApril 12, 1957, #3 drydock at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, USS King (DLG-10) left side, USS Coontz (DLG-9), right side.Brian N. Kroenung II EMC(SW)
Coontz 122kUSS Coontz (DLG-9) and USS King (DLG-10) during their construction at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, August 9, 1957.Brian N. Kroenung II EMC(SW)
Coontz 139kUSS Coontz (DLG-9) and USS King (DLG-10) during their construction at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, August 19, 1957.Brian N. Kroenung II EMC(SW)
Coontz 142kUSS Coontz (DLG-9) and USS King (DLG-10) during their construction at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, August 23, 1957.Brian N. Kroenung II EMC(SW)
Coontz 127kUSS Coontz (DLG-9) and USS King (DLG-10) during their construction at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, August 23, 1957.Brian N. Kroenung II EMC(SW)
Coontz 144kUSS Coontz (DLG-9) and USS King (DLG-10) during their construction at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, June 20, 1958.Brian N. Kroenung II EMC(SW)
Coontz 153kUSS Coontz (DLG-9) and USS King (DLG-10) during their construction at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, June 20, 1958.Brian N. Kroenung II EMC(SW)
Coontz 128kUSS Coontz (DLG-9) and USS King (DLG-10) during their construction at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, July 25, 1958.Brian N. Kroenung II EMC(SW)
Coontz 144kUSS Coontz (DLG-9) and USS King (DLG-10) during their construction at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, July 25, 1958.Brian N. Kroenung II EMC(SW)
Coontz 128kUSS Coontz (DLG-9) and USS King (DLG-10) during their construction at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, November 26, 1958.Brian N. Kroenung II EMC(SW)
Coontz 118kUSS Coontz (DLG-9) and USS King (DLG-10) during their construction at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, November 28, 1958.Brian N. Kroenung II EMC(SW)
Coontz 95kNewspaper clipping of the Coontz and King under construction.Brian N. Kroenung II EMC(SW)
Coontz 212kNewspaper clipping of the Coontz returning from trials.Brian N. Kroenung II EMC(SW)
Coontz 245kDecember 6 1958 at Puget Sound, Coontz and King.Ed Zajkowski
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USS Coontz and USS King Christening booklet from December 6 1958.Brian N. Kroenung II EMC(SW)
Coontz 110kUSS Coontz (DLG-9) plankowner card issued on July 15, 1960.Brian Kroenung
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USS Coontz (DLG-9) Commissioning program.Ron Reeves
Coontz 56kInvitation to Commissioning ceremony.Brian Kroenung
Coontz 165kCutting the commissioning cake.Brian Kroenung
Coontz 344kAdmiral's comments at the commissioning.Brian Kroenung
Coontz 192kNewspaper clipping of the commissioning.Brian Kroenung
Coontz 138kNewspaper clipping of the commissioning.Brian Kroenung
Coontz 155kCirca 1960, location unknown.Brian Kroenung
Coontz 35kCirca 1960, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Coontz 61kThese pictures are of a ship identification card. The same size as a playing card. Dates from the early 1960's when she was DLG-9. Note the missing ASROC launcher.EMC(SW) Brian Kroenung
Coontz 88kAs DLG-9 in the early 1960'sBob Schmidt STGC/USN Ret.
Coontz 129kAs DLG-9 in the early 1960's.EMC(SW) Brian Kroenung
Coontz 61kPhoto from a Puget Sound Naval Shipyard flyer printed in the early 1960's.Brian Kroenung
Coontz 111kUSS Coontz post Fit-Out in 1960EMC(SW) Brian Kroenung
Coontz 44kCover of the Welcome Aboard package from the Coontz’s visit to Australia in 1961/2.EMC(SW) Brian Kroenung
Coontz 100kAs DLG-9 Circa 1961.EMC(SW) Brian Kroenung
Coontz 68kPhoto by Kenneth Chastain taken from the 01 level aft on the USS Mahan DLG-11. The Coontz mooring outboard of the Mahan in San Diego in 1961.Dick Hall
Coontz 115kUSS Rogers (DDR-876), USS Brinkley Bass (DD-887), USS Preble (DLG-15), USS Mahan (DLG-11), USS King (DLG-10) and USS Coontz (DLG-9) lined up together at San Diego, 4 February, 1961.Robert Hurst
Coontz 93kAs above.Robert Hurst
Coontz 157kUSS Coontz, USS Aludra (AF-55) and USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63) on WestPac in 1964.EMC(SW) Brian Kroenung
Coontz 68kUSS Coontz, USS Firedrake (AE-14) and USS Ranger (CVA-61) on WestPac in 1964.EMC(SW) Brian Kroenung
Coontz 168kCirca 1964, location unknown.EMC(SW) Brian Kroenung
Coontz 123kCirca 1964 in WestPac.EMC(SW) Brian Kroenung
Coontz 6.17MbUSS Manatee (AO-58) and USS Coontz (DLG-9) alongside USS Constellation (CVA-64) during Typhoon Dot, October 1964. Digitized from an 8-mm movie. Typhoon Dot, 36th storm of the 1964 Pacific typhoon season, hit northern Luzon, Philippines on October 9 as an 80 mph (129 km/h) storm. It continued northwestward, and reached a peak of 100 mph (161 km/h) before hitting near Hong Kong on October 13. Format: Windows Media (silent)  Duration: 3' 49"  Size: 320 x 240© Cliff Coffey
Coontz 101kIn rough seas during Westpac deplayment 1965.EMC(SW) Brian Kroenung
Coontz 91kIn rough seas during Westpac deplayment 1965.EMC(SW) Brian Kroenung
Coontz 110kIn rough seas during Westpac deplayment 1965.EMC(SW) Brian Kroenung
Coontz 110kIn rough seas during Westpac deplayment 1965.EMC(SW) Brian Kroenung
Coontz 146kUSS Coontz (DLG-9) at sea off San Diego, California, 25 July 1967. Photographed by PH2 Erb. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 97679.Robert Hurst
Coontz 180kUSS Coontz (DLG-9) refueling from the USS Hassayampa (AO-145) in 1968 during a WestPac deployment. Seen from the USS Jenkins (DD-447).Stan Underhill
Coontz 203kUnderway off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, 24 November 1968. Photographed by PH3 Bruce M. Laurich. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 97678.Robert Hurst
Coontz 105kThe Landing Signal Officer, Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Ronald E. Braley, signals to the pilot of a Kaman UH-2 "Seasprite" helicopter, as crewmen tie it to the ship's landing deck, July 1969. Official U.S. Navy Photograph.Fred Weiss
Coontz 80kThe Landing Signal Officer, Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Ronald E. Braley, signals to the pilot of a Kaman UH-2 "Seasprite" helicopter, July 1969. Naval Aviation News, November 1969 photograph.EMC(SW) Brian Kroenung
Coontz 116kUSS Coontz flight deck with USS Constellation in the background, July 1969. Naval Aviation News, November 1969 photograph.EMC(SW) Brian Kroenung
Coontz 160kSafety nets are prepared aboard USS Coontz prior to helo ops, July 1969. Naval Aviation News, November 1969 photograph.EMC(SW) Brian Kroenung
Coontz 82kUH-2 Seasprite hovers over USS Coontz, July 1969. Naval Aviation News, November 1969 photograph.EMC(SW) Brian Kroenung
Coontz 79kPhoto #: USN 1139570. Crewmen at their stations on the ship's bridge, during a naval gunfire support mission in the South China Sea. This photograph was received by the Naval Photographic Center in July 1969. Official U.S. Navy PhotographBill Gonyo
Coontz 153kAt Pearl Harbor in 1970.Richard Albright
Coontz 88kThe Uss Coontz trails a Soviet Navy "Kresta" class guided missile ship in the Sea of Japan, April 1970. The Soviet warship was then participating in the world-wide naval exercise "Okean". Official U.S. Navy Photograph.Fred Weiss
Coontz 118kAs DLG-9 circa 1972-1975, location unknown.Brian N. Kroenung II EMC(SW)
Coontz 165kFebruary 19 1972 at Philadelphia Navy Yard.Ed Zajkowski
Coontz 61kUSS Coontz Recommissioning Reception 18 March 1972.Brian N. Kroenung II EMC(SW)
Coontz 65kUSS Coontz Recommissioning Invitation 18 March 1972.Brian N. Kroenung II EMC(SW)
Coontz 134kOfficial Guest to Recommissioning 18 March 1972.Brian N. Kroenung II EMC(SW)
Coontz 171kAt Philadelphia on March 18 1972.Ed Zajkowski
Coontz   Coontz   Coontz   Coontz   Coontz   Coontz
Coontz   Coontz   Coontz   Coontz   Coontz
Recommissioning pamphlet - March 18 1972
Wolfgang Hechler/Brian N. Kroenung II EMC(SW)/Vincent James Cardali
Coontz 23kPhiladelphia Navy Yard March 1972.Brian N. Kroenung II EMC(SW)
Coontz 12kPhiladelphia Navy Yard March 1972.Brian N. Kroenung II EMC(SW)
Coontz 110k690101-N-0000F-001 SM1 Ralph T. Morelli breaks out the sierra flag from the signal bag aboard the guided-missile frigate USS Coontz (DLG 9). (All Hands, September 2003, pg. 46) Photo courtesy of Naval Historical Center.Bill Gonyo
Coontz 150kAugust 2 1974 photo by PH2 W. J. Dupuis, K104424.Ed Zajkowski
Coontz 14kZippo lighter.Harold Newbill
DDG-40
Coontz 17kAs DDG-40, undated location unknown.-
Coontz 155kAs DDG-40, undated location unknown.-
Coontz 202kAs DDG-40, undated location unknown.Brian N. Kroenung II EMC(SW)
Coontz 219kFrom the Navy Times, Ships in the Spotlight.Brian N. Kroenung II EMC(SW)
Coontz 72kUndated, location unknown.Ed Cleary
Coontz 67kUndated postcard Copyright © Atlantic Fleet Sales, Norfolk, VA.Mike Smolinski
Coontz 138kUndated, location unknown.Wolfgang Hechler
Coontz 112kUndated, location unknown.Gerd Matthes
Coontz 114kCirca 1975, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Coontz 84kUSS Coontz (DDG-40) underway in the Atlantic Ocean, off Cape Henry, Virginia, on 28 October 1975. hotographed by PHAN W.H. Flynn. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 97680. Replacement photo for image # 05014002.Robert Hurst
Coontz 141kIn Hampton Roads, December 14 1976. © Atlantic Fleet Sales.Bill Gonyo
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Welcome Aboard pamphlet - circa 1978
Wolfgang Hechler
Coontz 187kUSS Coontz (DDG-40) At sea, 11 October 1978. Official U.S. Navy Photograph.Fred Weiss
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Willkommen an Bord pamphlet - circa 1979
Wolfgang Hechler
Coontz 63kThis plaque was presented during the USS Coontz's role as flagship during its STANAVFORFLANT cruise in 1979.EMC(SW) Brian Kroenung
Coontz 50kDN-SC-84-00367. June 1 1980, a port beam view of the guided-missile destroyer USS Coontz (DDG 40) underway just offshore.Robert M. Cieri
Coontz 37kSH-2F Seasprite helicopter from Light Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron 34 (HSL-34) preparing to land aboard USS Coontz (DDG-40). Photo taken 15 DEC 1981, in the Adriatic Sea.Ed Cleary
Coontz 48kThe ships are, from front to back, the frigate USS MOINESTER (FF-1097), the guided missile destroyer USS COONTZ (DDG-40) and the Sixth Fleet flagship, the destroyer tender USS PUGET SOUND (AD-38). Trieste, Italy. 01 DEC 1981.Ed Cleary
Coontz 108kDN-SC-87-08402. A port view of the guided missile destroyer USS COONTZ (DDG 40) underway. The aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 66) is tied up at a pier, background. Naval Station Norfolk, August 1 1983.Bill Gonyo
Coontz 105kDN-ST-84-00762. October 5 1983, a starboard beam view of the guided-missile destroyer USS Coontz (DDG 40) off the coast of Virginia, near Hampton Roads. U.S. Navy Photo by Don S. Montgomery.Robert M. Cieri
Coontz 48kThe 1984 Christmas card.EMC(SW) Brian Kroenung
Coontz 62kPhoto taken from Stbd. Bridge Wing looking forward, off the coast of Sardinia in 1985.Ed Cleary
Coontz 148kUSS Coontz (DDG-40) Letterpress reproduction of a photograph showing the ship underway in the Atlantic, off the Virginia coast, October 1986. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Coontz 91kAs DDG-40, Mount 51 in action 1987.Edward H. Cleary
Coontz 106kAnchored at "Bahrain Bell", Persian Gulf 1987.Edward H. Cleary
Coontz 83kUnderway Persian Gulf, May, 1987.Edward H. Cleary
Coontz 63kUnderway Persian Gulf, May, 1987.Edward H. Cleary
Coontz 112kDN-ST-88-08244. October 29 1987, a starboard quarter view of the guided-missile destroyer USS Coontz (DDG 40) undergoing overhaul in a floating dry dock at the Metro Machine Company, located on the Elizabeth River, Portsmouth, Virginia. U.S. Navy Photo by Don S. Montgomery.Robert M. Cieri
Coontz 30kA stern view of USS COONTZ (DDG-40) underway. Chesapeake Bay, April 1 1988.Ed Cleary
Coontz 32kA partial starboard view of USS COONTZ (DDG-40), showing the ship`s superstructure and masts, 01 APR 1988.Ed Cleary
Coontz 73kAs DDG-40, in the Metro Ship and Drydock, Portsmouth, VA, 1988.Edward H. Cleary
Coontz 110kIn the Metro Ship and Drydock, Portsmouth, VA, 1988.Edward H. Cleary
Coontz 70kIn the Metro Ship and Drydock, Portsmouth, VA, 1988.Edward H. Cleary
Coontz 61kCover of the 21 July 1989 Change of Command ceremony pamphlet.Brian N. Kroenung II EMC(SW)
Coontz 130kInside the 21 July 1989 Change of Command ceremony pamphlet.Brian N. Kroenung II EMC(SW)
Coontz 86kJames River Reserve Fleet - May 27 1994. Copyright Atlantic Fleet Sales. Photo by Nobe Smith.Joe Radigan
Coontz 80kJames River Reserve Fleet circa 1995-1996.Paul Cotrufo
Coontz 189kA series of 47 images from a project by West Virginia University thanks to Jeremy Jarrell of the Coontz Pilothouse taken on March 26 2002. The CIC photos were taken two days later on March 28 2002. Port Bridge View.Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 175kAs above. Starboard Bridge View.Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 200kAs above. Starboard Bridge View.Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 215kAs above. Starboard Bridge View.Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 215kAs above. Starboard Bridge Windows.Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 208kAs above. Center Bridge View.Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 205kAs above. Center Bridge View.Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 194kAs above. Navigation Chart Table.Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 184kAs above. Navigation Console.Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 198kAs above. Port Bridge View.Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 209kAs above. Port Side Forecastle from Bridge Wing.Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 143kAs above. Starboard Side from Pier.Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 220kAs above. Starboard Side Looking Aft from Flag Bag.Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 169kAs above. PCB Sticker.Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 126kAs above. Port Side DESRON 2 Emblem.Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 105kAs above. Combat Information Center (CIC).Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 88kAs above. Combat Information Center (CIC).Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 94kAs above. Combat Information Center (CIC).Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 105kAs above. Combat Information Center (CIC).Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 166kAs above. Combat Information Center (CIC).Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 111kAs above. Combat Information Center (CIC).Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 193kAs above. Combat Information Center (CIC).Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 176kAs above. Combat Information Center (CIC).Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 182kAs above. Combat Information Center (CIC).Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 113kAs above. Combat Information Center (CIC).Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 105kAs above. Combat Information Center (CIC).Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 103kAs above. Combat Information Center (CIC).Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 84kAs above. Combat Information Center (CIC).Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 96kAs above. Combat Information Center (CIC).Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 94kAs above. Combat Information Center (CIC).Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 86kAs above. Combat Information Center (CIC).Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 106kAs above. Combat Information Center (CIC).Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 119kAs above. Combat Information Center (CIC).Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 96kAs above. Combat Information Center (CIC).Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 104kAs above. Combat Information Center (CIC).Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 148kAs above. Combat Information Center (CIC).Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 135kAs above. Combat Information Center (CIC).Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 91kAs above. Combat Information Center (CIC).Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 155kAs above. Combat Information Center (CIC).Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 190kAs above. Combat Information Center (CIC).Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 130kAs above. Combat Information Center (CIC).Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 104kAs above. Combat Information Center (CIC).Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 147kAs above. Combat Information Center (CIC).Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 99kAs above. Combat Information Center (CIC).Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 190kAs above. Combat Information Center (CIC).Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 148kAs above. Combat Information Center (CIC).Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 100kAs above. Combat Information Center (CIC).Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 158kAs above. Combat Information Center (CIC).Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 166kAs above. Combat Information Center (CIC).Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 100kAs above. Combat Information Center (CIC).Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 74kAs above. Combat Information Center (CIC).Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 200kAs above. Combat Information Center (CIC).Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 184kAs above. Combat Information Center (CIC).Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 185kAs above. Combat Information Center (CIC).Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) Ret.
Coontz 67kPhiladelphia Naval Shipyard, August 31 2002.Roy J. Brooks
Coontz 46kDecommissioning pamphlet.Brian N. Kroenung II EMC(SW)
Coontz 128kCHARLESTON, S.C.- The Coontz name rang out on July 1, 1992 as the family and the ship played a role in a dedication at Naval Hospital Charleston. The bell from the decommissioned Guided Missile Destroyer Coontz was rung by Patricia Coontz, wife of retired Capt. Robert Coontz as the bell was dedicated to the hospital. The decommissioned ship was named after Coontz' grandfather Adm. Robert Coontz. The principal speaker at the event was Capt. Charles Gnerlich, the ship's former commanding officer. Photo taken March 12 2003.Brian N. Kroenung II EMC(SW)
Coontz 31kRecognition Study Card for the USS Coontz. It came from "U.S. and FOREIGN SHIPS" Device 5E14G. LSN 6910-LL-C00-6462.Brian N. Kroenung II EMC(SW)
Coontz 35kAs above.Brian N. Kroenung II EMC(SW)
Coontz 59kBumper sticker.Brian N. Kroenung II EMC(SW)
Coontz 67kInvitation to the Decommissioning Ceremony.Brian N. Kroenung II EMC(SW)
Coontz 59kNewspaper article (Philadelphia Inquirer of March 12 2002) on her ultimate fate.Brian N. Kroenung II EMC(SW)
Coontz 51kPhiladelphia Naval Shipyard, 2002, with USS Preble (DDG-46) to the left and the bow of the USS Coontz (DDG-40) to the right.Ron Reeves/Brian Kroenung
Click here to see our Special Feature of 80 images by Brian Kroenung - Scrapping of the Coontz (She is at the bottom of the page)
Patches/Plaques
Coontz 60kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Coontz 78kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Coontz 62kShip's patch.Brian N. Kroenung II EMC(SW)
Coontz 75kShip's plaqueEMC(SW) Brian Kroenung
Coontz 78kShip's plaqueEMC(SW) Brian Kroenung
Coontz 60kShip's bumper sticker.Wolfgang Hechler

USS COONTZ DL-9 / DLG-9 / DDG-40 History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry
(Located On The hazegray Web Site, This Is The Main Archive For The DANFS Online Project.)

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Herbert Hamilton Ries    Jul 15 1960 - Jul 14 1962
CDR James Richard Collier    Jul 14 1962 - Mar 7 1964
CDR Eugene Crouse Kenyon Jr.    Mar 7 1964 - Aug 14 1965
CDR Charles Ward Cummings    Aug 14 1965 - Jul 27 1967 (Later RADM)
CDR Eugene Dale Geiger    Jul 27 1967 - Feb 7 1969
CDR Donald Patterson Roane    Feb 7 1969 - Jul 8 1970 (Later RADM)
CDR Thomas Joseph Bowen    Jul 8 1970 - Feb 23 1971
(Decommissioned Feb 23 1971 - Mar 18 1972)
CDR Thomas Rogers M. Emery    Mar 18 1972 - Dec 20 1973 (Later RADM)
CDR Frederic Northey Howe Jr.    Dec 20 1973 - Mar 6 1976
CDR Silas Oscar (Sy) Nunn III    Mar 6 1976 - Apr 8 1978
CDR Walter Potts Martin    Apr 8 1978 - Sep 28 1979
CDR Clifford Paul Willoz Jr.    Sep 28 1979 - Sep 6 1981
CDR Joseph Paul Reason    Sep 6 1981 - Dec 17 1982 (Later ADM)
CDR Leon Preston Brooks Jr.    Dec 17 1982 - Feb 25 1985
CDR Charles Henry Gnerlich    Feb 25 1985 - Apr 11 1987
CDR William Wilson Cobb Jr.    Apr 11 1987 - Jul 21 1989 (Later RADM)
LCDR William Elwood Cox    Jul 21 1989 - Oct 4 1989

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Terry Cordingley
Address: 421 E. Magnolia Terrace, Mustang, OK
Phone: (405) 256-6888
E-mail: usscoontzddg40@yahoo.com
Next Reunion: August 13-15, 2010 at Norfolk, VA


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 Coontz Website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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