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USS WILLIAM V. PRATT (DL-13 / DLG-13 / DDG-44)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NWVP

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - PROUD FOX later WISDOM

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 Philadelphia Navy Yard on March 1 1958.
Launched March 16 1960 and commissioned November 4 1961.
Reclassified Guided Missile Frigate DLG-13 November 14 1956.
Reclassified Guided Missile Destroyer DDG-44 June 30 1975.
Decommissioned September 27 1991.
Stricken November 20 1992.
Fate Sold September 14 1995 to Transformer marine, Brownsville and scrapped.

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Pratt 56kPhoto #: NH 77489. Vice Admiral William V. Pratt, USN, Commander Battleships, Battle Force. Photograph dated January 1928. The original photograph is in the Admiral William V. Pratt Papers, held by the Naval Historical Center, 1973. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Pratt 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-13
Pratt 68kUndated, location unknown.-
Pratt 103kUndated, location unknown.-
Adams USS William V. Pratt (DLG-13) and USS Mitscher (DL-2) in Genoa, Italy, undated.Carlo Martinelli
Pratt 56kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Pratt 213kUSS Dahlgren (DLG-12) on the right and USS William V. Pratt (DLG-13) on the left, August 3 1959 at Philadelphia Navy Yard.Ed Zajkowski
Pratt 283kUSS Dahlgren (DLG-12) on the right and USS William V. Pratt (DLG-13) on the left, October 30 1959 at Philadelphia Navy Yard. Ed Zajkowski
Pratt 247kUSS Dahlgren (DLG-12) and USS William V. Pratt (DLG-13) on February 9 1960 at Philadelphia Navy Yard. Ed Zajkowski
Dahlgren 343kLaunching program for the USS Dahlgren (DLG-12 and USS William V. Pratt (DLG13) dated March 16 1960.© Ron Reeves
Pratt 181kAt Philadelphia Navy Yard on June 8 1960.Ed Zajkowski
Pratt 134kAt Philadelphia Navy Yard on June 8 1960.Ed Zajkowski
Pratt 182kAt Philadelphia Navy Yard on June 8 1960.Ed Zajkowski
Pratt 97kColumbus Pier, Bremerhaven, Germany September 1963.Mueller
Pratt 156kUSS William V. Pratt (DLG-13) picture taken from USS Boston (CAG-1) in the Fall of 1963 in the Atlantic.Roy Williams
Pratt 101kPhoto #: NH 98028. HH-3 "Jolly Green Giant" U.S. Air Force rescue helicopter hovering over the after deck of USS William V. Pratt (DLG-13) on either 7 or 18 August 1967, while the ship was on Vietnam War duty in the Gulf of Tonkin. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Pratt 125kUSS William V. Pratt (DLG-13) Underway in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, 22 December 1967. Photographed by Ph1/AC W.A. Clayton. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Pratt 162kUSS William V. Pratt (DLG-13) Underway off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, 22 December 1967. Photographed by Ph3/AC D.R. Hyder. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Pratt 55kChristmas Eve 1967 in Pearl Harbor by ships photographer FTG3 Larry Struck of the New. USS William V. Pratt (DLG-13), USS DuPont (DD-941) and USS New (DD-818).Rick Palmer
Pratt 124kLikely somewhere in the Med, prior to her AAW modernization around mid-late 1960s. Mike's dad, CDR Larry Goughan USN (Ret.), served on the Pratt.Michael Goughan
Pratt 130kUSS William V. Pratt (DLG-13) Underway in the Mediterranean Sea, 27 May 1969. Photographed by Ph2 G.G. Cottrill, of USS John F. Kennedy (CVA-67). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Pratt 151kIn Rapallo (Genoa) on May 28 1969.Carlo Matinelli
Pratt 208kAt Rapallo, Italy on May 28 1969.Carlo Martinelli
Pratt 255kAt Rapallo, Italy on May 29 1969.Carlo Martinelli
Pratt 151kAt Rapallo, Italy on May 31 1969.Carlo Martinelli
Pratt 114kUSS William V. Pratt (DLG-13) Underway in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Florida, 7 July 1972. Photographed by Ph3 Thomas E. Faught. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Pratt 135kAt Philadelphia Navy Yard on September 24 1973.Ed Zajkowski
Pratt 171kAt Philadelphia Navy Yard on September 25 1973.Ed Zajkowski
Pratt 139kAt Philadelphia Navy Yard on September 25 1973. Possibly a Supply Department storeroom.Ed Zajkowski
Pratt 165kAt Philadelphia Navy Yard on September 26 1973.Ed Zajkowski
DDG-44
Pratt 92kUndated, location unknown.-
Pratt 49kUndated, location unknown.-
Pratt 64kUndated postcard Copyright © Atlantic Fleet Sales, Norfolk, VA.Mike Smolinski
Pratt 145kUndated, location unknown.Wolfgang Hechler
Pratt 117kUndated, location unknown.Gerd Matthes
Pratt 30kUndated, location unknown.Tommy Trampp
Pratt 150kUSS William V. Pratt tied up pierside along with USS Brumby (FF-1044) centre, and USS Truett (FF-1095) outboard at Puerto Cabello, Venezuela on November 27 1975. Photo courtesy of Karsten Petersen.Robert Hurst
Pratt 114kThree views of the USS William V. Pratt (DDG-44) entering Puerto Cabello, Venezuela, on December 1 1975. Photo courtesy of Karsten Petersen.Robert Hurst
Pratt 105kAs above.Robert Hurst
Pratt 118kAs above.Robert Hurst
Pratt 57kCharelston Naval Shipyard circa 1977-1978.GW Sanford
Pratt 119kPhoto #: USN 1172266. Ensign William H. Cheatham stands bridge watch as Officer of the Deck, during a General Quarters drill, 13-26 May 1978. The ship was then taking part in Operation "Solid Shield 1978". Ensign Cheatham also serves as William V. Pratt's Naval Tactical Data System Maintenance Officer. Official U.S. Navy Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Pratt 90kPhoto #: USN 1172271. Ensign William H. Cheatham, Officer of the Deck, checks the radar scope for surface contacts during his bridge watch, 13-26 May 1978. The ship was then taking part in Operation "Solid Shield 1978". Official U.S. Navy Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Pratt 101kPhoto #: USN 1172267. Chief Personnelman Julius B. Simmons logs reports of simulated damage on a damage control plan of the ship, during a General Quarters drill, 13-26 May 1978. The ship was then taking part in Operation "Solid Shield 1978". Official U.S. Navy Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Pratt 139kOperation "Unitas XIX", September 1978, Ships of Task Group 138 underway in the Atlantic during the operation. They are (from left to right): USS William V. Pratt (DDG-44); USS DuPont (DD-941); and USS Bowen (FF-1079). Official U.S. Navy Photograph.Fred Weiss
Pratt 85kUS Navy Photograph #USN-7462-9-80, September 15 1980 of the USS William V. Pratt DDG-44, location unknown. Photographer was PH1 J. C. Vasquez, USN.Robert M. Cieri
Pratt 29kEastern Mediterranean June 1981.Marc Piché
Pratt 29kCentral Mediterranean August 11 1981.Marc Piché
Pratt 100kDN-SN-87-12734. The Caribbean Sea, a junior officer assists a crew member during a rate test on the bridge of the guided missile destroyer USS WILLIAM V. PRATT (DDG 44). Photo by PH3 Fitzgerald, May 1 1983.Bill Gonyo
Pratt 191kDN-SC-84-06179. Atlantic Ocean, January 10 1984, a port quarter view of the guided-missile destroyer USS William B. Pratt (DDG 44) taken from the aircraft carrier USS America (CV 66). U.S. Navy photo by: PH1 Dave MacLean.Robert M. Cieri
Pratt 155kUSS William V. Pratt (DDG-44) Steaming in the Mediterranean Sea, 15 January 1984. Photographed by Ph1(AC) David C. MacLean. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
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Welcome Aboard pamphlet - circa 1988
Wolfgang Hechler
Pratt 117kDN-SN-90-01120. A close-up view of the Mark 16 ASROC missile launcher aboard the guided missile destroyer USS WILLIAM V. PRATT (DDG 44) during refueling operations between the PRATT and the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62). Photo by Phar Morgan, May 15 1988.Bill Gonyo
Pratt 108kDN-SN-90-02280. A port view of the guided missile destroyer USS WILLIAM V. PRATT (DDG 44) as the ship is refueled by the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62). The INDEPENDENCE is conducting post-Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) operations off the Virginia Capes. Photo by PHAN Daniel Chase, May 17 1988.Bill Gonyo
Pratt 61kFebruary 9 1991, Red Sea: Ships of Task Force 155 gather during Operation Desert Storm. At left is the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga (CV-60), flanked by the guided missile cruisers USS San Jacinto (CG-56) and Thomas S. Gates (CG-51). At center is the nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser USS Mississippi (CGN-40), flanked by the aircraft carriers USS America (CV-66) and John F. Kennedy (CV-67). At rear are, from top, the guided missile destroyer USS Peble (DDG-46), the guided missile cruisers USS Phillipine Sea (CG-58) and Normandy (CG-60) and the guided missile destroyer USS WIilliam V. Pratt (DDG-44).Fred Weiss
Pratt 145kDN-ST-91-11656. 1 March 1991, the guided-missile destroyer USS William V. Pratt (DDG 44) comes up on the stern of the Military Sealift Command-operated oiler USNS Joshua Humphreys (T AO 188). The PRATT is conducting Maritime Interdiction Force missions in support of U.N. trade sanctions against Iraq in the aftermath of Operation Desert Storm. U.S. Navy Photo by PH2 Savage.Robert M. Cieri
Pratt 67kIn the Eastern Mediteranean May 4 1991.Marc Piché
Pratt 29kThree views of the Guided Missile Destroyer USS William V. Pratt (DDG-44) as seen from the Rescue and Salvage Ship USS Opportune (ARS-41) while under tow from Charleston, S.C. to Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, circa 1991. Photo contributed by Don Knock.Robert Hurst
Pratt 24kAs above.Robert Hurst
Pratt 43kAs above.Robert Hurst
Patches
Pratt 45kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Pratt 111kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Pratt 77kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Pratt 151kShip's bumper stickerWolfgang Hechler

USS WILLIAM V. PRATT DL-13 / DLG-13 / DDG-44 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Boyd Edgar Gustafson    Nov 4 1961 - Aug 3 1963
CDR Richard Stewart Moore    Aug 3 1963 - May 13 1965
CDR Karl John Christoph Jr.    May 13 1965 - Oct 22 1966 (Later RADM)
CDR George Barton Shick Jr.    Oct 22 1966 - May 18 1968 (Later RADM)
CDR William Raymond Martin    May 18 1968 - Jul 23 1969
CDR Frederick John Reeg    Jul 23 1969 - May 8 1971
CDR John Lauden Beck    May 8 1971 - Oct 6 1973
CDR Rodney Bonner McDaniel    Oct 6 1973 - Sep 3 1975
CDR Brenton Philip Hardy    Sep 3 1975 - Aug 13 1977
LCDR Kennedy J Rhea    Aug 13 1977 - Nov 19 1977 (Acting)
CDR Thomas Joseph Moore    Nov 19 1977 - Jan 11 1980
CDR Barry Lewis Brown    Jan 11 1980 - Feb 12 1982
CDR Robert S. Bell    Feb 12 1982 - Dec 21 1983
CDR Myron N. Hura    Dec 21 1983 - Jan 15 1986
CDR David G. Maxwell    Jan 15 1986 - Apr 22 1988
CDR Thomas Raymond Fedyszyn    Apr 22 1988 - Jun 16 1990
CDR Dennis Ross Dean    Jun 16 1990 - Sep 27 1991

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: DK1 Rodger G. Hall, USN Ret.
Address: 1453 39th Street, Rock Island, IL 61201
Phone: 309-788-3348
E-mail: hallr44@yahoo.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.


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