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USS CUSHING (DD-55)


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CLASS - O' BRIEN As Built.
Displacement 1,090 Tons, Dimensions, 305' 3" (oa) x 31' 1" x 10' 7" (Max)
Armament 4 x 4"/50, 8 x 21" tt..
Machinery, 17,000 SHP; Geared Cruising Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 29 Knots, Crew 101.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Fore River, Quincy on September 23 1913.
Launched January 16 1915 and commissioned August 21 1915.
Placed in reduced commission at New York July 1 1919.
Decommissioned at Philadelphia August 7 1920 and berthed
with the reserve fleet until her sale.
Cushing lost her name to new construction on July 1 1933
Stricken January 7 1936.
Fate Sold June 30 1936 and broken up for scrap.

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Cushing 82kCommander William B. Cushing, USN, (1842-1874), was born in Delafield, Wisconsin, on 4 November 1842, but spent most of his childhood in Fredonia, New York. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy from 1857 until March 1861, when his high-spirited behavior led to his resignation. The outbreak of the Civil War brought him back into the service, and he soon distinguished himself as an officer of extraordinary initiative and courage. Promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in mid-1862, Cushing served as Executive Officer of the gunboat Commodore Perry, then was given command of the tug Ellis, which was lost under heroic circumstances on 25 November 1862. He subsequently commanded the gunboats Commodore Barney, Shokokon and Monticello. During this time, he led several daring reconnaissance and raiding excursions into Confederate territories. On the night of 27-28 October 1864, Cushing and a small crew took the Navy steam launch Picket Boat Number One upriver to Plymouth, NC, where they attacked and sank the Confederate ironclad ram CSS Albemarle with a spar torpedo. This action made him a national celebrity, and he was quickly promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. In January 1865, Cushing helped lead the Navy landing force in the conquest of Fort Fisher, NC, again distinguishing himself. Following the Civil War, LCdr. Cushing was executive officer of USS Lancaster and commanding officer of USS Maumee. Promoted to Commander in 1872, he was captain of USS Wyoming in 1873-74. In November 1873, he boldly confronted Spanish authorities in Cuba to save the lives of many passengers and crew of the steamer Virginius, which had been captured bringing men and supplies to Cuban revolutionaries. While serving as Executive Officer of the Washington Navy Yard, DC, Commander Cushing's always delicate health gave way and he died on 17 December 1874.NHC
Cushing 260kWilliam Barker Cushing’s grave atthe United StatesNaval Academy.Bill Gonyo
Cushing 144kUndated, location unknown.Frances Eickbusch Doane
Cushing 75kUndated, location unknown.Tommy Trampp
Cushing 95kUSS Cushing (DD 55) prior to WWI. This is Naval History Center photo 55539 as identified to Mare Island History Office in 1989.Darryl Baker
Cushing 155kLaunched January 16 1915 at Quincy, MA.Michael Mohl
Cushing 202kNewspaper clipping of the launching January 16 1915 at Quincy, MA.Michael Mohl
Cushing 136kSteaming at 24.93 knots during builder's trials, 25 May 1915. Note that her guns and torpedo tubes have not yet been installed. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 1347.Joe Radigan/Robert Hurst
Cushing 100kUSN photos, 25 May 1918.Joe Radigan

USS CUSHING DD-55 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Theodore A. Kittinger    Aug 21 1915 - ?
LCDR Louis Poisson Davis    Jan 1918 - Mar 2 1918
CDR William Dilworth Puleston    Mar 2 1918 - Aug 29 1918 
LCDR John Howard Hoover    Aug 29 1918 - Nov 1918 (Later ADM)

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mark Whitehead
Address:
Phone:
E-mail: cushing1@prodigy.net

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