NavSource Main Page FAQ Contact us Search NavSource

Waving US Flag

NavSource Naval History
Photographic History of the United States Navy

USS McKEAN (DD-90 / APD-5)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NEMT

Built to a different set of plans (Bethlehem) than the Wickes (Bath) the Little versions were
considered less successful than the Bath designed ships, with few remaining in service past 1936.
Displacement 1,154 Tons, Dimensions, 314' 5" (oa) x 31' 8" x 9' 10" (Max)
Armament 4 x 4"/50, 2 x 1pdr AA (1 x 3"/23AA In Some Ships), 12 x 21" tt..
Machinery, 24,200 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 103.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Union Iron Works, San Francisco on February 12 1918.
Launched July 4 1918 and commissioned February 25 1919.
Decommissioned at Philadelphia June 19 1922 and was berthed there
until towed to Norfolk in early 1940 for conversion to high speed
transport. Reclassified APD-5 on August 2 1940.
Recommissioned at Norfolk December 11 1940.
Fate Sunk by Japanese aircraft off Bougainville November 17 1943.
64 of her crew and 52 Marines were lost and remain on duty.

Click On Image
For Full Size Image
Size Image Description Contributed
By And/Or Copyright
McKean 38kWilliam Wister McKean (19 September 1800 - 22 April 1865) was an admiral in the United States Navy during the American Civil War. He was noted for his service in the Union blockade that effectively closed Confederate seaports in the Gulf of Mexico. Born in Pennsylvania, McKean was the grandson of Thomas McKean, the governor of that state. McKean was appointed midshipman 30 November 1814. He served in the Navy from the War of 1812 to the Civil War, when he rose to the rank of flag officer in command of the Gulf Blockading Squadron and later the East Gulf Blockading Squadron. McKean was relieved from active duty 4 June 1862.Bill Gonyo
McKean 93kUSS McKean (DD-90) Photographed circa 1919. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
McKean 105kInterior communications system aboard USS McKean taken on March 1, 1919 at Mare Island.Darryl Baker

USS McKEAN DD-90 / APD-5 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

LCDR Raleigh Corwin Williams    Feb 20 1919 - Oct 24 1919
CDR William Edgar Eberle    Oct 24 1919 - Oct 17 1921
LCDR Hamilton Harlow    Oct 17 1921 - Jun 19 1922
(Decommissioned June 19 1922 - December 11 1940)
LCDR Thomas Burrows    Dec 11 1940 - Dec 1941 (Later RADM)
LT John Edward Shinners    Dec 1941 - Nov 9 1942
LCDR John Driscoll Sweeney    Nov 9 1942 - Apr 1 1943
LCDR Ralph Lester Ramey    Apr 1 1943 - Nov 17 1943

Crew Contact And Reunion Information
Contact Name: Curt Clark, Secretary Four Stack APD Veterans
Address: 3384 Grim Ave., San Diego, CA 92104
Phone: 619-282-0971

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
NavSource page for the USS McKean APD-5
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

Back To The Main Photo Index To The Destroyer Index Page

Comments and Suggestions about this page, E-mail DestroyerInfo
Problems and site related matters, E-mail Webmaster