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USS SHAW (DD-373)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NECF

CLASS - MAHAN As Built.
Displacement 2103 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 341' 4" (oa) x 35' 5" x 12' 4" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 4 x 0.5" MG, 12 x 21" tt.(3x4).
Machinery, 49,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.5 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 158.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Philadelphia Navy Yard October 1 1934.
Launched October 28 1935 and commissioned September 18 1936.
Decommissioned October 2 1945.
Stricken October 24 1945.
Fate Scrapped at Brooklyn Navy Yard July 12 1946.

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Shaw 122kJohn Shaw was born at Mt. Mellick, Queens County, Ireland, in 1773. He came to the United States in 1790, settled in Philadelphia, and entered the merchant marine. Appointed Lieutenant in the United States Navy on 3 August 1798, he first served in Montezuma in Commodore Truxtun's squadron in the West Indies during the early part of the naval war with France. On 20 October 1799, he was given command of the schooner Enterprise in which, during the next year, he captured seven armed French vessels and recaptured several American merchantmen. By the time he was relieved of command due to ill health in October 1800, he had made Enterprise one of the most famous vessels of the Navy. During the Barbary War, Shaw commanded frigate, John Adams, in the Mediterranean under Commodore Rodgers from May to November 1804; and frigate, United States, during the War of 1812. Captain Shaw died at Philadelphia on 17 September 1823.Darryl L. Baker/Robert M. Cieri
Shaw 86kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Shaw 78kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Shaw 496kNewspaper clipping the day before the launching of the Shaw and the Cassin dated October 27 1935.Ron Reeves
Shaw 252kAs above.Ron Reeves
Shaw 200kGroup image of theoriginal commissioning crew of the destroyer Shaw (DD 373) taken in 1936. Thedestroyer was the first vessel struck by Japanese dive bombers at Pearl Harbor. Photo courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum.Bill Gonyo
Shaw 87kUSS Shaw (DD-373) off the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, 26 January 1937. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.-
Shaw 75kUncropped version of the above photo.Fred Weiss
Shaw 84kUSS Shaw (DD-373) off the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, 26 January 1937. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Shaw 86kWestern Mediteranean 1937.Marc Piché
Shaw 204kUSS Shaw (DD-373), June 3, 1937, during her shakedown cruise. Photo by Marius Bar, possibly in a French port (most likely Toulon).Jaume Cifre Sanchez
Shaw 118kUSS Shaw (DD-373) entering Rio de Janiero harbour, Brazil, 1 September 1938. Taken by a USS Enterprise (CV-6) photographer (USN Photo No 97420). Robert Hurst
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From the collection of crewmen Edmund Buijnarowski showing images taken of and from the USS Shaw, they were developed on February 23, 1940 in San Francisco.
Dave Pallante
Shaw 102kUSS Case (DD-370), USS Shaw (DD-373), USS Cummings (DD-365) and USS Tucker (DD-374) with USS Brooklyn (CL-40) behind in Auckland, New Zealand March 1941.Gary Hines
Shaw 82kDestroyer Division Six, Destroyer Squadron Three (DesDiv6, DesRon3) at San Diego, California, in October 1941. Ships are (from inboard): USS Clark (DD 361), Squadron flagship, USS Case (DD 370), Division flagship, USS Cummings (DD 365), USS Shaw (DD 373) and USS Tucker (DD 374). Note that these destroyers are painted in at least two different camouflage schemes. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Joe Radigan
Shaw 82kThe forward magazines of the USS Shaw exploding after a Japanese bomb set the fore aflame as it sat in dock at Pearl Harbor. The midships and stern of the ship remained intact. The USS Shaw was rebuilt to serve in the rest of the war.Bill Gonyo
Shaw 85kPhoto #: 80-G-32434: Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941. USS Shaw (DD-373) burning in floating drydock YFD-2 after she was set afire by Japanese dive bombing attacks, on 7 December 1941. USS Nevada (BB-36) is on the right, with her bow afire. Photographed from Ford Island, with dredge line just offshore. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Scott Dyben
Shaw 157kPhoto #: 80-G-32618: Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941. USS Shaw (DD-373) on 9 December 1941, showing damage received in the Japanese attack two days before. Despite the loss of her bow and serious fire damage, she is still afloat. A motor launch from USS Dobbin (AD-3) is alongside. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Scott Dyben
Shaw 115kPhoto #: 80-G-32719: Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941. USS Shaw (DD-373) burning in floating drydock YFD-2 after she was set afire by Japanese dive bombing attacks, 7 December 1941. The burning bow of USS Nevada (BB-36) is on the right. At left is a motor launch from USS San Francisco (CA-38). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Scott Dyben
Shaw 120kPhoto #: 80-G-32739: Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941. USS Shaw (DD-373) burning in floating drydock YFD-2 shortly after the explosion that blew off her bow. The drydock has partially sunk, allowing Shaw's after section to float free. Note men on the beach, at left, playing fire hoses in the direction of the drydock. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Scott Dyben
Shaw 124kPhoto #: 80-G-32771: Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941. Remains of the forward superstructure of USS Shaw (DD-373), and her midships area, showing damage caused by the explosion of her forward magazines during the Japanese attack. Photographed after fires were out, but with the wrecked structure still smoking slightly. In the foreground is the superstructure of the half-sunken floating drydock YFD-2. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Scott Dyben
Shaw 89kAnother view from the Pearl Harbor attack.-
Shaw 80kAnother view from the Pearl Harbor attack.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Shaw 40kAnother view from the Pearl Harbor attack.Gerd Matthes
Shaw 41kAnother view from the Pearl Harbor attack.Gerd Matthes
Shaw 64kAnother view from the Pearl Harbor attack.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Shaw 139kAnother view from the Pearl Harbor attack.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Shaw 107kShaw's midships and after hull, which had survived the explosion of her forward magazines during the 7 December 1941 Pearl Harbor raid, is at right. The new bow, still largely in frame, is at left, surrounded by scaffolding. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collection of the Naval Historical Center.Joe Radigan
Shaw 142kUSS Shaw (DD-373) wrecked in floating drydock YFD-2 on 7 December 1941, with fires nearly out, but with superstructure still smoking. Her bow had been blown off by the explosion of her forward magazines, after she was set afire by Japanese dive bombing attacks. In the right distance are the damaged and listing USS California (BB-44) and in mid-channel the dredge Turbine. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives Collection. Photo #: 80-G-19939.Mike Green
Shaw 81kUSS Shaw (DD-373) burning in floating drydock YFD-2 at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, after she was hit by Japanese bombs and her forward magazines exploded. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, NHHC Collection. Photo #: NH 64481.Mike Green
Shaw 132kUSS Shaw (DD-373) photographed in floating drydock YFD-2 on 8 December 1941, the day after her forward magazines exploded during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Ford island is in the left distance, with seaplane tender Curtiss (AV-4) at the extreme left. "Battleship Row" is in the right center distance, with ships present including (from left to right): Maryland (BB-46), the capsized Oklahoma (BB-37); Tennessee (BB-43); the sunken West Virginia (BB-48); and the wrecked and sunken Arizona(BB-39). Collection of Vice Admiral Homer N. Wallin. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, NHHC Collection. Photo #: NH 50771.Mike Green
Shaw 187kUSS Shaw (DD 373) in floating dry dock showing the extent of damage of ship at Pearl Harbor on December 8, 1941. Courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Shaw 188kDecember 18 1941 damage photo from Pearl Harbor Navy Yard from the January 1942 Action Damage Report. Source is NARA San Francisco, Mare Island Naval ShipYard, General Correspondence Files 1941-46.Tracy White
Shaw 109kDecember 19 1941 damage photo from Pearl Harbor Navy Yard from the January 1942 Action Damage Report. Source is NARA San Francisco, Mare Island Naval ShipYard, General Correspondence Files 1941-46.Tracy White
Shaw 109kDecember 19 1941 damage photo from Pearl Harbor Navy Yard from the January 1942 Action Damage Report. Source is NARA San Francisco, Mare Island Naval ShipYard, General Correspondence Files 1941-46.Tracy White
Shaw 323k January 11, 1942 overhead view of men looking through the wreckage of the bow of the USS Shaw (DD-373). The bow is resting on the floor of floating dry dock USS YFD-2, which has just been raised. Naval Historical Center photo #NH54588 ‘RESURRECTION: Salvaging the Battle Fleet at Pearl Harbor’ by Daniel Madsen.Mike Green
Shaw 92kUSS Shaw (DD-373) underway in Pearl Harbor, 8 February 1942, headed out to sea for a trial run after installation of a stub bow to temporarily replace that destroyed during the Japanese attack of 7 December 1941. The day after this photograph was taken, Shaw steamed to the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, for permanent repairs. Note Curtiss SOC "Seagull" floatplane taxiing in right centre. Collection of Vice Admiral Homer N. Wallin. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 50006.Robert Hurst
Shaw 118kUSS Shaw (DD-373) departing Pearl Harbor in 1942 headed for Mare Island.Ron Reeves
Shaw 71kAt the Mare Island Navy Yard, circa mid-February 1942, just after she arrived to receive a new bow and other repairs of damage inflicted in the 7 December 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Note her temporary bow, installed just forward of the foremast. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Joe Radigan
Shaw 72kAs above.Gerd Matthes
Shaw 105kNote her temporary bow, installed just forward of the foremast. Submarine on the building ways in the left distance is USS Whale (SS-239). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Joe Radigan/Tommy Trampp
Shaw 179kThe new bow section in dry dock 1 awaiting arrival of the Shaw.Darryl Baker
Shaw 98kThe temporary bow lies on the floor of dry dock #1 as the dock is flooded to marry the new bow and aft sections at Mare Island in March 1942.Darruyl Baker
Shaw 141kThe temporary bow has been cut away February 28 1942.Darryl Baker
Shaw 217kUSS Shaw (DD 373) in Mare Island's dry dock #1 on 28 February 1942. Her temporary bow has been removed. Courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Shaw 73kPhoto #: NH 50005: USS Shaw (DD-373) off the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, circa 8 February 1942, after installation of a temporary bow. Her forward magazines had exploded during the Japanese attack of 7 December 1941. Soon after this photograph was taken, Shaw steamed to the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, for permanent repairs. Note that she is essentially intact from her foremast aft, and retains # 3 5"/38 gun for protection during the voyage to the west coast. Ford Island is in the background, with the capsized hull of USS Oklahoma (BB-37) at the extreme right. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Scott Dyben
Shaw 317kNewspaper clipping showing the Shaw arriving at Mare Island for damage repairs dated February 19 1942.Ron Reeves
Shaw 96kUSS Shaw (DD 373) enters dry dock #1 at Mare Island Navy Yard on 26 Feb 1942 for replacement of her bow lost during the Pearl Harbor attack. Her forward stack and tripod mast which she had upon arrival at the yard have been removed.Darryl Baker
Shaw 85kUSS Shaw (DD 373) enters dry dock #1 at Mare Island Navy Yard on 26 Feb 1942 on replacement of her bow lost during the Pearl Harbor attack. Her forward stack and tripod mast which she had upon arrival at the yard have been removed.Darryl Baker
Shaw 77kUSS Shaw's temporary bow is seen being removed on 28 Feb 1942 at Mare Island Navy Yard. Her new bow is forward of the ship.Darryl Baker
Shaw 148kAft section of USS Shaw (DD 373) being positioned to receive her new bow at Mare Island on March 5, 1942. Courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Shaw 102kUSS Shaw (DD 373) with her new bow is ready for undocking at Mare Island Navy Yard on 3 May 42.Darryl Baker
Shaw 117kThe Shaw about to cross over the dry dock sill at Mare Island with her new bow on May 3 1942.Darryl Baker
Shaw 114kUSS Shaw (DD 373) with her new bow is seen leaving dry dock at Mare Island Navy Yard on 3 May 42.Darryl Baker
Shaw 118kThe Destroyer USS Shaw is whole once again. The long, lean "sea greyhound" is shown in drydock with a new forward section to replace the temporary snub bow (right foreground) which was fitted to the vessel after damage suffered in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7. The Destroyer arrived here under her own power. U.S. Navy photo via OWI Radiophoto from ACME. Photo from the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History.Bill Gonyo
Shaw 95kBroadside view on USS Shaw (DD 373) after undocking at Mare Island Navy Yard on 3 May 42. The motor tug YMT-10 is assisting the Shaw.Darryl Baker
Shaw 114kNewspaper clipping from the Vallejo Times Herald of July 4 1942 showing the Shaw on sea trials June 30 1942.Darryl Baker
Shaw 114kNewspaper clipping from the Vallejo Times Herald of July 4 1942 with the caption, "LT H. C. Croft (right foreground) instructing two of his torpedo men in use of Shaw's midship torpedo tubes." Photo from sea trials on June 30 1942.Darryl Baker
Shaw 82kOff the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 5 July 1942, after she received a new bow to replace the one lost during the 7 December 1941 raid on Pearl Harbor. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
Shaw 176kUSN/ONI photo of USS Shaw DD 373 taken after her repairs of damage received at Pearl Harbor 7 December 1941. Her bow has been replaced and armament changes have been made. Photo dated 5 July 1942.David Buell
Shaw 199kAs above.David Buell
Shaw 179kJuly 1942, location unknown.Ron Reeves
Shaw 121kCrewmen exercising with the ship's # three 5"/38 gun mount, while Shaw was tied up alongside a pier at Naval Air Station, Alameda, California, 8 July 1942. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fred Weiss
Shaw 61kPort side view of the USS Shaw (DD-373) off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 5 August 1945, after her final overhaul. She has lost her torpedo tubes, one 5"/38 gun mount and the forward center 20mm gun mount and received two twin and two quad 40mm gun mounts in their place, as part of the Navy's response to the "Kamikaze" threat. United States National Archives, Photo No. 19-N-82279.Mike Green
Shaw 126kUSS Shaw (DD-373) at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 5 August 1945, looking aft from a crane beside her port bow. Circles on the photograph mark recent alterations to the ship. United States National Archives, Photo No. 19-N-88285.Mike Green
Shaw 138kTransferring survivors of USS Porter (DD-356) between Shaw and USS South Dakota (BB-57), on 28 October 1942. Porter had been torpedoed and sunk two days earlier, during the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands. Photographed from on board the South Dakota, one of whose 40mm quad gun mounts, covered with canvas, is in the foreground. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fred Weiss
Shaw 141kNewspaper clipping from the LOS ANGELES EXAMINER, December 6 1942.Tommy Trampp
Shaw 122kApril 25 1944 at Mare Island with YF-567 alongside.Ed Zajkowski
Shaw 94kAmidships looking aft plan view of USS Shaw (DD 373) at Mare Island. She was in overhaul at the yard from 19 May to 5 Aug 1945. USS Picking (DD 685) is inboard of Shaw.Darryl Baker
Shaw 97kAmidships looking forward plan view of USS Shaw (DD 373) at Mare Island. USS Picking (DD 685) is inboard and USS Gansevoort (DD 608) is forward of Shaw.Darryl Baker
Shaw 72kUSS Shaw (DD-373) off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 5 August 1945, with an increased 40mm gun battery (two quad and two twin mounts) replacing her torpedo tubes and # 3 5"/38 gun. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Shaw 185kMahan class ship in her final rebuilt configuration on August 5, 1945. Her Mahan class rebuild removed all torpedo tubes and replaced them with twin and quadruple 40mm mounts. However, the rebuild was not as successful as in other Mahan class ships, as the Shaw carried more topweight than her sisters, as a result of her Pearl Harbor damage reconstruction and she had to have #3 5" mount removed also. This largely negated her 40mm addition in limiting her A.A. overall effectiveness.-
Shaw 177kSame as above.-
Shaw 68kUSS Shaw off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 5 August 1945, after her final overhaul (USN Photo No 19-N-88280).Robert Hurst
Shaw 247kPost card published by Mare Island and sold to employees in the yard's cafeteria system in 1946.Darryl Baker

USS SHAW DD-373 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Edward Alexander Mitchell    Sep 18 1936 - May 31 1938
LCDR Thomas Baldwin Brittain    May 31 1938 - Jan 30 1941
LCDR Wilbur Glenn Jones    Jan 30 1941 - Jan 30 1943
LCDR George Prettyman Biggs    Jan 30 1943 - Nov 26 1943
CDR Richard Helsden Phillips    Nov 26 1943 - Sep 1 1944 (Later RADM)
LCDR Victor Bernard Graff    Sep 1 1944 - May 1 1945
LT Bruce Edward Carson    May 1 1945 - Jun 1 1945 (Acting)
LCDR Ira Charles Oehler    Jul 21 1945 - Oct 2 1945

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Naval Historical Center Pearl Harbor Action Report
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