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USS CUSHING (DD-376)

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 Puget Sound Navy Yard August 15 1934.
Launched December 31 1935 and commissioned August 28 1936.
Sunk by Gun Fire from Japanese Warships off Guadalcanal November 13 1942.
Stricken January 13 1943.
69 of her crew were lost with the ship and remain on duty.

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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 36kUndated, location unknown.-
Cushing 119kUndated, location unknown.-
Cushing 140kUndated, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Cushing 110kUSS Cushing (DD-376) off the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, during her pre-commissioning trials period, July 1936. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Cushing 141kUSS Cushing (DD-376) at sea on 26 October 1937, followed by USS Smith (DD-378). U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Cushing 110kUSS Cushing (DD-376) Underway at sea, 1 November 1937. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Cushing 169kUSS Cushing (DD-376) Underway at sea, 28 April 1938. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fred Weiss
Cushing 165kUSS Cushing (DD-376) in San Diego Harbor, California, about 1938. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Cushing 118kUSS Cushing (DD-376) steams ahead of USS Drayton (DD-366), at sea on 8 February 1938. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Cushing 199kUSS Cushing (DD-376) Plan view of the forward part of the ship, taken at the Mare Island Navy Yard, 15 July 1942. Note the ship's quadruple torpedo tubes and torpedo crane; bicycles on the pier (one being ridden); and buildings, motor buses, large yard cranes and assorted shipyard materiel in the background. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Cushing 164kUSS Cushing (DD-376) Plan view of the after part of the ship, taken at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 15 July 1942. Note the ship's 5"/38 gun mounts, life rafts and depth charges; Navy pickup truck (serial # 13125) and "Classic Cleaners" delivery van on the pier; and USS Chester (CA-27) in the background. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Cushing 74kUSS Cushing (DD-376) Off the Mare Island Navy Yard, 15 July 1942. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Cushing 47kMare Island Navy Yard, on 15 July 1942.Robert Hurst
Cushing 147kMap of Iron Bottom Sound indicating where ships were sunk during the Battle of Guadacanal.Ron Reeves

USS CUSHING DD-376 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Edwin Thomas Short    Aug 28 1936 - Aug 19 1937
LCDR Jesse Rink Wallace    Aug 19 1937 - May 24 1940
LCDR William Bennett Jackson Jr.    May 24 1940 - Sep 24 1941
LCDR Christopher Noble    Sep 24 1941 - Oct 6 1942
CDR Edward Nelson (Butch) Parker    Oct 6 1942 - Nov 13 1944 (Later VADM)

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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


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