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USS RALPH TALBOT (DD-390)


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CLASS - BAGLEY As Built.
Displacement 2245 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 341' 4" (oa) x 35' 6" x 12' 10" (Max)
Armament 4 x 5"/38AA, 4 x 0.5" MG, 16 x 21" tt.(4x4).
Machinery, 49,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38.5 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 158.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Boston Navy Yard October 28 1935.
Launched October 31 1936 and commissioned october 14 1937.
Damaged during Atomic Bomb Test at Bikini Atoll July 1946.
Decommissioned August 28 1946.
Stricken April 5 1948.
Fate Scuttled off Kwajalein March 8 1948.

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Talbot 41kRalph Talbot was born on 6 January 1897 in South Weymouth, Massaschusetts. He attended Yale University and the Dupont Aviation School (located at Wilmington, Delaware) before joining the U.S. Navy in November 1917. After ground school training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts and flight training at Key West, Florida, he was commissioned as a Navy Ensign in April 1918. A month later, he was transferred to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Flying Corps as a Second Lieutenant. Talbot served with Squadron C, First Marine Corps Aviation Force in France during the summer and early autumn of 1918. On 8 October, while on an air raid with his observer, Gunnery Sergeant Robert G. Robinson, USMC, they shot down one of the nine enemy scouts that attacked their bombing group. On 14 October 1918 over Pittham, Belgium, their plane, along with another, became separated from their formation and were attacked by 12 enemy scouts. During the ensuing fight, Robinson was severely injured by enemy fire and collapsed. With his observer unconscious and his motor failing, Talbot shot down another enemy plane. He then flew to the nearest hospital to leave Robinson for treatment. Second Lieutenant Ralph Talbot was killed in a test flight on 25 October. For his "exceptionally meritorious service and extraordinary heroism" in the aerial battles of 8 and 14 October 1918, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. Robert Talbot was initially interred in France, but his remains were later brought home and are now buried in Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy, Massachusetts. Photo from the USMC History Division.Bill Gonyo
Talbot 62kUndated, location unknown.Tom Kermen
Talbot 147kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Talbot 82kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Talbot 136kUSS Ralph Talbot (DD-390) under construction at the Boston Navy Yard, Mass., 6 January 1936. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. 19-N-19263.Mike Green
Talbot 206kUSS Ralph Talbot (DD-390)under construction at the Boston Navy Yard, Mass., 1 April 1936. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. 19-N-19261.Mike Green
Talbot 300kUSS Ralph Talbot (DD-390)under construction at the Boston Navy Yard, Mass., 1 July 1936. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. 19-N-19259.Mike Green
Talbot 161kUSS Ralph Talbot (DD-390) under construction in drydock at the Boston Navy Yard, just prior to her launching. Taken on 29 October 1936. Note details of rudder and prop shaft strut. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. 19-N-19255.Mike Green
Talbot 159kUSS Ralph Talbot (DD-390) and USS Mugford (DD-389) afloat after launching, at the Boston Navy Yard, 31 October 1936. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. 19-N-19251.Mike Green
Talbot 194kUSS Ralph Talbot (DD-390) fitting out at the Boston Navy Yard, 1 July 1937. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. 19-N-19243.Mike Green
Talbot 112kUSS Ralph Talbot (DD-390) silhouetted against the sun, while off Manhattan Island, New York City, in about 1938. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Talbot 101kUSS Ralph Talbot (DD-390) off the Boston Navy Yard, Massachusetts, 23 March 1938. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
Talbot 106kUSS Ralph Talbot (DD-390) off the Boston Navy Yard, Massachusetts, 23 March 1938. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives. Photo #: 19-N-18830.Robert Hurst
Talbot 251kCharlestown Navy Yard, Boston, June 10 1938.Mike Mohl
Talbot 135kUSS Ralph Talbot (DD-390) underway off the coast of Maui in 1940. Photograph # 80-G-415470 from the U.S. National Archives.Bill Gonyo/Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Talbot 213kUSS Tangier (AV-8) (R ) unloads supplies at Midway, 26 December 1941; USS Ralph Talbot (DD-390) and USS Blue (DD-387) are at left; USS Tamaha (YN-440) is in the background, center. The Tangier had originally been earmarked for the Wake Island relief expedition before being diverted to Midway. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. 80-G-266634.Mike Green
Talbot 133kOverhead of the Ralph Talbot and an unidentified sister at Mare Island Navy Yard in April, 1942. A good detail shot as to the Bagley class deck layout.-
Talbot 144kNavy Photo 1757-4-42, bow view of the under body of the USS Ralph Talbot (DD 390) in dry dock #2 at Mare Island on 7 April 1942. She was in dry dock from 6 to 11 April and under repair at Mare Island from 3 April to 11 April 1942.Darryl Baker
Talbot 150kNavy Photo 1758-4-42, stern view of the under body of the USS Ralph Talbot (DD 390) in dry dock #2 at Mare Island on 7 April 1942.Darryl Baker
Talbot 114kOutboard USS Blue (DD-387) and inboard USS Ralph Talbot (DD-390) at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 11 April 1942. Among the details visible are: newly-installed 20mm guns; blowers mounted on deck aft of # 2 5"/38 gun; Mk. 33 gun directors atop pilothouse; radio-direction finding antennas on pilothouse face; and quadruple torpedo tubes amidships. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
Talbot 147kOutboard USS Blue (DD-387) and inboard USS Ralph Talbot (DD-390) at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 11 April 1942. Among the details visible are: 5"/38 gun mounts; newly-installed 20mm guns; Mk. 33 gun directors atop pilothouses; and stores in boxes on Ralph Talbot's forecastle.Fred Weiss
Talbot 68kOff the Mare Island Navy Yard, 11 April 1942. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
Talbot 75kUSS Ralph Talbot (DD-390) off the Mare Island Navy Yard, 11 April 1942. Note that her port side anchor and boat davits have been removed as weight-saving measures. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives. Photo #: 19-N-29240.Robert Hurst
Talbot 56kEscorting the Guadalcanal-Tulagi invasion convoy, circa 7-8 August 1942. HMAS Australia is dimly visible in the far right distance, beyond the three destroyers manuevering there. Photographed by Corp. L.M. Ashman, USMC. U.S. Marine Corps Photograph. Fred Weiss
Talbot 118kShell hit No. 5 on No.4 5-inch gun of the USS Ralph Talbot (DD-390). The photo shows a deep gouge in slide at point of impact and shattered elevating arc casting, from gunfire received on August 9, 1942 from Japanese cruisers during the Battle of Savo Island. Source: Navy Department Library, Destroyer Gunfire, Bomb and Kamikaze Damage Report; War Damage Report No. 51.Mike Green
Talbot 126kUSS Ralph Talbot (DD-390) shell hit No. 4 at Frame No. 142 received during the Battle of Savo Island. The hole is enlarged a bit from the exploding shell. Source: Navy Department Library, Destroyer Gunfire, Bomb and Kamikaze Damage Report; War Damage Report No. 51.Mike Green
Talbot 278kBattle damage diagram dated August 9 1942. Source: Navy Department Library, Destroyer Gunfire, Bomb and Kamikaze Damage Report; War Damage Report No. 51.Mike Green
Talbot 125kOctober, 1942 photo of the Ralph Talbot, at Mare Island Navy Yard, showing newly added twin 40mm guns, side mounted depth charge throwers and short IFF (Identification Friend or Foe) mainmast.-
Talbot 1140kUSS Monaghan (DD-354) at Mare Island, 13 October 1942. Note details of the early-model 5"/38 pedestal mounts aft. Circles point out modifications just made to the ship. USS Ralph Talbot (DD-390) is in the background. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No.19-N-35831.Mike Green
Talbot 172kUSS Ralph Talbot (DD 390) off Mare Island on October 28, 1942. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Talbot 82kUSS Ralph Talbot (DD-390) off the Mare Island Navy Yard, 28 October 1942. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. 19-N-36580.Mike Green
Talbot 215kOctober 28 1942 at Mare Island.David Buell
Talbot 63kPhoto from the 1943-45 Naval Recognition Manual. Starboard broadside photo of the USS Ralph Talbot (DD-390) in December 1942 carrying the Measure MS21 camouflage scheme. The large boiler uptakes to her single stack and the four sets of quadruple torpedo tube mounts identify her as a Craven class/Bagley sub-class destroyer.Mike Green
Talbot 119kUSS Ralph Talbot (DD-390) Underway in Hawaiian waters, circa January 1943. This photograph was received by the Bureau of Ships from Pearl Harbor, with a letter of 17 January 1943. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
Talbot 82kUSS Ralph Talbot (DD-390):USS Ralph Talbot (DD-390) underway off Honolulu, Hawaii, circa January 1943. This photograph was received by the Bureau of Ships from Pearl Harbor, with a letter of 17 January 1943. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No.19-N-40185.David Buell/Tommy Trampp
Talbot 124kUSS Ralph Talbot (DD-390) underway off Honolulu, Hawaii, circa January 1943. This photograph was received by the Bureau of Ships from Pearl Harbor, with a letter of 17 January 1943. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives. Photo #: 19-N-40185.Robert Hurst
Talbot 107kUSS Ralph Talbot (DD-390) underway off Honolulu, Hawaii, circa January 1943. This photograph was received by the Bureau of Ships from Pearl Harbor, with a letter of 17 January 1943. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives. Photo #: 19-N-40186.Robert Hurst
Talbot 73kUSS Ralph Talbot (DD-390) underway on 13 January 1943. Photo Australian armed forces. Image available from the Collection Database of the Australian War Memorial under the ID Number: 302717.Robert Hurst
Talbot 82kPhotograph received by the Bureau of Ships from the Hunter's Point Navy Yard, San Francisco, California, with a letter of 19 May 1944. It was probably taken in San Francisco Bay just prior to that date. Her camouflage scheme is Measure 33, Design 1d. Note U.S. Coast Guard ensign flying from the vessel carrying the photographer. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
Talbot 68kFebruary 1945, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Talbot 173kUSS Ralph Talbot (DD-390) at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 20 March 1946, with harbor tugs alongside and nearby. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
Talbot 160kUSS Ralph Talbot (DD-390) at Pearl Harbour, Hawaii, 20 March 1946, with harbour tugs alongside and a crane barge by her bow (USN Photo No 19-N-114589).Robert Hurst
Talbot 81kPart of the Atomic Bomb Fleet, USS Talbot DD-590 is nested outboard starboard with two destroyers in Middle Loch, Pearl Harbor, 04 May 1946. From the Richard W. Friedrich collection.Richard W. Friedrich, F/1c, LSM-467/Hugh L. Hudson, Jr., RM2/c, LSM-467
Talbot 123kJune 1946 right before the atomic bomb tests.Ed Zajkowski
Talbot 81kShips patch.Don McGrogan

USS RALPH TALBOT DD-390 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Harry Raymond Thurber    Oct 14 1937 - Jun 10 1939
CDR Roy William Montrose Graham    Jun 10 1939 - Feb 1 1941 (Later RADM)
CDR Ralph Earle Jr.    Feb 1 1941 - Jul 9 1942 (Later VADM)
CDR Joseph William Callahan    Jul 9 1942 - Aug 28 1943 (Later RADM)
LCDR Richard Daniels Shepard    Aug 28 1943 - Mar 2 1944
CDR Winston S. Brown    Mar 2 1944 - Jul 1 1945
LCDR Burns Walling Spore    Jul 1 1945 - Aug 28 1946

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Tom Beaman
Address: 1252 SE Glacier Lane, Gresham, OR 97080
Phone: (503)260-5743
E-mail: tombeaman@msn.com


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