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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NAMJ

Displacement 2767 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 381' (oa) x 36' 11" x 12' 5" (Max)
Armament 8 x 5"/38AA (4x2), 8 x 1.1" AA, 2 x 0.5" MG 12 x 21" tt.(4x3).
Machinery, 52,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 37 Knots, Range 7500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 294.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bath Iron Works, Bath Me. March 26 1936.
Launched September 24 1938 and commissioned January 25 1939.
Decommissioned November 1 1945.
Stricken November 28 1945.
Fate Broken up for scrap at Philadelphia Navy Yard in 1946.

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Jouett 84kJames Edward Jouett was born near Lexington, Kentucky, 7 February 1826 and was appointed Midshipman 10 September 1841. He served on the African coast in Decatur with Mathew C. Perry and in John Adams during the Mexican War. At the beginning of the Civil War, Jouett was captured by Confederates at Pensacola but was soon paroled. He then joined the blockading forces off Galveston, distinguishing himself during the night of 7 to 8 November 1861 in the capture and destruction of Confederate schooner Royal Yacht. Jouett later commanded Montgomery and R. R. Cuyler on blockading duty and in September 1863 took command of Metacomet. In the Battle of Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864, his ship was lashed to Admiral Farragut's flagship Hartford as the gallant ships entered the bay. Monitor Tecumseh was sunk by an underwater "torpedo", but the ships steamed boldly on, inspired By Farragut's famous command: "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead." Metacomet was sent after two Confederate gunboats, and in a short chase Jouett riddled Gaines and captured Selma. Jouett had various commands ashore and afloat after the Civil War, taking command of the North Atlantic Squadron in 1884. In 1889 he commanded a naval force which forced the opening of the isthmus of Panama, threatened by insurrection. Rear Admiral Jouett retired in 1890 and lived for most of his remaining years at "The Anchorage," near Sandy Springs, Md. He died 30 September 1902. Photo from the “Biographical Sketches of Distinguished Officers of the Army and Navy” (1905).Bill Gonyo
USS Jouett (DD-396)
Jouett 737kAt Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME, 01 October 1938Jon Balson,
Jouett 67kUndated, location unknown.Robert M. Cieri
Jouett 147kUndated, location unknown.David Buell
Jouett 162kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
154kUndated prewar stern view, location unknown. Note the depth charge racks.Dave Wright
Jouett 98kNew York harbour, circa 1939.Robert Hurst
Jouett 94kUSS Jouett (DD-396) at New York, New York, in 1939, during a naval review. Photo taken from off her port bow, note details of forward turrets, bridge, with a Brooklyn class light cruisers astern. Courtesy of Lieutenant J. Freret, USN (Ret), 1972. Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 81165.Mike Green
Jouett 112kUSS Jouett (DD-396) at New York, N.Y. in 1939. Note awning spread aft and the Palisades Amusement Park in the background, visible just above #3 gun mount. Donation of Lieutenant Gustave J. Freret, USN (Retired), 1972. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 81177.Robert Hurst
Jouett 118kOn builder's trials on the Kennebec River in Maine, January 4 1939.Stanley H. Cochran
Jouett 118k16 February 1942, location unknown.Robert Hurst
573kBow view at Trinidad, probably late 1942 - early 1943.
National Archives 80-G-20255
Rick Davis
781kBow view at Trinidad, probably late 1942 - early 1943.
National Archives 80-G-20257
John Spivey / Rick Davis
Jouett 142kThe ship is painted in camouflage Measure 32, Design 3d, 1944, location unknown.John Chiquoine
Jouett 76kApril 1944, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Jouett 59kFollowing a refit at Charleston, April 20 1944.Robert Hurst
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The Jouett at Charleston April 20 1944.
Mike Mohl
Jouett 56kNear Charleston, August 13 1945.Robert Hurst

USS JOUETT DD-396 History
View This Vessels DANFS History entry at the Naval History & Heritage Command website

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Guy Wheeler Clark    Jan 25 1939 - Nov 3 1941

CDR James Carter Pollock    Nov 3 1941 - Dec 15 1942

CDR Fondville Lee Tedder   Dec 15 1942 - Jul 2 1943 (Later RADM) 

LCDR John Calhoun Farham Jr.    Jul 2 1943 - Jan 13 1945

LCDR Grant Smith Heston    Jan 13 1945 - Nov 1 1945

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Ron Booth
Address: 24 Catalpa Court, Charlestown, RI 02813
Phone: (401)364-5204
E-mail: None

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.

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