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Displacement 2219 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 340' 10" (oa) x 35' 10" x 12' 9" (Max)
Armament 4 x 5"/38AA, 4 x 0.5" MG, 16 x 21" tt.(4x4).
Machinery, 50,000 SHP; Bethlehem Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38.5 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 158.
Operational and Building Data
Built by Bethlehem Steel, San Francisco, CA (YN 5355)
Laid down 17 March 1936
Launched 20 November 1937
Commissioned 22 June 1938
Decommissioned 30 November 1945
Stricken 28 January 1947
Fate Sold 17 November 1947 to Hugo Neu, New York and broken up for scrap.

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McCall 29kCaptain Edward R. McCall, born in 1790 in South Carolina, was appointed midshipman 01 January 1808. Appointed acting lieutenant in brig Enterprise 16 October 1811, he took command of his ship during her action with HMS Boxer 05 September 1813, early in which Enterprise’s captain, Lt. William Burrows, was mortally wounded. In acknowledgment of his victory over Boxer, McCall received the thanks of Congress and a gold medal. Promoted to captain 03 March 1835, he died at his home in Bordentown, New Jersey, 01 August 1853.Bill Gonyo
USS McCall (DD-400)
McCall 36kUndated ship recognition card.Tommy Trampp
McCall 40kUndated, location unknown.Bill Roddy
McCall 41kUndated, location unknown. Destroyer silhouette plus photo of the ship McCall underway for US Navy identification purposesTommy Trampp
McCall 295kUndated, location unknown.Tommy Trampp
McCall 37kUndated, location unknown.Tommy Trampp
McCall 584kUnderway at the time of completion, circa 1938. Note the flag flying from her foremast peak.Gary Blevins MMC USN (Ret)/Robert J. Higgins/Robert Hurst
McCall 83kCommissioning ceremony at San Francisco, 22 June 1938.Ron Reeves
McCall 141kUSS McCall (DD-400) during maneuvers off Hawaii in 1940. For personal non-commercial use only courtesy of Life Magazine.Bill Gonyo
70kUSS McCall (DD-400) during the USN Marshalls–Gilberts Islands raid in February 1942. Note her hull number has been partially obscured by censor markings.
LIFE Magazine Archives - Bob Landry Photographer, shared by Peter DeForest. For educational use only.
Mike Green
McCall 120kAft plan view of the USS McCall (DD-400) at Pier 33, San Francisco, 29 November 1943.Darryl Baker
McCall 69kForward plan view of the USS McCall (DD-400) at Pier 33, San Francisco, 29 November 1943.Darryl Baker
McCall 166kSteaming in heavy weather as part of Task Group 58.1 in the Western Pacific, 16 June 1944. The weather cleared later in the day, allowing for successful strikes against Chichi Jima.Robert Hurst
McCall 61kDecember 1944, probably at Seeadler Harbor, Admiralty Islands. McCall spent much of the month there investigating and repairing turbine damage.Robert Hurst
McCall 120kAlongside the USS Makin Island (CVE-93), 15 January 1945. Both vessels were operating north of Luzon as part of Task Unit 77.4.1.Christopher Karwowski/Tracy White
McCall 342kUSS Phelps (DD-360), USS McCall (DD-400) and USS Brunswick (PF-68) moored at Casco Bay, Maine, 09 August 1945.
National Archives photo 80-G-332952
Scott Dyben

USS McCALL DD-400 History
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Commanding Officers
01LCDR John Esten Whelchel (USNA 1920)22 June 1938 - 15 June 1940
02LCDR Edwin Gaines Fullinwider (USNA 1921-A)15 June 1940 - 28 April 1941
03CDR Frederick Moosbrugger (USNA 1923)28 April 1941 - 28 May 1942
04LCDR William Schuetze Veeder (USNA 1925)28 May 1942 - 27 February 1943
05LCDR Edward Lee Foster (USNA 1931)27 February 1943 - 02 May 1944
06LCDR John Blake Carroll (USNA 1937)02 May 1944 - 10 July 1945
07CDR Harold Edwin Bater USNR (USNA 1931)10 July 1945 - 26 October 1945
08LT Lewis Wesley Walker, Jr. (USNA 1943)26 October 1945 - 30 November 1945
Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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