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Displacement 2250 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 340' 9" (oa) x 35' 6" x 12' 10" (Max)
Armament 4 x 5"/38AA, 4 x 0.5" MG 16 x 21" tt.(4x4).
Machinery, 50,000 SHP; Westinghouse Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38.5 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 184.
Operational and Building Data
Built by Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, SC
Laid down 02 December 1936
Launched 27 October 1938
Commissioned 15 August 1939
Decommissioned 02 November 1945
Stricken 25 February 1947
Fate Sold to Northern Metals, Philadelphia, PA, 10 August 1947, and broken up for scrap. Sterett earned 14 battle stars during the war.

29 men died in service aboard and remain on duty

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Sterett 28kAndrew Sterett-born in 1760 in Baltimore, Md.- was appointed lieutenant in the United States Navy on 25 March 1798 and assigned to Constellation as Third Lieutenant. During the Quasi-War with France, he was still serving in Constellation when she captured L'lnsurgente. By 1800, he had risen to First Lieutenant; and he participated in Constellation's action against La Vengeance. Given command of the schooner, Enterprise, Lt. Sterett led her in the capture of the French privateer, V'Amour de la Patrie, on Christmas Eve 1800. In June 1801, he sailed in Enterprise from Baltimore for service with the Mediterranean Squadron. While on that cruise, Enterprise engaged and captured a 14-gun Tripolitan cruiser and her 80-man crew. In gratitude, Congress awarded Sterett a sword and highly commended his crew. Lt. Sterett continued his Navy career until he resigned his commission in 1805. He died on 9 June 1807, at Lima, Peru.Bill Gonyo
USS Sterett (DD-407)
Sterett 57kUndated wartime view, date and location unknown.-
Sterett 544kLaunching of USS Sterett (DD-407) at Charleston Navy Yard, South Carolina, 27 October 1938.
National Archives photo 80-G-8862
Fred Weiss
Sterett 170kUSS Sterett (DD-407) fitting out at Charleston Navy Yard, 03 April 1939. U.S. Navy Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Sterett 538kUSS Sterett underway off Charleston Navy Yard, 13 September 1939.
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 60324
Robert M. Cieri
Sterett 524kUSS Sterett (DD-407) stopping to investigate the wreckage of a Naval Aircraft Factory SBN-1 scout bomber (BuNo 1534) that crashed off Cape Henry, VA, during Torpedo Squadron Eight (VT-8) carrier qualifications on USS Long Island (AVG-1), 12 November 1941. The pilot, Ensign John Howard Langdon, USNR, of Seattle, WA, was killed in the accident.
National Archives photo 80-G-64755
Fred Weiss
Sterett 60kUSS Sterett (DD-407) moored in Hvalfjord, Iceland, February 1942. Photo by Lt. .H. Parnall.
Imperial War Museum photo A 7489
Robert Hurst/Mike Green
Sterett 120kIn drydock at Norfolk Navy Yard, 22 March 1942. Sterett was in drydock from 19-22 March, where she was fitted with six 20mm AA guns, four K-guns, and SC search radar. The day after this photo, she departed Noroflk with Wasp (CV-7), Wainwright (DD-419), Lang (DD-399) and Wilson (DD-408) for Casco Bay, ME.Ed Zajkowski
Sterett 190kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
Sterett 258kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
Sterett 596kUSS Sterett (DD-407) photographed from a USS Wasp (CV-7) aircraft, en route from Greenock, Scotland, to Norfolk, 26 May 1942.
National Archives photo 80-G-12237
Fabio Peña
Sterett 316kUSS Sterett (DD-407) underway off Mare Island Navy Yard, 06 February 1943. Sterett was under repair at Mare Island from 11 December 1942 to 09 February 1943 following severe damamge during the Battle of Guadalcanal, 12-13 November 1942. On the date this photo was taken, Street was underway to calibrate her degaussing equipment, calibrate her compasses, and receive her torpedo outfit.
National Archives photo 19-N-40926
Robert Hurst
Sterett 628kView of forward portion of Sterett, photographed from a crane at Mare Island Navy Yard, 06 February 1943, at the end of an overhaul. Circles mark recent alterations. Note: SC & SG radar antennas on the foremast; Mk.33 gun director atop the pilothouse; motor whaleboat; planking on the mast and forward superstructure to provide working platforms for shipyard workers.
National Archives photo 19-N-40932
Fred Weiss
Sterett 920kView of after portion of Sterett, photographed from a crane at Mare Island Navy Yard, 06 February 1943. Circles mark recent alterations, including the installation of 40mm guns on her after deckhouse. Note the photographer's shoes in lower left.
National Archives photo 19-N-40931
Robert Hurst
Sterett 680kSterett at Pearl Harbor, where she stopped between 4-6 December 1942 for additional repairs, before preceding to Mare Island for final repairs follwing the Battle of Guadalcanal. Her 53 mount can be seen in the position where it was disabled, also two square patches over holes on the hull near 54 mount where shells had passed all the way through Sterett's hull from the portside can be seen. The original NARA caption of 13 February 1943 is incorrect.
National Archives photo 80-G-276606
Rick E. Davis
Sterett 674kUSS Sterett (DD-407) underway at sea, circa 1943. Photographed from a USS Chenango (CVE-28) aircraft.
National Archives photo 80-G-321653
Fred Weiss
Sterett 445kSterett seen from Saratoga (CV-3), 27 November 1943. On this date, Sterett was operating with Task Group 50.4 in the Central Pacific. The photo was probably taken while Sterett transferred ComCarDiv One personnel to Saratoga. Note the aircraft drop tanks on her stern.
National Archives photo 80-G-204459
Steven A. Cardali
Sterett 749kUSS Sterett (DD-407) operating in the South China Sea, January 1945. Taken by a USS Marcus Island (CVE-77) photographer. Sterett is wearing Measure 31, Design 11d camouflage.
National Archives photo 80-G-301647
Fred Weiss
Sterett 129kKamikaze damage to Sterett's starboard side, received off Okinawa, 09 April 1945. Photographed at Kerama Retto, Ryukyu Islands, 11 April 1945.
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 98062, collection of Lieutenant David Longmaid, USNR.
Fred Weiss
Sterett 78kSeattle NARA, Record Group 181 3338-45. Puget Sound Navy Yard 22 May 1945, DD407-1st Platform Stbd. Looking Aft-General View of Damage. Copyright Researcher@Large. To see the full report go to Tracy's website at White
Sterett 82kSeattle NARA, Record Group 181 3339-45. Puget Sound Navy Yard 22 May 1945 DD407-1st Platform Stbd. Looking Aft & Toward & at Transformers. Port. Copyright Researcher@Large.Tracy White
Sterett 81kSeattle NARA, Record Group 181 3341-45. Puget Sound Navy Yard 22 May 1945 DD407-1st Platform Stbd. Looking Inboard and Aft at door to Diesel Gen. Room-Fr. 56. Copyright Researcher@Large.Tracy White
Sterett 75kSeattle NARA, Record Group 181 3344-45. Puget Sound Navy Yard 22 May 1945 DD407-1st Platform Port Looking Aft at Damaged Cable Fr. 55. Copyright Researcher@Large.Tracy White
Sterett 129kDestroyers moored at Naval Station Coco Solo, Panama, 09-11 October 1945. L-R: USS Sterett (DD-407), USS Grayson (DD-435), USS Halloran (DE-305), and USS Williamson (DD-244). All were part of forces returning to the US East Coast for post-war Navy Day activities. Dave Schroeder and John Chiquoine
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION to the
for service as set forth in the following CITATION:
"For outstanding performance in combat against enemy surface units of the Japanese fleet in the Battle of Guadalcanal and in the Battle of Vella Gulf. On the night of 12-13 November 1942 in the Battle of Guadalcanal the United States Ship STERETT assisted in sinking one battleship by scoring positive torpedo hits from a range of 3000 yards, one light cruiser through direct hits of five-inch salvos at very close range, and alone sank one additional destroyer by two torpedo hits and two five-inch salvos. On the night of 6–7 August 1943, in the Battle of Vella Gulf the United States Ship STERETT again gallantly fulfilled her mission in an offensive sweep against the enemy, when she alone sank one destroyer by gunfire and assisted in the sinking of one cruiser by taking it under fire. Attacking boldly and dangerously, the STERETT gallantly fulfilled her missions despite fierce enemy resistance. The skill and fighting spirit of her officers and men were at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."
For the President, James Forrestal, Secretary of the Navy
Bill Gonyo

USS STERETT DD-407 History
View This Vessels DANFS History entry at the naval History & Heritage Command website

Commanding Officers
01LCDR Atherton Macondray, Jr. (USNA 1921-A)15 August 1939 - 01 April 1941
02LCDR/CDR Jesse Grant Coward (USNA 1922)01 April 1941 - 18 January 1943
03LCDR Frank Gardner Gould (USNA 1931)18 January 1943 - 14 January 1944
04CDR Francis Joseph Lucien Blouin (USNA 1933)14 January 1944 - 27 January 1945
05CDR Gordon Bennett Williams (USNA 1938)27 January 1945 - 02 November 1945
Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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