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USS STERETT (DD-407)


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CLASS - BENHAM As Built.
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
Laid down by Charleston Navy Yard December 2 1936.
Launched October 27 1938 and commissioned August 15 1939.
Decommissioned November 2 1945.
Stricken February 25 1947.
Fate Sold August 10 1947 to Northern Metals, Philadelphia and broken up for scrap.

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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
Sterett 57kUndated, location unknown.-
Sterett 137kUSS Sterett (DD-407) Launching, at the Charleston Navy Yard, South Carolina, 27 October 1938. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fred Weiss
Sterett 170kUSS Sterett (DD 407) moored in the U.S. Navy Yard Charleston, SC, April 3 1939. U.S. Navy Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Sterett 79kUSS Sterett off Charleston Navy Yard, South Carolina, 13 September 1939.Robert M. Cieri
Sterett 162kUSS Sterett (DD-407) stops to investigate the wreckage of a SBN-1 aircraft that crashed during Torpedo Squadron Eight (VT-8) carrier qualifications on USS Long Island (AVG-1), 12 November 1941. The plane, some of whose wreckage is floating in the center foreground, was Bureau # 1534. The pilot, Ensign John H. Langdon, USNR, was killed in the accident. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fred Weiss
Sterett 31kCirca 1942, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Sterett 120kAt Norfolk, March 22 1942.Ed Zajkowski
Sterett 190kAt Norfolk, March 22 1942.Ed Zajkowski
Sterett 258kAt Norfolk, March 22 1942.Ed Zajkowski
Sterett 105kPhoto # 80-G-12237. USS Sterett (DD-407) at sea, en route to Norfolk, Virginia, from Scapa Flow on 26 May 1942. Photographed from a USS Wasp (CV-7) aircraft. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fabio Peña
Sterett 87kUSS Sterett (DD-407) off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 6 February 1943 (USN Photo No 19-N-40926).Robert Hurst
Sterett 188kUSS Sterett (DD-407) after portion of the ship, photographed from a crane at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 6 February 1943, at the end of an overhaul. Circles mark recent alterations, including the installation of 40mm guns on her after deckhouse. Note the photographer's shoes in lower left. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives. Photo #: 19-N-40931.Robert Hurst
Sterett 70k13 Feb 1943 (NARA 80G 276606).Rob Rielly
Sterett 143kUSS Sterett (DD-407) underway at sea, circa 1943. Photographed from a USS Chenango (CVE-28) aircraft. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fred Weiss
Sterett 163kUSS Sterett (DD-407) Forward portion of the ship, photographed from a crane at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 6 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. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
Sterett 63kNovember 27 1943, location unknown. Photographed from USS Saratoga (CV-3).Steven A. Cardali
Sterett 161kUSS Sterett (DD-407) in the South China Sea, January 1945. Taken by a USS Marcus Island (CVE-77) photographer. Sterett is wearing Measure 31, Design 11d camouflage. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fred Weiss
Sterett 48kUSS Sterett (DD-407) Kamikaze damage to the ship's starboard side, received off Okinawa on 9 April 1945. Photographed at Kerama Retto, Ryukyu Islands, on 11 April 1945. Collection of Lieutenant David Longmaid, USNR. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.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 http://www.researcheratlarge.com/Ships/DD407/1945PSNSDamageReport.html.Tracy 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 129kCoco Solo Naval Station, Panama, 9-11 October 1945. USS STERETT (DD-407), USS GRAYSON (DD-435), USS HALLORAN (DE-305), and USS WILLIAMSON (DD-244) are part of forces returning to the US East Coast for post-war Navy Day activities. Dave Schroeder and John Chiquoine
THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
WASHINGTON
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION to the
UNITED STATES SHIP USS STERETT (DD-407)
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
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Atherton MacOndray    Aug 15 1939 - Apr 1 1942 (Later RADM)
CDR Jesse Grant Coward    Apr 1 1942 - Jan 18 1943
LCDR Frank Gardne Gould    Jan 18 1943 - Jan 14 1944
CDR Francis Joseph Lucien Blouin    Jan 14 1944 - Jan 19 1945 (Later VADM)
CDR Gordon Bennett Williams    Jan 19 1945 - Nov 2 1945

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