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USS MORRIS (DD-417)


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CLASS - SIMS As Built.
Displacement 2313 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 348' 4"(oa) x 36' x 12' 10" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 4 x 0.5" MG 8 x 21" tt.(2x4).
Machinery, 50,000 SHP; Westinghouse Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 192.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Norfolk Navy Yard June 7 1938.
Launched June 1 1939 and commissioned March 5 1940.
Decommissioned November 9 1945.
Stricken November 28 1945.
Fate Sold August 2 1947 to Franklin Shipwrecking and broken up for scrap.

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Morris 101kCommodore Charles Morris was born in Woodstock, Conn. July 26 1784 and died in Washington, D.C. January 27 1856. Appointed Midshipman July 1 1799; Captain March 5 1813. As one of the officers of the Intrepid he took part in the recapture and destruction of the Philadelphia in the harbor of Tripoli February 17 1804. He took a prominent part in the engagement between the Constitution and Guerriere, being severely wounded while in the act of boarding the latter vessel. For his gallantry on this occasion he was advanced one grade by the President. In 1825 he commanded the Brandywine while taking Gen. Lafayette back to France after his last visit to the United States. He was Commandant, Boston Navy Yard, 13 June 1827 to 12 May 1833. From 1851 to 1856 he was Chief of the Bureau of Ordnance. The photo is from the Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-7249. Note that the DANFS history is in error and this vessel was not named for Robert Morris, the correct data is listed in the 1924 edition of Ships' Data, U.S. Naval Vessels.Bill Gonyo/Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Morris 44kUndated, location unknown.-
Morris 21kUndated, location unknown.Christopher Karwowski
Morris 60kUndated, location unknown.Rob Rielly
Morris 67kUndated, World War II in the South Pacific from the collections of LTjg Edwin H. Klump Jr., the Morris alongside the USS Russell (DD-414).Mrs. Rebecca Klump Cottrell
Morris 69kUndated, World War II in the South Pacific from the collections of LTjg Edwin H. Klump Jr., the Morris alongside the USS Russell (DD-414).Mrs. Rebecca Klump Cottrell
Morris 59kUndated, World War II in the South Pacific from the collections of LTjg Edwin H. Klump Jr.Mrs. Rebecca Klump Cottrell
Morris 147kUndated, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Morris 82kUndated, US destroyers belonging to Task Force 16.7 head out of Kuluk Bay, Adak, for a patrol off Attu Island. Photo from "United States Destroyer Operations In World War II" by Theodore Roscoe. Thanks to Dave Schroeder and John Chiquoine, who identified the three single-funnel destroyers and one twin-funnel destroyer, as being USS Hughes (DD-410), USS Mustin (DD-413), and Morris (DD-417), along with Balch (DD-363).Robert Hurst
Morris 76kMorris (DD 417) and Wainwright (DD 419) at Norfolk Naval Shipyard launching June 1 1939. USN photo.Joe Radigan
Morris 154kUSS Morris (DD-417) in drydock at the Charleston Navy Yard, South Carolina, in January 1942. She is being refitted before sailing for the Pacific. Note signal flags airing, details of her 5"/38 gun houses and her Measure 12 (Modified) camouflage pattern. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Tony Cowart
Morris 37kUSS Morris (DD417) and a sister ship during the Battle of the Coral Sea, 8th May, 1942.Robert Hurst
Morris 54kthe USS Morris (DD-417) in the drifting smoke from the burning USS Lexington (CV-2) as she braves smoke, flame, and the imminent danger of exploding gasoline and ammunition in order to rescue the carrier's crew. Robert Hurst
Morris 88kBattle of Midway, June 1942, Two Type 97 shipboard attack aircraft from the Japanese carrier Hiryu fly past USS Yorktown (CV-5), amid heavy anti-aircraft fire, after dropping their torpedoes during the mid-afternoon attack, 4 June 1942. Yorktown appears to be heeling slightly to port, and may have already been hit by one torpedo. Photographed from USS Pensacola (CA-24). The destroyer at left, just beyond Yorktown's bow, is probably USS Morris (DD-417). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
Morris 92kStern view of the USS Morris (DD 417) off Mare Island on 22 Oct 1943.Darryl Baker
Morris 109kBroadside view of the USS Morris (DD 417) off Mare Island on 22 Oct 1943. She was in overhaul at the yard from 6 Sep until 22 Oct 1943.Darryl Baker
Morris 74kBow on view of the USS Morris (DD 417) off San Francisco on 22 Oct 1943.Darryl Baker
Morris 136kDecember 1943, location unknown. Note there is no gunhouse on No.3 gun mount.Robert Hurst
Morris 178kThree photos of USS Morris DD-417 that were taken from USS Blue Ridge AGC-2 at an Pedro Bay, Leyte October 22 1944. USS Morris stationary, burning some oil through her stacks while an LCVP approaches to port from the stationary LST. A PT boat pulls away from Blue Ridge.Michel Patrick for his father John J. Patrick RT3c, USS Blue Ridge (AGC-2), 1943-1945
Morris 208kAs above. The LCVP begins to come to alongside Morris while the PT boat comes to a stop to allow an Aircraft Rescue Boat to quickly (!) pass astern.Michel Patrick for his father John J. Patrick RT3c, USS Blue Ridge (AGC-2), 1943-1945
Morris 178kAs above. The LCVP has secured alongside Morris, the PT boat is at a full stop while the widening wake of the Aircraft Rescue Boat is all that remains of her presence.Michel Patrick for his father John J. Patrick RT3c, USS Blue Ridge (AGC-2), 1943-1945.
Morris 61kThis is a portion of a Signal Corps photo at Humboldt Bay, New Guinea on 13 October 1944, the day the Philippine assault forces got underwayfor Leyte. It is credited to R. M. Raines USA. Identified from Ship's Logs and War Diaries are USS Morris (DD-417), USS Edwards (DD-619), and USS Howorth (DD-592). NA SC260537.Dave Schroeder and John Chiquoine
Morris 70kThis is a portion of a Signal Corps photo taken in Humboldt Bay, New Guinea on 13 October 1944 by H F Klawitter USA. At distant left is USS John Rodgers (DD-574), at center is USS Morris (DD-417), and the nearest is USS Edwards (DD-619). Only Edwards and the station service vessels would remain past that day, with almost the entire anchorage getting underway for the Philippines assault at Leyte. Identified from Ship's Logs, War Diaries, and anchorage positions. NA SC260657.Dave Schroeder and John Chiquoine
Morris 133kTwo photos of USS Morris DD-417 that were taken from USS Blue Ridge AGC-2 at an Pedro Bay, Leyte October 22 1944.Michel Patrick for his father John J. Patrick RT3c, USS Blue Ridge (AGC-2), 1943-1945.
Morris 130kAs above.Michel Patrick for his father John J. Patrick RT3c, USS Blue Ridge (AGC-2), 1943-1945.
Morris 104kAs above.Michel Patrick for his father John J. Patrick RT3c, USS Blue Ridge (AGC-2), 1943-1945.
Morris 79kThree views of the Morris showing damange from the Kamikaze hit in Okinawa of April 6 1945.Gerd Matthes
Morris 58kAs above.Gerd Matthes
Morris 74kAs above.Gerd Matthes
Morris 101kUSS Morris (DD-417) hit by a 'Kate' that came in low off the port bow and blew a hole completely through her forecastle between mounts 51 and 52. Morris with a tug alongside, is seen at Kerama Retto, on 7 April 1945. Despite the gaping hole that reached almost down to the waterline, it was decided to make her seaworthy again, and work commenced immediately to render her able to steam across the Pacific. Photo National Archives and records Administration.Robert Hurst

USS MORRIS DD-417 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Harry Bean Jarrett    Mar 5 1940 - 1941 (Later VADM)
LCDR Randolph Burton Boyer    1941 - Oct 26 1942
LCDR Lee Sylvester Pancake    Oct 26 1942 - Jul 1943
LCDR Edward Stitt Burns    Jul 1943 - Nov 23 1943
CDR Francis Thomas Williamson    Nov 23 1943 - Dec 1943 (Later RADM)
CDR Gordon Leonard Caswell    Dec 1943 - Sep 10 1944
CDR Rexford Vinal Wheeler Jr.    Sep 10 1944 - Dec 1945

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: William Griffin
Address: 314 Congress, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Phone: (831)372-0650
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.


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

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