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USS ROE (DD-418)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NCDG

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 Charleston Navy Yard April 23 1938.
Launched June 21 1939 and commissioned January 5 1940.
Decommissioned October 30 1945.
Stricken November 16 1945.
Fate Sold August 1 1947 and broken up for scrap.

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Roe 57kFrancis Asbury Roe, born in Elmira, N.Y., 4 October 1823, graduated from the Naval School, Annapolis, in 1848. Six years later, while serving in Porpoise on the Asiatic Station, he participated in an engagement with 13 Chinese armored junks off Macao. Six of the junks were sunk and the others were scattered. During the Civil War, in April 1862, he was recommended for promotion for gallantry for his actions onboard Pensacola as that ship led Admiral Farragut's starboard column past Forts Jackson and St. Philip. After commanding Katahdin on the Mississippi, he was ordered to command Sassacus in September 1863. Eight months later he was again commended for gallantry for engaging the Confederate ram Albemarle and the gunboat Bombshell in the sounds of North Carolina. After the end of the war he commanded the Mexican Division of the Gulf Squadron; served as fleet captain for both the Asiatic Station from 1868 to 1871 and the Brazil Station from 1874 to 1875. Promoted to Rear Admiral 3 November 1884, while serving as Governor of the Naval Asylum at Philadelphia, he was transferred to the retired list 4 October 1885. He died in Washington, D.C., 28 December 1901. Photo #: NH 371, Rear Admiral Francis A. Roe, USN (Retired) in full dress uniform, with sword and medals. This photograph was probably taken on or about 4 October 1893. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C. Collection of Rear Admiral Francis A. Roe, USN. Donated by Miss Mary E. Mason, 1929. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart/Robert M. Cieri
Roe 25kUndated, location unknown.-
Roe 165kUndated, location unknown.-
Roe 17kUndated, location unknown.-
Roe 40kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Roe 129kUSS Roe (DD-419) and USS Wainwright (DD-419), undated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Roe 75k1938 Keel Laying ceremony at Charleston Navy Yard from the collection of collection of Palmer Olliff.Robert Hall
Roe 108kJust prior to launching.Robert Hall
Roe 65kSilver cup presented to the sponsor, Mrs. Eleanor Roe Hilton on June 21 1939 at Charleston Navy Yard from the collection of collection of Palmer Olliff.Robert Hall
Roe 183kCirca 1940, location unknown. Image from the 1943-44 Edition of Jane's Fighting Ships.Robert Hurst
Roe 69kPhoto #: NH 103525, USS Roe (DD-418) underway when first completed, circa 1940. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Roe 64kPhoto #: NH 66343, USS Roe (DD-418) off New York City, 13 June 1940. Photographed by Ted Stone. Courtesy of the Mariners Museum, Newport News, Virginia. Ted Stone Collection. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Roe 123kPhoto #: NH 103526, USS Roe (DD-418) off the New York Navy Yard, 16 April 1943. Halftone reproduction, published by the Division of Naval Intelligence in June 1943 for ship recognition purposes. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Roe 115kPhoto #: NH 103527, USS Roe (DD-418) off the New York Navy Yard, 16 April 1943. Halftone reproduction, published by the Division of Naval Intelligence in June 1943 for ship recognition purposes. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Roe 111kPhoto #: NH 103528, USS Roe (DD-418) underway at sea, circa 1943-1944. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Roe 78kPhoto #: NH 41766, USS Roe (DD-418) rescues crewmen of a U.S. Army Air Forces B-29 who had been adrift in the Pacific Ocean for eleven days, 14 December 1944. The men were brought aboard from the two rubber life rafts visible alongside Roe amidships. Their plane crashed at sea following a 3 December 1944 mission against the Japanese mainland. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Roe 131kNavy Photo 6275-45, amidships looking aft plan view of USS Tingey (DD 539) to the left and USS Roe (DD 418) to the right at Mare Island on 30 Aug 1945. Tingey was in overhaul at the yard from 9 July to 1 Sep 1945.Darryl Baker
Roe 99kNavy Photo 6277-45, forward plan view of USS Tingey (DD 539) to the left and USS Roe (DD 418) to the right at Mare Island on 30 Aug 1945.Darryl Baker
Roe 181kOriginal DD equipment plaque saved while being scrapped. COURTESY OF THE LOS ANGELES MARITIME MUSEUM.Ed Zajkowski

USS ROE DD-418 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Richard Martin Scruggs    Jan 5 1940 - Oct 16 1941 (Later RADM)
CDR John Newton Opie III    Oct 16 1941 - Oct 16 1942 (Later RADM)
LCDR Rathel Linwood Nolan Jr.    Oct 16 1942 - Nov 8 1943
CDR Francis Stephen Stich    Nov 8 1943 - Sep 8 1944
CDR James Pressley Craft Jr.    Sep 8 1944 - Jul 29 1945
LCDR Guy Edward Hearn Jr.    Jul 29 1945 - Oct 30 1945

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