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Displacement 2395 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 348' 4"(oa) x 36' 1" x 13' 2" (Max)
Armament 4 x 5"/38AA, 6 x 0.5" MG, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 50,000 SHP; General Electric Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 208.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Federal Shipbuilding, Kearny NJ. March 1 1939.
Launched March 9 1940 and commissioned July 17 1940.
Decommissioned May 3 1946.
Stricken November 1 1972.
To Taiwan February 16 1954, renamed Nan Yang.
Fate Stricken and scrapped in 1975.

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Plunkett 88kCharles Peshall Plunkett, born in Washington, D.C., 15 February 1864, was appointed to the Naval Academy in 1879. A veteran of the Spanish-American War, during which he served in Adm. Dewey’s Squadron at Manila Bay, he had commanded both North Dakota and South Dakota and had served as Director, Target Practice and Engineering Competitions for the Navy Department before the United States entered World War I. In July, 1918, he assumed command of the 5 Naval Railway Batteries in France. Under his direction those mobile units of 14” battleship guns supported French and American armies from 6 September until the Armistice. Awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for his service during the war, he later commanded Destroyers, US Atlantic Fleet, and served as Chief of Staff, Naval War College; President, Board of Inspection and Survey; and as Commandant, New York Navy Yard and the 3d Naval District. Retiring in 1928, Rear Admiral Plunkett died, in Washington, D.C., 24 March 1931. Digital ID: hec 19136, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.Bill Gonyo

The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in commending the


for service as follows:
"For outstanding heroism in action against enemy forces off Anzio, Italy, from January 21 to 25, 1944. Operating with Task Group 80.6 off the beachhead at Anzio and subjected to a concentrated torpedo and glide-bombing attack by fourteen Germans planes, the U.S.S. PLUNKETT maneuvered radically to avoid the deadly missiles as she sent up a hail of fire to send two of the hostile aircraft crashing into the sea. When a 550-lb bomb crashed on the 1.1" gun platform, killed 53 officers and men and started a raging fire, which, augmented by exploding ammunition and depth charges ruptured the fire main to the after magazine, her heroic crew jettisoned the burning depth charges and ammunition, secured the steam-filled fire room and extinguished the flames within ten minutes without cessation of fire from her own guns. Although under-manned and damaged, she responded magnificently to the joint efforts of all her departments and successfully cleared the hazardous area at reduced speed, reaching Palermo battered, but still seaworthy. The PLUNKETT’s intrepid spirit and combat efficiency attest the valor and skill of her ship’s company and reflect the highest credit upon herself and the United States Naval Service."
All personnel attached to and serving on board the U.S.S. PLUNKETT during the above period are hereby authorized to wear the NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION Ribbon.
James Forrestal
Secretary of the Navy
Plunkett 138kUndated, USS Plunkett (DD-431) cleaning up shortly after being hit by a bomb off Anzio. Photo from "United States destroyer Operations in World War II" by Theodore Roscoe.Robert Hurst
Plunkett 199kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Plunkett 158kUSS Plunkett seen in her original 1941 five gun configuration and main battery director not installed. From the Life Magazine collection, photogapher Thomas McAvoy. For educational and non-commercial use.John Chiquoine
Plunkett 137kPre war iamge from the collections of Ingersol-Rand. Note that the date on the photo is incorrect.Ron Titus
Plunkett 48kNew York Harbor, August 5 1942.Robert Hurst
Plunkett 102kA series of photos from New York Navy Yard. The images at the pier are dated August 5, 1942.-
Plunkett 109kAs above.-
Plunkett 113kAs above.-
Plunkett 125kAs above.-
Plunkett 80kAs above.-
Plunkett 81kAs above.-
Plunkett 37kAs above.-
Plunkett 133kAugust 5 1942, New York, NY.Ed Zajkowski
Plunkett 156kAugust 5 1942, New York, NY.Ed Zajkowski
Plunkett 207kWith the destroyer USS Plunkett (DD-431) is in the background, the HMRT Destiny (BAT-9) undergoes an inclining experiment at the New York Navy Yard on 27 October 1942. The tug was delivered in July, 1942. Note the clutter of towing gear on the after decks of these British tugs. Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19 textual files, Item S-22.Mike Green
Plunkett 60kThe Plunkett painted in Measure 32 3D scheme, sometime between March 1943 and November 1944.Tracy White
Plunkett 125kUSS Plunkett (DD 431) underway on April 30 1944, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Plunkett 159kUSS Plunkett (DD-431) underway in March 1945. Location may be off Brenton Reef, near Newport, Rhode Island. The ship is painted in Camouflage Measure 32, Design 3D. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 107430.Robert Hurst
On Taiwanese Service
Plunkett 84k1959, location unknown.Marc Piché
Plunkett 97k1962, location unknown.Robert Hurst

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Peter Gerald Hale    Jul 17 1940 - May 10 1941
LCDR William Arthur Graham    May 10 1941 - Nov 24 1941
LCDR William Harrison Standley Jr.    Nov 24 1941 - Sep 14 1942 (Later RADM)
LCDR Lewis Robinson Miller    Sep 14 1942 - Jan 11 1943
CDR Edward Joseph Burke    Jan 11 1943 - Feb 15 1944
CDR William Outerson    Feb 15 1944 - Mar 13 1945
CDR Fred Lee Ruhlman    Mar 13 1945 - Oct 28 1945
LCDR Edmond Alexander Hoggard    Oct 28 1945 - Jan 1946

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Ted Mueller
Address: 318 E. Katherine Drive, Hainesville, IL 60030-3648
Phone: (847)548-4642

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.

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