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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; Westinghouse Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 208.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Boston Navy Yard June 1 1940.
Launched May 25 1940 and commissioned January 15 1941.
Fate Damaged beyond repair by Japanese Warships off Kolombangara July 13 1943.
Scuttled By Torpedoes from Ralph Talbot DD-390.
71 of her crew were lost with the ship and remain on duty.

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Gwin 75kPhoto #: NH 66627. Lieutenant Commander William Gwin, USN (1832-1863) engraved portrait by J.C. Buttre, New York, featuring a facsimile of Gwin's signature below the figure. Lieutenant Commander Gwin lost his life as a result of injuries suffered in combat on the Yazoo River on 27 December 1862, while he was in command of USS Benton. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Gwin 82kArtist's conception of the Gwin as she appeared in World War II by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Gwin 68kUndated, location unknown.Ric Clarkson
Gwin 89kUSS Gwin (DD-433), Underway in 1941. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 97913.Robert Hurst
Gwin 86kUSS Gwin (DD-443) underway in 1941. This view shows the ship essentially as completed, with five 5"/38 guns and ten torpedo tubes USN Photo No NH 51094.Robert Hurst
Gwin 77kUSS Gwin (DD-433) Photographed circa early 1941, probably at about the time she was commissioned. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Gwin 84kDoolittle Raid on Japan, 18 April 1942. USS Gwin (DD-433) approaches USS Hornet (CV-8) from astern, with USS Nashville (CL-43) beyond, while en route to the mission's launching point. The ships are framed by the tail of a USAAF B-25B, parked on the rear of the carrier's flight deck. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Gwin 124kDoolittle Raid on Japan, 18 April 1942 Crewmen work on a USAAF B-25B parked at the rear of USS Hornet's (CV-8) flight deck, while en route to the mission's launching point. USS Gwin (DD-433) is in the center, approaching the carrier from astern. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Gwin 117kDoolittle Raid on Japan, 18 April 1942. View looking aft from the island of USS Hornet (CV-8), while en route to the mission's launching point. USS Gwin (DD-433) is coming alongside, as USS Nashville (CL-43) steams in the distance. Eight of the mission's sixteen B-25B bombers are parked within view, as are two of the ship's SBD scout bombers. Note midships elevator, torpedo elevator, arresting gear and flight deck barriers in the lower portion of the photo, and 1.1" quad anti-aircraft machine gun mount at left. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Gwin 30kMare Island, February 23 1943.Robert Hurst
Gwin 138kUSS Gwin (DD-433) off Mare Island on February 23 1943. She underwent overhaul at the shipyard from 12/19/42-2/7/43. Navy Photo 1354-43.Darryl Baker
Gwin 164kNewspaper clippings covering the loss of the Gwin and the Silver Star to the Captain.-
Gwin 185kSecNav Certificate of Recognition for the Doolittle Task Force Tokyo raid, May 15 1995.James D. Johnson, USS Gwin (DD433)

USS GWIN DD-433 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR John Martin Higgins    Jan 15 1941 - Oct 24 1942 (Later RADM)
LCDR John Benjamin Fellows Jr.    Oct 24 1942 - Jul 13 1943 (Later RADM)

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Larry Loss
Address: 268 W. Dryden, #116, Glendale, CA 91202-3722
Phone: 818-549-9439
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.

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Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
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Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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