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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 Charleston Navy Yard July 17 1939.
Launched August 7 1940 and commissioned February 14 1941.
Decommissioned February 4 1947.
Stricken June 1 1972.
Fate Sold June 12 1974 and broken up for scrap.

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Grayson 67kCary Travers Grayson was born in Culpeper, Virginia, 11 October 1878. After completing his medical studies, he was appointed Acting Assistant Surgeon, USN, 14 July 1903. A variety of posts led Grayson to Washington, where on 12 December 1912 he was assigned to the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery with additional duty as Aide to the White House. Commissioned Rear Admiral 29 August 1916, he served as personal physician and aide to President Woodrow Wilson during World War I. Before transferring to the Retired List 20 December 1928, Admiral Grayson received the Navy Cross for exceptionally meritorious service as aide and physician to President Wilson. He was also made Commander of the National Order of the Legion of Honor by the French government. Admiral Grayson served as chairman of the American Red Cross from 1935 until his death 15 February 1938. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.Bill Gonyo
USS Grayson (DD-435)
Grayson 90kUndated, location unknown.-
Grayson 137kUndated, location unknown.Christopher Karwowski/Bill Roddy/John Spivey
Grayson 95kThe first rivet is placed during her construction.Robert Hall
Grayson 107kKeel laying ceremony at Charleston, SC, 17 July 1939. From the collection of Palmer Olliff.Robert Hall
Grayson 213kGrayson ready for launching, August 1940.Dave Wright
Grayson 123kGrayson's commissioning plaque.Robert Hall
Grayson 116kUSS Grayson (DD-435) Off the Charleston Navy Yard, South Carolina, 17 April 1941. She is wearing freshly-applied Measure 1 camouflage. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
Grayson 99kAs above. National Archives photo 19-N-23830.Robert Hurst
148kGrayson off Charleston Navy Yard, 02 May 1941. National Archives photo 19-N-23831Mike Green
Grayson 73kPhoto #: 80-G-41759: USS Grayson (DD-435) photographed circa 1942. This photograph has been retouched by the wartime censor to eliminate radar antennas atop the ship's foremast and gun director. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Scott Dyben
Grayson 77kPhoto #: 80-G-41760: USS Grayson (DD-435) photographed circa 1942. This photograph has been retouched by the wartime censor to eliminate radar antennas atop the ship's foremast and gun director. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Scott Dyben
Grayson 77kMare Island June 9 1942Russ Padden
Grayson 176kShip's crew in Brisbane on December 20 1942.Gary Adams
Grayson 120kUSS Grayson (DD-435) With a sister ship in Seeadler Harbor, Manus, Admiralty Islands, on 1 April 1944. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Grayson 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
Grayson 168kRight-to-left are USS Gillespie (DD-609), USS Bancroft (DD-598), USS Grayson (DD-435), and USS Edwards (DD-619) as seen in a 1970 nest at the Orange, Texas Inactive Ship Facility. These are incidental views to a series of photos of USS Hobby's first reunion, with the uncommon chance of all four wearing the larger bow numerals. Photos are by Joe Buya, courtesy Ray and Betty Simons.John Chiquoine
Grayson 177kAs above.John Chiquoine
Grayson 185kSecNav Certificate of Recognition for the Doolittle Task Force Tokyo raid, May 15 1995.James D. Johnson, USS Gwin (DD433)
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USS GRAYSON DD-435 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Thomas Murray Stokes    Feb 14 1941 - May 30 1942 (Later RADM)

LCDR Frederick Jackson Bell    May 30 1942 - Apr 22 1943 (Later RADM)

LCDR Henry Otto Hansen    Apr 22 1943 - Nov 14 1943

LCDR William Veazie Pratt II    Nov 14 1943 - Jan 25 1945

LCDR Everett Alan Trickey    Jan 25 1946 - Jan 29 1946

LCDR Henry Donald (Hank) Davison    Jan 29 1946 - Oct 4 1946

LT William Clay Moore    Oct 4 1946 - Feb 4 1947 (Later VADM)

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Dave Craigmile
Address: 6902 Greentree Dr., Naples, FL 34108
Phone: 941-591-8768

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 Grayson (DD-435) Homepage
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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