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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 Federal Shipbuilding, Kearny NJ. March 18 1940.
Launched November 23 1940 and commissioned January 31 1941.
Decommissioned May 18 1946.
Stricken April 1 1966.
Fate Sold December 29 1966 to Lipsett Inc., Kearny, NJ and broken up for scrap.

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Edison 62kThomas Alva Edison, born 11 February 1847 in Milan, Ohio, was one of the most prolific and imaginative inventors in world history. The importance of his accomplishments was highlighted when Congress in 1928 awarded him a gold medal for development and application of inventions which revolutionized civilization. Much of his work was of direct benefit to the Navy. He died 18 October 1931 in West Orange, N.J.Bill Gonyo
Edison 82kArtist's conception of the Edison 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
Edison 78kUndated, location unknown.-
Edison 164kUndated, location unknown.Russ Padden
Edison 197kNewspaper clipping from the launching dated November 23 1940.Ron Reeves
Edison 77kThe U.S. Navy's first post WW I design battleship, North Carolina (BB-55) fitting out at New York Navy Yard in early 1941. The stern of the destroyer Edison (DD-439) appears to the left & the destroyer Reuben James (DD-245) appears on the right foreground.John Chiquoine
Edison 453kEdison (DD-439) on 30 January 1941, the day before commissioning. Note her turrets have not yet been fitted. Photo from files of Vallejo Naval & Historical MuseumDarryl Baker
Edison 128kUSS Edison (DD-439), Underway, either entering or leaving port with the crew at quarters, circa 1942. She is painted in the splotchy patterns of Camouflage Measure 12 (Modified). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 107290.Robert Hurst
Edison 149k View of Edison (DD-439), Schroeder (DD-501), Spence (DD-512), and Foote (DD-511) at Norfolk, May 1943. Photo was taken between 19-21 May; Foote arrived at Norfolk from Boston in the late morning of the 19th, while Schroeder, Foote and Spence sortied on the 21st to escort Yorktown (CV-10) to the Caribbean on her shakedown cruise. Photo by C. Kerlee, National Archives photo 80-GK-14999.John Chiquoine

USS EDISON DD-439 History
View This Vessels DANFS History entry at the Naval History & Heritage Command website

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Albert Christian Murdaugh    Jan 31 1941 - Mar 1 1942 (Later RADM)

CDR William Ramon Headden    Mar 1 1942 - Feb 24 1943

LCDR Hepburn Alcott Pearce    Feb 24 1943 - May 15 1945

CDR William John Caspari    May 15 1945 - May 18 1946

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Ms. Jean Whetstine
Address: 10635 Byron Rd, Byron, MI 48418-9105
Phone: 810-266-6821
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 Edison Website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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