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USS SWANSON (DD-443)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NEXF

CLASS - GLEAVES As Built.
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 November 15 1939.
Launched November 2 1940 and commissioned May 29 1941.
Decommissioned March 6 1946.
Stricken March 1 1971.
Fate Sold June 29 1972 and broken up for scrap.

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Swanson 50kClaude Augustus Swanson (March 31, 1862 - July 7, 1939) was an American lawyer and Democratic Party politician from Virginia. He served seven terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, from 1893 until 1906, was the Governor of Virginia from 1906 until 1910, and represented Virginia as a United States Senator from 1910 until 1933. He was the 45th Secretary of the Navy under Franklin D. Roosevelt from 1933 until his death in 1939.Fabio Peņa
Swanson 82kArtist's conception of the Swanson 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
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November 2 1940 launching program. From the collection of Jack Sloan.Ed Zajkowski
Swanson 54kLaunched November 2 1940. Photo Courtesy of the Fall River Naval Museum.Bill Gonyo
Swanson 113kNovember 2 1940 launching with Mrs. Swanson holding bottle and Mrs. Woodrow Wilson, left. From the collection of Jack Sloan.Ed Zajkowski
Swanson 207kNovember 2 1940 launching. From the collection of Jack Sloan.Ed Zajkowski
Swanson 101kNovember 2 1940 launching, Mrs. Claude A. Swanson. From the collection of Jack Sloan.Ed Zajkowski
Swanson 191kNovember 2 1940 launching, Mrs. Woodrow Wilson receiving flowers. From the collection of Jack Sloan.Ed Zajkowski
Swanson 133kNovember 2 1940 launching, Mrs. Claude Swanson christening. From the collection of Jack Sloan.Ed Zajkowski
Swanson 86kNovember 2 1940 launching, going down the ways at Charleston, SC. From the collection of Jack Sloan.Ed Zajkowski
Swanson 163kNovember 2 1940 launching, afloat for the first time. From the collection of Jack Sloan.Ed Zajkowski
Swanson 202kMay 29 1941, the commissioning. From the collection of Jack Sloan.Ed Zajkowski
Swanson 182kMay 29 1941, the commissioning with Mrs. Swanson in attendance. From the collection of Jack Sloan.Ed Zajkowski
Swanson 283kMay 29 1941, the commissioning with Mrs. Swanson in attendance. From the collection of Jack Sloan.Ed Zajkowski
Swanson 22kCirca 1942, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Swanson 81kCirca 1942, location unknown.David Buell
Swanson 52kHalifax, Nova Scotia on March 11 1942. Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management, Halifax, NS.Tracy White
Swanson 192kJune 1943, Mers-el-Kebir, photo taken from the Wilkes, with USS Swanson (DD-443) alongside, in the background is the USS Bristol (DD-453) outboard, and USS Ludlow (DD-438) inboard. From the collection of William J. Mosher located at the National Destroyermens Museum housed aboard the USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. (DD-850).Ed Zajkowski
Swanson 137kThe USS Swanson (DD-443) at Puget Sound NY in June 1945 after being Inclined following receiving the Anti-Kamikaze upgrade to her AA Armament. All Torpedo Tubes have been removed, the two twin 40mm mounts have been moved to positions amidships between the stacks, and two quad 40mm mounts were added in place of where the two twin 40mm mounts were located. Note that the Swanson is in the process of being repainted to Ms-22 Camo scheme. The USS Maryland appears in the background.Rick E Davis
Swanson 131kPhoto #: 80-G-354884, USS Black Hawk (AD-9) with six destroyers alongside, probably at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in July 1945. The destroyers are (from left to right): USS Hawkins (DD-873); USS Ordronaux (DD-617); USS Boyle (DD-600); USS Champlin (DD-601); USS Swanson (DD-443); and USS Franks (DD-554). Note the personnel boat in the foreground, heading for a landing stage alongside Black Hawk's bow. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Tony Cowart
Swanson 122kUSS Black Hawk (AD-9) with six destroyers alongside, probably at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in July 1945. The destroyers are (from left to right): USS Hawkins (DD-873); USS Ordronaux (DD-617); USS Boyle (DD-600); USS Champlin (DD-601); USS Swanson (DD-443); and USS Franks (DD-554). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Tony Cowart
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USS SWANSON DD-443 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Marvin Peirce Kingsley    May 29 1941 - Jul 24 1942
LCDR Lewis Merrill Markham Jr.    Jul 24 1942 - Dec 1 1942
CDR Edward Livingston Robertson Jr.    Dec 1 1942 - May 16 1944
LCDR William Kenneth Ratliff    May 16 1944 - Jul 19 1945
CDR William G. Collar    Jul 9 1945 - Mar 6 1946

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Jack Sloan
Address: 1707 Greenway Drive, Augusta, Ga. 30909-4323
Phone: (706) 736-0276
E-mail: jdsdd443@knology.net


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 Swanson (DD-443) Website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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