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USS FLETCHER (DD-445 / DDE-445)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NEBG

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - RADISH

CLASS - FLETCHER As Built.
Displacement 2924 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 2 x 40mm, 6 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Federal Shipbuilding, Kearny NJ. October 2 1941.
Launched May 3 1942 and commissioned June 30 1942.
Decommissioned January 15 1947 and recommissioned October 3 1949.
Reclassified DDE-445 March 26 1949 And back to DD-445 June 30 1962.
Decommissioned October 1 1969.
Stricken October 1 1969.
Fate Sold February 22 1972 and broken up for scrap.

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Fletcher 48kFrank Friday Fletcher, born 23 November 1855 in Oskaloosa, Iowa, was a member of the Naval Academy class of 1875. As Commander of the 1st Division, Atlantic Fleet, he directed the landing at Vera Cruz, Mexico, 21 and 22 April 1914, with distinction which won him the Medal of Honor. He was named Commander-in-Chief of the Atlantic Fleet later that year, ranking as Admiral from 10 March 1915 until completing his assignment in 1916. He served on the General Board until retiring on 23 November 1919, earning the Distinguished Service Medal for his meritorious service during World War I. Twice recalled for temporary active duty, he served in 1925 on a board studying the most effective use of aircraft in national defense. Admiral Fletcher died in New York City 28 November 1928. Photo #: NH 82920, Admiral Frank F. Fletcher, USN portrait photo, taken circa 1919. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart/Robert M. Cieri
Fletcher 80kArtist's conception of the Fletcher 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
Fletcher 78kArtist's conception of a cutaway view of the Fletcher 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
Fletcher 249kA painting of the Fletcher by George Watt.Paul Pitt
Fletcher 30kUndated, location unknown.-
Fletcher 137kUndated, class leader shown as modified after WW2. "Type A" anti-submarine weapon thrower is mounted at #2-5" gun mounts former position. Electronic improvements are shown on the pole foremast and she carries a tripod mainmast ahead of her rear stack.-
Fletcher 56kUSS Dobbin (AD-3) with (L to R) USS Lovering (DE-39), USS Welles (DD-628), USS Mustin (DD-413) and the USS Fletcher (DD-445) moored in Seeadler Harbor, Admiralty Islands, date unknown. Photo from United States Destroyer Operations of World War II, by Theodore Roscoe.Robert Hurst
Fletcher 102kUndated wartime photo of USS Fletcher (DD-445) foreground, followed by other destroyers and, in the distance, cruisers of Task Force 67 just before the Battle of Tassafaronga. Photo from United States Destroyer Operations of World War II, by Theodore Roscoe.Robert Hurst
Fletcher 88kUSS Fletcher (DD-445), as delivered. She is fitted with the original pole mast, topped with its SC-2 air-search radar antenna, seen near end-on. Photo from "An Illustrated History of Destroyers of The World" by Bernard Ireland.Robert Hurst
Fletcher 111kMrs. Frank Friday Fletcher sponsors Fletcher's launch on May 3, 1942 at Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Kearny, New Jersey.Earl Faubion
Fletcher 124kAs above.Earl Faubion
Fletcher 151kCommissioning officers of USS Fletcher DD-445, June 30, 1942. Front row L-R: Lt. J.G. Hughes, Lt. Cdr. J.C. Wylie, Jr. (XO), Lt. Cdr. William M. Cole (CO), Lt.Jg. A. Chesley Wilson, Lt.Jg. William Blender. Rear Row: Ens. J.S. Hamilton Jr., Ens. A.H. Murray Jr., Ens. C.B. Reinhardt, Ens. Donald C. Sinclair, Ens. P.B. McLean, Ens. Walter S. Sullivan. Missing from photo: Lt. (Jg) Irving J. Davenport.Earl Faubion
Fletcher 117kJune 30, 1942, Admiral Edward J. Marquart, Commander Third Naval District, turns over command of USS Fletcher DD-445 to Lt. Commander William M. Cole USN.Earl Faubion
Fletcher 69kCirca June 1942.Marc Piché
Fletcher 80kA series of 6 images from New York Navy Yard, July 15 1942.David Buell
Fletcher 92kAs above.David Buell
Fletcher 99kAs above.David Buell
Fletcher 119kAs above.David Buell
Fletcher 88kAs above.David Buell
Fletcher 91kAs above.David Buell
Fletcher 87kUSS Fletcher (DD-445) whilst manoeuvering off New York on 18 July 1942.Robert Hurst
Fletcher 81kUSS Fletcher (DD-445) underway off New York 18 July 1942 (USN Photo No 19-N-31245). Robert Hurst
Fletcher 51kUSS Fletcher (DD-445), at anchor in Purvis Bay, Florida Island, Soloman Islands, on 26 March 1943. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photo NH 53916. Replacement for pic no 0544503.Robert Hurst
Fletcher 63kUSS Fletcher (DD-445) Off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, circa mid-August 1943. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Fletcher 154kAft plan view of the USS Fletcher (DD 445) at Mare Island on 13 August 1943 near the conclusion of her overhaul which started on 8 July 1943.Darryl Baker
Fletcher 164kAmidships plan view of the USS Fletcher (DD 445) at Mare Island on 13 August 1943 near the conclusion of her overhaul which started on 8 July 1943.Darryl Baker
Fletcher 73kForward plan view of the USS Fletcher (DD 445) at Mare Island on 13 August 1943 near the conclusion of her overhaul which started on 8 July 1943.Darryl Baker
Fletcher 73kBow on view of the USS Fletcher (DD 445) departing Mare Island on 19 August 1943.Darryl Baker
Fletcher 84kStern view of the USS Fletcher (DD 445) departing Mare Island on 19 August 1943.Darryl Baker
Fletcher 41kCirca 1954, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Fletcher 55kHicham Air Force Base hangers with Honolulu and Diamond Head in background., circa 1957.Donald J. Wagner
Fletcher 117kFletcher alongside the USS Prarie (AD-15) in Yokosuka, July-August 1959.Derick S. Hartshorn
Fletcher 207kPacific Ocean, May 15 1963, crew members of the aircraft carrier USS Kearsarge (CV 33) spell out "Mercury 9" on the ship's flight deck while accompanied by USS Fletcher (DD 445). The ships are steaming toward the recovery area, where astronaut Gordon Cooper is expected to splash down in his "Faith 7" Mercury space capsule. US Navy photo cataloged by NASA.Robert M. Cieri
Fletcher 127kUSS Fletcher in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, circa 1964 (USN Photo No NH 68911). Robert Hurst
Fletcher 142kSea of Japan, December 19 1965, while engaged in anti-submarine warfare exercises, USS Tolvana (AO 64) performs a replenishment at sea (RAS) with USS Hornet (CVS 12) and USS Fletcher (DD 445) simultaneously. Official Navy Photograph from US Naval Photographic Center, Naval Station Anacostia, Wasington DC. US Navy Photo by JO1 J. F. Falk, USN.Robert M. Cieri
Fletcher 116kUSS Fletcher (DD-445) underway at sea on 20 October 1966. Photographed by PH2 O'Brien. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Fletcher 117kUSS Fletcher (DD-445) Underway at sea in 1967. Note the white star painted atop her forward 5"/38 gun mount. This photograph was received from USS Fletcher in 1969. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Fletcher 121kUSS Fletcher (DD-445) underway at sea in 1967, while serving with Destroyer Squadron 25. This photograph was received from USS Fletcher in 1969. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Fletcher 104kUSS Fletcher underway at sea in 1967, while serving with Destroyer Squadron 25 (USN Photo No 68915).Robert Hurst
Fletcher 106k1 April 1968, Fletcher alongside and pulling away after an unrep with the USS Sacramento (AOE-1).Reinhard Lindner
Fletcher 122k1 April 1968, Fletcher alongside and pulling away after an unrep with the USS Sacramento (AOE-1).Reinhard Lindner
Fletcher 136kPearl Harbor, October 1968.© Richard Leonhardt
Fletcher 164kPearl Harbor, October 1968. Arizona Memorial in the background.© Richard Leonhardt
Fletcher 118kUSS Fletcher (DD-445) Underway at sea, circa the 1960s. This photograph was received from USS Fletcher in 1969. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Fletcher 222kFletcher in Kobe, Japan on April 21, 1969 toward the end of Fletcher's last WestPac deployment. After leaving Kobe, Fletcher went to Yokosuka, then to her home port in Pearl Harbor, then to San Diego for decommissioning on August 1, 1969.Earl Faubion
Fletcher 51kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Fletcher 689kA series of newspaper clippings from various times in her history.Ron Reeves

USS FLETCHER DD-445 / DDE-445 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR William Machant Cole    Jun 30 1942 - Dec 11 1942
LCDR Frank Lesher Johnson    Dec 11 1942 - Apr 11 1943
LT John Gerard Hughes    Apr 11 1943 - Apr 19 1943
CDR Robert Devore McGinnis    Apr 19 1943 - Feb 10 1944 (Later RADM)
CDR John Lee Foster    Feb 10 1944 - Mar 14 1945
LCDR Robert Robinson Green    Mar 14 1945 - Jun 15 1946
LT John Berwick Anderson    Jun 15 1946 - Jan 15 1947
(Decommissioned Jan 15 1947 - Oct 3 1949)
CDR William McCollough Lowry    Oct 3 1949 - Dec 27 1951
CDR George Aloysius Hayes    Dec 27 1951 - Feb 17 1952
CDR Grover Leonard Rawlings    Feb 17 1952 - Jul 29 1953
CDR Claude Smith Farmer Jr.    Jul 29 1953 - Nov 5 1955
CDR Charles Moore Cassel Jr.    Nov 5 1955 - Nov 9 1957
CDR Alfred Anthony Cherbak    Nov 9 1957 - Dec 26 1959
CDR George David Harrelson    Dec 26 1959 - Dec 1 1961
CDR Chester Robert Langer    Dec 1 1961 - Jan 30 1964
CDR Fremont Easton Reichwein    Jan 30 1964 - Jul 31 1965
CDR Robert Lloyd Morgan    Jul 31 1965 - Nov 5 1966
CDR Leslie Adam Taylor Jr.    Nov 5 1966 - Oct 8 1968
CDR Henry Francis Boyle Jr.    Oct 8 1968 - Oct 1 1969

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Earl Faubion
Address: 6908 S Villa Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73159
Phone: (405)833-7372
E-mail: dd445@cox.net


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