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USS RADFORD (DD-446 / DDE-446)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NCFX

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - GYPSY PRINCE

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 July 22 1942.
Decommissioned January 17 1946, Recommissioned October 17 1949.
Reclassified DDE-446 March 26 1949.
Completed FRAM upgrade November 1960.
Reverted back to DD-446 June 30 1962.
Decommissioned November 10 1969.
Stricken November 10 1969.
Fate Sold October 1970 and broken up for scrap.

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Radford 126kRear Adm. William Radford was born in Fincastle, Va., 1 March 1808 and entered the U.S. Navy during 1825. He commanded the landing party from Warren which captured the Mexican warship Malek Adhel at Mazatlan and took part in other Pacific coast operations of the Mexican War. During the Civil War, he commanded the ill-fated Cumberland but was on board the frigate Roanoke as a member of a Court of enquiry when his ship was attacked by the Confederate casemate ram Virginia. Captain Radford subsequently commanded the armored ship New Ironsides during Union attacks on Fort Fisher in December 1864 and in January 1865. Promoted rear admiral in 1866, he commanded the European squadron during 1869 and 1870. Rear Adm. Radford died at Washington, D.C., 8 January 1890.Bill Gonyo
Radford 82kArtist's conception of the Radford as she appeared after original construction 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
Radford 78kArtist's conception of a cutaway view of the Radford 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
Radford 38kUndated, location unknown.-
Radford 56kUndated, location unknown.Francis Klier
Radford 50kUndated, location unknown.Francis Klier
Radford 52kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Radford 112kUndated, location unknown.Ron Phillipi
Radford 104kEtching by John Taylor Arms (American, 1887-1953) of USS Radford (DD-446), USS Quick (DD-490) and USS Mervine (DD-489) in Wet Basin at Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, South Kearney, NJ during 1942.Stephen Fixx
Radford 69kCirca 1942 in measure 12 modified camouflage.Robert Hurst
Radford 86kAugust 3 1942 at New York, NY.Ed Zajkowski
Radford 118kAugust 3 1942 at New York, NY.Ed Zajkowski
Radford 105kOff Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia on 20 November 1942.Fred Weiss/Robert Hurst
Radford 103kRadford steaming into Tulagi Harbour in the Solomans with a deckload of survivors of the cruiser Helena, and with the wounded filling all available space below, 5-6 July 1943.Robert Hurst/Gerd Matthes
Radford 107kAmidships looking forward plan view of USS Radford (DD 446) at Mare Island on 13 Jan 44. ARD-11 is forward of Radford and the USS Patterson (DD 392) is docked in the floating dry dock.Darryl Baker
Radford 114kAmidships looking forward aft view of USS Radford (DD 446) at Mare Island on 13 Jan 44. She was in overhaul at the yard from 15 Dec 43 until 18 Jan 44.Darryl Baker
Radford 90kStern view of USS Radford (DD 446) off San Francisco on 15 Jan 44. She was in overhaul at Mare Island from 15 Dec 43 until 18 Jan 44.Darryl Baker
Radford 91kBroadside view of USS Radford (DD 446) off San Francisco on 15 Jan 44. She was in overhaul at Mare Island from 15 Dec 43 until 18 Jan 44. The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 32, Design 3d.Darryl Baker
Radford 95kBow on view of USS Radford (DD 446) off San Francisco on 15 Jan 44. She was in overhaul at Mare Island from 15 Dec 43 until 18 Jan 44. Oakland Bay Bridge is in the background.Darryl Baker
Radford 177kUSS Radford (DD 446) off San Francisco after overhaul at Mare Island on January 15, 1944. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Radford 37kUSS Radford (DD-446) shown striking a mine in February 1945 while going to help the USS La Vallette (DD-448) which had also struck a mine. These destroyers were damaged while supporting minesweepers opening up Mariveles Harbor, Bataan. Photo from "United States destroyer Operations in World War II" by Theodore Roscoe.Robert Hurst
Radford 174kJuly 14 1966, (L-R) USS Everett F. Larson (DD-830), USS Markab (AR-23), unidentified destroyer, USS Radford (DD-446) and USS James E. Kyes (DD-787).Ed Zajkowski
Radford 164kUSS Radford (DD-446) underway off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii on 1 January 1968. She is in her final configuration, as fitted during her 1960 FRAM II modernization with new smokestack caps and a DASH drone helicopter hangar and flight deck. Photographer: PH3/AC D.R. Hyder. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 107291.Robert Hurst
Radford 212kPearl Harbor, June 1968. Richard Leonhardt
Radford 82kPearl Harbor October 1968. Richard Leonhardt
Radford 31kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski

USS RADFORD DD-446 / DDE-446 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR William Kilian Romoser    Jul 22 1942 - Oct 10 1943 (Later RADM)
CDR Gale Emerson Griggs    Oct 10 1943 - Sep 10 1944 (Later RADM)
CDR Gordon Leonard Caswell    Sep 10 1944 - Dec 12 1944
CDR Jack Emerson Mansfield    Dec 12 1944 - Jan 17 1946
(Decommissioned Jan 17 1946 - Sep 10 1949)
CDR Elvin Clinton Ogle    Sep 10 1949 - Aug 15 1951
CDR James Hills Barnard II    Aug 15 1951 - Oct 14 1953
CDR John Henderson Hitchcock    Oct 14 1953 - Apr 1955
CDR Leon Carl "Lonnie" Klingaman    Apr 1955 - Oct 15 1956
CDR Walter Browne Woodson Jr.    Oct 15 1956 - Jul 1958
CDR William Chambers Mackey III    Jul 1958 - Jun 1960
LCDR Edward Charles Kline Jr.    Jun 1960 - Aug 1960
CDR Robert Carey Gibson    Aug 1960 - Aug 1962
CDR George Pullen Peed    Aug 1962 - Jan 27 1964
CDR Warren Hill Wettlaufer    Jan 27 1964 - Dec 1965
CDR William Livingston Prange    Dec 1965 - Jul 1967
CDR Charles Culberson Denman Jr.    Jul 1967 - Sep 30 1968
CDR John Anthony Maxwell    Sep 30 1968 - Nov 10 1969

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Chuck Parsons
Address: 482 Windyville Road, Spencer, West Virginia 25276
Phone: (304)927-2890
E-mail: kjp263@localnet.com


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 Radford website
USS Radford website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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