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USS MACOMB (DD-458 / DMS-23)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NUDS

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; Westinghouse Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 208.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bath Iron Works, Bath ME. September 3 1940.
Launched September 23 1941 and commissioned January 26 1942.
Converted to High Speed Minesweeper DMS-23 November 15 1944.
Reclassified Destroyer, DD-458 May 4 1954.
Decommissioned October 19 1954.
Stricken February 1 1970.
To Japan October 19 1952, renamed Hatakaze.
Returned To America in 1969.
Fate To Taiwan August 6 1970, and cannibalized for spare parts.

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RADM David B. Macomb
92kUSS Macomb DD 458 was named in honor of two cousins. Commodore William H. Macomb, born 6 June 1819 in Michigan, served with distinction during the Civil War. He took part in the riverine warfare along the Mississippi, commanded Shamrock in the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, headed the naval force which captured Plymouth, N.C., and led an expedition up the Roanoke River in North Carolina. For his gallantry in action with the North Atlantic Squadron, he was advanced several numbers in his grade. Commodore Macomb died on 12 August 1872 in Philadelphia. Commodore Macomb’s first cousin, Rear Adm. David B. Macomb, born near Tallahassee, Fla., 27 February 1827, entered the Navy as third assistant engineer in 1849. Prior to the Civil War, he served with the Ringgold Expedition which explored the North Pacific and the China and Japanese Seas; and he accompanied Commodore Perry’s fleet to Japan, 1853-55. After the start of hostilities in 1861, he took part in the blockade of Charleston, S.C., and of Pensacola, Fla., then at Boston helped build monitors Nahant and Canonicus. He subsequently served on the latter with the James River Fleet and the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron. He contributed several inventions to the Navy including the Macomb Bilge Strainer and the hydraulic lift used in the turrets of ironclads. He retired in 1889 and died 27 January 1911 in New York City.Robert M. Cieri/Bill Gonyo
THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
WASHINGTON

The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in commending the

UNITED STATES SHIP MACOMB

for service as follows:
"For outstanding heroism in action while attached to Mine Squadron TWENTY, operating under Commander Mine Force, Pacific Fleet, from March 21 to 31; and thereafter under the operational control of Commander Transport Screen, from April 1 to May 11, 1945, during operations for the seizure of enemy Japanese-held Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands. Although lightly armed and highly vulnerable while operating in dangerous mined waters, the U.S.S. MACOMB rendered heroic service in minesweeping, fire support, radar picket, anti-suicide boat, anti-submarine and antiaircraft screen missions. A natural and frequent target for heavy Japanese aerial attack, she was constantly vigilant and ready for battle, fighting her guns valiantly to destroy five hostile planes. Crashed on May 3 by a Kamikaze which caused major damage and personnel casualties, the U.S.S. MACOMB, by her own aggressiveness and the courage and skill of her officers and men, contributed essentially to the success of the Okinawa invasion, thereby upholding the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."
All personnel attached to and serving on board the U.S.S. MACOMB from March 24 to May 11, 1945, are authorized to wear the NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION Ribbon.
John L. Sullivan
Secretary of the Navy
Macomb 163kArtist's conception of the Macomb as she appeared in two-tone camouflage Measure 22 with round-faced bridge 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
Macomb 56kUndated, location unknown.James Young RM2
Macomb 200kSeptember 1943, location unknown.Wolfgang Hechler
Macomb 60kPhoto dated 1944, USNIJames Diamond, EMCS
Macomb 60kPhoto dated 1944, USNIJames Diamond, EMCS
Macomb 118kCrewmembers lost during World War II.Bill Gonyo
Macomb 60kPhoto dated 1946-47, USNJames Diamond, EMCS
Macomb 60kPhoto dated 1952-53, USNJames Diamond, EMCS
On Japanese Service
Macomb 57kHatakaze, DD 182 (ex-USS Macomb, DD-458) underway, circa 1963, location unknown. Photo by Kohji Ishiwata from the 1964-65 Edition of Jane's Fighting Ships.Robert Hurst

USS MACOMB DD-458 / DMS-23 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR William Howard Duvall    Jan 26 1942 - Jan 10 1943
LCDR Jerry Curtis South    Jan 10 1943 - Mar 2 1944
LCDR George Hutchinson    Mar 2 1944 - Dec 7 1944
LCDR Alton Louis Clifford Waldron    Dec 7 1944 - 1946 
LCDR Robert Stephen Guy    1947 - 1948
LCDR Robert Elwin Cutts    ?
LCDR William John Caspari    Sep 1949 - Sep 1950
LCDR John Leroy Hutchinson    Oct 1951 - Oct 1953

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Jim Dimond
Address: 4940 Baywood Ln., Millington TN 38053-3963
Phone: 901-873-2865
E-mail: EMCSUSNret@direcway.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 Macomb Website
NavSource Minesweeper Pages, USS Macomb (DMS-23)
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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