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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NBRF

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; Bethlehem Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 208.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel,San Francisco. January 13 1941.
Launched November 29 1941 and commissioned April 30 1942.
Decommissioned April 6 1946.
Stricken January 22 1951.
To Italy January 15 1951, renamed Artigliere.
Fate Stricken and scrapped in 1971.

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-Selim E. Woodworth was born circa the year 1824 in New York State. Appointed a midshipman on 16 June 1838, he was ordered to duty with the Wilkes Exploring Expedition. However, the order was sent to Norfolk and was not forwarded to him. When he finally reported in response to a duplicate order, the expedition had already sailed. As a result, he was sent on 20 November to the Mediterranean for duty in the ship of the line Ohio. On 3 August, he was detached from Ohio for a three-month leave; he requested and received an additional leave of three months to visit Milano, Italy. On 24 December, Woodworth was ordered to Falmouth, fitting out at New York. While he was serving in Falmouth, news reached him at Pensacola, Fla., of the death of his father. He obtained leave, returned to New York, and became attached to the receiving ship, North Carolina. He next served on Lawrence in September before entering the Naval School in Philadelphia on the 29th of that month. On 20 May 1844, Selim Woodworth was warranted a passed midshipman. After a leave of six months, he reported to the new sloop-of-war Jamestown and served in her on the coast of Africa, helping to suppress the slave trade. He was transferred to Truxtun, detached on 24 November 1845, and granted a three-month leave. At that time, Woodworth requested permission to cross the United States to join his squadron on the Pacific Coast. He arrived at West Port, Missouri, where he joined a party consisting of approximately 1,800 persons, including women and children, which was to travel in 560 wagons drawn by oxen. After a long and difficult journey across the North American continent— once long interrupted when he left the main party to lead an expedition to rescue a group of Americans who were in grave distress in the Rocky Mountains, Woodworth reported on board sloop-of-war Warren at Monterey Bay, Calif., on 17 May 1847. On 8 October, he requested a leave of absence in order to make a trip across the southern part of South America with permission to join the squadron on the coast of Brazil or in the United States. Permission was to be granted whenever he could be spared. He left Warren on 16 February 1848 to take command of the bark Anita. From 5 June 1848 until 1850, naval registers carry him as attached to the Pacific Squadron; however, no record of him has ever been found. On 11 February 1850, Selim E. Woodworth resigned. For a little more than a decade, he lived in San Francisco and took a prominent part in the development of the state of California. He and his brother were among the organizers of the vigilance committee, and Selim Woodworth was the group's first president. After the outbreak of the Civil War, Woodworth returned to the east coast and reentered the Navy on 10 September 1861 as an acting lieutenant. On 13 January 1862, he assumed command of John P. Jackson, a former ferry boat, converted to a steam gunboat. This vessel was assigned to the Mortar Flotilla raised by Comdr. David D. Porter to support Flag Officer Farragut's conquest of New Orleans and the lower Mississippi River. While in command, he assisted in the capture of Forts Jackson and St. Philip in April and participated in operations around Vicksburg in June and July. Porter commended Woodworth for these services, and P resident Lincoln recommended him to Congress for special thanks. On 29 September 1862, at his own request, he was detached from command of John P. Jackson and allowed to return to the North. Later that autumn, he was assigned to the Mississippi Squadron and reported at Cairo, IL., for duty. On 1 January 1863, he was given command of the "tinclad," stern-wheel steamer, Glide. On 24 January, Porter—now a Rear Admiral—recommended Wood-worth for appointment to the regular Navy. Woodworth was commissioned a commander in April 1863, to date from 16 July 1862. After Glide was burned, he commanded the ram General Price from 7 February 1863 through August. After months of commendable fighting up and down the Mississippi River, Comdr. Woodworth was detached from General Price and sent to the Pacific where he took command of the bark Narragansett on 7 October 1863. After having brought Narragansett around the Horn, he arrived in New York on 18 March 1865. Monocacy, a double-ended gunboat, was his last command, which he assumed on 30 November 1865. Comdr. Selim E. Woodworth resigned from the Navy on 2 March 1866 and resided with his family in Europe until 1871 or 1872. During the siege of the Franco-Prussian War, he was in Paris and cleverly escaped through the Prussian lines by way of that city's famous sewers. He then returned to San Francisco in 1872 and died there in 1873.Robert M. Cieri
Woodworth 82kArtist's conception of the Woodworth 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
Woodworth 46kUndated, location unknown.Cal Emerson
Woodworth 69kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Woodworth 209kAugust 13 1942 at Mare Island.Ed Zajkowski
Woodworth 90kBroadside view of USS Woodworth off Mare Island on 14 August 1942. She was under repair at the yard from 6 to 16 August 1942 and again from 20 August to 31 August 1942.Darryl Baker
Woodworth 152kJune 1944 at Mare Island.Ed Zajkowski
Woodworth 70kStern view of USS Woodworth (DD 460) off Mare Island on 11 June 1944. She was in overhaul at the Mare Island from 15 April until 19 June 1944.Darryl Baker
Woodworth 46kBroadside view of USS Woodworth (DD 460) off Mare Island on 11 June 1944. She was in overhaul at the Mare Island from 15 April until 19 June 1944. The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 32, Design 6d.Darryl Baker/Cal Emerson
Woodworth 48kUSS Woodworth (DD 460) off Mare Island on June 11, 1944. Photo from the collection of Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker/Cal Emerson/Robert Hurst
Woodworth 114kUSS Woodworth (DD-460) off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California on 11 June 1944. She is painted in a variant of Camouflage Measure 32, Design 6D. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 107431.Robert Hurst
Woodworth 113kAmidships looking aft plan view of USS Woodworth (DD 460) at Mare Island on 16 June 1944. She was in overhaul at the Mare Island from 15 April until 19 June 1944.Darryl Baker
Woodworth 93kForward plan view of USS Woodworth (DD 460) at Mare Island on 16 June 1944. She was in overhaul at the Mare Island from 15 April until 19 June 1944.Darryl Baker
On Italian Service
Woodworth 47kUndated, location unknown. On Italian service as the Artigliere.Robert Hurst
Woodworth 33kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Woodworth 183kUndated, in Venice.Museu Marítim de Barcelona
Woodworth 38kCirca 1953, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Woodworth 128kGenoa, Italy in 1953.Giorgio Parodi
Woodworth 147kGenoa, Italy in 1953.Giorgio Parodi
Woodworth 113kGenoa, Italy in 1953.Giorgio Parodi
Woodworth 59kArtigliere (ex-USS Woodworth, DD-460), circa 1955. Photo Italian Navy, Official. Photo and text taken from "Jane's Fighting Ships 1958-59" Edition.Robert Hurst
Woodworth 188kIn Genoa April 24 1957.Carlo Martinelli
Woodworth 40kCirca 1959, location unknown. Photo Giorgio Arra.Robert Hurst
Woodworth 75kThe Italian destroyer Artigliere D 553 (ex-USS Woodworth (DD-460)), circa 1963, location unknown. Photo Giorgio Arra. Photo from from the 1964-65 Edition of Jane's Fighting Ships.Robert Hurst
Woodworth 106kArtigliere (D 553, ex-USS Woodworth) underway in 1969, location unknown. Courtesy of Aldo Fraccaroli.Robert Hurst
Woodworth 241kEx-USS Woodworth (DD-460) and ex-USS Nicholson (DD-442) at La Spezia, August 26 1969.Carlo Martinelli
Woodworth 220kAwaiting her fate, April 17 1982.Carlo Martinelli

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Richard Christopher Webb Jr.    Apr 30 1942 - Jan 4 1943
CDR Virgil Francis Gordinier    Jan 4 1943 - Aug 13 1943
LCDR Charles Robert Stephan    Aug 13 1943 - Nov 1 1944
CDR William Paden Mack    Nov 1 1944 - Apr 11 1946 (Later VADM)

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: James and Phyllis Wilson
Address: 12323 E. Appaloosa Pl., Scottsdale, AZ 85259
Phone: (480) 391-0228
Fax: (480) 391-9653
E-mail: None

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