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USS SAUFLEY (DD-465 / DDE-465 / EDDE-465)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NWGF

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - COAL MINE

CLASS - FLETCHER As Built.
Displacement 2924 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 4 x 40 mm, 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.January 27 1942.
Launched July 19 1942 and commissioned August 29 1942.
Decommissioned June 12 1946, Recommissioned December 15 1949.
Reclassified DDE-465 March 26 1949, Reverted To DD-465 June 30 1962.
Decommissioned January 29 1965.
Stricken September 1 1966.
Fate Sunk as target off Key West Fla. February 20 1968.

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Saufley 101kRichard Caswell Saufley, born on 1 September 1884 at Stanford, Ky., was graduated from the Naval Academy in June 1908 and was commissioned Ensign in June 1910. Service in Kansas, Biddle, and Terry preceded his return to the Naval Academy for training in aviation in 1913. On 6 June of that year, he was promoted to Lieutenant (jg.) and designated Naval Aviator No. 14. During the Mexican campaign, he was attached to Mississippi (BB-23) and North Carolina (Armored Cruiser No. 12). In 1915 and 1916, his assignments were concerned with the technological development of naval aviation. Concentrating on hydro-airplane development, he set altitude and endurance records and was attempting to better his own record when he died in a plane crash at Pensacola on 9 June 1916. Digital ID: ggbain 21510, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.Bill Gonyo
Saufley 82kArtist's conception of the Saufley 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
Saufley 78kArtist's conception of a cutaway view of the Saufley 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
Saufley 66kUndated, location unknown.James Fitzsimmons
Saufley 67kUndated, location unknown.Ed O'Keefe, 1957-1960
Saufley 49kUndated, location unknown. Poor condition.Tommy Trampp
Saufley 95kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Saufley 155kSaufley had undergone some routine maintenance at the Roosevelt Roads Naval Base in Puerto Rico and was on its way back to the U.S. when it received the call to rescue survivors of a downed airliner, 06 June 1950. Saufley rescued 37 of 65 passengers and crew of Westair Transport's C-46 Commando N1248N, which ditched 275 miles west of Melbourne, FL, while carrying migrant workers from San Juan to Wilmington, NC. (Thanks to Luis Asencio-Camacho for the info surrounding this photo).Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Saufley 92kUnder construction at Federal Shipbuilding in Kearny, NJ during 1942.Gerd Matthes
Saufley 112kNewspaper clipping of the launching of the USS Davison (DD-618), USS Edwards (DD-619) and USS Saufley (DD-465) at Federal Shipbuilding in Kearny, NJ on July 19 1942.Gerd Matthes
Saufley 166kCommissioning August 29 1942. PT 117 & PT 124 in foreground. From the Public Relations Department, Third Naval District, New York.David Way
Saufley 170kNew York, September 22 1942.Ed Zajkowski
Saufley 118k USS Saufley (DD-465) underway at very slow speed, circa 1943. This photograph was retouched by wartime censors to remove radar antennas atop her mast and Mark 37 gun director. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 107433.Robert Hurst
Saufley 179kHunters Point, October 15 1944.Ed Zajkowski
Saufley 170kHunters Point, October 15 1944.Ed Zajkowski
Saufley 97kUSS Saufley (DD-465) after being updated to the standard five twin 40mm and 7-20mm AA configuration at Hunters Point NY, October 15 1944. USN Photo from the NARA BuShips Photo Collection.Rick E. Davis
Saufley 107kUSS Saufley (DD-465) at Charleston NY being prepared for conversion to the DDE configuration, January 1949. USN Photo from the NARA BuShip Photo Collection.Rick E. Davis
Saufley 178kNewspaper clipping of New Orleans port visit in 1950.Gerd Matthes
Saufley 127kThe USS Saufley (DD-465) shortly after conversion to the DDE configuration at Charleston NY, 23 February 1950. USN Photo from the NARA BuShips Photo Collection.Rick E. Davis
Saufley 63kThree views of the Saufley in Florida in 1958.Gerd Matthes
Saufley 49kAs above.Gerd Matthes
Saufley 62kAs above.Gerd Matthes
Saufley 384kUnidentified commander disembarks from Saufley (EDDE-465) at Naval Station Key West, exact date unknown (probably late 1950s). Jack W. Wilke (DE-800) is moored aft. Original photo by Don Pinder. Florida Keys Public Libraries photo #MM00040752xRobert Hurst
Saufley 170kPresident John F. Kennedy passing the USS Saufley (DD-465) in Key West on November 26, 1962. From the Ida Woodward Barron Collection. Florida Keys Public Libraries photo # MM00014659xRobert Hurst
Saufley 410kMoored at Naval Station Key West, circa 1963. Original photo by Don Pinder. Florida Keys Public Libraries photo # MM00045445xRobert Hurst
Saufley 58kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Saufley 34kShip's patchMike Smolinski

USS SAUFLEY DD-465 / DDE-465 / EDDE-465 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves


CDR Bert Franklin Brown    Aug 29 1942 - Dec 6 1943 (Later ADM)

LCDR Dale Eugene Cochran    Dec 6 1943 - Feb 12 1945

CDR Francis William Silk    Feb 12 1945 - Apr 18 1946

LCDR Richard Clough Smart    Apr 18 1946 - Jun 12 1946

(Decommissioned Jun 12 1946 - Dec 15 1949)

CDR Byron Dorland Voegelin    Dec 15 1949 - 1951

CDR James Frederick Miller    1951 - 1952

CDR George Van Rogers    1952 - 1954

CDR Horace Edward Bent    1954 - 1956

CDR Bruce Gregory Kroger    1956 - 1958

CDR Gardner Thomas Jr.    1958 - Nov 1960

CDR Douglass Dunsmoor Getchell Jr.    Nov 1960 - Feb 1963

CDR Richard Henry Weller    Feb 1963 - 1964

LCDR Charles Robert Pitts    1964 - Jan 29 1965


Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Richard Bonnett
Address: 1451 Ridge Way, Arnold, Maryland 21012
Phone: 301-674-0181
E-mail: richardbonnett@comcast.net
Next Reunion: Annapolis, Maryland perhaps in October 2016.


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.


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