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USS STRONG (DD-467)

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 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 Bath Iron Works, Bath Me.April 30 1941.
Launched May 17 1942 and commissioned August 7 1942.
Fate Sunk by Japanese Destroyers off Baioko Harbor, New Georgia July 5 1943.
46 of her crew were lost with the ship and remain on duty.

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Strong 72kJames Hooker Strong was born in Canandaigua, NY on 26 April 1814. On February 2, 1829, while a student in the Polytechnic College at Chittenango, NY, he was appointed a Midshipman in the United States Navy. He made his first cruise on the Brazil station in Lexington from 1833 to 1835. After various cruises, he commanded the store ship Relief in 1859. Strong was promoted to Commander in April 1861 and commanded Mohawk and Flag in the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron in 1861 and 1862, and Monongahela in the West Gulf Blockading Squadron from1863 to 1865. At the Battle of Mobile Bay, he was the first to ram the Confederate ironclad Tennessee and received high commendation for his initiative and valor. Strong served at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in 1866 and 1867 and later commanded Canandaigua in the Mediterranean Squadron in 1869 and 1870. He was promoted to Rear Admiral in Sept. 1873 and served as Commander-in-Chief of the South Atlantic Squadron from 1873 to 1875. The U.S.S. Strong (DD467) was the first U.S. Naval Vessel to bear the name of Admiral Strong and was lost in the South Pacific in 1943.Bill Gonyo
Strong 82kArtist's conception of the Strong 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
Strong 78kArtist's conception of a cutaway view of the Strong 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
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Strong 102kStern view looking forward of USS Strong's (DD-467) twin screws and rudder. Photo taken on christening day, 17 May 1942, at the Bath Iron Works Yard, Bath, Maine. National Archives and Records Administration.Robert Hurst
Strong 95kUSS Strong (DD-467) heavily retouched copy of a photograph taken circa the later part of 1942. The retouching, which includes the land in the distance and the ship from the forward smokestack to the top of the pilothouse, was mainly done for censorship purposes, in order to eliminate radar antennas from the ship's gun director and foremast. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Strong 100kShips of Task Force 18 during gunnery exercises off Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, on 19 April 1943. At right are the destroyers Strong (DD-467) and O'Bannon (DD-450), making a turn. The three large ships in the distance are light cruisers, including St. Louis (CL-49) and Helena (CL-50) at left and either Nashville (CL-43) or Honolulu (CL-48) in the right center. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. Photo #: 80-G-299058.Robert Hurst
Strong 109kUSS Strong (DD-467) highlines mail to USS Honolulu (CL-48) during operations in the Solomon Islands area, circa early July 1943. Strong was torpedoed and sunk off New Georgia on 5 July 1943. Note the sign painted on Honolulu's starboard catapult: "No Smoking Abaft This Sign". Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fred Weiss

USS STRONG DD-467 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Joseph Harold "Gus" Wellings    Aug 7 1942 - Jul 5 1943 (Later RADM)

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Jim Kelly
Address: 341 Kathmere Road, Havertown, PA 19083
Phone: (610)604-0909
E-mail: None


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 Strong website
DESRON 21 website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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