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USS DeHAVEN (DD-469)

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. September 27 1941.
Launched June 28 1942 and commissioned September 21 1942.
Fate Sunk by Japanese Aircraft off Guadalcanal February 1 1943.
167 of her crew were lost with the ship and remain on duty.

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DeHaven 31kEdwin Jess De Haven, born in 1819 in Pennsylvania was appointed Acting Midshipman at the age of 10 and Passed Midshipman 5 years later. He served in Vincennes, flagship of the Wilkes Exploring Expedition in its historic cruise of 1838 to 1842 to the Antarctic and among the Pacific Islands. De Haven served in the Mexican War, assisting in the capture of the Mexican schooner Creole. In command of the Grinnell Rescue Expedition in 1850, he led the search for Sir John Franklin lost in the Arctic. Only traces of the party were found, but De Haven discovered and named Grinnell Land, and was commended for the valuable scientific data he collected concerning the winds and currents of the ocean. He served in the Coast Survey Service until placed on the retired list in February 1862. He died at Philadelphia, Pa., 1 May 1865. Image from the USS DeHaven Association.Bill Gonyo
DeHaven 82kArtist's conception of the DeHaven 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
DeHaven 78kArtist's conception of a cutaway view of the DeHaven 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
DeHaven 50kUndated, wartime photo of an LCT, foreground, transferring DeHaven survivors to USS Fletcher. Photo from "United States Destroyer Operations In World War II" by Theodore Roscoe.Robert Hurst
DeHaven 85k(L-R) USS DeHaven (DD-469) and USS Taylor (DD-468) under construction at Bath, Maine on October 1 1941.Gerd Matthes
DeHaven 100kUnder construction at Bath Iron Works, January 1 1942.Gerd Matthes
DeHaven 94kUnder construction at Bath Iron Works, January 1 1942.Gerd Matthes
DeHaven 66kUnder construction at Bath Iron Works.Gerd Matthes
DeHaven 79kIn the ways just prior to launching, 28 June 28 1942.Gerd Matthes
DeHaven 90kIn the ways just prior to launching, 28 June 28 1942.Gerd Matthes
DeHaven 125kMrs. Helen N. De Haven, sponsor at De Havenís christening, Bath Iron Works, June 28 1942. Thanks to the USS DeHaven (DD-469) Association.Bill Gonyo
DeHaven 79kMrs. Helen N. De Haven christens the DeHaven, 28 June 28 1942.Gerd Matthes
DeHaven 102kReady to slide down the ways.Gerd Matthes
DeHaven 97kAs above.Gerd Matthes
DeHaven 85kAs above.Tommy Trampp
DeHaven 65kIn the water just after to launching, 28 June 28 1942.Gerd Matthes
DeHaven 80kIn the water just after to launching, 28 June 28 1942.Gerd Matthes
DeHaven 65kInclining experiment at Bath Iron Works, August 27 1942.Pieter Bakels
DeHaven 133kUSS De Haven (DD-469) underway north of Savo Island, off Guadalcanal, on 30 January 1943. She was sunk by Japanese air attack in these waters on 1 February 1943. Photograph was taken from USS Fletcher (DD-445). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. Photo #: 80-G-284578.Robert Hurst
DeHaven 118kUSS DeHaven (DD-469) passing North of Savo Island, off Guadalcanal, on 30 January 1943. She was sunk two days later on 1 February 1943 in these waters, by a Japanese air attack. Photo taken from USS Fletcher (DD-445). Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. 80-G-284577.Mike Green
DeHaven 72kPhoto shows the United States Destroyer, De Haven, which was sunk February 1 1943 during a Japanese air attack off Savo Island in the South Pacific. U.S. Navy photo via OWI Radiophoto from ACME. Photo from the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History.Bill Gonyo
DeHaven 147kMap of Iron Bottom Sound indicating where ships were sunk during the Battle of Guadacanal.Ron Reeves

USS DeHAVEN DD-469 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Charles E. Tolman Jr.    Sep 21 1942 - Feb 1 1943

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Jim Riggen
Address: 2531 N. Kingsdale Rd., Joplin, MO 64804-1340
Phone: 417-624-5718
E-mail: jriggen55@gmail.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 DeHaven website
USS DeHaven website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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