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USS GUEST (DD-472)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NFAK

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; Allis Chalmers Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Boston Navy Yard September 27 1941.
Launched February 20 1942 and commissioned December 15 1942.
Decommissioned June 4 1946.
Stricken August 1 1973.
To Brazil June 5 1959, renamed Para.
Fate Stricken in 1978.
Used as a practice target for anti-ship missile, gunfire and submarine torpedo
exercises in 1982 and 1983. In the last of those exercises, she was sunk after
being hit by a submarine-launched torpedo, at 19:28 (local), 23FEB, 1983, and
now rests at position LAT: 24° 23' 16" S / LONG: 42° 24' 27" W, about 80 NM
from the Brazilian coast, in the South Atlantic.

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- Commodore John Guest was born in Missouri 7 March 1822 ; appointed Midshipman 16 December 1837 ; served in frigate Congress during the Mexican War; and, protected foreign residents from Chinese Imperial forces at Shanghai in April 1854. He commanded Owasco and Sangamon in the Civil War, passing the forts for the capture of New Orleans and engaging Confederate batteries in the seige of Vicksburg. He also took part in the capture of the forts at Galveston, Tex., and the capture of Fort Fisher, X. C. Commodore Guest died 12 January 1879.Robert M. Cieri
Guest 82kArtist's conception of the Guest 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
Guest 78kArtist's conception of a cutaway view of the Guest 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
Guest 88kBow view of USS Guest (DD-472) in Boston Harbor, 5 February 1943. (Boston Navy Yard photograph 418-43, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-11292)Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Guest 94kBroadside view of USS Guest (DD-472) in Boston Harbor, 5 February 1943. (Boston Navy Yard photograph 420-43, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-11292) Ed Zajkowski/Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Guest 88kStern view of USS Guest (DD-472) in Boston Harbor, 5 February 1943. (Boston Navy Yard photograph 422-43, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-11292)Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Guest 120kUSS Guest (DD-472) underway at sea in June 1943. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 107295.Robert Hurst
Guest 64kThe USS Guest (DD-472) 21 June 1943 after being upgraded to the three twin 40mm gun mounts and 11-20mm gun standard.Rick E. Davis
Guest 117kGuest shown alongside USS Santee (CVE-29) in April, 1945. Both ships are off Okinawa and about to exchange mail. NARA 80-G 335565Rob Rielly
Guest   Guest   Guest
USS Guest in an alongside activity seen from USS Chenango, 13 April 1945. NA 80G321634-6.
John Chiquoine
Guest 145kOff Ketchikan, Alaska in 1945 after the end of the war. The image is courtesy of Thomas Barnhouse.Paul Crozier
Guest 160kFrom the same source as the above and is probably off Ketchikan, Alaska in 1945 after the end of the war. The image is courtesy of Thomas Barnhouse.Paul Crozier
Guest 80kFrom the same source as the above and is probably off Ketchikan, Alaska in 1945 after the end of the war. The image is courtesy of Thomas Barnhouse.Paul Crozier
On Brazilian Service
Guest 78kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Guest 67kUndated, location unknown. Brazilian Navy Photo.Luiz BRAZIL Cotta, FT3 Ret. Brazilian Navy
Guest 64kUndated, location unknown. Brazilian Navy Photo.Luiz BRAZIL Cotta, FT3 Ret. Brazilian Navy
Guest 148kAs the CT PARÁ (D 27) in the Atlantic 1959.Marc Piché
Guest 87kPara (ex-USS Guest, DD-472), alongside the Supply Pier at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington, circa 1959. Photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships 1959-60."Robert Hurst
Guest 93kPara (D27, ex-USS Guest, DD-472) underway circa 1960, Brazilian Navy Official. Photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships" 1960-1961 edition.Robert Hurst
Guest 284kFour Brazilian Navy Fletcher - class destroyers and the light cruiser Tamandare (C 12, ex-USS St Louis, CL-49) underway heading northwards in formation, during the so-called Lobster war with France in 1961. The four destroyers are from bottom to top: Paraiba (D 28, ex-USS Bennett (DD-473); Para (D 27, ex-USS Guest, DD-472); Parana (D29, ex-USS Cushing (DD-797) and Pernambuco (D 30,ex-USS Hailey (DD-556). Brazilian Navy photo.Robert Hurst

USS GUEST DD-472 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Henry Crommelin    Dec 15 1942 - Aug 18 1943 (Later VADM)
LCDR Earle Kenneth McLaren    Aug 18 1943 - Mar 24 1944 (Later RADM)
CDR Mervin Granville (Rose) Kennedy    Mar 24 1944 - May 2 1945 (Later RADM)
CDR James Buchanan Weiler    May 2 1945 - Jun 4 1945

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Anton (Tony) Krecek
Address:
Phone: (386)428-9332
E-mail: duffy@ucnsb.net


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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