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USS HALFORD (DD-480)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NAGV

CLASS - FLETCHER As Built.
Displacement 2924 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9" (Max)
Armament 4 x 5"/38AA, 2 x 40mm, 10 x 20mm AA, 5 x 21" tt.(1x5), aircraft catapult.
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 Puget Sound Navy Yard June 3 1941.
Launched October 29 1942 and commissioned April 10 1943.
Decommissioned May 15 1946.
Stricken May 1 1968.
Fate Sold April 2 1970 to National Metal & Steel, Terminal Island, CA and broken up for scrap.

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Halford 105kWilliam Halford was born in England 18 August 1841, and enlisted in the Navy in 1869. While serving on board Saginaw, which had run aground near Midway 29 October 1871, Halford was one of four who volunteered to sail the ship's boat 1,500 miles to Honolulu for help. After great suffering the party reached Kauai Island 19 December after 31 days at sea. In attempting to land through the heavy surf, all but Halford were drowned, but he managed to reach shore and bring help to his shipmates in Saginaw. Halford received a commendation for his bravery and served until 1910, when he retired. Promoted to Lieutenant on the retired list, he returned to the Navy in 1917 and died 7 February 1919 at Oakland, Calif.Robert M. Cieri/Bill Gonyo
Halford 82kArtist's conception of the Halford 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
Halford 78kArtist's conception of a cutaway view of the Halford 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
Halford 64kPhoto #: NH 79939, Coxswain William Halford, USN halftone reproduction of a photograph, published in "Deeds of Valor," Volume II, page 87, by the Perrien-Keydel Company, Detroit, 1907. William Halford received the Medal of Honor for his voyage in a small boat from Ocean Island to Hawaii to obtain assistance for the marooned crew of USS Saginaw, which had been wrecked on 29 October 1870. He was the sole survivor of this trip. US Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Halford 104kUSS Halford (DD-480) in April, 1943 showing the Fletcher class catapult configuration. Photo from the 1943-45 Naval Recognition Manual.Mike Green
Halford 184kOff Point Jefferson, Washington on April 24 1943. One of six Fletchers that were scheduled for completion with four guns and a catapult. Only three were so completed. The experiment was dropped when new carriers began to arrive into the fleet, then the ships were reconfigured back to a modified Fletcher class design with the missing 5"er added, minus the deckhouse, between the added and original stern mounts.Robert Hurst
Halford 110kUSS Halford, DD-480, one of three Fletcher class destroyers that operated with a catapult for short periods, 25 April 1943 at Puget Sound NY at time of inclining experiment.Rick E Davis
Halford 120kAs above.Rick E Davis
Halford 143kAs above.Rick E Davis
Halford 135kAs above.Rick E Davis
Halford 91kUSS Halford (DD-480), At anchor off the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington on 3 May 1943. She is equipped with an aircraft catapult in place of her after torpedo tubes and 5"/38 mount 53. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 107411.Fred Weiss/Robert Hurst
Halford 106kJuly 1943, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Halford 130kForward plan view of the USS Halford (DD 480) at Mare Island on 1 Dec 1943. She was in overhaul at the shipyard from 27 Oct until 6 Dec 43. USS Stevens (DD 479) is outboard. Bow of ARD-11 is just visible forward of Halford.Darryl Baker
Halford 124kAft plan view of the USS Halford (DD 480) at Mare Island on 1 Dec 1943. USS Stevens (DD 479) is outboard.Darryl Baker
Halford 86kBow on view of the USS Halford (DD 480) off Mare Island on 3 Dec 1943.Darryl Baker
Halford 65kStern view of the USS Halford (DD 480) off Mare Island on 3 Dec 1943.Darryl Baker
Halford 88kBroadside view of the USS Halford (DD 480) off Mare Island on 3 Dec 1943.Darryl Baker
Halford 93kUSS Halford (foreground) and the destroyer Bennett (background) open fire on a wooden watchtower on the Shortland Islands south if Bougainville, in early 1944. Admiral Halsey later sent the " naughty boys" a message saying the installation was already known and did not pose a threat. National Archives and Records Administration. Photo # 80-G-K-1638.Robert Hurst
Halford 195kBeer party for the Halford crew on a beach in late April 1944 somewhere in the South Pacific, Archives # 80-G-253284.Ed Zajkowski
Halford 41kUSS Halford (DD-480) off Lingayen Gulf. Photo taken from "United States Destroyer Operations in World War II" by Theodore Roscoe. Photo Identified by Dave Schroeder and John Chiquoine.Robert Hurst
Halford 90kPhoto #: 19-N-84484, USS Walke (DD-723) plan view, forward, taken at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 26 March 1945. USS Halford (DD-480) is at right, with her bow shortened as the result of a collision with the M.S. Terry E. Stephenson in Saipan harbor on 14 February 1945. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Tony Cowart
Halford 107kPhoto #: 19-N-84485, USS Walke (DD-723) plan view, amidships, taken at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 26 March 1945. Note her K-Gun depth charge throwers and quadruple 40mm gun mounts. Ship in the foreground is USS Halford (DD-480). White outlines mark recent alterations to Walke.Tony Cowart
Halford 77kNavy Photo 3506-45, stern view of USS Halford (DD 480) in the Mare Island channel on 12 May 1945. The ammunition depot is in the background.Darryl Baker
Halford 79kBow on view of USS Halford (DD 480) in the Mare Island channel on 12 May 1945. Mare Island lighthouse and the Carquinez Bridge is in the background.Darryl Baker
Halford 99kAmidships looking aft plan view of USS Halford (DD 480) at Mare Island on 15 May 1945. She was in overhaul at the yard form 24 March until 18 May 1945.Darryl Baker
Halford 85kForward plan view of USS Halford (DD 480) at Mare Island on 15 May 1945. She was in overhaul at the yard form 24 March until 18 May 1945.Darryl Baker
Halford 164kMare Island on 15 May 1945.Ed Zajkowski
Halford 54kFlagship of the North Pacific Force, USS Panamint (AGC-13), escorted by Halford, went to Juneau for Navy Day, October 27, in 1945. The local camera shop (Ordway's) had their photographer (Amy Lou Blood) waiting as we docked. So, shortly, local stores all had postcards on sale including this example.Dave Anthony, USS Panamint

USS HALFORD DD-480 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Gustave Norman Johansen Sr.    Apr 10 1943 - Apr 1944 (Later RADM)
LCDR Robert James Hardy    Apr 1944 - Mar 1 1945
CDR Robert John Oliver    Mar 1 1945 - Apr 1 1946
LCDR Means Johnston Jr.    Apr 1 1946 - May 15 1946 (Later ADM)

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: John MacDonald
Address: 1717 Stillwater Ln., Edmond, OK 73013
Phone: 405-359-9260
E-mail: dd480@cox.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.


Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Halford website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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