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USS BUCHANAN (DD-484)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NBPL

CLASS - GLEAVES As Built.
Displacement 2395 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 348' 4"(oa) x 36' 1" x 13' 2" (Max)
Armament 4 x 5"/38AA, 6 x 0.5" MG, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 50,000 SHP; Westinghouse Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 208.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Federal Shipbuilding, Kearny NJ. February 11 1941.
Launched November 22 1941 and commissioned March 21 1942.
Decommissioned May 21 1946 and recommissioned December 11 1948.
Decommissioned April 28 1949.
Stricken June 7 1949.
To Turkey April 28 1949, renamed Gelibolu.
Fate Stricken and scrapped in 1976.

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Buchanan 74kCaptain Franklin Buchanan, 1800-1874, American naval officer, b. Baltimore. Appointed a midshipman in 1815, Buchanan rose to be a commander in 1841. He was chief adviser to Secretary of the Navy George Bancroft in planning the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis and was its first superintendent (1845–47). In Sept., 1861, he took the rank of captain in the Confederate navy, commanding the Virginia (formerly the Merrimack) against the Union blockading squadron in Hampton Roads (Mar. 8, 1863). Wounded in that engagement, he took no part in the battle of the Monitor and Merrimack the next day. Promoted to ranking officer in the Confederate navy, he was forced to surrender to David G. Farragut in the battle of Mobile Bay (Aug. 5, 1864). Photo #: NH 61920-A. Photograph by Matthew Brady circa 1855-1861, mounted on a carte de visite. Some sources state that this view was taken in May 1861, immediately after his resignation from the U.S. Navy. Collection of Captain Alfred L. Clifton, USN(MC), 1939. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
WASHINGTON

TThe President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION to the

THE UNITED STATES SHIP BUCHANAN

for service as follows:
"For outstanding performance in combat against enemy Japanese forces ashore and afloat in the Pacific War Area from August 7, 1942, to February 26, 1944. A daring and aggressive veteran after a long period of sustained service in support of landing operations and occupation of hostile positions vital to the continued security of our forces, the U.S.S. BUCHANAN has met and engaged the enemy in his own waters, striking devastating blows while opposition in the Pacific was at its height. She has provided faithful and sturdy protection for our carriers and convoys; she has destroyed hostile air, surface, and sub-surface units; she has boldly faced shore batteries of the enemy and silenced his guns. A gallant fighter, dependable in her readiness for combat and bold in fulfilling her missions, the BUCHANAN has contributed essentially to the success of the Solomon Islands Campaign and her record of valiant achievement attests the loyal devotion to duty of her officers and men."
For the President,
James Forrestal
Secretary of the Navy
Buchanan 82kArtist's conception of the Buchanan as she appeared in World War II 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
Buchanan 69kUndated, returning to Tulagi after the Battle of Kolombangara, in which she collided with USS Woodworth..Robert Hurst
Buchanan 52kUndated, taken on the East CoastRic Clarkson
Buchanan 194kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Buchanan 118kUSS Aaron Ward (DD-483), at left, and USS Buchanan (DD-484) ready for launching, at the Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company shipyard, Kearny, New Jersey, on 22 November 1941. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Buchanan 150kFederal Shipbuilding, Kearny, NJ, November 22 1941 launching of the USS Aaron Ward (DD-483) and the USS Buchanan (DD-484). AP Wirephoto.David Buell
Buchanan 114kUSS Buchanan (DD-484) is christened by Miss Hildreth Meiere, at the Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company shipyard, Kearny, New Jersey, on 22 November 1941. Looking on at left is Rear Admiral Harold G. Bowen, USN. His labor advisor, Daniel S. Ring, is standing beside RAdm. Bowen. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 56640.Robert Hurst
Buchanan 152kUSS Buchanan (DD-484) slides down the building ways, during her launching at the Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company shipyard, Kearny, New Jersey, on 22 November 1941. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 56638.Robert Hurst
Buchanan 83kUSS Buchanan (DD-484) steaming near USS Wasp (CV-7) in the South Pacific, circa August 1942, during the Guadalcanal Campaign. Note her camouflage scheme. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fred Weiss/Paul Rebold
Buchanan 114kAlongside USS Wasp (CV-7) to refuel, while en route to the Guadalcanal-Tulagi invasion area, 3 August 1942. Note her camouflage scheme, and the heavy line rigged between the two ships. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fred Weiss
Buchanan 80kRefueling from USS Wasp (CV-7) while en route to the Guadalcanal-Tulagi invasion area, 3 August 1942. Note her camouflage scheme, depth charges in stern racks and on K-Guns, fenders rigged along her sides, and the red refueling flag flying from her foremast. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collection of the National Archives.Fred Weiss
Buchanan 118kUSS Buchanan (DD-484) refueling from USS Wasp (CV-7) while en route to the Guadalcanal-Tulagi invasion area, 3 August 1942. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. Photo #: 80-G-K-420.Robert Hurst
Buchanan 130kUSS Buchanan (DD-484) At Tulagi, Solomon Islands, with a damaged bow, 31 July 1943. She had collided with USS Woodworth (DD-460) while avoiding torpedoes during the Battle of Kolombangara on 13 July 1943. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fred Weiss
Buchanan 196kNavy Photo 2490-44, USS Buchanan (DD 484) World War Score Card up to when she arrived at Mare Island Navy Yard for overhaul on 20 April 1944.Darryl Baker
Buchanan 90kUSS Buchanan (DD-484) off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, after overhaul, 19 June 1944. The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 31 Design 3d. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Buchanan 94kStern view of USS Buchanan (DD 484) departing Mare Island on 19 June 1944. She was in overhaul at the yard from 20 April until 24 June 1944.Darryl Baker
Buchanan 83kBroadside view of USS Buchanan (DD 484) off Mare Island on 19 June 1944.Darryl Baker
Buchanan 84kBow on view of USS Buchanan (DD 484) departing Mare Island on 19 June 1944.Darryl Baker
Buchanan 122kUSS Buchanan (DD 484) off Mare Island on June 19, 1944. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Buchanan 101kAmidships looking forward plan view of USS Buchanan (DD 484) at Mare Island on 23 June 1944.Darryl Baker
Buchanan 97kAmidships looking aft plan view of USS Buchanan (DD 484) at Mare Island on 23 June 1944.Darryl Baker
Buchanan 112kUSS Buchanan (DD-484) In Kossol Passage, Palau, on 8 October 1944, after having completed the rescue of eight of eleven crewmen of a PBM patrol seaplane that had suffered a forced landing and crack-up at sea. Photographed by CPhoM D.S. Fruchey, of USS Chandeleur (AV-10). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Buchanan 116kSurrender of Japan, Tokyo Bay, 2 September 1945: A U.S. Army honor guard presents arms as representatives of the Allied Powers arrive at pierside to be taken to USS Missouri for the surrender ceremonies, 2 September 1945. Uniform patches and unit flag indicate that the honor guard is from the 11th Airborne Division Reconnaissance Battalion. USS Buchanan (DD-484) is alongside the pier. She carried some of the dignitaries out to the Missouri. Photograph from the Army Signal Corps Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
Buchanan 144kSurrender of Japan, Tokyo Bay, 2 September 1945: The destroyer USS Buchanan (DD-484) carrying Japanese envoys coming alongside the American battleship USS Missouri for the official signing of the unconditional surrender of Japan, held in Tokyo Bay. Photo courtesy of Life Magazine (For educational non-commercial use only).Bill Gonyo
Buchanan 274kThe crew November 9 1945.Michael Santine
Buchanan 94kUSS Buchanan, DD 484 and USS McCalla, DD 488, after recommissioning in preparation for transfer to Turkey. Date is probably 1948, as they still fly American colors. They still also have the Mk 12 radar on their Mk 37 directors, which will be replaced with Mk 28 before transfer to Turkey. USN photo, probably taken at Charleston, where they recommissioned.David Buell
Buchanan 71kUSS Buchanan, DD-484, taken most likely at Norfolk in 1949 as the USN was preparing to hand her and McCalla to Turkey. Note USS Missouri, BB 63 in the background, and Turkish sailors on the pier.David Buell
On Turkish Service
Buchanan 17kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Buchanan 27kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Buchanan 29kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Buchanan 39kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Buchanan 57kUndated, location unknown. Left to right, TCG Gelibolu D-346 (USS Buchanan DD-484),TCG Gemlik D-347 (USS Lardner DD-487) and TCG Giresun D-348 (USS Mc Calla DD-488).Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Buchanan 263kUndated, location unknown.Cüneyt Demir
Buchanan 86kUndated, location unknown.Cüneyt Demir
Buchanan 135kUndated, location unknown.Cüneyt Demir
Buchanan 106kUSS Buchanan (DD-484) and USS McCalla (DD-488) after transfer to the Turkish Navy at San Diego, CA in April 1949.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Buchanan 127kCirca 1955, location unknown. Photo courtesy of A. & J. Pavia.Robert Hurst
Buchanan 43kTCG Gelibolu D346 (ex USS Buchanan DD-484) and TCG Gaziantep D344 (ex USS Lansdowne DD-486) at Port Poyraz, Golcuk Naval Base during 1962.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy

USS BUCHANAN DD-484 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Ralph Ensign Wilson    Mar 21 1942 - Jan 5 1943 (Later VADM)
LCDR Robert William Curtis    Jan 5 1943 - Mar 6 1945
LCDR Daniel Ermentrout Henry    Mar 6 1945 - May 21 1946

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Andrew Kohlan
Address: 1701 Brenda Dr, Bellevue, NE 68005
Phone: 402-292-0622
E-mail: None


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