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USS DUNCAN (DD-485)

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. July 31 1941.
Launched February 20 1942 and commissioned April 16 1942.
Fate Sunk by Japanese Warships off Guadalcanal October 12 1942.
50 of her crew were lost with the ship and remain on duty.

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- Silas Duncan was born in Rockaway, New Jersey, in 1788. He was appointed midshipman 15 November 1809. While third lieutenant of Saratoga during the Battle of Lake Champlain, 11 September 1814, he was sent in a gig to order the gunboats to retire. He succeeded in delivering the orders despite concentrated enemy fire which severely wounded him and caused the loss of his right arm. For his gallant conduct he was thanked by Congress. From 1814 to 1824 Commander Duncan saw active service on board Independence, Hornet, Guerriere, Cyane and Ferret. He died 14 September 1834 at White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.Robert M. Cieri
Duncan 82kArtist's conception of the Duncan 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
Duncan 43kLaunching February 20 1942 at Kearny, New Jersey.Ron Reeves
Duncan 160kPhoto #: NH 94094. Completion photograph, taken by her builder, the Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, Kearny, New Jersey, on 15 April 1942. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command.Fred Weiss/Bill Gonyo/Robert Hurst
Duncan 113kUnderway in the south Pacific on 7 October 1942, five days before she was sunk in the Battle of Cape Esperance. Photographed from USS Copahee (ACV-12), which was then engaged in delivering aircraft to Guadalcanal. The original photograph came from the illustrations package for Rear Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison's "History of United States Naval Operations in World War II", volume V. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center. Fred Weiss
Duncan 195kPhoto #: NH 97800. En route from her builder's yard at Kearny, New Jersey, to be delivered to the Navy, 15 April 1942. Note her camouflage. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command.Fred Weiss/Robert Hurst/Bill Gonyo
Duncan 162kPhoto #: NH 97801. En route from her builder's yard at Kearny, New Jersey, to be delivered to the Navy, 15 April 1942. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command.Fred Weiss/Robert Hurst/Bill Gonyo
Duncan 111kSurvivors of the Duncan arrive at Philadelphia Navy Yard after being carried home by the light cruiser USS Boise.Tommy Trampp

USS DUNCAN DD-485 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Edmund Battelle Taylor    Apr 16 1942 - Oct 12 1942 (Later VADM)

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: George Morley
Address: 5422 Portland Rd. NE #57, Salem, OR 97305
Phone: 503-393-1803
E-mail: gomorley@msn.com


Note About Contacts.

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Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Benson-Livermore Class Destroyers Website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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