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USS McCALLA (DD-488)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NAFJ

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. September 15 1941.
Launched March 20 1942 and commissioned May 27 1942.
Decommissioned May 17 1946 and recommissioned December 11 1948.
Decommissioned April 29 1949.
Stricken June 7 1949.
To Turkey April 28 1949, renamed Giresun.
Fate Stricken and scrapped in 1973.

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McCalla 25kBowman H. McCalla, born 19 June 1844 at Camden, N.J., was appointed midshipman 30 November 1861 . McCalla’s courage and leadership during his career often earned him great, and due, respect among his fellow officers. In the spring of 1885 he led an expeditionary force of 750 seamen and marines which landed at Panama to protect American treaty rights as a revolution there threatened to block transit across the isthmus. As commanding officer of Marblehead (q.v.), 11 September 1897 to 16 September 1898, he took part in the blockade of Cuba and was responsible for the cutting of submarine cables linking Cienfuegos with the outside world, thus isolating the Spanish garrison there, May 1898. While in command of Newark during the Boxer Rebellion 2 years later, he was cited for conspicuous gallantry in battle as he led a force of bluejackets from Tientsin to Peking. McCalla’s force of 112 men spearheaded an international column, under British Admiral Seymour, which was attempting to fight its way to the aid of foreign legations under seige at Peking. In the course of the battle at Hsiku Arsenal, McCalla, along with 25 of his force, was wounded; five were killed. Commissioned rear admiral 11 October 1903, he served as the Commandant of Mare Island Naval Shipyard. He entered on the retired list 19 June 1906, McCalla died 6 May 1910 at Santa Barbara, Calif., and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.Darryl Baker/Robert M. Cieri/Bill Gonyo
McCalla 82kArtist's conception of the McCalla 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
McCalla 101kLaunching photo of USS McCalla (DD-488) on March 20 1942 at the Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co. in Kearny, NJ. Photo is part of the National Destroyermens Museum aboard USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. (DD-850).Rich Angelini
McCalla 103kTaken during her delivery voyage from the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company Shipyard, at Kearny, New Jersey, to the New York Navy Yard, 26 May 1942. She was commissioned on the following day. Note the Federal SB & DD Co. flag flying just before her starboard yardarm (USN).Joe Radigan
McCalla 123kPhoto #: 80-G-K-3970: Tulagi, Solomon Islands photograph taken circa 1943. A submarine chaser (SC) is near the island, toward the right, and the bow of USS McCalla (DD-488) is visible at the extreme right. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Scott Dyben
McCalla 132kMidships looking aft plan view of the USS McCalla (DD 488) at Mare Island on 5 Jan 1944.Darryl Baker
McCalla 159kMidships looking forward plan view of the USS McCalla (DD 488) at Mare Island on 5 Jan 1944.Darryl Baker
McCalla 159kJanuary 5 1944 at Mare Island.Ed Zajkowski
McCalla 79kBroadside view of the USS McCalla (DD 488) off San Francisco on 11 January 1944. She was in overhaul at Mare Island from 1 Dec 43 until 11 Jan 44.Darryl Baker/Captain Jerry Mason USN/Robert Hurst
McCalla 93kUSS McCalla (DD-488) Photographed from directly astern, while off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, on 11 January 1944. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
McCalla 72kUSS McCalla (DD-488) Photographed from directly ahead, while off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, on 11 January 1944. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
McCalla 23kEntering San Diego in 1946. Upper corner shows the 488's score boardLeroy "Roy" Emmons ,1945/46
McCalla 107kUSS McCalla (DD-488) Moored with other destroyers off San Diego, California, circa 1945-1946. Courtesy of John Hummell, 1979. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Fred Weiss
McCalla 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
On Turkish Service
McCalla 45kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
McCalla 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-345 (USS Mc Calla DD-488).Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
McCalla 271kUndated, location unknown.Cüneyt Demir
McCalla 41kUndated, location unknown.Cüneyt Demir
McCalla 69kUndated, location unknown.Cüneyt Demir
McCalla 82kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
McCalla 294kUndated, location unknown.Cüneyt Demir
McCalla 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
McCalla 39kGiresun (ex-USS McCalla, DD-488), tied to mooring buoy circa 1959, location unknown. She is shown as refitted with tripod foremast, raised bridge and modernised armament. Turkish Navy Official from from "Jane's Fighting Ships 1959-60." Robert Hurst
McCalla 206kPort broadside of the ex-USS McCalla (DD-488) at an unknown location circa 1966. Transferred to the Turkish Navy on April 29, 1959, the ship was renamed TCG Giresun (D-345). The Giresun and three of her Gleaves class sisters were modernized before being transferred to Turkey, being fitted with tripod foremasts and raised bridges. Turkish Navy Official; Jane’s Fighting Ships.Mike Green
McCalla 204kIn Iskenderun Gulf during 1967.Cüneyt Demir

USS McCALLA DD-488 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR William Goodwin Cooper    May 27 1942 - Apr 1 1943
LCDR Halford A. Knoertzer    Apr 1 1943 - Dec 17 1943
LCDR Edwin Kuykendall Jones    Dec 17 1943 - Aug 12 1944
LT James Blaine Sweeney Jr.    Aug 12 1944 - Aug 13 1944
CDR Eli Vinlock    Aug 13 1945 - ?
(Decommissioned May 17 1946 - Dec 11 1948)
LCDR Robert Belden Kail    Dec 11 1948 - Apr 28 1949

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: John B. Bush
Address: 2800 Espenlaub Lane, Kansas City, KS 66106
Phone: 913/722-5441
E-mail: jokabush@gmail.com


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