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USS QUICK (DD-490 / DMS-32)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NXTO

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. November 3 1941.
Launched May 3 1942 and commissioned July 3 1942.
Converted to High Speed Minesweeper DMS-32 June 23 1945.
Decommissioned May 28 1949.
Stricken January 15 1972.
Fate Sold August 27 1973 and broken up for scrap.

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Quick 46kJohn Henry Quick, born 20 June 1870 at Charlestown, W. Va., enlisted in the Marine Corps 10 August 1892. He was awarded the Medal of Honor "for gallantry in action" in signalling the gunfire support vessel Dolphin while exposed to heavy enemy fire at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 14 June 1898. Remaining in the Marine Corps after the Spanish-American War, he served on expeditionary duty in Mexico (21 April-23 November 1914) and with the A.E.F. in World War I. During the Belleau Wood campaign he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and the Navy Cross for assisting in the delivery of ammunition, over a road swept by enemy artillery, to Boureches. Retiring 20 November 1918, Sgt. Major Quick was recalled, at his own request, for the period 26 July–15 September 1920. He died at St. Louis, Mo., 9 September 1922. Photo from the USMC History Division.Bill Gonyo
USS Quick (DD-490)
Quick 104kEtching by John Taylor Arms (American, 1887-1953) of USS Radford (DD-446), USS Quick (DD-490) and USS Mervine (DD-489) in Wet Basin at Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, South Kearney, NJ during 1942.Stephen Fixx
705kQuick launching at Kearny, NJ, 03 May 1942.Dave Wright
Quick 15k1942 camo scheme for Atlantic service.George Jordan
Quick 59kJuly 15, 1942, the crew at special sea detail near Brooklyn Navy Yard.George Jordan
Quick 82kNew York Navy Yard, July 15 1942.Pieter Bakels
Quick 77kUSS Quick (DD-490) photographed on 15 July 1942 off New York. She displays an inferior interpretation of the US Navy Measure 12 modified scheme with the Ocean Grey tone taken down to the boot topping (USN courtesy of Floating Drydock). Photo and text taken from Naval Camouflage 1914-1945, by David Williams.Robert Hurst
Quick 73kUSS Quick (DD-490) underway, wearing camouflage 32/3d, in the Atlantic. This photo was marked as received on 18 March 1945, so was probably taken in February 1945.
National Archives photo 80-G-313940, courtesy of C. Lee Johnson,
Mike Green

USS QUICK DD-490 / DMS-32 History
View This Vessels DANFS History entry at the Naval History & Heritage Command website

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Roger Brown Nickerson    Jul 3 1942 - Mar 21 1943

LCDR Philip Winslow Cann    Mar 21 1943 - Jan 11 1945

(As DMS-32)

LCDR Edward Jerome Foote    Jan 11 1945 - 1946

LCDR Guy Edward Hearn Jr.    1946 - 1947

CDR Craig C. Angel    1947 - 1948

CDR William Alford Gregg IV    1948 - May 28 1949

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: George Jordan
Address: 5489C Paseo Del Lago W, Laguna Woods Village, CA 92637
Phone: (949)859-4345
E-mail: None

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
NavSource Minesweeper Pages, USS Quick (DMS-32)
Benson-Livermore Class Destroyers Website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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