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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; Allis Chalmers Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 208.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Seattle Tacoma Shipbuilding May 1 1941.
Launched April 2 1942 and commissioned February 25 1943.
Converted to High Speed Minesweeper DMS-35 May 30 1945.
Reclassified back to Destroyer DD-495, 15 July 1955.
Decommissioned August 17 1955.
Stricken November 1 1969.
Fate Sold October 6 1970 to National Metal and Steel Co., Terminal Island, CA for $81,729.19.

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USS Endicott (DD-495)
Endicott 85kSamuel Endicott was born in Cumberland County, New Jersey, about 1770. He entered the service 02 April 1803, and reported aboard Enterprise as a quarter gunner two days later. He volunteered to participate in the expedition under Lieutenant Stephen Decatur, Jr., commanding Intrepid, who entered the harbor at Tripoli on 16 February 1804 and destroyed the former U.S. frigate Philadelphia. Endicott transferred to frigate John Adams on 20 September 1804. There he fades from the history pages. Bill Gonyo
Endicott 36kUndated, location unknown.-
Endicott 57kUndated, location unknown.-
Endicott 37kLaunching at Seattle/Tacoma Shipbuilding, 02 April 1942.Ron Reeves
Endicott 266kWorkers looking down the ways at the USS Endicott (DD-495), which had just been launched at the Seattle Yard of Seattle-Tacoma Shipyards, 02 April 1942.
Source: Tacoma Public Library, Richards Studio, Photo No. K-D.
Mike Green
Endicott 112kIn New York Harbor, 04 August 1943. Endicott departed Brooklyn Navy Yard for submarine exercises in Long Island Sound during the afternoon.Robert Hurst
Endicott 123kView of Endicott's stern, 05 October 1943. On this date she was moored alongside Decatur (DD-341) at Brooklyn Navy Yard. Ed Zajkowski
Endicott 121kAmidships view of Endicott 05 October 1943, showing modifications made when the aft 20mm guns were relocated, two more added, and the 40mm gun shields modified.Rick E. Davis
Endicott 91kEndicott underway off New York Harbor, 06 October 1943. Endicott is wearing camouflage Measure 22; he departed Brooklyn Navy Yard for Casco Bay that morning, arriving in Maine the next day. The destroyer escort in the background is probably Scott (DE-214). Rick E. Davis
Endicott 106kEndicott was in collision with the American Export Line freighter Exhibitor off St. Govans Lightship, Wales at 0417, 26 May 1944. Endicott proceeded to Milford Haven to assess damage. She then entered the Lady Windsor docks at Barry, Wales, where she made temporary repairs, 27 May - 01 June 1944. She then received permanent repairs at the C.H. Bailey, Ltd. drydocks in Cardiff, from 02-16 June, and NOB Londonderry, Northern Ireland, from 19 June - 09 July 1944.Robert Hurst/Ted Wieber
Endicott 108kUSS Endicott (DD-495) in Naples Harbour, Italy, August 1944, prior to the Invasion of Southern France. Courtesy of Rear-Admiral John D. Bulkeley, USN. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 54381.Robert Hurst
Endicott 480kLieutenant Commander Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., USNR, Commander of the Special Operations Group's Eastern Diversionary Unit, Captain Henry C. Johnson, Commander Special Operations Group (CTG 80.4) and Lieutenant Commander John D. Bulkeley, USN, Commanding Officer of USS Endicott (DD-495) on Endicott's bridge during the Southern France Operation, August 1944. This was likely taken after the 17 August engagement (the "Battle of La Ciotat")that sank the German (formerly Italian) corvette UJ.6082 (ex-Antilope) and the armed yacht UJ.6073 (ex-Nimet Allah).
[Note the NHHC caption incorrectly states the corvette was Capriola [sic]. Capriolo was sunk by aircraft at Genoa in September 1944].Courtesy of Rear Admiral John D. Bulkeley, USN. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 54383.
Bill Gonyo
Endicott 720kPhotographed circa late 1944, while painted in camouflage Measure 32, Design 3D. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 97033.Fred Weiss
USS Endicott (DMS-35)
Endicott 86kAs DMS-35, date and location unknown.-
Endicott 104kThai frigate Prasae stranded behind enemy lines on the Korean east coast, January 1951. She had gone ashore in a snowstorm on 7 January and had to be destroyed after unsuccessful efforts to pull her off. A helicopter and several U.S. Navy ships, including USS Endicott (DMS-35), are offshore covering salvage operations. Prasae was formerly the British corvette Betony and the Indian Navy's Sind. National Archives photo 80-G-432568.Fred Weiss

USS ENDICOTT DD-495 / DMS-35 History
View This Vessels DANFS History entry at the Naval History & Heritage Command website

Commanding Officers
01LCDR Wilton Stewart Heald (USNA 1927)25 February 1943 - 17 July 1944
02CDR John Duncan Bulkeley (USNA 1933)17 July 1944 - 25 June 1945
03LCDR Romer Fletcher Good (DE), USNR25 June 1945 - 29 October 1945
04LCDR Irvine Junior Davenport (USNA 1940)29 October 1945 - 27 August 1947
05LCDR Addison Stuart Archie, Jr. USNR27 August 1947 - 06 July 1948
06LCDR James Grant Ross (USNA 1937)06 July 1948 - 10 December 1949
07CDR John Chapman Jolly (USNA 1939)10 December 1949 - 13 December 1950
08LCDR Louie Woodrow Bernard USNR13 December 1950 - 15 August 1952
08LCDR Donald King Traxler USN15 August 1952 - 24 June 1954 1
09unknown CO24 June 1954 - 17 August 1955
1. Died on active duty at San Diego.

Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Ted Wieber
Phone: 314-227-3879
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 Endicott (DMS-35)
Benson-Livermore Class Destroyers Website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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