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USS McCOOK (DD-496 / DMS-36)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NXTY

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; General Electric Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 208.
Operational and Building Data
Built by Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding, Seattle, WA (YN 4)
Laid down as Farley 01 May 1941
Renamed McCook 28 November 1941
Launched 30 April 1942
Commissioned 15 March 1943
Reclassified High Speed Minesweeper DMS-36 30 May 1945
Decommissioned 27 May 1949
Stricken 15 January 1972
Fate Sold 27 August 1973 and broken up for scrap

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McCook 18kCommander Roderick S. McCook, USN, born 10 March 1839 at New Lisbon, Ohio, was appointed midshipman 21 September 1854. From 1859 to 1861 he cruised off the coast of Africa, searching for and capturing slavers. During the Civil War, he served in Minnesota (1861), Stars and Stripes (1862), and Canonicus (1863-65). As executive officer of the latter ship, he participated in operations along the James River and in attacks on and the surrender of Fort Fisher. He was also present at the surrender of Charleston, SC in February 1865. From 1866 to 1878 he was in command of vessels of war on the West India and Asiatic stations. His last duty, 1880-82, was as lighthouse inspector, Ohio River. Promoted to commander 25 September 1873, McCook died at Vineland, New Jersey, 13 February 1886.Bill Gonyo
USS McCook (DD-496)
McCook 113kCNO Letter of November 28 1941 changing the name of the USS Farley to the USS McCook.Tracy White
McCook 21kUSS McCook (DD-496) alongside USS Wasp (CV-18), date unknown (photo filed 21 November 1944). US Navy BuAer photo 180183.Christopher Karwowski
Dave Wright
McCook 158kUndated World War II image.Captain Jerry Mason USN
McCook 149kUSS McCook (DD-496) alongside an unidentified carrier, probably Wasp (CV-18), on 01 January 1944. Both ships appear to be stationary and in the process of securing lines between them. US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No.1986.150.003.015Mike Green
caption correction: Grant Berry
McCook 136kUSS McCook (DD-496) taken in May 1943. USN photo, taken from an airship of Squadron ZP 31 out of Moffett Field near San Francisco.David Buell
McCook 221kUSS McCook (DD-496) on August 1, 1943 on plane guard duty alongside the escort carrier USS Croatan (CVE-25). US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 1986.150.003.019.Mike Green
McCook 84kThe USS McCook as she appeared in March 1944. She was one of 20 Square Bridge Gleaves class units. At this time she had two twin 40mm gun mounts ahead of #53 gun and 7-20mm guns, three in front of the bridge and four grouped aft of the second stack. When completed the McCook had only 4-20mm guns installed, two forward of the bridge and two amidships.Rick E. Davis
McCook 288kJune 23 1945, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski

USS McCOOK DD-496 / DMS-36 History
View This Vessels DANFS History entry at the Naval History & Heritage Command website

Commanding Officers
01LCDR Samuel Clay Anderson15 March 1943 - 01 February 1944
02CDR Ralph Lester Ramey (USNA 1935)01 February 1944 - 01 December 1944
03LCDR Charles Moore Cassel, Jr.01 December 1944 - 1946
04LCDR Thomas Joseph Rudden, Jr.July 1947 - August 1948
05LCDR Andrew Douglas Jackson, Jr.August 1948 - 27 May 1949
Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Frank Miller
Phone: (772) 546-9306

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 McCook (DMS-36)
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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