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USS RENSHAW (DD-499 / DDE-499)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NWBJ

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - SIDE CAR

Displacement 2924 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 4 x 40mm, 6 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273.
Operational and Building Data
Built by Federal Shipbuilding, Kearny, NJ (YN 215)
Laid down 07 May 1942
Launched 13 October 1942
Commissioned 05 December 1942
Decommissioned February 1947
Reclassified Escort Destroyer DDE-499 26 March 1949
Recommissioned 02 June 1950
Reverted back to DD-499 30 June 1962
Decommissioned and stricken 14 February 1970
Fate Sold September 1970 to Zidell Explorations, Inc., Portland, OR for $85,333.33 and broken up for scrap.

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Renshaw 57kWilliam B. Renshaw, born in Brooklyn, New York, 11 October 1816, was appointed midshipman in November 1831. Appointed commander 26 April 1861, he was attached to Admiral Farragut's squadron during the Civil War and was commended for the "handsome manner in which he managed his vessel", Westfield, during Mortar Flotilla operations on the Mississippi in 1862. At Galveston at the end of the year, he refused to surrender his ship on 1 January 1863 and set fire to her to keep her out of Confederate hands. Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.Bill Gonyo
USS Renshaw (DD/DDE-499)
Renshaw 96kUndated, USS Waller (DD-466) and USS Renshaw (DD-499), laying down a smoke screen for Cruiser Division 2 following up close behind. Under the swirling smoke curtain the cruisers were poor targets for enemy bombs or shells, yet with radar they could pinpoint enemy targets with deadly accuracy. Photo and text from "United States Destroyer Operations in World War II" by Theodore Roscoe.Robert Hurst
Renshaw 64kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Renshaw 135kUSS Philip (DD-498), at left and USS Renshaw (DD-499) ready for launching, during dual christening ceremonies at the Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company shipyard, Kearny, New Jersey, 13 October 1942. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1975. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Renshaw 61kSouvenir button of the launching of the USS Philip (DD-498) and USS Renshaw (DD-499) on 13 October 1942. Courtesy of Kerman
Renshaw 120kCommissioning at Brooklyn Navy Yard, 05 December 1942. From the Public Relations Department, Third Naval District, New York.David Way
Renshaw 257kAerial view of the USS Renshaw (DD-499) alongside the USS Missouri (BB-63) on 25 October 1945. The Renshaw is transferring President Harry Truman to the Missouri during the Navy Day celebrations held in New York City. US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 2001.256.079.Mike Green
Renshaw 98kNavy Day Fleet Review at New York, 27 October 1945, USS Missouri (BB-63), with USS Renshaw (DD-499) alongside, manning the rails during Navy Day ceremonies in the Hudson River. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collection of the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
Renshaw 250kThis view from USS Hobby is at a New York pier during Navy Day week, 1945. All four participated in the Presidential Fleet Review on 27 October 1945. Seen are left to right; USS Bache (DD-470), USS Welles (DD-628), and USS Renshaw (DD-499). From the collection of USS Hobby son Pete Carucci.Gary Edmisten and John Chiquoine
Renshaw 79kPresident Harry S. Truman (waving his hat) with his party on board USS Renshaw (DD-499) during the Navy Day Fleet Review in New York Harbor, 27 October 1945. USS Missouri is in the right background, and Navy planes are flying in formation overhead. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
Renshaw 133kNavy Day, October 27 1945, USS Missouri (BB-63) fires a salute with one of her 5-inch guns as Navy planes fly overhead during Navy Day celebrations in New York City. Watching from the destroyer USS Renshaw (DD499) is President and Mrs. Harry S. Truman, Commander in Chief of the Atlantic Fleet ADM Jonas H. Ingram, and others. U.S. Navy photo from the National Naval Aviation Museum.Bill Gonyo
Renshaw 27kNew York Harbor during fleet review by President Truman.Joe Radigan
Renshaw 126kCirca 1950, location unknown.David Buell
Renshaw 698kPhotographed from a USS Sicily (CVE-118) aircraft, while operating in Korean waters. Photo is dated 27 July 1951. Official U.S. Navy Photograph 80-G-432955, now in the collection of the National Archives.Joe Radigan/Scott Dyben
322kRenshaw moored at an unknown location, probably Okinawa or Guam, summer 1951. Photo by ENS George L. Hatchett, USS Renshaw (DDE-499)Steve Hatchett, for his father,
LT(jg) George L. Hatchett USN
761kRenshaw crewmembers inspecting abandoned LVTs at an unknown location, probably Okinawa or Guam, summer 1951. Note the unidentified AVP in the background.
Photo by ENS George L. Hatchett, USS Renshaw (DDE-499)
Steve Hatchett, for his father,
LT(jg) George L. Hatchett USN
733kRenshaw officers sharing a beer at an unknown location, probably Okinawa or Guam, summer 1951. Note the abandoned LVTs in the background.
Photo by ENS George L. Hatchett, USS Renshaw (DDE-499)
Steve Hatchett, for his father,
LT(jg) George L. Hatchett USN
919kRenshaw approaching Rendova (CVE-114) off Korea, summer 1951.
Photo by ENS George L. Hatchett, USS Renshaw (DDE-499)
Steve Hatchett, for his father,
LT(jg) George L. Hatchett USN
Renshaw 98kWestPac Cruise 1958.David Wakeman OTC USN-RET
Renshaw 22kThe Renshaw during Depth Charge training off the Philippines in 1962.Albert Huntley
Renshaw 18kSeries of four photos of the Renshaw taken in 1963 in the Taiwan Straits during an underway replenishment.OSCM Kent Smith USN (Ret.)
Renshaw 23kAs above.OSCM Kent Smith USN (Ret.)
Renshaw 17kAs above.OSCM Kent Smith USN (Ret.)
Renshaw 21kAs above.OSCM Kent Smith USN (Ret.)
Renshaw 47kNorth China Sea Summer of 1965.Joe Radigan
181kRenshaw underway off Oahu, 1965. Official Navy PAO photo.Mike Smolinski
Renshaw 87kPearl Harbor, February 12 1966 Richard Leonhardt
Renshaw 52kPearl Harbor Hawaii, December 1968 Richard Leonhardt
Renshaw 53kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski

USS RENSHAW DD-499 / DDE-499 History
View This Vessels DANFS History entry at the naval History & Heritage Command website

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Charles Frederick Chillingsworth Jr.    Dec 5 1942 - Jul 10 1943

CDR Jacob Aucker Lark    Jul 10 1943 - Nov 5 1944

CDR George Henry Cairnes    Nov 5 1944 - Feb 21 1946

LCDR Louis Harkey Mayo    Feb 21 1946 - Sep 3 1946

LT Michael W. Bennett    Sep 3 1946 - Feb 1947

(Decommissioned Feb 1947 - June 2 1950)

CDR Charles Bonham Langston    Jun 2 1950 - Mar 1951

LCDR Carol Anton Turner    Mar 1951 - Jul 31 1951

CDR Benjamin Cornelius Fulghum    Jul 31 1951 - Nov 1952

CDR Lodwick Houston Alford    Nov 1952 - Aug 1954

CDR Henry McCloy Easterling    Aug 1954 - Sep 1956

CDR Drewery Raymond Wilhite    Sep 1956 - Aug 1958

CDR Robert Alvin Keil    Aug 1958 - Aug 26 1960

CDR Walter William Schwartz Jr.    Aug 26 1960 - Sep 1962

CDR James Thomas Doyle    Sep 1962 - Aug 1964

CDR Charles Abbott Whitmore    Aug 1964 - Jan 1966

CDR Charles Edward Breen Jr.    Jan 1966 - Sep 23 1967

CDR Frank Leslie Rentz Jr.    Sep 23 1967 - 1969

CDR Samuel Bennett    1969 - Feb 14 1970

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Jim Giddings
Address: 3950 Mallard Bay, Perry, OH 44081
Phone: (440) 259-5702

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
USS Renshaw Website
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Destroyer History Foundation
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Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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