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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

CLASS - FLETCHER As Built.
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
Laid down by Federal Shipbuilding, Kearny NJ. May 7 1942.
Launched October 13 1942 and commissioned December 5 1942.
Decommissioned February 1947 and recommissioned June 2 1950.
Reclassified DDE-499 March 26 1949, reverted back to DD-499 June 30 1962.
Decommissioned February 14 1970.
Stricken February 14 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, N.Y., 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
Renshaw 82kArtist's conception of the Renshaw as she appeared after original construction 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
Renshaw 78kArtist's conception of a cutaway view of the Renshaw 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
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 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 October 13 1942. Courtesy of www.timepassagesnostalgia.com.Tom Kerman
Renshaw 257kAerial view of the USS Renshaw (DD-499) alongside the USS Missouri (BB-63) on October 25, 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 133kPhotographed 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
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
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
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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 1968
CDR Frank Leslie Rentz Jr.    Sep 23 1968 - 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
E-mail: jgg3950@roadrunner.com


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.


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Destroyer History Foundation
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Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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