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USS CONWAY (DD-507 / DDE-507)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NFBD

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - POISON OAK

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, 4 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; Westinghouse Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bath Iron Works, Bath Me.November 5 1941.
Launched August 16 1942 and commissioned October 9 1942.
Decommissioned June 25 1946 and recommissioned November 8 1950.
Reclassified DDE-507 March 26 1949, reverted back to DD-507 June 30 1962.
Decommissioned and Stricken November 15 1969.
Fate Sunk as target June 26 1970.

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-William Conway, quartermaster, of Camden, Maine, refused to haul down his country's flag at the surrender of Pensacola Navy Yard to the rebels 12 January 1861. For his patriotic action he was presented a gold medal by citizens of California and in 1906 a memorial plaque was unveiled at his home in Camden in grateful recognition of his heroic loyalty.Robert M. Cieri
Conway 102kArtist's conception of the Conway as she appeared in late World War II 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
Conway 78kArtist's conception of a cutaway view of the Conway 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
Conway 64kCirca 1942, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Conway 173kUSS Conway (DD-507) underway in the South Pacific, while escorting a convoy, in August 1943. Photographed from USS Nicholas (DD-449). May have been taken during the Vella Lavella invasion. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. Photo #: 80-G-56813.Robert Hurst
Conway 128kAugust 13 1943, as seen from USS Nicholas. Archives photo 80-G-48563.Ed Zajkowski/Joe Radigan
Conway 91kTask Group ALFA, formation portrait of the anti-submarine group's ships and aircraft, taken during 1959 exercises in the Atlantic, while Secretary of the Navy William B. Franke was embarked. Ships include the group flagship, USS Valley Forge (CVS-45) in center, two submarines, and seven destroyers. Identifiable among the latter are USS Eaton (DDE-510) at left front, USS Beale (DDE-471) following Eaton, USS Waller (DDE-466) in the center foreground, and USS Conway (DDE-507) at right front. The reamianing two are the USS Bache (DD-470) and USS Cony (DD-508) of DesRon 28. Aircraft overhead include two formations of S2F "Trackers" from the Valley Forge air group, plus one shore-based P2V "Neptune" from Norfolk Naval Air Station, Virginia. Two HSS-1 helicopters are flying low, directly over the submarines. Official U.S. Navy Photograph.Fred Weiss
Conway 105kAs above, different view.Fred Weiss
Conway 144kUSS Valley Forge (CVS-45) Steams in formation with other units of Task Force ALFA, during anti-submarine exercises in the Atlantic, 1959. The other ships present are (from left): USS Murray (DDE-576), USS Beale (DDE-471), USS Bache (DDE-470), USS Eaton (DDE-510), USS Conway (DDE-507), USS Cony (DDE-508) and USS Waller (DDE-466). Photograph was released for publication on 3 August 1959. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Conway 206kUSS Conway (DD-507) and USS Waller (DD-466) at Fleet Week 1960 in New York City.ETC Robert C. Wolff USN (Ret.)
Conway 220kUSS Conway (DD-507), USS Waller (DD-466) and USS Cony (DD-508) at Fleet Week 1960 in New York City.ETC Robert C. Wolff USN (Ret.)
Conway 102kPhoto #: NH 67963. Destroyer Squadron Twenty-Eight Commanding officers of the squadron's ships display their Anti-Submarine Warfare "A" awards in a ceremony held on board one of the DesRon28 destroyers, circa the late 1950s or early 1960s. Flanking them are Vice Admiral Edmund B. Taylor, Commander Anti-Submarine Defense Force, Atlantic Fleet (at left) and Rear Admiral Frederick V.H. Hilles, Commander Destroyer Flotilla 4 (at right). The DesRon28 insignia is in the foreground. Those holding the "A" awards are (from left to right): Commander George R. Bryan, Commanding Officer, USS Conway (DDE-507); Commander David A. Johnson, Commanding Officer, USS Beale (DDE-471); Commander Frank C. Dunham, Commanding Officer, USS Cony (DDE-508); Commander Ralph F. Monger, Commanding Officer, USS Murray (DDE-576); Commander James L. Rothermel, Commanding Officer, USS Waller (DDE-466); and Captain Arthur G. Esch, Commanding Destroyer Division 282, who accepted the award on behalf of USS Eaton (DDE-510), three time winner of the "A" award. Photograph received from USS Waller, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Conway 29kIn Quebec July 1962.Marc Piché
Conway 106kGuantanamo Bay, Cuba circa 1962-1964 with the USS Spikefish (SS-404) in the foreground.Jay Jones
Conway 227kIn the South China Sea, September 12 1966, hi-line with the USS Vega (AF-59). Photo by V. O. McColley.Ed Zajkowski
Conway 102kMarch 1968 in Malta.Wolfgang Hechler
Conway 54kShip's patchTom Kraskiewicz
Conway 100k-120kUniform Ship's name shoulder patch.Al Grazevich
Conway 47kShip's Zippo circa 1958.John A. Altfeltis

USS CONWAY DD-507 / DDE-507 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Nathaniel Scudder Prime    Oct 9 1942 - Oct 16 1943
CDR Harold Gardiner Bowen Jr.    Oct 16 1943 - May 1 1944 (Later VADM)
LCDR John Henry Besson Jr.    May 1 1944 - Jul 13 1945 (Later RADM)
LCDR Arthur Gernt Harrison    Jul 13 1945 - Jun 25 1946
(Decommissioned Jun 25 1946 - Nov 8 1950)
CDR William Joseph Carey Jr.    Nov 8 1950 - Feb 1952
CDR John D. Reese Jr.    Feb 1952 - Nov 2 1953
CDR David Leslie Byrd    Nov 2 1953 - Dec 22 1955
CDR Francis Joseph Berry    Dec 22 1955 - Jul 9 1957
CDR Carl Stephens Baker    Jul 9 1957 - Oct 28 1958
CDR George Raymond Bryan Jr.     Oct 28 1958 - Jan 1961
CDR Robert Maurice Keller    Jan 1961 - 1962
CDR Edward Jay Myers    1962 - Oct 5 1964
CDR Gene Coyle Fletcher    Oct 5 1964 - 1966
CDR Stephen Paul Douglas Jr.    1966 - May 1968
CDR Robert Louis Logner    May 1968 - Nov 15 1969

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Spencer French
Address: 17575 Fairlie Road, San Diego CA 92128
Phone: None
E-mail: slfrench64@gmail.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.


Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Conway website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
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Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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