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Displacement 2924 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 4 x 40mm, 5 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 Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME (YN 200)
Laid down 14 April 1942
Launched 11 October 1942
Commissioned 22 December 1942
Decommissioned 18 April 1946
Stricken 01 October 1972
Fate Sold 02 January 1974 to Southern Scrap Material of New Orleans for $139,377.60 and broken up for scrap.

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Foote 87kAndrew Hull Foote, born 12 September 1806 at New Haven, Conn., entered the Navy 4 December 1822 as a midshipman. Commanding Portsmouth in the East India Squadron on 20 and 21 November 1856, Foote led a landing party which seized the barrier forts at Canton, China, in reprisal for attacks on American ships. From 30 August 1861 to 9 May 1862, Foote commanded the Naval Forces on Western Rivers with distinction, organizing and leading the gunboat flotilla in the capture of Forts Henry and Donelson and Island No. 10. Wounded in action at Fort Donelson, Foote was commissioned Rear Admiral 16 July 1862, and was on his way to take command of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron when he died at New York 26 June 1863.Bill Gonyo
USS Foote (DD-511)
Foote 146kUndated, location unknown.Bill Gonyo
Foote 90kUndated caricature of Foote kissing the Statue of Liberty.Tom Armstrong
Foote 77kLaunching at Bath, Maine on 11 October 1942.Tom Armstrong
Foote 104kUSS Foote (DD-511) off Boston Navy Yard, 07 January 1943. Courtesy of the U. S. Naval Insitute, James C. Fahey Collection. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 95050.Robert Hurst
Foote 124kCirca 1943, location unknown.Tom Armstrong
Foote 149k View of Edison (DD-439), Schroeder (DD-501), Spence (DD-512), and Foote (DD-511) at Norfolk, May 1943. Photo was taken between 19-21 May; Foote arrived at Norfolk from Boston in the late morning of the 19th, while Schroeder, Foote and Spence sortied on the 21st to escort Yorktown (CV-10) to the Caribbean on her shakedown cruise. Photo by C. Kerlee, National Archives photo 80-GK-14999.John Chiquoine
Foote 306kUnited States Naval Department Bureau of Ships War Torpedo Damage Diagram and Report No. 50. USS Foote (DD-511). Destroyer torpedo damage received at Empress Augusta Bay, Bougainville, 02 November 1943.Mike Green
Foote 111kUndated, Port quarter view of the USS Foote (DD-511) showing damage to the bottom of the ship and bulkhead 182. The ship is dry docked at Espiritu Santo. Source: United States Naval Department Bureau of Ships War Torpedo Damage/Loss Report No. 50.Mike Green
Foote 136kUndated, Damage to the port stern tube and bottom of the USS Foote (DD-511), caused by the bending of the port shaft. The rupture in the bottom of the ship caused the flooding of fuel oil tank C-10F. Source: United States Naval Department Bureau of Ships War Torpedo Damage/Loss Report No. 50.Mike Green
Foote 103kPort quarter view of the USS Foote (DD-511) as seen on her arrival at Purvis Bay, Tulagi, after being torpedoed on 02 November 1943. About 75 square feet of the damaged main deck has been cut away. Source: United States Naval Department Bureau of Ships War Torpedo Damage/Loss Report No. 50.Mike Green
Foote 84kStern view of the USS Foote (DD-511) after the completion of temporary repairs at Espiritu Santo. The stern was cut off at frame 182 and this water tight bulkhead erected. Note the 'rudders' secured to both sides of the centerline skeg to prevent yawing while under tow back to San Diego for permanent repairs. Source: United States Naval Department Bureau of Ships War Torpedo Damage/Loss Report No. 50.Mike Green
Foote 123kAnchored in San Francisco Bay, 08 July 1944.Tom Armstrong
Foote 209kUSS Foote (DD-511) steaming immediately astern of the USS West Virginia (BB-48), 22 July 1944. On this date both ships were engaged in gunnery exercises off the California coast. Foote is camouflaged in MS32/18D scheme. US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 003.0142004.116.Tom Armstrong/Mike Green
94kUSS Foote conducting a underway replenishment by tow operation with West Virginia (BB-48) off San Diego, 25 July 1944.
National Archives photo 80-G-243916
John Chiquoine
81kUSS Foote, underway and freshly camouflaged from her summer 1944 rebuilding from battle damage.
National Archives photo 80-G-68082
John Chiquoine
181kUSS Foote conducting a breeches buoy transfer to USS Enterprise (CV-6) during their 25 September - 08 October 1945 cruise from Pearl to Panama. These TG11.6 forces were among the earliest combatants returning to East Coast ports. All participated in 1945 Awards and Navy Day activities in many Atlantic seaboard towns large and small.
Photo by Thomas McAvoy, Life Magazine, used for educational and non-commercial purpose
John Chiquoine
Foote 106kUSS Foote awaiting her turn to enter the Panama Canal on the morning of 08 October 1945. She had arrived with TF11.6 en route to the New York City Navy Day events, 25 September-8 October 1945.
National Archives photo 80-G-360543 (cropped)
Tom Armstrong

USS FOOTE DD-511 History
View This Vessels DANFS History entry at the Naval History & Heritage Command website

Commanding Officers
01CDR Bernard Lige Austin (USNA 1924)22 December 1942 - 30 April 1943
02CDR Alston Ramsay (USNA 1927)30 April 1943 - 13 April 1945
03LCDR Harry William McElwain (USNA 19xx)13 April 1945 - 18 April 1946

Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Frank Touchet
Address: 15508 Gordon Road, Rayne, LA 70578
Phone: (337)334-8804
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.

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