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USS WADSWORTH (DD-516)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NWFQ

CLASS - FLETCHER As Built.
Displacement 2924 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 6 x 40mm, 10/11 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 Bath Iron Works, Bath Me.August 18 1942.
Launched January 10 1943 and commissioned March 16 1943.
Decommissioned April 18 1946.
Stricken October 1 1974.
To West Germany October 6 1959. renamed Z-3.
Stricken in 1980.
To Greece October 30 1980, renamed Nearchos.
Stricken in 1991.

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Wadsworth 21kAlexander Scammel Wadsworth was born in 1790 at Portland, Maine. He was appointed a midshipman on 2 April 1804 and was promoted to lieutenant on 21 April 1810. Lt. Wadsworth was the first lieutenant on board Constitution during that famous frigate's successful engagement with Guerriere in the War of 1812. For this action, he received a silver medal and was included in the vote of thanks received by the commanding officer, Isaac Hull, and his officers. Wadsworth later served as first lieutenant of the corvette Adams during that ship's cruise in 1814 when she captured 10 prizes. Promoted to master-commandant on 27 April 1816 for his services during the war, Wadsworth commanded the brig Prometheus in the Mediterranean Squadron after the Algerian War in 1816 and 1817 and later commanded the sloop John Adams. Under Wadsworth, John Adams conducted cruises in the West Indies in 1818 and 1819, and 1821 and 1822 for the suppression of piracy. Promoted to captain on 3 March 1825, he commanded frigate Constellation in the Mediterranean Squadron from 1829 to 1832. Wadsworth was commodore commanding the Pacific Squadron from 1834 to 1836, a member of the Board of Navy Commissioners from 1837 to 1840, and Inspector of Ordnance from 1841 to 1850. Commodore Wadsworth died at Washington, D.C., on 5 April 1851.Bill Gonyo
Wadsworth 102kArtist's conception of the Wadsworth 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
Wadsworth 78kArtist's conception of a cutaway view of the Wadsworth 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
Wadsworth 110kAn Ilustration and excerpt from "Calling All Destroyers," a training pamphlet prepared by the crew of USS Wadsworth (DD-516) and later widely distributed. The caption reads; "Keep shooting until his prop brushes your whiskers. In the last thousand yards he still has a lot of smart flying to do to hit you." US Navy Document from "War With The Wind," by David Sears.Robert Hurst
Wadsworth 92kAn Ilustration and excerpt from "Calling All Destroyers," a training pamphlet prepared by the crew of USS Wadsworth (DD-516) and later widely distributed. The caption reads; "Now hear this. One Val headin' for our fantail. Sweepers standby to starch 'ur brooms!" The "pooch" shown in these illustrations is "Willie," the Wadsworth mascot. US Navy Document from "War With The Wind," by David Sears.Robert Hurst
Wadsworth 95kBow on view of USS Wadsworth (DD 516) departing Mare Island on 5 Dec 1944.Darryl Baker
Wadsworth 100kBroadside view of USS Wadsworth (DD 516) off Mare Island on 5 Dec 1944. She was in overhaul at Mare Island from 25 Oct until 12 Dec 1944.Darryl Baker
Wadsworth 86kStern view of USS Wadsworth (DD 516) off Mare Island on 5 Dec 1944.Darryl Baker
Wadsworth 137kUSS Wadsworth (DD-516) off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California on 5 December 1944. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 90531.Captain John C. Ruff USN (Ret)/Robert Hurst
Wadsworth 77kAt Charleston, SC in 1946.Ron Reeves
On Federal Republic of Germany Service
Wadsworth 71kUndated, location unknown.Jörg Bihlmayr
Wadsworth 43kUndated, location unknown.Franzen Karlheinz
Wadsworth 37kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Wadsworth 148kUndated, location unknown.Wolfgang Hechler
Wadsworth 84kUndated, location unknown.Wolfgang Hechler
Wadsworth 114kUndated, location unknown.Wolfgang Hechler
Wadsworth 85kAs German Z3/D172 in the early 1960s.Marc Piché
Wadsworth 55kIn the 1960's as D172.Jörg Bihlmayr
Wadsworth 55kCirca 1968, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Wadsworth 71kAs German Z3/D172 in the early 1970s.Jörg Bihlmayr
Wadsworth 56kOctober 1972 in Kiel.Gerhard L. Mueller-Debus
Wadsworth 73kOctober 13 1974 in Kiel.Gerhard L. Mueller-Debus
Wadsworth 5kGerman Navy Coat of Arms for the Z3.Franzen Karlheinz
On Greek Service
Wadsworth 43kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Wadsworth 224kThe Greek Salamis Naval Base on 31 August 1979. Visible among other ships are the six Greek Fletcher-class destroyers: Kimon (ex-USS Ringgold (DD-500), Nearchos (ex-USS Wadsworth (DD-516), Sfendoni (ex-USS Aulick (DD-569), Aspis (ex-USS Connor (DD-582), Lonchi (ex-USS Hall (DD-583), and Velos (ex-USS Charrette (DD-581). Also visible are the landing ships Nafkratoussa (ex-USS Fort Mandan (LSD-21), Oinoussai (ex-USS Terrell County (LST-1157), and Kos (ex-USS Whitfield County (LST-1169). Photo by PHC C. Pedrick, USN. U.S. DefenseImagery photo VIRIN: photo VIRIN: DN-SC-82-00328.Robert Hurst
Wadsworth 32kWADSWORTH DD-516 as NEARCHOS D-65 being towed to scrap 1991.Marc Piché

USS WADSWORTH DD-516 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR John Franklin Walsh    Mar 16 1943 - Jul 5 1944
CDR Raymond Dennis Fusselman    Aug 22 1944 - Aug 7 1945
CDR Harry Charles Mason    Aug 7 1945 - Apr 18 1946 (Later RADM)
Commanding Officers under Federal German Command
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
(KK = Korvettenkapitän = LCDR    FK = Fregattenkapitän = CDR    KzS = Kapitän zur See = CAPT)

FK Meentzen    Oct 6 1959 - Jan 1961
FK Schreiber    Jan 1961 - Oct 1962
FK Braeucker    Oct 1962 - Sep 1963
FK Friedrich Fuchs    Sep 1963 - Oct 1964
FK Hans-Joachim Krug    Oct 1964 - Mar 1966
FK Kurt F. Siewert    Mar 1966 - Mar 1967
FK Proettel    Mar 1967 - Apr 1968
FK Friedrich-Wilhelm Martini    Apr 1968 - Sep 1969
reduced crew    Sep 1969 - Sep 1970
FK Laukamm    Sep 1970 - Sep 1972
FK Bellersheim    Sep 1970 - Sep 1974
FK Hans-Georg Nippe    Sep 1974 - Jun 1977
KzS Housselle    Jun 1977 - Sep 1977
FK Lauer    Sep 1977 - Mar 1979
FK Frank Saltzwedel    Mar 1979 - Jun 1980
reduced crew    Jun 1980 - Sep 1980
KzS Klages    Sep 1980 - Oct 15 1980

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Jim Friday
Address: 701 Harmony Drive, Racine, WI 53402
Phone: (262)639-2444
E-mail: fridd516@execpc.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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