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USS ISHERWOOD (DD-520)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NFBP

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 Bethlehem Steel, Staten Island, NY May 12 1942.
Launched November 24 1942 and commissioned April 12 1943.
Decommissioned February 1 1946 and recommissioned April 5 1951.
Decommissioned September 11 1961.
Stricken January 15 1974.
To Peru October 8 1961, renamed Almirante Guise.
Fate Stricken and scrapped in 1981.

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Isherwood 59kBenjamin F. Isherwood was born in New York City 6 October 1822, and was appointed First Assistant Engineer in the Navy 23 May 1844, During the Mexican War, he served in Princeton and later was senior engineer of Spitfire. While on a cruise of more than 3 years on the Asiatic Station, Isherwood served as Chief Engineer of the steam frigate San Jacinto. Shortly after the outbreak of the Civil War, he was appointed Engineer-in-Chief of the Navy, and so important were his services considered that the Bureau of Steam Engineering was created under his direction. He was a pioneer in the production of fast cruisers, producing this class against strong opposition. Following a tour of European dockyards, he became president of the Experimental Board under the Bureau of Steam Engineering until his retirement 6 October 1884. He died in New York City 19 June 1915. Digital ID: cwpb 05850, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs.Bill Gonyo
Isherwood 82kArtist's conception of the Isherwood 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
Isherwood 98kEarly postwar, location unknown.Marc Piché
Isherwood 63kUndated, location unknown.George DeSocio
Isherwood 71kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Isherwood 90kMarkab (AD-21) with destroyers Dashiel (DD-659), Isherwood (DD-520), Power (DD-839) and William C. Lawe (DD-763) alongside at Yokosuka, Japan, date unknown (probably early 1956).Mark Roberts, Destroyersonline.com
Isherwood 171kUndated, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Isherwood 93kUSS Isherwood (DD-520) underway in heavy weather as she comes alongside the heavy cruiser USS Tuscaloosa (CA-37) in August 1943. National Archives and Records Administration. Photo # 80-G-79429.Robert Hurst
Isherwood 60kMARCH 1945, USS ISHERWOOD IS BOMBARDING ISLANDS IN THE KERRAMA-RETTO GROUP IN SUPPORT OF AMPHIBIOUS LANDINGS . THIS OPERATION WAS A PRELIM-TO MAIN INVASION OF OKINAWA.Brad Isherwood
Isherwood 166kMorning April 16th 1945, Isherwood is callfire support for landings on IE Shima. Around 0940 and at range of 9,700 yds Isherwood engages an Oscar which is dancing at around 100 ft alt. The Oscar was shot down at 3,300 yds aft of Battleship USS Texas. In a short while Isherwood would be on her way to USS Laffey's RP station. The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 31, Design 16d.Brad Isherwood
Isherwood 55kMare Island, 1945.Pieter Bakels
Isherwood 147k1945, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Isherwood 103kSstern view of USS Isherwood (DD 520) departing Mare Island on 12 Aug 1945.Darryl Baker
Isherwood 97kBow on view of USS Isherwood (DD 520) departing Mare Island on 12 Aug 1945 with two of the yards YTLs assisting.Darryl Baker
Isherwood 158kAft plan view of USS Isherwood (DD 520) at Mare Island on 21 Aug 1945 whit USS Stephen Potter (DD 538) inboard. Isherwood was in overhaul at the yard from 3 June until 22 August 1945.Darryl Baker
Isherwood 88kMare Island, August 21 1945.Pieter Bakels
Isherwood 121kUSS Isherwood (DD-520) anchored off New York City, probably at the time of the 27 October 1945 Victory Fleet Review. Note the ship's name painted on her side. Donation of Lieutenant Gustave J. Freret, USN (Retired), 1972. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 81125.Robert Hurst
Isherwood 110kSan Diego, CA December 1954.Marc Piché
Isherwood 60kUSS ISHERWOOD IN SYDNEY HARBOUR, AUSTRALIA -1957Brad Isherwood
Isherwood 104kDecember 1959, photo USN #1045615.David Buell
Isherwood 161kDecember 1959, photo USN #1045614.Ed Zajkowski
On Peruvian Service
Isherwood 24kUndated, location unknown.Ron Reeves and Fabio Peña
Isherwood 55kCirca 1964, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Isherwood 21kThree views of the Isherwood, Ex-BAP Guise, after being used as a target for an Exocet missile.Ron Reeves and Fabio Peña
Isherwood 16kAs above.Ron Reeves and Fabio Peña
Isherwood 29kAs above.Ron Reeves and Fabio Peña

USS ISHERWOOD DD-520 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Robert Emmett Gadrow    Apr 12 1943 - Apr 11 1944
LCDR Louis Edward Schmidt Jr.    Apr 11 1944 - Aug 15 1945
LCDR Louis Harkey Mayo    Aug 15 1945 – Feb 1 1946 
(Decommissioned Feb 1 1946 - Apr 5 1951)
CDR William Oscar Spears Jr.    Apr 5 1951 - ?
CDR Charles Allen Dancy Jr.		? 1955 - ?
CDR Daniel James O'Connell    ? 1959 - ?
CDR Robert Whitney Lowman    ? 1960 - ?
LCDR George Valentine Eidson    1961 - Sep 11 1961

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Donald Stegeman
Address: 517 N. Margaret Street, Kaukauna, WI 54130
Phone: (920)766-3258
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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