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USS OWEN (DD-536)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NACX

CLASS - FLETCHER As Built.
Displacement 2924 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 10 x 40mm, 7 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 Bethlehem Steel, San Francisco. September 17 1942.
Launched March 21 1943 and commissioned September 20 1943.
Decommissioned December 10 1946 and recommissioned August 17 1951.
Decommissioned May 27 1958.
Stricken April 15 1973.
Fate Sold November 27 1973 and broken up for scrap.

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Owen 82kArtist's conception of the Owen 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
Owen 27kUndated postcard, location unknown.Bill Owen
Owen 172kUndated, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Owen 96kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Owen 129kUSS Owen (DD-536) underway at very slow speed, circa 1945. This image was retouched by wartime censors to remove radar antennas from the foremast and atop the Mark 37 gun director. They also partially removed nearly all of the small mainmast mounted on the after superstructure, but missed the antenna at its top. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 107249.Robert Hurst
Owen 95kStern view of USS Owen (DD 536) off Mare Island on 24 Aug 1945. She was in overhaul at Mare Island from 9 July to 1 Sep 1945.Darryl Baker
Owen 137kAmidships looking aft plan view of USS Owen (DD 536) with USS Miller (DD 535) to the right and USS Ellet (DD 398) to the left at Mare Island on 29 Aug 1945.Darryl Baker
Owen 183kForward plan view of USS Owen (DD 536) with USS Miller (DD 535) above and USS Ellet (DD 398) below at Mare Island on 29 Aug 1945.Darryl Baker
Owen 307kUSS Owen (DD 536) with USS Miller (DD 535) outboard and USS Ellet (DD 398) inboard at Mare Island on August 29 1945.Ed Zajkowski
Owen 225kNavalBase, Los Angeles, Terminal Island, August 17 1951, Vice Admiral J.L. Hall,Commander, Western Sea Frontier and Commander, Pacific Reserve Fleet,addressing audience and crews and Rear Admiral Burton C. Davis, Commander, LongBeach Groups, Pacific Reserve Fleet. during the re-commissioning of three Navy destroyers.Nearest dock is the U.S.S. Owen, outboard of her U.S.S. Prichett and taken fromgun turret of U.S.S. Cushing was the image. Photo courtesy of the USCLibraries Special Collections Doheny Memorial Library, Los Angeles, CA.Bill Gonyo
Owen 123kNavalBase, Los Angeles, Terminal Island, August 17 1951, Vice Admiral J.L. Hall,Commander, Western Sea Frontier and Commander, Pacific Reserve Fleet,addressing audience and crews and Rear Admiral Burton C. Davis, Commander, LongBeach Groups, Pacific Reserve Fleet. during the re-commissioning of three Navydestroyers. Nearest dock is the U.S.S. Owen, outboard of her U.S.S. Prichettand taken from gun turret of U.S.S. Cushing was the image. Photo courtesyof the USC Libraries Special Collections Doheny Memorial Library, Los Angeles, CA.Bill Gonyo
Owen 263kNavalBase, Los Angeles, Terminal Island, August 17 1951, Chaplain Leigh Pink onplatform leads audience and high-ranking officers (left foreground) and crewmembers of three re-commissioned destroyers in invocation at re-commissioningceremonies at Naval Base, Los Angeles, Terminal Island. Photo courtesy of the USC Libraries Special Collections DohenyMemorial Library, Los Angeles, CA.Bill Gonyo
Owen 207kCRUDESPAC Photo released by the 12 Naval District PIO on June 4, 1957. The photo is from the files of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Owen 59kUSS Owen (DD-536), USS Cowell (DD-547), USS Twining (DD540) and USS Pritchett (DD-561) in Yokosuka, Fall 1959.Derick Hartshorn
Owen 62kThe USS Owen (DD-536) along with an unidentified destroyer (at extreme right), destroyer escorts and LSTs moored together in the muddy waters of the Napa River at Mare Island in May 1972. Other identifiable ships are USS French (DE-367) and USS Sedgwick County (LST-1123). Courtesy L.Cote. Photo from Warship Boneyards, by Kit and Carolyn Bonner.Robert Hurst

USS OWEN DD-536 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Robert Winthrop Wood    Sep 20 1943 - Oct 1 1944 (Later RADM)
CDR Carlton Benton Jones    Oct 1 1944 - ? (Later RADM)
(Decommissioned Dec 10 1946 - Aug 17 1951)
CDR Oscar Frank (Big Red) Dreyer    Aug 17 1951 - ?
CDR Lester Earl Hubbell    1953 - ?
CDR Lester Earle Hubbell    Sep 9 1953 - Apr 1955 (Later RADM)
CDR John Diroff Malone    1956 - 1957
CDR John Sullivan    1957 - May 27 1958

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