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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NIHU

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - HATCHET

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; Allis Chalmers Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel, San Pedro. September 7 1942.
Launched March 18 1943 and commissioned August 23 1943.
Decommissioned July 22 1946 and recommissioned September 21 1951.
Decommissioned August 17 1971.
Stricken August 17 1971.
To Argentina August 17 1971, renamed Almirante Storni.
Fate Stricken in 1982 and scrapped.

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-John G. Cowell, born 18 September 1785 in Marblehead, Mass., entered the Navy as a master 21 January 1809. As acting lieutenant, Cowell was severely wounded, losing a leg, in the action on 28 March 1814 between Essex and HMS Phoebe and HMS Cherub off Valparaiso, Chile. Refusing to be carried below, Cowell cheered his companions on through the remainder of the action. He was carried on shore, and exhibited such gallantry and courage under severe pain until his death on 18 April that the people of Valparaiso honored him with a burial place in their principal church; a most unusual honor for a foreigner.Robert M. Cieri
USS Cowell (DD-547)
Cowell 94kUndated, location unknown.Frank Muth
Cowell 80kUndated, location unknown. In honor of QM3 Edwin T. Harris.Dennis R. Heisey
Cowell 79kUndated, location unknown.Robert M. Cieri
Cowell 161kUndated, location unknown.David & Artemis Buell
Cowell 81kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Cowell 96kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Cowell 128kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
147kEntering Long Beach harbor, date unknown. Official Navy PAO photo.Mike Smolinski
Cowell 94kPhoto #: 80-G-K-2203, USS Cowell (DD-547) returns a pilot to his aircraft carrier, after rescuing him during the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Photo is dated 28 October 1944, a few days after the battle. The carrier may be USS Intrepid (CV-11). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Tony Cowart
Cowell 135kJune 1945, location unknown.Wolfgang Hechler
Cowell 166kUSS Cowell coming alongside USS California during the summer of 1945, NA 80G374346.John Chiquoine
Cowell 60kUSS Dennis J Buckley (DD 808), USS Cowell (DD 547) and USS Cushing (DD 797), during a port call in San Francisco, sometime during the 1950's.Robert M. Cieri
Cowell 126kEarly postwar.Marc Piché
Cowell 17kIn moth balls at Long Beach early 1951 prior to recommissioning for the Korean War. USS Prichett (DD-561), USS Cushing (DD-797) and USS Cowell (DD-547).Harry Galbraith
Cowell 109kPhoto #: NH 99191, USS Cowell (DD-547) underway, probably at the time she was recommissioned in September 1951. This photograph was received by the Naval Photographic Center in December 1959, but was taken some eight years earlier. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Cowell 86kOff the California coast, circa 1956.Marc Piché
Cowell 59kUSS Owen (DD-536), USS Cowell (DD-547), USS Twining (DD540) and USS Pritchett (DD-561) in Yokosuka, Fall 1959.Derick Hartshorn
Cowell 226kSeptember 9 1960.Ed Zajkowski
Cowell 122kUSS Ajax (AR-6) Flagship of Commander Service Squadron THREE, with five Seventh Fleet destroyers alongside, circa 1962. The destroyers are (from left to right): USS Ernest G. Small (DDR-838); USS Rupertus (DD-851); USS Trathen (DD-530); USS Cowell (DD-547); and USS Black (DD-666). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Cowell 95kOff Hawaii 1963.Robert Hurst
Cowell 132kUSS Cowell (DD-547) being assisted by tugs at Vancouver BC on June 25 1965. Source: City of Vancouver Archives, Photo No. AM1506-S3-3-: CVA 447-4129, by Walter E. Frost.Mike Green
Cowell 118kSan Francisco March 1968.Marc Piché/Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Cowell 151kUSS Cowell (DD-547) crew members and their guests watch a demonstration of firefighting techniques on the ship's fantail, during a Dependents' Day cruise, 21 September 1968. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center. Photo #: NH 99188.Robert Hurst
Cowell 110kUSS Cowell (DD-547) docked at Vancouver BC on March 29 1971. Source: City of Vancouver Archives, Photo No. AM1506-S3-3-: CVA 447-4129.1, by Walter E. Frost.Mike Green
Cowell 58kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Cowell 78kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Cowell 71kShip's patch circa 1953.Mike Smolinski
Cowell 88kShip's patch circa 1967.Mike Smolinski
Cowell 100k-120kUniform Ship's name shoulder patch.Al Grazevich
On Argentinian Service
Cowell 36kSegundo R. Storni (born in Tucuman, 16 July 1876; died on 4 December 1954). Argentinian military man who served as Foreign Minister during the de facto presidency of General Pedro Pablo Ramírez (1943-1944).Francisco Javier Santos Vazquez
Cowell 146kThe First and Second Destroyer Divisions in 1979 at the Naval Base of Puerto Belgrano, near Bahia Blanca in the south part of Buenos Aires Province. Since no hull numbers can be seen it is impossible to accurately identify each ship, however, the ships present include the D 22 Rosales (ex DD 644 Stembel), D 29 Piedrabuena (ex DD 730 Collett), D 25 Seguí (ex DD 702 Hank), D 23 Domecq Garcia (ex DD630 Braine), D 24 Storni (ex DD 547 Cowell), D 27 Py (ex DD 877 Perkins) and the D 26 Bouchard (ex DD 704 Borie). Additional info thanks to Adalberto Alvarez; "In the photograph, the ships on the right belong to the 2nd Division of Destroyers. On the left, we see the 1st Division of Destroyers, and we find the Bouchard among these. (The Bouchard was assigned to the 2nd Division in 1980). The ship we see on the front of the 1st Division Destroyers is not the Bouchard, because the Bouchard didn’t have that kind of life rafts until 1982, during the war. The ship in the middle belongs to the Fletcher class. This means that the Bouchard is the one moored to dock."Horacio Héctor Virardi

USS COWELL DD-547 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Charles William Parker    Aug 23 1943 - Jan 8 1945 (Later RADM)

CDR Charles Luther Werts    Jan 8 1945 - Apr 5 1946

CDR Simon Everett Ramey    Apr 5 1946 - Jun 27 1946

CDR George Thornhill McDaniel Jr.    Jun 27 1946 - Jul 22 1946

(Decommissioned Jul 22 1946 - Sep 21 1951)

CDR Roger Warde Paine Jr.    Sep 21 1951 - Jun 1953 (Later RADM)

CDR Charles Augustine Burch    Jun 1953 - Mar 1955

CDR William James Hurst    Mar 1955 - Aug 1957

CDR Robert Byron Ricks    Aug 1957 - Jul 1959

CDR Jack Hardin Pennington    Jul 1959 - Jun 1961

CDR Richard Michael Palkovic    Jun 1961 - Jul 1963

CDR Robert Maurice Berry    Jul 1963 - Jan 1965

CDR Richard Guy Colquhoun    Jan 1965 - Dec 1966

CDR Alvin Brand    Dec 1966 - Jan 1969

CDR Ronald Phillip Good    Jan 1969 - Jul 1970

LCDR Arnold Alan Evans    Jul 1970 - Aug 17 1971

Commanding Officers on Argentine Service
Thanks to Robert Hurst

Cap. de Fragata (CDR) Isidoro Paradelo    Aug 17 1971 - Feb 1 1972     

Cap. de Fragata (CDR) Alberto Barbich    Feb 1 1972 - Feb 9 1973

Cap. de Fragata (CDR) Federico Rousillón    Feb 9 1973 - Feb 20 1974

Cap. de Fragata (CDR) Enrique P. Montemayor    Feb 20 1974 - Feb 13 1975

Cap. de Fragata (CDR) Julio A. Santoianni    Feb 13 1975 - Jan 28 1976

Cap. de Fragata (CDR) Ramón A. Arosa    Jan 28 1976 - Feb 11 1977

Cap. de Fragata (CDR) Amaury C. Riceardo    Feb 11 1977 - Jan 17 1978

Cap. de Fragata (CDR) Carlos A. Padula    Jan 17 1978 - Feb 26 1979

Cap. de Fragata (CDR) Gervasio Méndez Casariego D.    Feb 26 1979 - Feb 6 1980

Cap. de Fragata (CDR) Rafael Carlos De Elia    Feb 6 1980 - Aug 11 1980

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Larry Sulley

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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