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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; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Seattle Tacoma Shipbuilding. June 16 1942.
Launched June 4 1943 and commissioned December 4 1943.
Fate Grounded off Okinawa and sunk by Japanese Shore Batteries May 18 1945.
84 of her crew were lost with the ship and remain on duty.

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Longshaw 185kWilliam Longshaw, Jr., born near Richmond, Va., 26 April 1839, studied pharmacology at the University of Louisiana and received a medical degree from the University of Michigan in 1859. He entered the Navy as an assistant surgeon 25 April 1862. While serving in the screw steamer Lehigh, he showed outstanding courage in an engagement with Confederate batteries on Sullivan’s Island, Charleston, S.C., 16 November 1863. After the ship had grounded while shelling Confederate forts at Cummings Point, a hawser had to be passed to steamer Nahant, which was standing by. Dr. Longshaw, in an open boat, carried a line for the first two hawsers across to Nahant. Confederate fire was so intense that both hawsers were shot away. Lehigh was eventually refloated when Nahant pulled her free with a third hawser. Longshaw’s gallantry in this action was praised by Rear Adm. John A. Dahlgren and Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles. Dr. Longshaw was killed in the assault on Fort Fisher, 15 January 1865, while binding up the wounds of a dying marine. Though he had received a leave of absence that same day, he voluntarily postponed his departure to serve during the assault. Print courtesy of the Library of Congress.Bill Gonyo
Longshaw 82kArtist's conception of the Longshaw 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
Longshaw 122kUndated, location unknown.-
Longshaw 104kUndated, location unknown. The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 32, Design 21d.Captain Jerry Mason USN
Longshaw 317kUndated newspaper clipping, location unknown.Bob
Longshaw 119kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Longshaw 180kUSS Longshaw (DD-559) three minutes after the forward magazine of the ship blew up. Photo was taken with an artillery flare by III PHIB Corps (COMPHIBFORPAC), 18 May 1945. The ship was hit by a Japanese coastal battery off Okinawa. Courtesy of Fleet Admiral Nimitz. Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 62570.Robert Hurst/Mike Green
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Battle damage images taken by crewman David M. Nelson RM2c of the LCI(M) 356 on May 18, 1945 during the Battle of Okinawa.
Longshaw 177kUSS Longshaw (DD-559) explodes off Okinawa on 19 May 1945. The ship had run aground and taken fire from Japanese shore batteries, until it was abandoned and ultimately destroyed by US gunfire and torpedoes. Other ship in image may be USS Arikara (ATF-98). Collection: Admiral Harry W. Hill. Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NHF-075-C.04.Mike Green

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Daniel Thomas Birtwell Jr.    Dec 4 1943 - Dec 8 1943
LT Neal Almgren    Dec 8 1943 - Dec 13 1943 (Acting)
CDR Robert Hursey Speck    Dec 13 1943 - Jan 28 1945 (Later RADM)
CDR Theodore Robert Vogeley    Jan 28 1945 - May 10 1945 (Later RADM)
LCDR Clarence William Becker    May 10 1945 - May 18 1945

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Joe Schneider

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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Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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