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USS PRICHETT (DD-561)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NBEF

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - GLORY

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; 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. July 20 1942.
Launched July 31 1943 and commissioned January 15 1944.
Decommissioned March 14 1946 and recommissioned August 17 1951.
Decommissioned January 10 1970.
Stricken January 10 1970.
To Italy January 17 1970, renamed Geniere.
Fate Stricken and scrapped in 1975.

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Prichett 107kJames M. Prichett, born in Centreville, Ind., in 1836, graduated from the Naval Academy in 1857. Prior to the Civil War he served aboard Mississippi on the China Station, and in Richmond on the Mediterranean Station. Assigned to the Washington Navy Yard in 1861, he joined the Naval forces on the Mississippi River in 1862 in command of the ironclad gunboat USS Cario. On 4 July 1863, while commanding gunboat Tyler, he participated in, and won praise for, effective action in repulsing a superior Confederate force during the battle of Helena, Ark. He also commanded monitor Mahopac during the war. After the war he sailed with Admiral Farragut's expedition to Russia and, in 1869, returned to the Pacific Squadron. Lt. Comdr. Prichett died in 1871 while attached to receiving ship Vermont at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.Bill Gonyo
THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
WASHINGTON

The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in presenting the NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION to the

UNITED STATES SHIP PRICHETT

for service as set forth in the following Citation:

"For outstanding heroism as a Fighter Direction Ship on Radar Picket duty during the Okinawa Campaign, from March 24 to April 7, 1945; and May 8 to August 13, 1945. A natural and frequent target for heavy Japanese aerial attack while occupying advanced and isolated stations, the USS PRICHETT defeated all efforts of enemy Kamikaze and dive-bombing planes to destroy her. Constantly vigilant and ready for battle, she sent out early air warnings, provided fighter direction, and, with her own gun-fire, downed six hostile planes, shared in the destruction of several others and routed many more. During the furious night action of July 30, she rendered invaluable assistance in protecting the damaged CALLAGHAN from further enemy suicide attacks and, although herself hit by a Kamikaze while rendering aid, stood by the CALLAGHAN for three additional hours to furnish protection and assist in recovering survivors. A seaworthy, fighting ship, the PRICHETT, her officers and men withstood the stress and perils of vital radar picket duty to aid in preventing air attacks in strength against the Naval forces off the Okinawa beachhead, thus achieving a gallant combat record which reflects the highest credit upon the United States Naval Service.”

James Forrestal
Secretary of the Navy
Prichett 82kArtist's conception of the Prichett 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
Prichett 49kUndated, location unknown.-
Prichett 82kUndated, location unknown. The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 32, Design 13d.Harry Galbraith
Prichett 11kUndated, her World War II scoreboard.William Bergman
Prichett 175kUndated, off Point Loma.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Prichett 144kUndated, in San Francisco Bay.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Prichett 151kUSS Prichett shortly after commissioning in 1944 off Alki Point, Washington.Harry Galbraith
Prichett 216kPrichett coming alongside Essex during 1944 carrier TG operations. Photo by Paul Madden.John Chiquoine
Prichett 242kCloseup of the Mount 51 area from the above photo by Paul Madden.John Chiquoine
Prichett 196kDamage to USS Prichett's (DD-561) stern which occurred on 29 July 1945, while on station off Okinawa. Damage occurred when Prichett was rescuing survivors from USS Callaghan (DD-792) which had just sunk as a result of being hit by a kamikaze. During the rescue, Prichett was also attacked by a kamikaze which was shot down but exploded six feet off her port quarter killing two men and seriously wounding another. After steaming back to Pearl Harbor and then to Puget Sound Navy Yard, she was laid up in dry dock until the end of 1945 as seen here. Courtesy of USS Prichett, 1970. Source: United States Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 69890.Mike Green
Prichett 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
Prichett 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
Prichett 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
Prichett 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
Prichett 122kCirca 1953, entering Sasebo, Japan.Bob Hawley
Prichett 83kUSS Prichett at Midway enroute to Korea in the Spring of 1953.Harry Galbraith
Prichett 106kIn drydock at Sasebo, Japan, Spring 1953.Harry Galbraith, FT3, 1951-53
Prichett 225kAugust 9 1954, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Prichett 96kCirca 1957.Marc Piché
Prichett 193kCRUDESPAC 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
Prichett 59kUSS Owen (DD-536), USS Cowell (DD-547), USS Twining (DD540) and USS Prichett (DD-561) in Yokosuka, Fall 1959.Derick Hartshorn
Prichett 176kUSS Prichett (DD-561) underway at sea in March 1961. Another Fletcher class destroyer is crossing astern. Photographed by M.G. Stock. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 107253.Robert Hurst
Prichett 122kMarch 1961, location unknown.Harry Galbraith/Robert Hurst
Prichett 155k1967-68 WestPac Cruise Book.Mike Smolinski
Prichett 204k1967-68 WestPac Cruise Book.Mike Smolinski
Prichett 148kUSS Prichett (DD-561) underway off the coast of San Diego, California in June 1969. Note the sailboat, channel buoy and powerboat in the left distance. This photograph was received from USS Prichett in 1970. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 70168.Robert Hurst
Prichett 50kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Prichett 36kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Prichett 96kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Prichett 39kShip's plaque.Mike Smolinski
On Italian Service
Prichett 136kAs the Italian Geniere D555.Harry Galbraith/Mike Dale
Prichett 41kINS Geniere (D 555, ex-USS Prichett) underway in 1971, location unknown. Italian Navy, Official.Robert Hurst

USS PRICHETT DD-561 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Cecil Thilman Caufield    Jan 15 1944 - Oct 25 1944
CDR Clarence Matheson Bowley    Oct 25 1944 - May 20 1945
LCDR John Frederick Miller Jr.    May 20 1945 - Mar 14 1946
(Decommissioned Mar 14 1946 - Aug 17 1951)
CDR James Grieve Thorburn Jr.    Aug 17 1951 - Nov 15 1952
CDR Douglas Haig Pugh    Nov 15 1952 - Jul 15 1954
CDR Carl Ferdinand Pfeifer    Jul 15 1954 - Sep 15 1956
CDR John Wesley Ingram    Sep 15 1956 - Apr 11 1958
LCDR Jay Stanley Howell    Apr 11 1958 - Aug 12 1959
CDR William Simon Mills III    Aug 12 1959 - Oct 23 1961
CDR Alan Russel Cameron    Oct 23 1961 - Feb 2 1963
CDR Corliss Robinson Nugent    Feb 2 1963 - Jul 25 1964
CAPT Don Edward Hihn    Jul 25 1964 - Oct 16 1965
CDR Louis T. Renz    Oct 16 1965 - Jun 7 1966
CDR Paul Edwin Smith    Jun 7 1966 - Jan 22 1968
CDR James Edward Fernandes    Jan 22 1968 - Nov 26 1969
CDR Eugene Timothy Connors    Nov 26 1969 - Dec 29 1969
LCDR Donald Lee Hark    Dec 29 1969 - Jan 10 1970

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Terry Crawford
Address: 528 Mildred, Wood River, IL 62095
Phone: 618-259-3007
E-mail: prichett@charter.net
Next Reunion: September 20-25 2011 at Albuquerque, NM.

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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