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Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - BOOM TOWN

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. March 26 1943.
Launched December 31 1943 and commissioned April 29 1944.
Decommissioned April 12 1946 and recommissioned July 6 1951.
Decommissioned September 26 1969.
Stricken February 1 1974.
Fate Sold August 16 1974 to General Metals, Tacoma, WA and broken up for scrap.

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Watts 82kArtist's conception of the Watts 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
Watts 104kUndated, location unknown.LCDR R. J. Prinselaar USCG (RET)
Watts 94kUndated photograph of the USS Watts (DD-567) underway, location unknown. Photo U.S. Navy Official.Robert Hurst
Watts 115kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Watts 75kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Watts 140kUSS Watts (DD-567 taken in 1944, location unknown. US Navy photo.David Buell


Newspaper clipping of the loss of MM3c Robert E. Caya after the kamikaze attack of August 11 1945. Dr. Smiley was his nephew.Thomas M. Smiley
Watts 61kAt Charleston, SC in 1946.Ron Reeves
Watts 204kTop half of Ship's last newspaper, April 29 1946, as she was preparing for decommissioning.Ed Zajkowski
Watts 179kBottom half of Ship's last newspaper, April 29 1946, as she was preparing for decommissioning.Ed Zajkowski
Watts 269kEntering Charleston, SC in July-August 1951.Albert Veliky
Watts 143kUSS Watts (DD-567) underway in the Atlantic Ocean in April 1952, while refueling at sea. She is still fitted with World War II era radars. Note the fuel line connected to her aft refueling station and life jacket clad linehandlers ready forward. The ship providing the fuel, from which this picture was probably taken, is not identified. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 107256.Robert Hurst
Watts 150kRefueling from USS Platte (AO-24), while operating with the Seventh Fleet, 19 July 1955. USS Philippine Sea (CVA-47) is on port refueling station. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Joe Radigan
Watts 179kUSS Watts (DD-567) and USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) refueling from the USS Platte (AO-24) circa 1955 in the Pacific while operating as part of the seventh Fleet. US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 1996.488.114.033.Mike Green
Watts 211kUSS Colahan (DD-658), USS Watts (DD-567), USS Tingey (DD-539) and USS Laws (DD-558) in Sasebo, Japan circa 1960-1962.John J. Gobbell
Watts 127kUSS Watts (DD-567) off Vancouver BC on October 2, 1964. Source: City of Vancouver Archives, Photo No. AM1506-S3-3-: CVA 447-8913.1, by Walter E. Frost.Mike Green
Watts 85kUSS Pictor (AF-54) during an underway replenishment with USS Watts (DD-567) and the HMCS Fraser (DDH 233) in 1968, WESTPAC.Richard Miller BMCS USNR (Ret.)
Watts 74kUSS Watts (DD-567) in mothballs at Bremerton, 1971.Dave Wright
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Offer for scrap sale - July 24 1974
Ed Zajkowski
Watts 54kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski

USS WATTS DD-567 History
View This Vessels DANFS History entry at the Naval History & Heritage Command website

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Joseph Benedict Maher    Apr 29 1944 - Jan 27 1945 (Later RADM)

CDR Charles Samuel Hart    Jan 27 1945 - Dec 23 1945

LCDR James Francis Maynard    Dec 23 1945 - Jan 1 1946 (XOIC)

CDR Charles Samuel Hart    Jan 1 1946 - Feb 8 1946

LCDR James Francis Maynard    Feb 8 1946 - Mar 2 1946 (XOIC)

CDR Charles Samuel Hart    Mar 2 1946 - Apr 12 1946

(Decommissioned Apr 12 1946 - Jul 6 1951)

CDR Richard Holden    Jul 6 1951 - Jul 7 1952

CDR George Lawrence Block    Jul 7 1952 - Feb 1953

CDR Frank Wilson Vannoy    Feb 1953 - Jul 1954 (Later VADM)

CDR Otis Clarence Ferrell Jr.    Dec 1954 - 1955

CDR Bernhard Frankel    1955 - 1956

CDR John Daniel Brink    1956- 1957

CDR Norman Edward Chalmers    ? 1958 - ?

CDR William Dixon Robertson Jr.    Sep 1964 - Jan 1965 (Later RADM)

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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