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USS CLAXTON (DD-571)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NEQJ

CLASS - FLETCHER As Built.
Displacement 2924 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 6 x 40mm, 11 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 Consolidated Steel, Orange Tx. June 25 1941.
Launched April 1 1942 and commissioned December 8 1942.
Decommissioned April 18 1946.
Stricken October 1 1974.
To West Germany December 16 1959, renamed Z-4.
To Greece February 1981.
Fate Cannibalized to provide spare Parts.

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-Thomas Claxton, born in Baltimore, Md., entered the Navy as a midshipman 17 December 1810. He was mortally wounded after gallant service in the Battle of Lake Erie 10 September 1813, dying at Erie, Pa., 17 October 1813.Robert M. Cieri
Claxton 102kArtist's conception of the Claxton as she appeared in late World War II 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
Claxton 78kArtist's conception of a cutaway view of the Claxton 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
THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
WASHINGTON

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION to the

DESTROYER SQUADRON TWENTY THREE consisting of the USS CHARLES AUSBURNE, USS CLAXTON, USS DYSON, USS SPENCE, USS CONVERSE and USS STANLY

for service as set forth in the following CITATION:

"For extraordinary heroism in action against enemy Japanese forces during theSolomon Islands Campaign, from November 1, 1943, to February 23, 1944. Boldlypenetrating submarine-infested waters during a period when Japanese naval and airpower was at its height, Destroyer Squadron TWENTY THREE operated in daringdefiance of repeated attacks by hostile air groups, closing the enemy'sstrongly fortified shores to carry out sustained bombardments against Japanesecoastal defenses and render effective cover and fire support for the majorinvasion operations in this area. Commanded by forceful leaders and manned byaggressive, fearless crews the ships of Squadron TWENTY THREE coordinated as asuperb fighting team; they countered the enemy's fierce aerial bombing attacksand destroyed or routed his planes; they intercepted his surface task forces,sank or damaged his warships by torpedo fire and prevented interference withour transports. The brilliant and heroic record achieved by Destroyer SquadronTWENTY THREE is a distinctive tribute to the valiant fighting spirit of theindividual units in this indomitable combat group and of each skilled andcourageous ship's company."

For the President,

James Forrestal
Secretary of the Navy
Claxton 10kUndated, location unknown.-
Claxton 129kUndated, location unknown.Tom Crew
Claxton 70kUSS Charles Ausburne (DD-570), USS Dyson (DD-572), and USS Claxton (DD-571) engage and sink the Japanese destroyer IJNS Yugiri in "The Little Beavers at the Battle of Cape St. George" by the aviation artist R.G. Smith. Courtesy of Ms. Sharlyn Marsh.Robert Hurst
Claxton 51kFebruary 15 1943, location unknown.David Buell
Claxton 104kStern view of the battle damage to the USS Claxton (DD 571) at Mare Island on 13 March 1944. She was in overhaul at Mare Island in 10 March to 18 May 1944. The USS Selfridge (DD 357) is to the left and note her new dual and single 5" gun mounts.Darryl Baker
Claxton 101kBow on view of USS Claxton (DD 571) departing Mare Island on 13 May 1944.Darryl Baker
Claxton 104kBroadside view of USS Claxton (DD 571) off Mare Island on 13 May 1944. She was in overhaul at the yard from 10 March until 18 May 1944. The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 31, Design 16d.Darryl Baker
Claxton 97kStern view of USS Claxton (DD 571) departing Mare Island on 13 May 1944.Darryl Baker
Claxton 139kUSS Claxton (DD 571) off Mare Island on May 13, 1944. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Claxton 100kUSS Claxton (DD-571) off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 13 May 1944. She is painted in Camouflage Measure 31, Design 16D. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives. Photo #: 19-N-66231.Robert Hurst
Claxton 119kA series of photos from the Claxton at Mare Island in May 1944.David Buell
Claxton 96kAs above.David Buell
Claxton 118kAs above.David Buell
Claxton 147kPhoto #: NH 59864. Destroyer Squadron 23 officers of the squadron enjoy a beer at "Cloob Des-Slot", Purvis Bay, Solomon Islands, on 24 May 1944. Those present are (from left to right): Commander R.A. Gano, Commanding Officer, USS Dyson (DD-572); Commander Luther K. Reynolds, Commanding Officer, USS Charles Ausburne (DD-570); Captain Arleigh A. Burke, Squadron Commodore; Commander B.L. Austin, Commander Destroyer Division 46; Commander D.C. Hamberger, Commanding Officer, USS Converse (DD-509); Commander Herald Stout, Commanding Officer, USS Claxton (DD-571); and Commander Henry J. Armstrong, Commanding Officer, USS Spence (DD-512). Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of Admiral Arleigh A. Burke, USN. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Claxton 153kUSS Killen (DD-593), at left, USS Canberra (CA-70), right, and USS Claxton (DD-571), beyond Canberra's bow undergoing battle damage repairs in the floating drydock ABSD-2 at Manus, Admiralty Islands, 2 December 1944. Note men crowding the rails on Canberra, and her two forward 8"/55 triple gun turrets. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fred Weiss
Claxton 25kUSS Claxton (DD-571) and USS Canberra (CA-70) undergoing battle damage repairs in the floating drydock ABSD-2 at Manus, Admiralty Islands, 2 December 1944.JM Dill, CWO4 USN (Ret.)
Claxton 135kUSS Claxton (DD-571), at aft, USS Canberra (CA-70), at centre, and USS Killen (DD-593), right undergoing battle damage repairs in the floating drydock ABSD-2 at Manus, Admiralty Islands, 2 December 1944 (USN Photo No 80-G-304058). Robert Hurst
Claxton 92kClaxton at Mare Island in November 29 1945.David Buell
On Federal Republic of Germany Service
Claxton 94kUndated, as the D-178.Wolfgang Mees
Claxton 72kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Claxton 109kUndated, location unknown.Wolfgang Hechler
Claxton 138kUndated, location unknown.Wolfgang Hechler
Claxton 128kUndated, location unknown.Wolfgang Hechler
Claxton 100kAs the Z-4/D-178 circa early 1960's.Marc Piché
Claxton 118kNewspaper clipping from the early 1960's, showing the CLAXTON (DD 571) as the West German D 178, approaching the locks in Kiel, Germany.Gerhard L. Mueller-Debus
Claxton 173kZ4 (ex-USS Claxton DD571) circa 1967, location unknown. From Jane's Fighting Ships 1967-1968.Mike Green
Claxton 4kGerman Navy Coat of Arms for the Z4.Franzen Karlheinz

USS CLAXTON DD-571 History
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(Located On The hazegray Web Site, This Is The Main Archive For The DANFS Online Project.)

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Herald Franklin Stout    Dec 8 1942 - 1943 (Later RADM)
CDR William Van Hamilton    1943 - May 13 1944 (Later RADM)
CDR Miles Hunter (Harry) Hubbard    May 13 1944 - Nov 20 1944 (Later RADM)
CDR Maxim William Firth    Nov 20 1944 - Sep 21 1945
CDR Albert P. Stello    Sep 21 1945 - Apr 18 1946
Commanding Officers under Federal German Command
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
(KK = Korvettenkapitän = LCDR    FK = Fregattenkapitän = CDR    KzS = Kapitän zur See = CAPT)

FK Buch    Dec 15 1959 - Feb 1962
FK Klose    Feb 1962 - Jun 1963
FK Hardtke    Jun 1963 - Sep 1964
FK Bühring    Sep 1963 - Sep 1965
FK Rau    Sep 1964 - Sep 1965
FK von Holleuffer    Sep 1965 - Sep 1966
FK Benzino    Sep 1966 - Mar 1968
no CO assigned    Mar 1968 - Nov 1968
FK Heinz Siewert    Nov 1968 - Mar 1970
FK Joachim Guse    Mar 1970 - Dec 1970
FK Wachendorf    Dec 1970 - Mar 1973
FK Borgemeister    Mar 1973 - Dec 1974
KzS Heinz-Peter Wyer    Dec 1974 - Apr 1976
FK Gergard Krancke    Apr 1976 - Sep 1977
FK Martin Tetzlaff    Sep 1977 - Dec 1979
FK Alfred Thomas    Dec 1979 - Dec 31 1980
no CO assigned    Dec 31 1980 - Feb 12 1981
KzS Klages    Feb 12 1981 - Feb 26 1981

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Claxton website
Germany Navy Fletcher Class website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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