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USS HARRISON (DD-573)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NART

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1945) - CLEOPATRA

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 May 4 1942 and commissioned January 25 1943.
Decommissioned April 1 1946.
Stricken May 1 1968.
To Mexico August 19 1970, renamed Cuauhtemoc.
Fate Stricken 1982 and scrapped.

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The USS Harrison (DD573) was named for Captain Napoleon Bonaparte Harrison, USN, 1823-1870. He was native to Martinsburg, VA. During the Mexican War he saw action in California, in the Civil War aboard CAYUGA, MAHASKA, KAATSKIL, and MINNESOTA, and died aboard CONGRESS in 1870 near Key West. He commanded the lead ship in the Union Navy's run past Forts Philip and James below New Orleans in 1862.John Chiquoine
Harrison 102kArtist's conception of the Harrison 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
Harrison 78kArtist's conception of a cutaway view of the Harrison 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
Harrison 38kAn undated view by a shipmate's tourist camera of the generator in the engine spaces, a watch duty fondly remembered.John Chiquoine
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USS Harrison during the later stages of her construction on ways#5, at Consolidated Steel, Orange TX between September and December 1941. NA 19N1267887 to 126892.
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USS Harrison is portside to the fitting out pier at Consolidated Steel Corp, Orange Texas, during the week of 11-18 October 1942. On her far side USS Claxton is facing the Sabine River. NA 19GC/dd580 folder.
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USS Harrison under the Cooper River bridge, Charleston NSY in MS21 26 April 1943 having just completed mods to the 20mm and 40mm batteries and changes of the funnel platforms. NA 19N44984, 44986, 44988.
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Harrison 125kLaunching view at shipways 5 at Consolidated Steel, Orange TX, May 4 1942. Capt Brown Taylor collection.John Chiquoine
Harrison 132kFrom the builders' views of Harrison in the Sabine Pass, Feb 1943. Close up of deck detail just after commissioning; smoke tanks, depth charges, hoists, fantail 40mm, single mid-ship 20mm, no mid-ship 40mm. NARA 19N41652.John Chiquoine
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Four views of Harrison while departing Sabine Pass area on or about 8 Feb 1943. She is shown as m22 in the builder's configuration right out of Consolidated Steel at Orange, Texas. She has a twin forty on the fantail and none mid-ships. At Galveston a couple days later she was painted m21. NA 19N41650-1, 19N41653-4.John Chiquoine
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USS Harrison under the Cooper River bridge, Charleston NSY in ms21 26 April 1943 having just completed mods to the 20mm and 40mm batteries and changes of the funnel platforms. NA 19N44984, 44986, 44988.
John Chiquoine
Harrison 92kHARRISON alongside LEXINGTON 30 July 1943 transferring injury case. LEX is being escorted to Pearl for the first time. NARA 80G79201.John Chiquoine
Harrison 120kHarrison refueling June 1944 while screening amphibious group back to Eniwetok from postponed Guam assault. This is a rare view of Chenango's camouflage scheme. Photo by Tom McCann.John Chiquoine
Harrison 127kHarrison's flying bridge detail while underway in the summer of 1944. Photo by T.McCann.John Chiquoine
Harrison 124kWhile on fire support station off Agana, Guam, a wounded marine being brought aboard in a Stokes Stretcher from an amphibious control boat. Photo is described as being July 21 or 22, 1944.John Chiquoine
Harrison 105kView of shell casings piling up the deck while on fire support station off Agana, Guam, 21-30 July, 1944.John Chiquoine
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Three views of Harrison at the destroyer base pier, Humboldt Bay, New Guinea, 31 Aug 1944. Photos by Harold Rabbass of NCB113. She is in a six 40mm and eleven 20mm configuration, and had just been painted in camouflage 3d on Aug 17-20 at Espiritu Santos. Lower view is also NA 80G 354201.John Chiquoine
Harrison 55kA pilot, apparently in good shape, grasping his way up the cargo net, 1945. Photo by Tom McCann.Dave Schroeder/John Chiquoine
Harrison 274kView of mid-ship activity while refueling from USS Bennington, between January 26 and April 30, 1945. Photo by V3S Div.John Chiquoine
Harrison 96kBow on view of USS Harrison (DD 573) off Mare Island on 8 Jan 45.Darryl Baker
Harrison 90kBroadside view of USS Harrison (DD 573) off Mare Island on 8 Jan 45. She was in overhaul at Mare Island form 24 Nov 44 until 12 Jan 45.Darryl Baker
Harrison 106kStern view of USS Harrison (DD 573) off Mare Island on 8 Jan 45.Darryl Baker
Harrison 124kJanuary 10 1945 at Mare Island.Ed Zajkowski
Harrison 161kJanuary 10 1945 at Mare Island.Ed Zajkowski
Harrison 69kForward plan view of USS Harrison (DD 573) at Mare Island on 10 Jan 45. USS Walker (DD 517) is inboard.Darryl Baker
Harrison 128kAmidships looking forward plan view of USS Harrison (DD 573) at Mare Island on 10 Jan 45.Darryl Baker
Harrison 161kUSS Harrison refueling alongside USS Idaho on January 21 1945 while escorting from Long Beach to Pearl Harbor. Photo by Fred Schneider RM2c.John Chiquoine
Harrison 233kView of shipboard activity, Mount Three, Mount 45, after torpedo blast shield, and ECM mast, between February and August 1945. Photo by A R Chiquoine.John Chiquoine
Harrison 113kHARRISON alongside MCKEE March 5, 1945, by Combat Photo Unit 6. Archives NNSP 80G 309053.John Chiquoine
Harrison 184kMine detonation sometime in the Spring of 1945, while operating with TG38.1 or 58.1.John Chiquoine
Harrison 45kUSS HARRISON bringing bellytanks to BENNINGTON, Spring 1945. Archives 80G322450.John Chiquoine
Harrison 19kView of a mine detonation by HARRISON'S rifleman, Spring 1945 on TG38.1 operations.John Chiquoine
Harrison 37kNight exposure of Jap flares over formation, off Okinawa in TG38.1, Spring 1945. Photo by Tom McCann.John Chiquoine
Harrison 33kView on HARRISON'S bridge wing of Skipper W V Combs and rifleman Jimmy Harper, GM3c, Spring 1945 on TG38.1 operations.John Chiquoine
Harrison 117kThis is HARRISON underway apparently passing BENNINGTON or changing station sometime in April, 1945. The photo was made by the V3S Division on CV20. (NNSP 80GK5103)John Chiquoine
Harrison 71kHarrison as seen from Bennington operating in screen, April 1945. Nara 80GK5107.John Chiquoine
Harrison 27kUSS Harrison (DD-573) is shown transferring mail to USS McKee (DD-575) while at sea near Ulithi, Caroline Islands on 5 March 1945. Photographed from McKee.John Chiquoine/Robert Hurst
Harrison 127kThe moment the second kamikaze hits the water close aboard 6 April 1945. Harrison, Sigsbee, and Dashiell were on radar picket for TG38.1. Three kamikazes were shadowing Marine Corsairs returning to Bennington. Photo by Fornie Hartsell.John Chiquoine
Harrison 27kAnother view of the kamikaze action.John Chiquoine/Robert Hurst
Harrison 29kView from HORNET of HARRISON and kamikaze splash 16 April 1945 in TG 38.1. Archives, NNSP 80G331613.John Chiquoine
Harrison 120kUSS Harrison is seen alongside USS Vicksburg shifting cargo and ammo, 29 April 1945 while in TRG38.1. Photo courtesy of Frank Romano and Jeff Herne.John Chiquoine
Harrison 137kUSS Harrison sending over a load of belly tanks to USS Bennington in TG58.1, April 1945. The full frame version, 80G322450.John Chiquoine
Harrison 97kUSS Harrison (DD-573) alongside USS Vicksburg (CL-86) 16 May 1945 in TG38.1. View from USS Schroeder, Joe Mock Collection. Smoke in view in aviation hangar area.John Chiquoine
Harrison 248kThe burial at sea of Charles Ehlenberg, S1c, 29 May 1945. Photo by Tom McCann.John Chiquoine
Harrison 96kHarrison personnel being transferred to USS Lackawanna (AO40) the day before the second Halsey typhoon, 4 June 1945. Photo by Tom McCann.John Chiquoine
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Views of typhoon conditions as seen from the flying bridge at mid-morning of 5 June 1945, from the W. Fairhurst collection.John Chiquoine
Harrison 52kView of HARRISON from RINGGOLD 22 August 1945 en route Ulithi. Photo by Dwight Spayth.John Chiquoine
Harrison 109kView in an anchorage reportedly in September 1945 of shipboard activity and gig alongside. Photo by Tom McCann. USS Williamson is seen in next berth astern.John Chiquoine
Harrison 108kHARRISON in TG coming home to East Coast ports one day west of the Canal, 7 October 1945. NARA 80GK6583.John Chiquoine
Harrison 158kHarrison in the outer approaches of Boston Harbor returning from WestPac, October 17 1945. Harrison and John Rodgers were due to participate in public open ship activities at pier1 South Boston Naval Annex for Navy Day 1945. Shipmates had not seen a real liberty port for nine months.John Chiquoine
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Views of Harrison under the Cooper River bridge, Charleston SC, approaching a Navy Yard berth for decommissioning, 3 November 1945. Distributed to crew.John Chiquoine
Harrison 105kUSS Harrison in drydock at Charleston Naval Shipyard starting off her deactivation work. In company with LCI954 and USS Dashiell, 6 to 12 Dec 1945. From a shipmate's tourist box camera.John Chiquoine
Harrison 74kTin Cans in this Wando River nest being de-activated, Feb and Mar 1946. The four nearest in view L to R are USS Murray (DD-576), USS Harrison (DD-573), USS Schroeder (DD-501) and USS Sigsbee (DD-502). B Sulzer collection.John Chiquoine
Harrison 108kAs above.John Chiquoine
Harrison 76kView of the destroyer piers at Charleston Naval Shipyard between July 1950 and August 1954. Harrison (DD573), John Rodgers (DD574), Thorn (DD647), and Winslow (AG127) are identified. Photo from USNI collection.John Chiquoine
Schroeder 155kCommemorative ship's patch.John Chiquoine
On Mexican Service
Harrison 88kex-USS Harrison as Mexican Armada Escorte Cuauhtemoc (E01), 24 Dcember 1981, photo by Bill Holzgraf, DD573.John Chiquoine

USS HARRISON DD-573 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Carl Malcolm Dalton    Jan 25 1943 - Apr 27 1944 (Later RADM)
CDR Walter Vincent Combs Jr.    Apr 27 1944 - Feb 1946 (Later RADM)
LCDR James Mahoney    Feb 1946 - Apr 1 1946

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: John Chiquoine
Address: 323 Wellington Road, West Chester, PA 19380
Phone: (610)692-2627
E-mail: dd573@aol.com
Next Reunion: Wilmington, NC, September 29 - October 3 2010

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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