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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NART

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1945) - CLEOPATRA

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
Built by Consolidated Steel, Orange, TX (YN Laid down 25 June 1941
Launched 04 May 1942
Commissioned 25 January 1943
Decommissioned 01 April 1946
Stricken 01 May 1968
To Mexico 19 August 1970, renamed Cuauhtémoc (E 01)
Fate Stricken 1982 and scrapped.

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Captain Napoleon Bonaparte Harrison, USN, was born in Martinsburg, Virginia (now West Virginia), 19 February 1823, and was appointed Midshipman 26 February 1838. Serving in California during the Mexican War in Portsmouth, he was a volunteer in the expedition to rescue Kearny's command, and spent five days en route from San Francisco to Monterrey in a small boat carrying despatches. In 1862 Harrison commanded Cayuga at the passage of Forts Jackson and St. Philip, leading the battle line past the forts and upriver to New Orleans. He later commanded Mahaska in the James River Flotilla, Minnesota in the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, and various ships in the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron. After the fall of Charleston in 1865 Harrison served at Navy Yard, Portsmouth, N.H. Following the Civil War, he taught at the Naval Academy and in 1870 took command of his last ship, Congress. Captain Harrison died 27 October 1870 at Key West, Florida.John Chiquoine
USS Harrison (DD-573)
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.
John Chiquoine
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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.
John Chiquoine and Dave Schroeder
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






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
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Additional views of the USS Harrison at Charleston NSY 28 April 1943.
Mike Mohl
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




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 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 90kAnother view of the kamikaze action.John Chiquoine
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 Robert Ehlenberg, S2c, USNR, 29 May 1945. Ehlenberg had died aboard Harrison earlier the same day. Photo by Tom McCann.John Chiquoine
Harrison 96kHarrison personnel being transferred to USS Lackawanna (AO-40) the day before the second Halsey typhoon, 4 June 1945. Photo by Tom McCann.John Chiquoine






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 (DD-500) en route Ulithi, 22 August 1945 . Photo by Dwight Spayth.John Chiquoine
Harrison 109kView in an anchorage of shipboard activity and gig alongside, reportedly in September 1945. Photo by Tom McCann. USS Williamson (APD-27) is seen in next berth astern.John Chiquoine
Harrison 154kHarrison 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, 17 October 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


Views of Harrison under the Cooper River Bridge, Charleston SC, approaching a Navy Yard berth for decommissioning, 03 November 1945. Distributed to crew.John Chiquoine
Harrison 105kUSS Harrison in drydock at Charleston Naval Shipyard starting off her deactivation work in company with LCI-954 and USS Dashiell, 06-12 Dec 1945. From a shipmate's tourist box camera.John Chiquoine
Harrison 74kTin Cans in this Wando River nest being de-activated, February and March 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 (DD-573), John Rodgers (DD-574), Thorn (DD-647), and Winslow (AG-127) are identified. Photo from USNI collection.John Chiquoine
Schroeder 155kCommemorative ship's patch.John Chiquoine
On Mexican Service
Harrison 88kMexican Armada Escorte Cuauhtémoc (E 01), 24 December 1981. Photo by Bill Holzgraf, DD573.John Chiquoine

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Commanding Officers
01CDR Carl Malcolm Dalton (USNA 1927)25 January 1943 - 27 April 1944
02CDR Walter Vincent Combs, Jr. (USNA 1936)27 April 1944 - February 1946
01LCDR James Mahoney USNFebruary 1946 - 01 April 1946
Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves)

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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

Note About Contacts.

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