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USS McKEE (DD-575)


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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, 10/11 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 March 2 1942.
Launched August 2 1942 and commissioned March 31 1943.
Decommissioned February 25 1946.
Stricken October 1 1970.
Fate Sold January 2 1974 and broken up for scrap.

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McKee 63kPhoto #: NH 66327, Lieutenant Hugh W. McKee, USN photograph taken on board USS Colorado (1858-1885) in June 1871, shortly before his death in combat with Korean forces on 11 June. This a retouched, heavily cropped image taken from the left side of the view seen in Photo # NH 63679. It appears to have been copied from a published source. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
McKee 102kArtist's conception of the McKee 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
McKee 78kArtist's conception of a cutaway view of the McKee 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
McKee 248kThe christening party of USS MCKEE on August 2, 1942 was Mr and Mrs H Cranfill, Mrs Harry B Hird, Mrs E B Perry, Mrs W S Elkin, Mrs Thomas F Coyle, Capt Harry Hird, Ret, and Mrs Richard A Asbury, cousin of the ship's namesake.John Chiquoine
McKee 202kThis is a newspaper view of Mrs Richard A Asbury christening MCKEE on August 2, 1942.John Chiquoine
McKee 262kThis newspaper view shows the launching of USS MCKEE on August 2, 1942 and taken from The Orange Leader.John Chiquoine
McKee 107kMCKEE at the fitting out pier at Consolidated Steel, Orange Texas, February 1943. Archives 19N LCM.D Schroeder/John Chiquoine
McKee 97kFitting out at ConSteel, Orange TX, February 1943. SPROSTON (DD577) and WICKES (DD578) in view at upriver berth. NARA 19N LCM.D Schroeder/John Chiquoine
McKee 121kUSS MCKEE fitting out at Consolidated Steel Corp, Orange TX, March 1943. John Chiquoine
McKee 11kView after commissioning on Sabine River, Texas, April 1943.Joe
McKee 283kJune 14 1943, transferring 2 men, a commander and torpedoman 2/c to USS Yorktown. This ID may be in error.Ed Zajkowski
McKee 131kPhoto #: NH 103695, USS McKee (DD-575) steaming toward the entrance of Chesapeake Bay (position 37 00'N, 75 26'W, course 270) at time 1647Q on 3 July 1943. Photographed from a Blimp of Squadron ZP-14, based as Naval Air Station Weeksville, North Carolina. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
McKee 54kPhoto #: 80-G-K-15840, USS McKee (DD-575) steams with another destroyer off Waikiki Beach, Oahu, Hawaii, during training exercises in the summer of 1943. Photographed from on board USS Yorktown (CV-10) by Lieutenant Charles Kerlee, USNR. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Tony Cowart
McKee 238kUSS MCKEE midships areas during Mare Island overhaul 30 December 1944. John Chiquoine
McKee 132kUSS MCKEE seen during post-overhaul trials from Mare Island, CA, 28 December 1944. A new paint scheme is incomplete on both sides. An ECM equipment mast and Mounts 41 and 42 have been installed.John Chiquoine
McKee 141kAs above.John Chiquoine
McKee 75kPhoto #: NH 103696, USS McKee (DD-575) in San Francisco Bay, California, 28 December 1944. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
McKee 68kPhoto #: NH 103697, USS McKee (DD-575) photographed from directly ahead while in San Francisco Bay, California, 28 December 1944. Goat Island and the Bay Bridge are visible in the distance. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
McKee 73kPhoto #: NH 103698, USS McKee (DD-575) photographed from directly astern while in San Francisco Bay, California, 28 December 1944. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
McKee 97kPhoto #: NH 103700, USS McKee (DD-575) plan view, amidships looking forward, taken at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 30 December 1944. Note her forward quintruple torpedo tube mount and torpedo davit, 26-foot motor whaleboat on davits and floater nets in bins on each side of her forward smokestack. White outlines mark recent alterations of the ship. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
McKee 116kAft plan view of USS McKee (DD 575) at Mare Island on 30 Dec 1944.Darryl Baker
McKee 112kUSS McKee (DD-575) plan view, forward, taken at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 30 December 1944. USS Kidd (DD-661) is tied up to McKee's port side. White outlines mark recent alterations of the ship.Darryl Baker/Robert Hurst
McKee 63kMCKEE in a swell, from HARRISON, 1945 photo by Tom McCann. J Chiquoine collection. John Chiquoine
McKee 152kView of activity aboard McKee and Indiana in TG38.1 during February 1945 while off mainland Japan and Iwo Jima, by Combat PhotoUnit 6. NA 80G307076.John Chiquoine
McKee 231kView aft of McKee in a turn to starboard while in TG38.1 during February 1945. By Combat Photo Unit 6, NA 80G307084.John Chiquoine
McKee 72kPhoto #: 80-G-K-3222, USS McKee (DD-575) underway in the waters near Okinawa on 1 March 1945, while operating with Task Force 58. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Tony Cowart
McKee 129kPhoto #: 80-G-K-3507, USS Tomahawk (AO-88) refueling USS McKee (DD-575) at sea in the western Pacific, 4 March 1945. Photographed from on board McKee, whose starboard waist 40mm twin gun mount is visible on the right. Tomahawk's camouflage is Measure 32, Design 3AO. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Tony Cowart
McKee 105kPhoto #: NH 103702, Destroyer Squadron 25 entering Ulithi anchorage, Caroline Islands, with other units of Task Force 58, 5 March 1945. Photographed from on board USS McKee (DD-575). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
McKee 90kAA Action view of Mckee obscured by her own gunsmoke after firing at kamikaze in TG38.1 formation 16 April 1945. By Bennington, NARA 80G327503.John Chiquoine
McKee 53kPhoto #: NH 103701, USS McKee (DD-575) operating at sea in the Ryukyus area with Task Force 58, 26 April 1945. USS Bennington (CV-20) is in the left background. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
McKee 16kView and photo by USS Wasp, 16 August 1945 in TG38.1. Distributed to crew.Joe
McKee 113kPhoto #: NH 103703, USS McKee (DD-575) laid up at the Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Orange, Texas, circa 1969-1974. USS Middlesex County (LST-983) is at right, also in "mothballs". Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
McKee 91kView of MCKEE with SCHROEDER to stbd in disposals at NISMF Orange TX, 1972. By Scott Lynch.John Chiquoine
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USS McKEE DD-575 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR John Joseph Greytak    Mar 31 1943 - May 19 1944
CDR Russell Bowes Allen    May 19 1944 - Sep 4 1945 (Later RADM)
LCDR Victor Bernard Graff    Sep 4 1945 - Feb 25 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


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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