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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 April 1 1942.
Launched August 31 1942 and commissioned May 19 1943.
Decommissioned January 18 1946 and recommissioned September 15 1950.
Reclassified DDE-577 March 26 1949, reverted to DD-577 June 30 1962.
Decommissioned September 30 1968.
Stricken October 1 1968.
Fate Sold December 15 1971 Chou's Iron & Steel, Taiwan and broken up for scrap.

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-John G. Sproston was born in Maryland and appointed to the Naval Academy in 1846. He served on the Pacific Station during the war with Mexico. During the Civil War, he served as commanding officer of Powhatan and as executive officer of Senneca. On 1 November 1861, during the battle for Port Royal, S.C., Sproston personally fired many of the 11-inch guns on board Senneca as the crew was new and untrained. Lt. Sproston was killed on 8 June 1862 while on a boat expedition to destroy a Confederate privateer in the St. John's River, Fla.Robert M. Cieri
USS Sproston (DD-577)
Sproston 156kUndated, location unknown.Al Fitz
122kAerial view of USS Sproston at the Todd Ship floating drydock at Algiers, LA, 17 May 1943. Sproston had just come off her post-commissioning bottom painting at Galveston and had some mechanical failures requiring immediate attention. She was the first of the new Fletchers to be docked on the Mississippi. After this stop at Algiers she went on to shakedown at Gitmo.Dave Schroeder and John Chiquoine
Sproston 156kThe Sposton's officers on the day of Commissioning, 19 May 1943. Photo from "Saga of the Sproston" by crewman George Ress, 1982.Ed Zajkowski








Five views of the USS Sproston alongside USS California, 25 June 1945. Note the unusual hull numerals paint. From NA series 80G374228 thru 374234.John Chiquoine
1000kSproston in rip-out phase of DDE conversion at Mare Island, 13 May 1949. Walker (DD-517) is moored outboard of Sproston. Note the removed pilothouses on the pier.
Photo from files of Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum.
Darryl Baker
944kStern view of Sproston and Walker (DD-517) in rip-out phase of DDE conversion at Mare Island, 13 May 1949.
Photo from files of Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum.
Darryl Baker
Sproston 116kA June 1950 photo at San Diego NY shows the USS Nicholas (DDE-449), USS O'Bannon (DDE-450), USS Walker (DDE-517) and USS Sproston (DDE-577), returned to Mothballs after being converted to the DDE ASW configuration. All four of these DDE's were armed with of 2-5"/38cal, 5 Torpedo Tubes, Mk-15 ASW Projector, and provisions for 4x2-20mm guns. Also, seen is the USS Killen (DD-593) and several DE's, including USS Raymond (DE-341) and USS Dennis (DE-405) and an APD. Cropped from an USN Photo from the NARA photo files, 80-G-428265.Rick E. Davis
Sproston 148kUSS Sproston (DD-577) coming alongside USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) to get refueled while operating in Hawaian waters. USN photo 1109729 of January 1 1965 by P. L. Singh PH3. From the collection of CDR Thomas B. Ray (USS Essex CV-9).Chris Stanley
Sproston 119kUSS Sproston (DD-577) coming alongside USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) for refueling, while operating in Hawaiin waters on 9 January 1965. Photographer: PH3 P.L. Singh. Converted for anti-submarine warfare in 1949-1950 and redesignated DDE-577, Sproston reverted to DD-577 on 30 June 1962. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 107266.Robert Hurst
Sproston 98kPearl Harbor, May 1968 Richard Leonhardt
Sproston 84kPearl Harbor Hawaii, April 1968 Richard Leonhardt
Sproston 101kTaken from the USS Boston (CAG-1) at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in early 1968. USS Sproston (DD-577), USS Benjamin Stoddert (DDG-22) and USS Cochrane (DDG-21).John Jazdzewski
Sproston 138kShip's patchMike Smolinski/David Buell
Sproston 104kShip's patchElmer Everidge

USS SPROSTON DD-577 / DDE-577 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Fred Russell Stickney Jr.    May 19 1943 - Oct 14 1943

CDR Michael Joseph Luosey    Oct 14 1943 - Feb 6 1945

CDR Robert J. Esslinger    Feb 6 1945 - Nov 2 1945

LT Robert Duane Karl    Nov 2 1945 - Jan 18 1946

(Decommissioned Jan 18 1946 - Sep 15 1950)

CDR William Taylor Alford    Sep 15 1950 - Mar 17 1952

CDR Gayle Cecil Foltz    Mar 17 1952 - Jun 16 1953

CDR Richard Shaw Harlan    Jun 16 1953 - Jul 25 1955

CDR Patrick Henry McGann    Jul 25 1955 - Jul 6 1957

CDR Robert Hilton Lemmon    Jul 6 1957 - Sep 9 1959

CDR John T. Lyons    Sep 9 1959 - Dec 14 1961

CDR John Daniel Tompkins    Dec 14 1961 - May 25 1963

CDR Robert Douglas Hill    May 25 1963 - Dec 31 1964

CDR Raymond Lee Hoffman    Dec 31 1964 - Sep 9 1966

CDR Harold Scudder    Sep 9 1966 - Jul 26 1968

CDR John Anthony Maxwell    Jul 26 1968 - Sep 30 1968

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Jim Marlatt
Phone: (626) 351-0362

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.

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Sproston (DD-577/DDE-577) website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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