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USS WILLIAM D. PORTER (DD-579)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NIXV

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 May 7 1942.
Launched September 27 1942 and commissioned July 6 1943.
Fate Sunk by a Japanese Kamikaze Aircraft off Okinawa June 10 1945.

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Porter 69kWilliam David Porter, son of Commodore David Porter and elder brother of Admiral David Dixon Porter, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on 10 March 1808. He entered the Navy as a Midshipman in January 1823 and attained the rank of Lieutenant at the end of 1833. He was retired in September 1855, but was later reinstated on active duty with the rank of Commander. When the Civil War broke out in 1861, he was commanding the sloop of war USS Saint Mary's. Late in 1861, Porter took command of the newly-converted gunboat New Era, serving in the Mississippi River area with the Army's Western Gunboat Flotilla. He renamed her Essex, after his father's old ship of the War of 1812. During late 1861 and early 1862, he had Essex further modified and took her into action on a number of occasions, distinguishing himself for his courageous conduct. After the gunboat was damaged in action with Fort Henry, Tennessee, in February 1862, Porter had the ship virtually rebuilt. He then commanded her in further combat undertakings, including the destruction of the Confederate ironclad Arkansas. A controversial figure in the Navy, Porter received the rank of Commodore in recognition of his achievements, but was detached from Essex in September 1862 and had no further assignments afloat. He died on 1 May 1864. Photo #: NH 47209. Commodore William D. Porter, USN, line engraving by John Chester Buttre, after an 1863 photograph taken by Fredricks & Company. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Porter 102kArtist's conception of the Porter 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
Porter 78kArtist's conception of a cutaway view of the Porter 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
Porter 124kUSS William D. Porter (DD-579) as completed by Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, TX. WILLIAM D. PORTER was completed with three twin 40-mm mounts and eleven 20-mm guns. Official USN Photo from the DD-579 folder 19-LCM Group at NARA.Rick E. Davis
Porter 84kUSS William D. Porter (DD-579) as modified by Charleston Navy Yard to the five twin 40-mm mounts and seven 20-mm guns configuration on September 24 1943. Official USN Photo from the DD-579 folder 19-LCM Group at NARA.Rick E. Davis
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Charleston Navy Yard, September 24 1943.
David Buell
Porter 137kIn Massacre Bay, Attu, Aleutian Islands, with other destroyers, 9 June 1944. Her camouflage is Measure 32, Design 14d. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Porter 110kUSS William D. Porter (DD-579) sinking after she was near-missed by a "Kamikaze" suicide aircraft off Okinawa, 10 June 1945. USS LCS-122 is standing by. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fred Weiss
Porter 83kSinking after she was near-missed by a "Kamikaze" suicide aircraft off Okinawa, 10 June 1945. USS LCS-86 and another LCS are alongside, taking off her crew. Though not actually hit by the enemy plane, William D. Porter received fatal underwater damage from the near-by explosion. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. Fred Weiss
Porter 75kPhoto of the sinking of the Porter from "United States Destroyer Operations in World War II" by Theodore Roscoe.Robert Hurst
Porter 69kPhoto of the sinking of the Porter from "United States Destroyer Operations in World War II" by Theodore Roscoe.Robert Hurst
Porter 66kPhoto of the sinking of the Porter from "United States Destroyer Operations in World War II" by Theodore Roscoe.Robert Hurst

USS WILLIAM D. PORTER DD-579 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Wilfred Aves Walter    Jul 6 1943 - Nov 14 1943 (Later RADM)
CDR Charles Melville Keyes    Nov 14 1943 - Jun 10 1945

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Bus Bowman
Address: 301 Lincoln St, Bradshaw, Nebr 68319
Phone: (402)736-4453
E-mail: darlenebowman@inebraska.com


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