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USS CHARRETTE (DD-581)


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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; Allis Chalmers Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Boston Navy Yard. February 20 1942.
Launched June 3 1942 and commissioned May 18 1943.
Decommissioned January 15 1947.
Stricken September 1 1975.
To Greece June 16 1959, renamed Velos.
Stricken in 1991.
Fate Preserved as a museum at Faliron near Athens.

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Charrette 32kGeorge Charrette, born in Lowell, Mass., 6 June 1867, enlisted in the Navy 24 September 1884. As a gunner's mate third class, on 2 June 1898, he volunteered with seven others to sink Merrimac under heavy Spanish fire across the entrance to the harbor of Santiago, Cuba, thus bottling up the enemy fleet. Taken prisoner by the Spanish, Charrette was exchanged 6 July 1898. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for extraordinary heroism, commissioned lieutenant 3 August 1920, and retired from the Navy in 1925. He died 7 February 1938. Photo #: NH 79954.Bill Gonyo
Charrette 82kArtist's conception of the Charrette as she appeared after original construction 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
Charrette 42kUndated, location unknown. Photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships 1959-60."Robert Hurst
Charrette 117kBoston, MA August 4 1943. NARA # 80G74844.Daniel Dunham
Charrette 109kBoston, MA August 4 1943. NARA # 80G74846.Daniel Dunham
Charrette 102kBoston, MA August 4 1943. NARA # 80G74848.Daniel Dunham
Charrette 102kBoston, MA August 4 1943. NARA # 80G74843.Daniel Dunham
Charrette 113kBoston, MA August 4 1943. NARA # 80G74845.Daniel Dunham
Charrette 116kBoston, MA August 4 1943. NARA # 80G74847.Daniel Dunham
Charrette 31kThe Charrette's World War II scoreboard.Charles W. Tugman
Charette 170kNavy Photo 129-46, forward plan views of (from left to right) are USS McDermut (DD 677), USS Howorth (DD 592) and USS Charrette (DD 581). Howorth was in overhaul at the yard from 28 Nov 1946 to 17 Jan 1946.Darryl Baker
Charette 170kAs above.Darryl Baker
On Greek Service
Charrette 66kUndated, from a vistor leaflet.Panagiotis Moschovitis
Charrette 90kProbably from her arrival in Greece October 15 1959.Panagiotis Moschovitis
Charrette 97kProbably from her arrival in Greece October 15 1959.Panagiotis Moschovitis
Charrette 57kCirca 1968, in Valletta harbour, Malta. Photo by A. & J. Pavia.Robert Hurst
Charrette 45kCirca 1970's, location unknown.Panagiotis Moschovitis
Charrette 117kOn 25 May 1973, Velos, under the command of Cdr Nicholaos Pappas, while participating in a NATO exercise and in order to protest against the dictatorship in Greece, anchored at Fiumicino, Italy, refusing to return to Greece. When in patrol with other NATO vessels between Italy and Sardinia the captain and the officers heard from a radio station that naval officers (60 from Hellenic Navy, 4 from Air Force and 4 from Army) had been arrested and tortured in Greece. Cdr Pappas was involved in a group of democratic officers, loyal to their oath to obey the Constitution, and planning to act against the junta. Pappas understood that the arrested officers opposed the junta so there was no hope for a movement inside Greece and decided to act alone in order to motivate global public opinion. He mustered all the crew to the stern and announced his decision, which was received with enthusiasm by the crew. Pappas signaled the commander of the squadron and NATO Headquarters of his intentions, quoting the preamble of the North Atlantic Treaty (founding treaty for NATO) which declares that "all governments ...are determined to safeguard the freedom, common heritage and civilisation of their peoples, founded on the principles of democracy, individual liberty and the rule of law", and, leaving formation, sailed for Rome. There when anchored about 3.5 nautical miles away from coast of Fiumicino three officers (three Ensigns Ens Gkortzis, Ens Mataragkas, Ens Stratos) went ashore with a whaleboat and went to the Fiumicino Airport and telephoned to international press agencies informing for the situation in Greece, the presence of the destroyer and for a press confenrance held from the Captain next day. This action caused international interest for the situation in Greece. The captain, six officers, and twenty five petty officers (without family in Greece) requested and remained abroad as political refugees, actually the whole crew wished to follow their captain (269 signed relevent request) but advised (due to fera of retaliations from Junta to their families) by their officers to remain onboard and return to Greece to inform their families and friends about what happened. Velos returned to Greece after a month with a replacement crew. After the fall of junta (July 24 1974) all officers and petty officers returned to Navy by Spacial Decree. Cdr Nicholaos Pappas reached to the rank of Vice Admiral and was appointed as the Chief of the Hellenic Navy General Staff in 1980's.Panagiotis Moschovitis
Charrette 179kAt Genoa, Italy between May 27 1973 and May 30 1973.Carlo Martinelli
Charrette 118kAt Genoa, Italy between May 27 1973 and May 30 1973.Carlo Martinelli
Charrette 203kAt Genoa, Italy between May 27 1973 and May 30 1973 along with the USS Forrest Royal (DD-872) as the Turkish D-353.Carlo Martinelli
Charrette 194kAt Genoa, Italy between May 27 1973 and May 30 1973.Carlo Martinelli
Charrette 135kAt Genoa, Italy between May 27 1973 and May 30 1973.Carlo Martinelli
Charrette 104kCdr Pappas disembarking from Velos D16 to an Italian Coast Guard vessel to continue action against diacatorship in Greece.Panagiotis Moschovitis
Charrette 171kCartoon by Austrian cartoonist Rudolf Dirr about the Velos Mutiny.Panagiotis Moschovitis
Charrette 44kCHARETTE DD-581 as VELOS D-16 dockside at Souda Bay, Crete, 1979.Marc Piché
Charrette 224kThe Greek Salamis Naval Base on 31 August 1979. Visible among other ships are the six Greek Fletcher-class destroyers: Kimon (ex-USS Ringgold (DD-500), Nearchos (ex-USS Wadsworth (DD-516), Sfendoni (ex-USS Aulick (DD-569), Aspis (ex-USS Connor (DD-582), Lonchi (ex-USS Hall (DD-583), and Velos (ex-USS Charrette (DD-581). Also visible are the landing ships Nafkratoussa (ex-USS Fort Mandan (LSD-21), Oinoussai (ex-USS Terrell County (LST-1157), and Kos (ex-USS Whitfield County (LST-1169). Photo by PHC C. Pedrick, USN. U.S. DefenseImagery photo VIRIN: photo VIRIN: DN-SC-82-00328.Robert Hurst
Charrette 112kThe HNS "KANARIS" D-212 and the HNS "Velos" D-16 during the 1980's from HN archives.Anthony J. Vrailas
Charrette 91kAt Poros Island before moving to Faliron as a museum on June 30 1996.George Haralampides
Charrette 71kHN Ship "VELOS", D 16, ex-USS Charette, DD 581 has been preserved as a Museum in the Hellenic Navy Sea Park, Gulf of Athens. On 23 May 1973, VELOS and her crew, while participating in a NATO exercise and in order to protest against the dictatorship in Greece, anchored at the Port of Rome, Italy, refusing to return to Greece. Incident attracted worldwide attention. Ship was returned to Greece after a month with replacement crew. VELOS stands for ARROW in Greek language. Photos taken on 28 July 2003.Anthony J. Vrailas
Charrette 75kAs above.Anthony J. Vrailas
Charrette 105kAt the museum at Faliron near athens on October 10 2004.George Haralampides
Charrette 110kAs above.George Haralampides
Charrette 110kAs above.George Haralampides
Charrette 120kAs above.George Haralampides
Charrette 112kAs above.George Haralampides
Charrette 96kAs above.George Haralampides
Charrette 135kAs above.George Haralampides
Charrette 103kAs above.George Haralampides
Charrette 118kAs above.George Haralampides
Charrette 111kAs a museum ship, 12 December 2004.Anthony J. Vrailas
Charrette 125kAs above.Anthony J. Vrailas
Charrette 112kAs above.Anthony J. Vrailas
Charrette 143kAt the museum at Faliron near athens on December 26 2004.George Haralampides
Charrette 111kAs above..George Haralampides
Charrette 97kAs above..George Haralampides
Charrette 115kAs above..George Haralampides
Charrette 102kAs above..George Haralampides
Charrette 134kAs above..George Haralampides
Charrette 104kAt the museum at Faliron near athens on September 10 2005.George Haralampides
Charrette 124kAs above.George Haralampides
Charrette 115kAs above.George Haralampides
Charrette 110kAs above.George Haralampides
Charrette 117kAs above.George Haralampides
Charrette 94kAs above.George Haralampides
Charrette 93kAs above. The galley mixer.George Haralampides
Charrette 124kAs above. The galley soup kettles.George Haralampides
Charrette 124kAs above. The galley preparation area.George Haralampides
Charrette 94kAs above. The laundry.George Haralampides
Charrette 107kAs above.George Haralampides
Charrette 108kAs above.George Haralampides
Charrette 134kAs above.George Haralampides
Charrette 90kAs above.George Haralampides
Charrette 138kAs above.George Haralampides
Charrette 143kAs above.George Haralampides
Charrette 151kAs above.George Haralampides
Charrette 105kMuseum photos taken in 2006.Panagiotis Moschovitis
Charrette 102kAs above.Panagiotis Moschovitis
Charrette 116kAs above.Panagiotis Moschovitis
Charrette 100kAs above.Panagiotis Moschovitis
Charrette 118kAs above, the galley.Panagiotis Moschovitis
Charrette 76kAs above, inside Mount 51.Panagiotis Moschovitis
Charrette 71kAs above, inside Mount 54 (originally Mount 55).Panagiotis Moschovitis
Charrette 97kAs above, inside Mount 54 (originally Mount 55).Panagiotis Moschovitis
Charrette 109kAs above, looking forward on the port side with the rear of the Hedge Hog Mount in view.Panagiotis Moschovitis
Charrette 123kAs above.Panagiotis Moschovitis
Charrette 98kAs above.Panagiotis Moschovitis
Charrette 137kAs above.Panagiotis Moschovitis
Charrette 156kAs above, the ship's laundry.Panagiotis Moschovitis
Charrette 100kAs above.Panagiotis Moschovitis
Charrette 127kAs above.Panagiotis Moschovitis
Charrette 136kAs above.Panagiotis Moschovitis
Charrette 149kDestroyer A/T Velos (D 16) formerly USS Charrette (DD 581) taken in 1/1/2007 with dressing ship for the New Year's Day, also note (in front of the sea ladder of ship) the "Christmas Boat" (there is a tradition, especialy in greek islands, an ornamented boat or boat model to be used with the same manner as a Christmas tree during Christmas).Panagiotis Moschovitis
Charrette 121kAs above.Panagiotis Moschovitis
Charrette 172kInside sick bay in 2008.Panagiotis Moschovitis
Charrette 167kThe Hellenic Navy commissioning pennant flying from the mast in 2008.Panagiotis Moschovitis
Charrette 39kShip's patch on Greek service.Anthony J. Vrailas

USS CHARRETTE DD-581 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Eugene Simon Karpe    May 18 1943 - Jun 5 1944
LCDR Gerald Patrick (Gerry) Joyce    Jun 5 1944 - ?
LCDR Pride Cinclair Brown Jr.   Jan 3 1946 - Apr 20 1946
LT Garnet Milton Smithson    Apr 20 1946 - Jan 15 1947

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Lewis Olsen
Address: 3S549 2nd St, Warrenville, Il 60555
Phone: 630-393-1866
E-mail: None


Note About Contacts.

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