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Displacement 2924 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 10 x 40mm, 7 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 Boston Navy Yard. November 9 1942.
Launched March 19 1943 and commissioned August 19 1943.
Fate Struck mine off Okinawa and sank March 26 1945.
162 of her crew were lost with the ship and remain on duty.
In 1958 the remains of the ship were donated to the Ryukyus Islands for scrap.

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Halligan 95kJohn Halligan, born 4 May 1876 in South Boston, Mass., graduated from the Naval Academy at the head of his class in 1898. He served during the Spanish-American War in Brooklyn, flagship of Commodore Schley. During World War I he was chief of staff to Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, France, and for his outstanding performance of duty he received the Distinguished Service Medal. After the Armistice, he commanded Ohio, and in 1925 became chief of the Bureau of Engineering. Subsequently, he commanded Saratoga, served as Assistant Chief of Naval Operations in 1930, and in 1933 became Commander Aircraft, Base Force. Appointed Rear Admiral in 1930, Halligan died at Puget Sound, Wash., 11 December 1934, while serving as Commandant, 13th Naval District. Photo from the Library of Congress.Bill Gonyo
Halligan 82kArtist's conception of the Halligan 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
Halligan 153kUSS Halligan (DD-584) pulling away after delivering mail to USS Sargent Bay (CVE-83) on 1 March 1945, during the Iwo Jima Operation. Photographer: PH3 John M. Andrews. Halligan is painted in Camouflage Measure 32, Design 1D. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. Photo #: 80-G-264061.Shawn C. Morse/Robert Hurst
Halligan 110kOn March 26 1945 Haligan was headed south from Okinawa for independent patrol when she stuck a mine which detonated beneath her forward magazines. PC-1128 and LSMR-94 took aboard the survivors. Halligan then drifted for 12 miles before pilling up on a reef off Tokashiki Island. This is an aerial view as she rests on the reef.Shawn C. Morse
Halligan 90kA closer view of her resting bow first on the reef.Shawn C. Morse
Halligan 127kA closeup of the destruction to the forward section of the Halligan.Shawn C. Morse
Halligan 70kAnother closeup of the destruction.Shawn C. Morse
Halligan 224kStern of USS Halligan (DD-584) visible,with the bow submerged, is aground off Tokashiki Island, Near Okinawa, 26 March 1945. She had been wrecked by about twelve miles away on the same day, and drifted ashore after being abandoned. Photograph by USS Rowe (DD-564) according to original caption. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. 80-G-324178.Mike Green

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Clarence Edward Cortner    Aug 19 1943 - Mar 1 1945
LCDR Edward Thomas Grace    Mar 1 1945 - Mar 26 1945
LT Russell Hartranft Jr.   Mar 26 1945 - Mar 26 1945

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Henry Ohlan
Address: 458 Liberty St., Pawcatuck, CT 06379
Phone: (860) 599-8063
E-mail: None

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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