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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; Allis Chalmers Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Charleston Navy Yard. May 9 1942.
Launched August 8 1942 and commissioned May 15 1943.
Decommissioned May 31 1946.
Stricken May 1 1968.
Fate Sold April 2 1970 to National Metal & Steel, Terminal Island, CA and broken up for scrap.

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Izard 41kRalph Izard, born 26 February 1785 at Charleston, S.C., was appointed Midshipman 2 October 1799 and promoted to Lieutenant 27 January 1807. Lt. Izard volunteered and took part in the expedition under Stephen Decatur, commanding U.S. ketch Intrepid, which entered the harbor of Tripoli 16 February 1804 and destroyed the former U.S. frigate Philadelphia in what Lord Nelson called the most daring act of the age. He was assigned duty under Lt. Decatur, with Midshipman John Rowe and 15 men, to hold the spar deck. He also took part in the attacks on Tripoli during August and September 1804 as part of Commodore Edward Preble's squadron. Lt. Izard died 21 January 1822 at Charleston, S.C.Bill Gonyo
Izard 82kArtist's conception of the Izard 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
Izard 136kUndated, location unknown.Dick Porter
Izard 197kCommissioning Officers, Charleston on May 15 1943.Mike Mohl
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Charleston, SC Navy Yard June 21 1943.
Mike Mohl
Izard 169kSeptember 9 1943 off Charleston.Ed Zajkowski
Izard 265kDecember 1944 as Izard was coming alongside to refuel from the fleet oiler USS Cache (AO-67). From the collection of Paul D. Guttman, former Photographer's Mate 2/C, USN.Robert Guttman
Izard 228kAs above.Robert Guttman
Izard 62kReady for the Scrappers, San Diego April 1970.Marc Piché
Izard 19kShips patch.Mike Smolinski

USS IZARD DD-589 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Earl Kendall Van Swearingen    May 15 1943 - May 9 1944
CDR Milton Theodore Dayton    May 9 1944 - Apr 26 1945
LCDR John Benjamin Guerry Jr.    Apr 26 1945 - May 31 1946

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name:Salvatore A Di Giovine
Address: 49 Clements Rd, Waltham MA 02453
Phone: (781)894-1039

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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Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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