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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; Allis Chalmers Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Puget Sound Navy Yard. November 26 1941.
Launched January 10 1943 and commissioned April 3 1944.
Decommissioned April 30 1946.
Stricken June 1 1961.
Fate Sunk as target off San Clemente Island March 8 1962 by USS Volador (SS-490) and USS Salmon (SS-573).

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Howorth 55kWilliam L. Howorth was born in Massachusetts 16 July 1841, and was appointed Acting Master's Mate 29 April 1863. Attached to Monticello, a blockader off North Carolina, Howorth accompanied the redoubtable Lt. W. B. Cushing on a reconnaissance up the Cape Fear River to Wilmington 23-24 June 1864, gaining valuable information about Confederate defenses. Later in the year, Howorth joined Cushing's famous expedition up the Roanoke River to sink Confederate ram Albemarle. The ram was destroyed 27 October, but the launch carrying the Federal sailors was destroyed. Gushing and one other man escaped, while Howorth and others were captured. In his report Gushing noted: "Acting Master's Mate William L. Howorth, of the Monticello, showed, as usual conspicuous bravery." Howorth was promoted to Acting Master and exchanged in February 1865. Honorably discharged in October, he reentered the Navy in 1866 and was appointed ensign 12 March 1868. He resigned 4 April 1869. Photo #: NH 59555-KN. USS Monticello (1861-1865) colored print of 1860s vintage, mounted on a Carte de Visite, depicting the ship under steam at sea. Donation of Rear Admiral D.L. Braine, USN, who commanded the Monticello during the first part of the Civil War. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Howorth 20kUndated, location unknown.-
Howorth 19kUndated, location unknown.-
Howorth 22kChristening ceremony at Puget Sound Navy Yard April 3 1944.Tracy White
Howorth 40kCommissioning ceremony at Puget Sound Navy Yard April 3 1944.Tracy White
Howorth 155kMay 3 1944 in Puget Sound.Ed Zajkowski
Howorth 159kUSN photo of USS Howorth (DD-592) maneuvering with USS Denver (CL-58) May 28 1944 off the California coast. Taken from an airship from squadron ZP 31, photographer was Ensign Dymkowski.David Buell
Howorth 99kThis is a distant view of USS Dobbin (AD-3) with a nest in the Humboldt Bay anchorage, 07 October 1944. The outboard destroyer is Howorth. The others are (L-R): Hughes (DD-410), Nicholas (DD-449), Lang (DD-399), Mustin (DD-413) and Fletcher (DD-445).
National Archives photo SC 261022
John Chiquoine and Dave Schroeder
Howorth 61kThis is a portion of a Signal Corps photo at Humboldt Bay, New Guinea on 13 October 1944, the day the Philippine assault forces got underwayfor Leyte. It is credited to R. M. Raines USA. Identified from Ship's Logs and War Diaries are USS Morris (DD-417), USS Edwards (DD-619), and USS Howorth (DD-592). NA SC260537.Dave Schroeder and John Chiquoine
Howorth 79kStern view of USS Howorth (DD 592) departing Mare Island on 3 July 1945.Darryl Baker
Howorth 81kBow on view of USS Howorth (DD 592) departing Mare Island on 3 July 1945.Darryl Baker
Howorth 170kForward 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
Howorth 170kAs above.Darryl Baker
Howorth 145kForward plan view of USS McDermut (DD 677) with USS Howorth (DD 592), the lower ship, alongside at Mare Island on 14 Jan 1946. McDermut was in overhaul at the yard from 6 Nov 1945 to 19 Jan 1946.Darryl Baker
Howorth 160kForward plan view of USS McDermut (DD 677) with USS Howorth (DD 592), the lower ship, alongside at Mare Island on 14 Jan 1946.Darryl Baker
Howorth 184kA series of 6 images showing the sinking of the Howorth as a target by a submarine torpedo hit forward, entered on starb'd side, exit wound on port. Photo from March 8 1962 by PH1 Wall, NPC 1059935.Ed Zajkowski
Howorth 219kAs above, showing exit hole port side under Mount 51, photo by PH1 Wall, NPC 1059934.Ed Zajkowski
Howorth 227kAs above, torpedo entry starb'd side, photo by PH2 Warrick, NPC 1059932.Ed Zajkowski
Howorth 220kAs above, second torpedo hit in forward boiler room, note stack cap in mid-air. The small landing craft astern was designed to move the ship to present the submarine with a moving target, NPC 1059933.Ed Zajkowski
Howorth 160kAs above, going down Landing craft breakaway device not working, photo NPC 1059930.Ed Zajkowski
Howorth 183kAs above, final plunge! Notice helicopter shadow and landing craft finally free and recovered. Photo by PH2 Warrick, NPC 1059931.Ed Zajkowski

USS HOWORTH DD-592 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Edward Stitt Burns    Apr 3 1944 - Jun 5 1945

LCDR William Lewis Thompson    Jun 5 1945 - ?

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