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USS KILLEN (DD-593)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NIHF

CLASS - FLETCHER As Built.
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 May 4 1944.
Decommissioned July 9 1946.
Stricken June 1 1963.
Fate Sunk as a target off Vieques, Puerto Rico April 15 1975.

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Killen 85kEdward Killen joined the Navy 5 May 1801 as a seaman aboard Enterprise. Accompanying her to the Mediterranean Edward Killen served with skill and devotion, and was promoted to Master's Mate 9 November 1803. He volunteered for Stephen Decatur's daring expedition into Tripoli Harbor 16 February 1804 to destroy Philadelphia, a United States frigate captured by Tripolitan pirates. After successfully completing this mission in Intrepid, Killen served on board Enterprise until his death 24 July 1806. Naval History and Heritage Command Photo# KN-10849.Bill Gonyo
Killen 102kArtist's conception of the Killen 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
Killen 78kArtist's conception of a cutaway view of the Killen 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
Killen 94kUndated, location unknown.Gerd Matthes
Killen 116kMrs. Inez Cowdrey christens the ship, during launching ceremonies at the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, 10 January 1943. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives. Photo #: 19-N-65837.Tracy White/Robert Hurst
Killen 84kCommissioning ceremony at Puget Sound Navy Yard May 4 1944.Tracy White
Killen 79kUSS Killen (DD-593) Off the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, 1 June 1944. Her camouflage is Measure 31, Design 11d. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
Killen 103kUSS Killen (DD-593) Off the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, 1 June 1944. Her camouflage is Measure 31, Design 11d. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
Killen 191kUSS Killen (DD-593) Underway off Richmond Beach, Washington, 8 June 1944. Her camouflage is Measure 31, Design 11d. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
Killen 144kUSS Killen (DD-593) Underway off Richmond Beach, Washington, 8 June 1944. Her camouflage is Measure 31, Design 11d. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
Killen 157kUSS Killen (DD-593) Underway off Richmond Beach, Washington, 8 June 1944. Her camouflage is Measure 31, Design 11d. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
Killen 153kUSS Killen (DD-593), at left, USS Canberra (CA-70), right, and USS Claxton (DD-571), beyond Canberra's bow undergoing battle damage repairs in the floating drydock ABSD-2 at Manus, Admiralty Islands, 2 December 1944. Note men crowding the rails on Canberra, and her two forward 8"/55 triple gun turrets. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fred Weiss
Killen 135kUSS Claxton (DD-571), at aft, USS Canberra (CA-70), at centre, and USS Killen (DD-593), right undergoing battle damage repairs in the floating drydock ABSD-2 at Manus, Admiralty Islands, 2 December 1944 (USN Photo No 80-G-304058). Robert Hurst
Killen 109kUSS Killen (DD-593) At the Hunter's Point Navy Yard, San Francisco, California, following overhaul and battle damage repairs, 2 April 1945. Note the railcar crane at right. Circles mark recent alterations to the ship. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
Killen 178kUSS Killen (DD-593) Close-up view of the ship's midships area, taken at the Hunter's Point Navy Yard, San Francisco, California, following overhaul and battle damage repairs, 2 April 1945. Note her 26-foot motor whaleboat, smokestack and torpedo tubes. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
Killen 152kUSS Killen (DD-593) Close-up view of the ship's port quarter, taken at the Hunter's Point Navy Yard, San Francisco, California, following overhaul and battle damage repairs, 2 April 1945. Circles mark recent alterations to the ship. Note Killen's propeller guard, depth charge racks and "teardrop" depth charges. Ships in the background are USS Allen M. Sumner (DD-692) and USS Hughes (DD-410). Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
Killen 180kApril 2 1945 at Hunters Point.Ed Zajkowski
Killen 94kInvasion of Brunei Bay, Borneo, June 1945 USS Killen (DD-593) refueling from an oiler, while en route to the Brunei Bay landings on 9 June 1945. Photographed from USS Aulick (DD-569). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fred Weiss
Killen 116kA June 1950 photo at San Diego NY shows the USS Nicholas (DDE-449), USS O'Bannon (DDE-450), USS Walker (DDE-517) and USS Sproston (DDE-577), returned to Mothballs after being converted to the DDE ASW configuration. All four of these DDE's were armed with of 2-5"/38cal, 5 Torpedo Tubes, Mk-15 ASW Projector, and provisions for 4x2-20mm guns. Also, seen is the USS Killen (DD-593) and several DE's, including USS Raymond (DE-341) and USS Dennis (DE-405) and an APD. Cropped from an USN Photo from the NARA photo files, 80-G-428265.Rick E. Davis
Killen 22kEx USS Killen (DD593), under tow for use as a gunnery or missile target, NAVSTA Roosevelt Roads, PR, circa 1970.RMCS(SW) Jim Babin, USN(Ret)
Killen 72kThe hulk ex-USS Killen (DD-593) moored at Roosevelt Roads Naval Station, Puerto Rico, January 2 1970. She was then in use as a target ship for the Atlantic Fleet weapons Range. Photographed by PH1 Don Grantham (USN Photo No 1142851).Robert Hurst
Killen 183kFebruary 2 1970 at Roosevelt Roads, PR. Close up as a target ship, photo by PH1 Grantham, NPC 1142855.Ed Zajkowski
Killen 113kThe ex-Killen taken in Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, January 26 1971. Richard Leonhardt
Killen 136kThe hulk ex-USS Killen tied up by the drydock at Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, Circa May 1975. She had previously been used as a target on the Atlantic Fleet Weapons Range. Photographed by PH1 Don Grantham (USN Photo Nos NH 98191 and NH 98192).Robert Hurst
Killen 121kAs above.Robert Hurst
Killen 116kAs above. Photo #: NH 98193. Photographed by PH2 Dennis Spurgat. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center.Robert Hurst
Killen 153kAs above. Photo #: NH 98194. Photographed by PH2 Dennis Spurgat. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center.Robert Hurst

USS KILLEN DD-593 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Howard Grant Corey    May 4 1944 - Mar 3 1945
CDR James Lardner Semmes    Mar 3 1945 - Jul 9 1946

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