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USS Metcalf (DD-595)

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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; Westinghouse Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Puget Sound Navy Yard. August 10 1943.
Launched September 25 1944 and commissioned November 18 1944.
Decommissioned March (?) 1946.
Stricken January 2 1971.
Fate Sold June 6 1972 and broken up for scrap.

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Metcalf 85kJames Metcalf, also spelled Medcalf in records, boarded schooner Enterprise as a seaman at Malta 16 May 1803. On 19 September 1804 he was promoted to boatswain’s mate and transferred the next day to brig Siren. He also served in frigate Essex and Constitution. On 16 February 1804 Metcalf was one of 84 handpicked volunteers from Enterprise to join in the daring expedition under Lt. Stephen Decatur to blow up captured frigate Philadelphia, heavily guarded in Tripoli harbor. Image from the U.S. Naval Historical Center.Bill Gonyo
Metcalf 82kArtist's conception of the Metcalf 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
Metcalf 141kUndated photo of USS Metcalf (DD-595) in WWII. Courtesy of William Davis Collection, Photo No. 2014.68.Mike Green
Metcalf 51kChristening ceremony at Puget Sound Navy Yard September 25 1944.Tracy White
Metcalf 56kChristening Party with the ship's sponsor Mrs. Harold C. Pound at Puget Sound Navy Yard September 25 1944.Sean L. Pound
Metcalf 56kCommissioning ceremony at Puget Sound Navy Yard November 18 1944.Tracy White
Metcalf 48kUSS Metcalf and USS Shields 5 Dec 1945 on the Whang-Poo River Shanghai, China.Albert Ferguson
Metcalf 31k14 Dec 1945 on the Whang-Poo River Shanghai, China.Albert Ferguson

USS Metcalf DD-595 History
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(Located On The hazegray Web Site, This Is The Main Archive For The DANFS Online Project.)

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR David Louis Martineau    Nov 18 1944 - ? 1945 (Later RADM)
CDR Clyde James Van Arsdall Jr.    ? 1945 - Feb 5 1946 (Later RADM)
LCDR Hugh Blanchard Vickery    Feb 5 1946 - Jul 10 1946
LT Rex Harbert    Jul 10 1946 - Aug 1 1946

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: John Chittum
Address: 350 S. Walnut Street, Huntington, WV 25705-3514
Phone: (304)523-6963
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.

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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