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USS SHIELDS (DD-596)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NWFD

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - GLEN POOL

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; 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 February 8 1945.
Decommissioned June 14 1946 and recommissioned July 15 1950.
Decommissioned July 1 1972.
Stricken July 1 1972.
To Brazil July 1 1972, renamed Maranhao.
Fate Stricken and scrapped at Santos, Brazil in July 1 1990.

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Shields 153kThomas Shields, Purser, USN, was born in New Castle, Delaware, and appointed midshipman on 2 January 1804. He served in Congress and Constitution until 1807 and was attached to the naval station at Philadelphia and Baltimore. While in Constitution, he sustained an injury which rendered him physically incapable of performing all the duties .required of a line officer. He requested appointment as Purser, which he received on 14 April 1809. He served in Nautilus until March 1811 when he was ordered to the New Orleans Naval Station. On 18 January 1815, following the Battle of New Orleans, he led a small expedition to harass the retreating British. He and his party succeeded in capturing numerous prisoners and destroyed several vessels. Shields remained at the New Orleans Naval Station until his death on 22 May 1827.Bill Gonyo
Shields 82kArtist's conception of the Shields 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
Shields 30kUndated, location unknown.-
Shields 132kUndated, location unknown.K. Dupree, YNCS, USN(Ret)
Shields 88kCommissioning ceremony at Puget Sound Navy Yard February 8 1945.Tracy White
Shields 33kCommissioning ceremony at Puget Sound Navy Yard February 8 1945.Tracy White
Shields 48kUSS Metcalf and USS Shields 5 Dec 1945 on the Whang-Poo River Shanghai, China.Albert Ferguson
Shields 28kUSS Shields on the Whang-Poo River Shanghai, China, 1945.James Willis
Shields 185kUSS Shields (DD-596) May 1948, a San Francisco Examiner photo.David Buell
Shields 59kUSS Shields (DD-596) and USS Colahan (DD-658) in the early 1950s in Yokosuka, Japan.Armand Richard
Shields 40kCirca 1955, location unknown.Ron Reeves
Shields 128kDestroyer Squadron 17, photographed at the foot of Broadway, San Diego, California, in March 1955. Destroyers in front row include (left to right): USS Twining (DD-540); USS Erben (DD-631); USS Halsey Powell (DD-686) and USS Gregory (DD-802). Behind them are (left to right): USS Shields (DD-596); USS Colahan (DD-658); USS Marshall (DD-676) and USS Porterfield (DD-682). USS Kearsarge (CVA-33) is tied up in the left distance, at Naval Air Station, North Island. Structure in the bottom center is the "Naval Destroyer Boat House". U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Shields 154kUSS Shields (DD 596) circa 1957 with an aircraft carrier in the background, which appears to be the USS Oriskany (CVA 34). Photo from the file of the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Shields 140kSan Diego, circa 1959-1960.John Cocoma
Shields 270kThe USS Prairie (AD-15), USS Shields (DD-596), USS Agerholm (DD-826), USS Richard B. Anderson (DD-786) and an unidentified destroyer on August 20 1962, location unknown. NHC photo #94750.Ed Zajkowski
Shields 104kUSS Prairie (AD-15) with destroyers at San Diego, California, circa 20 August 1962. The ships alongside are USS Evans (DE-1023), USS Richard B. Anderson (DD-786), USS Agerholm (DD-826), and USS Shields (DD-596). U.S. Navy photo from the USS Prairie (AD-15) 1962-63 cruise book.Robert Hurst
Shields 82kOff the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, December 1962.Ed Velasquez
Shields   Shields   Shields
Heavy weather off San Francisco during July 1966.
John Truesdale
Shields 156kDecember 28 1966, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Shields 58kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Shields 123kDesRon 5 patchEd Velasquez
Shields 116kDesRon 27 patchEd Velasquez
Shields 129kDesRon 17 patchEd Velasquez
Shields 116kShip's plaque as designed by the Shield's Captain, Robert L. Wessel, in 1961.Ed Velasquez
Shields 104kDesRon 5 plaque.Ed Velasquez
Shields 82kComCruDesPac plaque.Ed Velasquez

USS SHIELDS DD-596 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR George Bernard Madden    Feb 8 1945 - Jun 12 1945
LCDR George Thornhill McDaniel Jr.    Jun 12 1945 - Oct 22 1945
LCDR Marcy Mathias DuPre III    Oct 22 1945 - Jun 14 1946
(Decommissioned Jun 14 1946 - Jul 15 1950)
LCDR Miles Rush Finley Jr.    Jul 15 1950 - Apr 2 1952
CDR William Sherman Kirkpatrick Jr.    Apr 2 1952 - Mar 20 1954
CDR Leigh Cosart (Early) Winters    Mar 20 1954 - Mar 23 1955
CAPT Robert Henderson Holmes    Mar 23 1955 - Apr 7 1955
CDR Albert Francis Hollingsworth    Apr 7 1955 - Apr 5 1957 (Later ADM)
CDR Richard Morgan Wright    Apr 5 1957 - Mar 8 1958
CDR Samuel Lewis Morton    Mar 8 1958 - Apr 4 1960
CDR Arthur LaGrange Battson Jr.    Apr 4 1960 - Mar 13 1961
CDR Joseph Lewis Sperandio    Mar 13 1961 - May 2 1961 (Acting)
CDR Arthur LaGrange Battson Jr.    May 2 1961 - Sep 13 1961
CAPT Robert Lee Wessel    Sep 13 1961 - Apr 18 1963
CDR Howard Jackson Ursettie    Apr 18 1963 - Sep 17 1964
CDR Victor Gordon Warriner    Sep 17 1964 - Oct 23 1965
CDR John Francis Tarpey    Oct 23 1965 - Apr 8 1967
CAPT Paul Walter Rohrer    Apr 8 1967 - Oct 28 1968 (Later RADM)
CDR Robert Joseph Forsyth    Oct 28 1968 - Jun 17 1970
CDR Billy Banks Traweek    Jun 17 1970 - Dec 10 1971
CDR William Frederick (Fritz) Wolff    Dec 10 1971 - Jul 1 1972

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

All Years
Contact Name: Edward Velasquez
Address: 6648 South Ammons Court, Littleton, CO 80123
Phone: 303-979-4114
E-mail: etvela5@aol.com
-or-
Korean War Years
Contact Name: A. D. Burchfield
Address: 415 Smythe Street, Kosciusko, MS 39090
Phone: (662)289-4745
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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