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USS NIELDS (DD-616)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NBSL

CLASS - BENSON As Built.
Displacement 2395 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 348' 4"(oa) x 36' 1" x 13' 2" (Max)
Armament 4 x 5"/38AA, 6 x 0.5" MG, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 50,000 SHP; Bethlehem Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 208.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel, Quincy.June 15 1942.
Launched October 1 1942 and commissioned January 15 1943.
Decommissioned March 26 1946.
Stricken September 15 1970.
Fate Sold May 8 1972 to Southern Materials, New Orleans and broken up for scrap.

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-Henry C. Nields (18 March 1838 – 13 December 1880) was an officer in the United States Navy during the American Civil War. Nields was appointed Mate on 11 February 1863 and Acting Ensign on 11 July 1864. Assigned to Metacomet, he earned Admiral David G. Farragut's praise for his part in the rescue of survivors from Tecumseh after that monitor had gone down, mined within 600 yards of Confederate guns during the Battle of Mobile Bay. Nields and his boat crew saved one officer, eight enlisted men, and Tecumseh's pilot, braving “one of the most galling fires” that Farragut had ever seen. Advanced to the rank of Lieutenant Commander on 1 July 1870 and died on 13 December 1880.-
Nields 82kArtist's conception of the Nields as she appeared in 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
Nields 31kUndated, location unknown.-
Nields 122kUndated, location unknown. USS Nields (DD-616) underway. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. 19-N-84210.Mike Green
Nields 187kMay 1945, location unknown.Wolfgang Hechler
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USS NIELDS DD-616 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Albert Rossville Heckey    Jan 15 1943 - Oct 7 1944
LCDR Charles Rutter Norris Jr.    Oct 7 1944 - Mar 25 1946

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Merle Crain
Address: 4634 Panther Lake Rd W, Bremerton WA, 98312
Phone: (206) 275-0536
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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Destroyer History Foundation
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Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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