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USS ORDRONAUX (DD-617)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NBSW

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 Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 208.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel, Quincy.July 25 1942
Launched November 9 1942 and commissioned February 13 1943.
Decommissioned March 27 1946.
Stricken July 1 1971.
Fate Sold March 16 1973 to Luria Brothers, NYC, for $91,833.50 and scrapped in Kearney, NJ.

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Ordronaux 26kJohn Ordronaux, born 16 December 1778 at Nantes, Brittany, France, was one of the most successful privateersmen of the War of 1812. At the outbreak of the war, he commanded the French privateer Marengo and on 28 October 181:3, he took command of the American privateer Prince Be Neufchatel, which was fitted out in France. Captain Ordronaux made his first cruises in her in the English and Irish Channels capturing some 30 prizes. His greatest accomplishment took place, in the fall of 1814, off Boston. Prince De Neufchatel, with a prize in tow, was sighted by the British frigate Endymion, which gave chase. Becalmed that night, the British commenced a boat attack. After several attempts, despite fierce defense, they succeeded in boarding the prize, and were driving back the Americans, when Captain Ordronaux seized a lighted match and threatened to blow tip the ship if his men retreated further. The Americans rallied and within 20 minutes the remaining British cried for quarter. With only eight of his men uninjured, Captain Ordronaux returned to Boston, turned over his command and became part owner of Prince De Neufchatel. Captain John Ordronaux died at Cartagena, Colombia in 1841.Bill Gonyo
Ordronaux 82kArtist's conception of the Ordronaux 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
Ordronaux 31kUndated, location unknown.Ed Palen, Y1c 1943-1946
Ordronaux 36kOur Navy magazineChet Morris
Ordronaux 221kBoston Harbor on February 28 1943.David Buell
Ordronaux 183kUSS Ordronaux (DD-617) underway off Boston, Massachusetts on 28 February 1943. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 107217.Robert Hurst
Ordronaux 131kPhoto #: 80-G-354884, USS Black Hawk (AD-9) with six destroyers alongside, probably at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in July 1945. The destroyers are (from left to right): USS Hawkins (DD-873); USS Ordronaux (DD-617); USS Boyle (DD-600); USS Champlin (DD-601); USS Swanson (DD-443); and USS Franks (DD-554). Note the personnel boat in the foreground, heading for a landing stage alongside Black Hawk's bow. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Tony Cowart
Ordronaux 122kUSS Black Hawk (AD-9) with six destroyers alongside, probably at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in July 1945. The destroyers are (from left to right): USS Hawkins (DD-873); USS Ordronaux (DD-617); USS Boyle (DD-600); USS Champlin (DD-601); USS Swanson (DD-443); and USS Franks (DD-554). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Tony Cowart
Ordronaux 174kLeft-to-right are USS Parker (DD-604), USS Meade (DD-602), USS Ordronaux (DD-617), and USS Hobby (DD-610) as seen in a 1970 nest at the Orange, Texas Inactive Ship Facility. This is an incidental view to a series of photos of USS Hobby's first reunion, with an uncommon chance of all four wearing the larger bow numerals. Photo is by Joe Buya, courtesy of Ray and Betty Simons.John Chiquoine
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USS ORDRONAUX DD-617 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Robert A. (Steve) Brodie Jr.    Feb 13 1943 - Jan 7 1944 (Later RADM)
CDR Jonathon Leopold Warren Woodville Jr.    Jan 7 1944 - Mar 27 1946 (Later RADM)

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Ed Palen
Address:
Phone: 716-532-3912
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
USS Ordronaux Website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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