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USS DAVISON (DD-618 / DMS-37)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NXUF

CLASS - GLEAVES 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; Westinghouse Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 208.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Federal Shipbuilding, Kearny NJ.February 26 1942.
Launched July 19 1942 and commissioned September 11 1942.
Converted to High Speed Minesweeper DMS-37 June 23 1945, reverted back to DD-618 July 15 1955.
Decommissioned June 24 1949.
Stricken January 15 1972.
Fate Sold to Zidell Explorations, Portland, OR for $121,001.19 August 27 1973 and broken up for scrap.

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-Gregory Caldwell Davison was born 12 August 1871 in Jefferson City, Missouri. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy on 27 May 1892. He served in many ships, specializing in torpedo boat operations. An excellent scientist as well as an efficient naval officer, Lieutenant Commander Davison was responsible for many inventions in ordnance and general naval science. Retiring 31 December 1907 he became Vice President of the Electric Boat Company, Groton, Conn., continuing his interest in and support of the Navy until his death on 7 May 1935.Bill Gonyo
Davison 82kArtist's conception of the Davison 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
Davison 113kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Davison 24kUndated, location unknown, as DMS-37.Benson-Liverman Class Destroyer Website
Davison 112kNewspaper clipping of the launching of the USS Davison (DD-618), USS Edwards (DD-619) and USS Saufley (DD-465) at Federal Shipbuilding in Kearny, NJ on July 19 1942.Gerd Matthes

USS DAVISON DD-618 / DMS-37 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Walter Coulter Winn    Sep 11 1942 - Aug 10 1943
LCDR James Dahlman Collett   Aug 10 1943 - Mar 11 1944
LCDR Ernest Leo Edward Ritson    Mar 11 1944 - Jun 20 1945
LCDR Onofrio Frederick Salvia    Jun 20 1945 - Jun 13 1946
LCDR Ernest Robert Peterson    Jun 13 1946 - Aug 7 1947
(As DMS-37)
LCDR David Fowler Loomis    Aug 7 1947 - Nov 16 1948
CDR Charles Roland Johnson    Nov 16 1948 - Mar 23 1949
LT Edward Flores    Mar 23 1949 - Mar 25 1949
LCDR John Sanborn Weiler    Mar 25 1949 - Mar 30 1949
LT Edward Flores    Mar 30 1949 - Jun 24 1949

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Earl J. Lee
Address: 2169 West Drive, El Cajon, CA 92021
Phone: 619-444-5384
E-mail: reca.lee@amvets.us


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
NavSource Minesweeper Pages, USS Davison (DMS-37)
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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