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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 May 7 1942.
Launched September 15 1942 and commissioned November 26 1942.
Decommissioned May 6 1946.
Stricken March 1 1968.
Fate Sold July 18 1969 and broken up for scrap.

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-Charles Preston Nelson, born in Baltimore, Md. 5 February 1877, was appointed naval cadet 19 May 1894; and graduated 2 April 1898. During the Spanish-American War, he served in New Orleans, participating in the blockade and battle of Santiago, Cuba. Then sent to the Far East, he served in the Philippines during the insurrection. Upon returning to the United States, he worked with the torpedo boat training command and then commanded in turn submarines Plunger and Porpoise. In 1912 he served as First Lieutenant of Illinois and later of Ohio. Appointed to command of Leonidas (AD-7), a tender for submarine chasers, he also assumed command of the submarine chaser divisions ordered to Corfu, Greece. Twelve of the submarine chasers under his command participated with the British and Italian naval forces in the destruction of the Austrian naval base at Durazzo on 3 October 1918, during which two submarines were destroyed. As a screen for heavy ships during the bombardment, his craft were subjected to heavy fire. Returning to base, they helped screen HMS Weymouth. For his services during this action, Nelson was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal and several foreign decorations. From 1919 until 1929 he was assigned duties in the 3rd and 4th Naval Districts. In January 1929 he was appointed coordinator of the Seattle area, in which capacity he served until he retired as Rear Admiral 30 June 1933. He died at the Philadelphia Naval Hospital 16 November 1935. His other commands included the USS Mayrant (DD-31); USS Parker (DD-48); and the cruiser USS Cincinnati (CL 6).Bill Gonyo
Nelson 82kArtist's conception of the Nelson 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
Nelson 61kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Nelson 103kKearny, N.J., the U.S.S. Maddox (DD-622), named in honor of the late Capt. William A. T. Maddox of the Marine Corps, slides down the ways at the Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company Yards Sept. 15. The U.S.S. Nelson (DD-623), which was launched a few minutes later, can be seen on the right. ACME Photo from the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History.Bill Gonyo
Nelson 64kSouvenir button of the launching of the USS Maddox (DD-622) and USS Nelson (DD-623) on September 15 1942. Courtesy of Kerman
Nelson 170kCommissioning at Brooklyn Navy Yard, November 25 1942. From the Public Relations Department, Third Naval District, New York.David Way
Nelson 137kUSS Satterlee (DD-626) In Belfast Lough, Northern Ireland, with other destroyers, 14 May 1944, while preparing for the invasion of France. Photographed from USS Quincy (CA-71). USS Baldwin (DD-624) is in the middle distance, with USS Nelson (DD-623) beyond. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fred Weiss
Nelson 172kShown here being towed back to Boston, for repairs, after losing her stern from #4 turret aft to a German E-boat torpedo on June 13, 1944, off Normandy. She was temporarily patched up at Londonberry, Northern Ireland where her #2 turret and torpedo tubes were removed as a weight saving/stability measure.-
Nelson 234kUSS Nelson (DD-623) under tow toward Boston harbor, Massachusetts, on 26 August 1944, following temporary repairs in England. Nelson's stern had been blown off by a torpedo from a German motor torpedo boat in a night attack off Normandy on 13 June 1944. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. 80-G-245431.Mike Green
Nelson 177kUSS Nelson (DD-623)in drydock at Portsmouth, England, in mid-1944, showing damage received when she was torpedoed in the stern by a German motor torpedo boat, during operations off Normandy on 13 June 1944. View looks forward from off what remains of Nelson's starboard quarter. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. 19-N-100503.Mike Green
Nelson 110kUSS Nelson coming alongside USS California on a cruise en route to Capetown, South Africa in September 1945. NA 80G374397.John Chiquoine
Nelson 80kDestroyer Squadron NINETEEN (DesRon 19) homeward bound from the Pacific, via the Cape of Good Hope, circa October-December 1945. Ships present include USS Stevenson (DD-645), USS Stockton (DD-646), USS Lansdowne (DD-486), USS Thorn (DD-647), USS Nelson (DD-623) and USS Lardner (DD-487). Courtesy of Vice Admiral F.H. Schneider, USN (Retired). U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Nelson 230kUSS Nelson (DD-623) underway off Madagascar with Destroyer Squadron 19, in November 1945. Photographed from USS California (BB-44). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. Photo #: 80-G-374401.Robert Hurst

USS NELSON DD-623 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Munro Marvin Riker    Nov 26 1942 - Sep 3 1944
CDR Thomas Dana McGrath    Sep 3 1944 - May 16 1945
LCDR Clark W. Freeman    May 16 1945 - Oct 2 1945
LCDR Scott Lothrop    Oct 2 1945 - May 6 1946

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Joseph L. Bobby
Address: 411 Oak Street, Port Carbon, PA 17965-1708
Phone: 717-622-9867
E-mail: None

Note About Contacts.

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