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USS KNIGHT (DD-633 / DMS-40)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NXUT

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, 60,000 SHP; Boston Navy Yard Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 208.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Boston Navy Yard. March 18 1941.
Launched September 27 1941 and commissioned June 23 1942.
Converted to High Speed Minesweeper DMS-40 June 23 1945, reverted to DD-633 July 15 1955.
Decommissioned March 19 1947.
Stricken December 1 1966.
Fate Sunk as Target off California October 27 1967.

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Knight 91kAustin Melvin Knight, born in Ware, Mass., 16 December 1854, graduated from the Naval Academy in 1873. After service as a Passed Midshipman, he was commissioned Ensign 16 July 1874. He served in various sea and shore assignments over the next two decades, including tours at the Naval Academy, and in Tuscarora, Constellation, Chicago, -MonongaUela, and Lancaster. During the Spanish-American War he served in Puritan, blockading the coasts of Cuba and Puerto Rico. After attending the Naval War College at Newport in 1901, he commanded several ships during the next decade including Yankton, Washington (ACR-11), and Castine. Knight was promoted to Captain in 1907 and was commissioned Rear Admiral 29 January 1911. Subsequently he served twice as Commander in Chief, Atlantic Reserve Fleet, and commanded the Special Squadron and the Narragansett Bay Naval Station. From 15 December 1913 to 16 February 1917 he served with distinction as President, Naval War College. On 22 May 1917, he took command of the Asiatic Fleet with the rank of Admiral (temporary) ; he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal during Allied naval operations at Vladivostok, Siberia. He transferred to the retired list 16 December but subsequently served on active duty from 13 March 1919 until 30 June 1920 as Senior Member, Board of Awards. He died 26 February 1927, at Washington, D.C., and was buried at the Naval Academy Cemetery. On 17 November 1930, Austin Melvin Knight was commissioned Admiral posthumously on the Retired List from 26 February 1927. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.Bill Gonyo
Knight 82kArtist's conception of the Knight 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
Knight 31kUndated, location unknown.-
Knight 251kUndated, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Earle 145kUndated, location unknown. USS Earle (DD-635) and USS Knight (DD-633).Ed Zajkowski
Earle 73kUSS Knight (DD-633) and USS Earle (DD-635) fitting out on February 1 1942.Ron Reeves
Knight 202kShip's sponsors at the launching ceremonies at Boston Navy Yard on September 27 1941. Miss Elizabeth Harwood Royal sponsor of the USS Knight, RADM W. T. Tarrant, Navy Yard Commandant and Mrs. Ethel Cowie Robinson sponsor for the USS Cowie.Toni Miller
Knight 322kShip's sponsor Miss Elizabeth Harwood Royal Christens the USS Knight.Toni Miller
Knight 133kThe launching at Boston on September 27 1941.Toni Miller
Knight 329kNew York Harbor on October 20 1943, she left as a convoy escort the next day. Photo 80-G-87605.Toni Miller
As DMS-40
Knight 238kUndated, location unknown.Toni Miller
Knight 125kUndated, location unknown.Toni Miller

USS KNIGHT DD-633 / DMS-40 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Richard B. Levin    Jun 23 1942 - May 3 1943
LCDR Joel Clarence Ford Jr.    May 3 1943 - Sep 2 1944
CDR John Baker Ferriter    Sep 2 1944 - Nov 30 1945

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Ed Lakeman
Address: 7 Killeran Lane, Cushing, ME 04563
Phone: 207-354-8895
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
NavSource Minesweeper Pages, USS Knight (DMS-40)
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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