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USS GHERARDI (DD-637 / DMS-30)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NXTK

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 Philadelphia Navy Yard September 16 1941.
Launched February 12 1942 and commissioned September 15 1942.
Converted to High Speed Minesweeper DMS-30 November 15 1944, reverted to DD-637 July 15 1955.
Decommissioned December 17 1955.
Stricken June 1 1971.
Fate Sunk as target off Puerto Rico June 3 1973.

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Gherardi 82kPhoto #: NH 49305 Rear Admiral Bancroft Gherardi, USN portrait photograph with sword, taken circa 1887-1894. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Gherardi 82kArtist's conception of the Gherardi 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
Gherardi 254kUndated World War II image of the USS Murphy (DD-603), USS Gherardi (DD-637), USS Burler (DD-636), USS Herndon (DD-638) and USS Shubrick (DD-639).Bobby Kleinaman
Gherardi 191kUndated, location unknown.Mark Leverenz
Gherardi 208kUndated, location unknown.Mark Leverenz
Gherardi 196kUndated, location unknown.Mark Leverenz
Gherardi 94kFlyer announcing the launching of the USS Butler (DD-636) and the USS Gherardi (DD-637).Ed Zajkowski
Gherardi 142kUSS Gherardi (DD-637) under construction at the Philadelphia Navy Yard in 1942. USS Butler (DD-636) is moored ahead of her. Photo courtesy of Life Magazine.Bill Gonyo
Gherardi 66kMrs. Neville Gherardi Robinson, Ship's Sponsor, of USS Gherardi (DD-637), holds the christening bottle, during launching ceremonies at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, 12 February 1942. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of Rear Admiral Adolphus E. Watson, USN, donated by Mrs. Alexander C. Liggett and Mrs. J.S. Taylor. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center. Photo #: NH 99248.Robert Hurst
Gherardi 164kFreshly launched USS Butler (DD-636) and USS Gherardi (DD-637) sit moored at the Philadelphia Navy Yard in 1942. Photo courtesy of Life Magazine.Bill Gonyo
Gherardi 73kPhoto #: NH 99247 USS Gherardi (DD-637) ready for launching, at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, on 12 February 1942. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of Rear Admiral Adolphus E. Watson, USN, donated by Mrs. Alexander C. Liggett and Mrs. J.S. Taylor. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Gherardi 80kPhoto #: NH 99111 USS Gherardi (DD-637), at left, and USS Butler (DD-636) ready for launching, at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, on 12 February 1942. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of Rear Admiral Adolphus E. Watson, USN, donated by Mrs. Alexander C. Liggett and Mrs. J.S. Taylor. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Gherardi 156kPhoto #: NH 99109 USS Gherardi (DD-637), at left, and USS Butler (DD-636) ready for launching, at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, on 12 February 1942. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of Rear Admiral Adolphus E. Watson, USN, donated by Mrs. Alexander C. Liggett and Mrs. J.S. Taylor. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Gherardi 205kUSS Butler as she slides down the ways, during launching ceremonies at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, on 12 February 1942. USS Gherardi (DD-637), which was launched immediately afterwards, is at left. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Centre, photo # NH 99112.Robert Hurst
Gherardi 190kPhoto #: NH 96397 USS Butler (DD-636), at right, starts to slide down the ways during launching ceremonies at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, 12 February 1942. USS Gherardi (DD-637), which was launched immediately afterwards, is at left. Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Institute Photo Collection, Annapolis, Maryland. Collection of James C. Fahey. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Gherardi 230kUSS Gherardi (DD-637) Launching, at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, 12 February 1942. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of Rear Admiral Adolphus E. Watson, USN, donated by Mrs. Alexander C. Liggett and Mrs. J.S. Taylor. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Gherardi 216kScene from the Commissioning Ceremony on September 15 1942 at Philadelphia Navy Yard.Mark Leverenz
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Another scene from the Commissioning Ceremony on September 15 1942 at Philadelphia Navy Yard along with a list of those present in the photo.Mark Leverenz
Gherardi 148kUnderway, circa 1942. This photograph has been retouched by wartime censors to remove radar antennas atop Gherardi's gun director and foremast. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Gherardi 131kUnderway in New York Harbor, 24 April 1943. The Statue of Liberty is in the left background. Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Institute Photo Collection, Annapolis, Maryland. Collection of James C. Fahey. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Gherardi 76kNew York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York. Lights are turned as night falls over the Navy Yard docks, circa June-September 1943. USS Gherhardi (DD-637) is in the centre, by the crane. USS Luce (DD-522) is at left (USN Photo No. 80-G-K-3860).Robert Hurst
Gherardi 53kNew York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York. Dusk falls over the Navy Yard docks, circa June-September 1943. The ship in the centre, just beyond the crane, is USS Gherhardi (DD-637). USS Luce (DD-522) is at left, with only her bow visible. USS Butler (DD-636) is at right, with only her stern visible. USS Doyle (DD-494) is in the right background. A British light cruiser, painted in yellow primer, is in the left background (USN Photo No 80-G-K-3859).Robert Hurst
Gherardi 87kUSS Gherardi (DMS-30) Photographed circa the later 1940s or the early 1950s. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1974. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Gherardi 102kValeta, Malta February 3 1953 as DMS-30.Marc Piché
Gherardi 27kUSS Gherardi during Korean war.Don Strout, Sonarman3/c. DMS 30
Gherardi 115kUSS Gherardi (DMS-30), USS Kenneth D. Bailey (DD-713), USS Murray (DD-576), USS Benner (DD-807) and USS Everett F. Larson (DD-830) in Algiers May 20, 1954.Larry Bohn
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR John William Schmidt    Sep 15 1942 - Dec 4 1943
CDR Neale Roland Curtin    Dec 4 1943 - Dec 9 1944
(redesignated DMS-30 on November 15 1944)
LCDR William Wade Gentry    Dec 9 1944 - 1946
CDR James Albert Boorman, Jr.    Dec 1946 - 1949
LCDR Clay Harrols    1949 - 1951
LCDR Louis Leonard Meier Jr.    Feb 1951 - Aug 1953
CDR Adolphus G. Rath    Aug 1953 - Dec 1955
(Reverted to DD-637 on July 15 1955)

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Jim Brech
Address:
Phone: 954-781-1982
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 Gherardi (DMS-30)
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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