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USS SHUBRICK (DD-639)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NVQY

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 Norfolk Navy Yard February 17 1942.
Launched April 18 1942 and commissioned February 7 1943.
Heavily damaged by Japanese Kamikaze aircraft May 29 1945 off Okinawa.
Decommissioned October 19 1945.
Stricken November 28 1945.
Fate Sold September 27 1948 to National Metal & Steel Terminal Island, CA and broken up for scrap.

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Shubrick 68kWilliam Bradford Shubrick born on 31 October 1790 at "Belvedere," Bull's Island, S.C.-studied at Harvard before accepting an appointment as a midshipman in 1806. Following service in the Mediterranean in Wasp, he served in Argus along the Atlantic coast of the United States. After duty in Hornet early in the War of 1812, he was assigned to Constellation; and, while that frigate was at Norfolk, he led a party of bluejackets in beating off a British boat attack against Craney Island on 22 June 1813. He subsequently won a Congressional medal for service in Constitution during her capture of Cyane and Levant. During the more than three decades separating the War of 1812 from the Mexican War, Shubrick commanded, in turn, Lexington and Natchez; directed operation of the West Indies Squadron from ]838 to 1840; and headed the Bureau of Provisions and Clothing from 1845 to 1846. At the outbreak of the war with Mexico, Shubrick requested sea duty and, in Independence, sailed for the California coast to relieve Commodore Sloat in command of American Naval forces there. However. Commodore James Biddle brought his East India Squadron to Monterey, Calif., on 2 January 1847 only a week after Shubrick's arrival-and assumed command. In April, Shubrick sailed for the coast of Mexico to head the blockade of Mazatlan and Guaymas. Early in June, Shubrick was recalled to California where Biddle restored him to overall command on 19 July and sailed for the East Coast. Under Shubrick, the Navy successfully conducted the closing operations of the war on the Pacific coast. Highlights were the capture of Guaymas in October and of Mazatlan in November. San Bias fell in January 1848. The following spring, Shubrick headed home and took command of the Philadelphia Navy Yard in 1849. He subsequently headed the Bureau of Construction and Repair. In August 1852, he became chairman of the Lighthouse Board. In October 1858, Shubrick sailed in command of the fleet sent to South American waters to support diplomatic efforts to resolve differences with Paraguay resulting from the firing upon the USS Waterwitch. In December 1861, Shubrick was retired; and he was promoted to Rear Admiral on the retired list on 16 July 1862. He died in Washington, D.C., on 27 May 1874.Bill Gonyo
Shubrick 82kArtist's conception of the Shubrick 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
Shubrick 48kUndated, location unknown.Joe Radigan
Shubrick 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
Shubrick 244kJuly 3 1942 at Norfolk Navy Yard, USS Shubrick (DD-639) and USS Herndon (DD-638).Ed Zajkowski
Shubrick 147kUSS Shubrick (DD-639) underway at sea on 24 March 1943. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 107206.Robert Hurst
Shubrick 157kMarch 31 1943 at Norfolk Navy Yard.Ed Zajkowski
Shubrick 75kPhoto taken from the USS PCER 855 by EM3 James Rowan, circa May-June, 1945, during salvage operations after the kamikaze attack off Okinawa on May 29, 1945.Rick Rowan
Shubrick 133kAnother view of the USS Shubrick (DD-639) disabled by a kamikaze off Kerama Rotto. Photo from "United States Destroyer Operations in World War II" by Theodore Roscoe.Robert Hurst
Shubrick 99kView of bomb damage on the USS Shubrick (DD-402) as seen in dry dock in Malta where temporary repairs are being done. This photo is on the port side looking aft. Source: Navy Department Library, Destroyer Gunfire, Bomb and Kamikaze Damage Report; War Damage Report No. 51.Mike Green
Shubrick 372kUSS Shubrick (DD-639) bomb damage diagram from August 4, 1943 off Palermo. Source: Navy Department Library: Destroyer Gunfire, Bomb and Kamikaze Damage Report; War Damage Report No. 51.Mike Green
Shubrick 110kThis view is of the port side looking aft of the USS Shubrick (DD-402) after structural repairs were completed at Malta.Source: Navy Department Library, Destroyer Gunfire, Bomb and Kamikaze Damage Report; War Damage Report No. 51.Mike Green

USS SHUBRICK DD-639 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Louis Allen Bryan    Feb 7 1943 - Nov 22 1943 (Later RADM)
LCDR John Victor Smith    Nov 22 1943 - Jan 7 1944 (Later VADM)
CDR William E. Blenman    Jan 7 1944 - Jan 22 1945
LCDR John Chapman Jolly    Jan 22 1945 - Nov 16 1945

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: George Morley
Address: 5422 Portland Rd. NE #57, Salem, OR 97305
Phone: 503-393-1803
E-mail: gomorley@msn.com


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 Shubrick's website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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