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Displacement 2924 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 10 x 40mm, 7 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bath Iron Woks, Bath ME March 8 1943.
Launched July 10 1943 and commissioned September 16 1943.
Decommissioned July 5 1946 and recommissioned May 3 1951.
Decommissioned March 4 1957.
Stricken March 6 1972.
Fate Sold August 27 1973 and broken up for scrap, the bridge of the ship was taken apart
and then reassembled in the Columbia River Maritime Museum located in Astoria, Oregon
where it is now one of their major exhibits.

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-Harry Shepard Knapp, born 27 June 1856 in New Britain, Conn., graduated from the Naval Academy 20 June 1878. After serving in Pensacola as cadet midshipman and in Minnesota, and Jamestown as a midshipman, he was commissioned Ensign 8 July 1882. Following assignments to a number of ships and stations ashore, he was ordered to Dorothea as executive officer at the outbreak of the Spanish American War. Outstanding service in a variety of important billets afloat and ashore was rewarded on 3 August 1908 when Knapp assumed command of Charleston (C-22). Promoted to Captain 1909, Knapp was assigned to the General Board 8 January 1910. At about this time he served intermittently on the Joint Army and Navy Board for Defense of the Panama Canal. He was in charge of Florida (BB-30) while she was fitted out and commanded the battleship when she first commissioned 15 September 1911. He took command of Cruiser Force, Atlantic Fleet 8 November 1915. Knapp was promoted to Rear Admiral 17 March 1917 and a week before the United States entered World War I was appointed Military Governor of Santo Domingo and Military Representative of the United States in Haiti. "Meritorious service" in this post, laboring to protect Allied shipping from German U-boats and to make the Caribbean secure from enemy aggression, won Rear Admiral Knapp the Navy Cross. Soon after the armistice, he was Naval Attach^ in London with staff duties and on 4 February 1920 assumed command of U.S. Naval Forces operating in European waters with rank of Vice Admiral. Even after Vice Admiral Knapp was placed on the retired list effective 27 June 1920, the Navy utilized his singular abilities. This won him temporary active duty as a consultant and as quasi-diplomat. He died at Hartford, Conn., 6 April 1928.Bill Gonyo
Knapp 76kArtist's conception of the Knapp 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
Knapp 11kUndated, location unknown.Dave Gauthier, Torpedoman Striker, 7/44 to 12/45
Knapp 118kUndated, location unknown.Frank De Cicco BMG3 USNR, 51 to 53
Knapp 95kUSS Knapp (DD-653), foreground and the battleship USS Alabama (BB-60) while operating with Mitcher's fast carriers on April 28 1944. National Archives and Records Administration. Photo # 80-G-234777.Robert Hurst
Knapp 207kUSS Knapp (DD-653) underway at sea on 15 May 1955. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. Photo #: 80-G-668342.Robert Hurst
Knapp 97kReturning from a West Pac cruise entering San Diego Bay on 19 June 1955.John C. Fort DSCM USN (Ret.)
Knapp 100kCirca 1950's.Marc Piché

USS KNAPP DD-653 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Frank Virden    Sep 16 1943 - Jul 10 1944 (Later RADM)
LCDR William Butler Brown    Jul 10 1944 - Jul 5 1946
(Decommissioned Jul 5 1946 - May 3 1952)
CDR Arthur John Ela    May 3 1951 - Jul 7 1952
CDR Heinrich H. Heine Jr.    Jul 7 1952 - May 21 1954
CDR Arthur John Ela    May 3 1951 - Jul 7 1952
CDR Charles Courtney Senn    May 21 1954 - Oct 15 1955
CDR Richard Morgan Wright    Oct 15 1955 - Mar 4 1957

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Pete Smith
Address: 301 Baltimore Ave., Morton, IL 61550
Phone: 309-266-9391

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 Knapp Website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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