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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NUYO

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - TRIUMPH

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 Bethlehem Steel Staten Island NY October 24 1942.
Launched May 3 1943 and commissioned August 23 1943.
Decommissioned June 14 1946 and recommissioned December 16 1950.
Decommissioned August 1 1966.
Stricken August 1 1966.
Fate Sunk as target off California December 18 1966.

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Colahan 139kCharles Ellwood Colahan was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 25 October 1849. Colahan graduated from the United States Naval Academy 4 June 1869. His long and active career included command of Indiana (BB-1) and Cleveland (C-19). Commander Colahan died at Lambertville, N.J., 11 March 1904. He was a native of Pennsylvania, and was appointed to the Naval Academy from that State in 1865. He served his country faithfully and well from the date of his appointment to the time of his death in 1904. During his long career in the Navy it may truly be said of him that he never evaded duty no matter how disagreeable. He was actively employed during his entire period of service in most conspicuous duties, being Executive Officer of the Detroit during the war with Spain, and as Commandant of Cadets at the Naval Academy from 1900 to 1904. It has been the lot of few men to have made and kept so many friends. Known throughout the Navy by young and old, to the young officer he was the beau ideal of what a Naval officer should be. He displayed in his life that high sense of duty and loyalty which, combined with courtesy and consideration for others, ever resulted in the best work enthusiastically performed. To the older members of the service he was a loved friend on whom, in official and in private life, the fullest dependence was placed. In him the Navy had a devoted servant whose aim from youth up was to advance its interest and to add to its efficiency. He left a memory of priceless to his country and to his service. Photo from the “Biographical Sketches of Distinguished Officers of the Army and Navy” (1905).Bill Gonyo
USS Colahan (DD-658)
Colahan 8kUndated, location unknown.-
Colahan 156kUndated, location unknown. The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 31, Design 16d.Joe Radigan
Colahan 77kUndated, location unknown.Charlie Flannery
Colahan 85kUndated, at Long Beach.Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR (Ret.)
Colahan 116kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR (Ret.)
Colahan 145kUSS Colahan (DD-658) underway, probably while being delivered to the Navy by her builder, Bethlehelm Steel Company, Staten Island, New York. The original negative in the National Archives is dated 21 August 1943, two days before she was commissioned. Note that Colahan is not flying the National Ensign and that her 20mm and 40mm guns, searchlights, and Mark 51 gun directors are covered with black tarps. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 107200.Robert Hurst
Colahan 41kCirca 1944, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Colahan 145kCirca 1944-1945 when Matthew's grandfather, Edwin Mullen, served aboard the Colahan.Matthew D. Duval
Colahan 127kNaval Gun Fire Support (NGFS) plan for the invasion of Saipan on June 15 1944.Wayne VanDerVoort
Colahan 43kUSS Colahan going to the aid of the USS Hazelwood after the Hazelwood was hit by a Kamikaze off Okinawa on April 29 1945.Wayne VanDerVoort
Colahan 79kNavy Photo 471-47, broadside view of USS Colahan (DD 658) off Mare Island on 10 March 1947. She was in overhaul at the yard from 4 January to 12 March 1947.Darryl Baker
Colahan 81kNavy Photo 473-47, bow on view of USS Colahan (DD 658) at the South end of Mare Island on 10 March 1947.Darryl Baker
Colahan 146kCirca 1948, location unknown. Photo courtesy L & L van Ginderen.Robert Hurst
Colahan 106kUSS Colahan (DD-658) docked at Vancouver BC on June 25 1948. Source: City of Vancouver Archives, Photo No. AM1506-S3-3-: CVA 447-8713, by Walter E. Frost.Mike Green
Colahan 143kCirca 1950, location unknown. Interesting gun crew!Tommy Trampp
Colahan 59kUSS Shields (DD-596) and USS Colahan (DD-658) in the early 1950s in Yokosuka, Japan.Armand Richard
Colahan 128kDestroyer Squadron 17, photographed at the foot of Broadway, San Diego, California, in March 1955. Destroyers in front row include (left to right): USS Twining (DD-540); USS Erben (DD-631); USS Halsey Powell (DD-686) and USS Gregory (DD-802). Behind them are (left to right): USS Shields (DD-596); USS Colahan (DD-658); USS Marshall (DD-676) and USS Porterfield (DD-682). USS Kearsarge (CVA-33) is tied up in the left distance, at Naval Air Station, North Island. Structure in the bottom center is the "Naval Destroyer Boat House". U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Colahan 104kNavy Photo 33353-3-57, broadside view of USS Colahan (DD 658) off Mare Island on 12 March 1957. She was in overhaul at the yard from 7 Dec 1956 to 11 March 1957.Darryl Baker
Colahan 81kNavy Photo 33355-3-57, stern view of USS Colahan (DD 658) in the Mare Island channel on 12 March 1957.Darryl Baker
Colahan 165kUSS Colahan (DD 658) off Mare Island on December 12 1957. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Colahan 171kUSS Alvin C. Cockrell (DE-366) moored outboard of USS Colahan (DD-658) at a city wharf on September 27 1958. Source: City of Vancouver Archives, Photo No. AM1506-S3-3-: CVA 447-8705, by Walter E. Frost.Mike Green
Colahan 105kOff Point Loma, San Diego, pre 1960.Chris Culp
Colahan 202kIn San Diego Bay post 1960.Wolfgang Hechler/Chris Culp
Colahan 211kUSS Colahan (DD-658), USS Watts (DD-567), USS Tingey (DD-539) and USS Laws (DD-558) in Sasebo, Japan circa 1960-1962.John J. Gobbell
Colahan 119kAugust 13 1963, Reserve Training Ship at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.Charlie Flannery
Colahan 80kAugust 20 1963, operating in Hawaiian Waters with Joint Task Unit 99.9.Charlie Flannery
Colahan 22kShips patch.Mike Smolinski
Colahan 261kShips patch.Tom Gamstetter
Colahan 121kShips patch circa 1963.Charlie Flannery
Colahan 100k-120kUniform Ship's name shoulder patch.Al Grazevich
Colahan 94kForward COLAHAN stack, 1944-1950. The "Tomcat" insignia was initially designed/painted by the COLAHAN in World War II, then quickly adopted by other warships in Destroyer Squadron 53, the so-called "Tomcat Squadron." The insignia here has been colorized accurately: black & white snarling cat on a yellow field encircled by a dark green "C." The name "Tomcat" refers to advanced Fast Carrier Task Force pickets, prowling far out front of the fleet. Jackson Sellers

USS COLAHAN DD-658 History
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Commanding Officers
01CDR Donald Taylor Wilber (USNA 1931)23 August 1943 - 30 January 1945
02CDR Martin Adam Shellabarger (USNA 1933)30 January 1945 - 30 June 1945
03CDR Frank Dolan Whalen (USNA 1938)30 June 1945 - 14 June 1946
 Decommissioned14 June 1946 - 15 December 1950
04LCDR George Warren Miller USN14 June 1946 - 1947 (in charge)
05LT Charles Lynley Cook USN1947 - 1948 (in charge)
06CAPT John Ames Holbrook (USNA 1924)1948 - 1949 (in charge)
07LTJG Lewis Albert Denton USN1949 - 1950 (in charge)
08CDR James Samuel Spielman USN1950 ? (in charge)
09CDR Gale Seaver Felton (USNA 1941)20 March 1951 - 19 March 1952
10CDR William Kerr Brooks USN19 March 1952 - 29 July 1954
11CDR Henry Joseph Brantingham (USNA 1939)29 July 1954 - 10 March 1956
12CDR C.L. Keedy, Jr. USN10 March 1956 - 10 May 1958
13CDR John Winston Gross USN10 May 1958 - 08 April 1960
14CDR Raymond Albert Hubbard USN08 April 1960 - 01 July 1961
15CDR James Ruppert Switzer USN01 July 1961 - 05 August 1961
16CDR Raymond Albert Hubbard USN05 August 1961 - 21 October 1961
17CDR Reynold Masters USN21 October 1961 - 26 September 1962
18CDR Adrian DeWitt Wagner USN26 September 1962 - 15 October 1964
19CDR Rex Gygax (USNA 1947)15 October 1964 - 01 August 1966

Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Jackson Sellers
Address: 22821 Loumont Dr., Lake Forest, CA 92630
Phone: 949-768-2990

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.

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