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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NWRZ

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - KNEE HIGH

Displacement 2924 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 6 x 40mm, 10/11 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 Federal Shipbuilding, Kearny NJ. October 1 1942.
Launched February 6 1943 and commissioned March 20 1943.
Decommissioned March 30 1946 and recommissioned May 3 1951.
Decommissioned April 29 1960.
Stricken December 1 1974.
Fate Sold September 21 1975 to American Ship Dismantling, Brownsville, TX for $172,223.22 and broken up for scrap.

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Dashiell 65kRobert Brooke Dashiell, born 29 July 1860 near Woodville, Virginia, graduated seventh in his class with honors from the Naval Academy in 1881, and was commissioned as an ensign 2 years later. His was the son of Professor J.M. Dashiell of St. Johnís College. Ensign Dashiell was an inventor of important ordnance mechanisms and an authority on dock construction, he was commissioned Assistant Naval Constructor 7 February 1895 and served in his specialty until his death in Washington, D.C., 8 March 1899. The Ensign Robert B. Dashiell Award for Excellence is presented each year at the Indian Head Division, Naval Surface Warfare Centerís annual awards ceremony. This award, named after IHDIVís first commanding officer Ensign Robert B. Dashiell, recognizes significant contribution to the mission or operation of the activity. Dashiell is acknowledged for the establishment of the Naval Powder Factory, including supervision of building and acquisition of staff and materials; he was a specialist in gun mechanical design and invented the Dashiell rapid-fire breech in 1890.Bill Gonyo
Dashiell 117kUndated, location unknown.-
Dashiell 133kUndated, location unknown.Ron Dashiell
Dashiell 90kMarkab (AD-21) with destroyers Dashiell (DD-659), Isherwood (DD-520), Power (DD-839) and William C. Lawe (DD-763) alongside at Yokosuka, Japan, date unknown.Mark Roberts,
Dashiell 60kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Dashiell 229kUndated, after crashing shortly after take-off from the USS Yorktown (CV-10), pilot Lt. Ruefle, with life raft paddle in hand, is returned to the ship after being rescued by the USS Dashiell (DD-659). US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 2003.143.020Mike Green
Dashiell 93kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Dashiell 95kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Dashiell 64kSouvenir button of the launching of the USS Dashiell (DD-659) on February 6 1943. Courtesy of Kerman
Dashiell 217kSpring 1943, NA 80G60024.John Chiquoine and Dave Schroeder
Dashiell 284kSpring 1943, NA 80G60025.John Chiquoine and Dave Schroeder
Dashiell 360kSpring 1943, NA 80G60026.John Chiquoine and Dave Schroeder
Dashiell 259kSpring 1943, NA 80G60029.John Chiquoine and Dave Schroeder
Dashiell 143kSpring 1943 view from the NA 19LCM folders. The mount 20 platform and tub forward of the pilot house has been installed.John Chiquoine and Dave Schroeder
Dashiell 98kAlongside OBB November 1943. NARA 80G56275.John Chiquoine
Dashiell 223kFilipinos converging on USS Dashiell (DD-659) in San Pedro Bay on Dec 11th or Dec 18th, 1944. Photo taken from aboard Russell (DD-414), collection of Ens E. Klump.John Chiquoine
Dashiell 257kDashiell during her cruise coming home from Pearl Harbor to the Atlantic Coast, between September 25th and October 17th, 1945. Distributed to the crew.Dave Schroeder and John Chiquoine
Dashiell 176kA tired Dashiell in the Cooper River 01 or 02 November 1945, enroute to Charleston Navy Yard after visiting Wilmington, NC with Coates (DE-685) for Navy Day celebrations there, 25-31 October 1945. Dashiell had just returned to Charleston on 21 October from a 21-month continuous forward deployment. This was their first view of Conus in that interval, and first purposeful availability. Photo circulated to crew.John Chiquoine
Dashiell 235kUSS Dashiell (DD-659) and USS Gatling (DD-671) pass through the Panama Canal, circa 1957. U.S. Navy All Hands magazine, April 1957.Robert Hurst
Dashiell 93kLocation unknown, circa 1959.Marc Pichť
Dashiell 197kUSS Gatling (DD-671), USS Dashiell (DD-659) and USS Cotten (DD-669) in late 1970 at Philadelphia Navy Yard, NPC 1145643.Ed Zajkowski
Dashiell 34kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Dashiell 108kShip's patchMike Smolinski

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR John Boyd McLean    Mar 20 1943 - Jan 9 1944

LCDR Eugene Alexander Barham    Jan 9 1944 - Jul 24 1944 (Later RADM)

CDR Douglas Lee Lipscomb Cordinier    Jul 24 1944 - Sep 29 1945

LCDR John Edward Wicks Jr.    Sep 29 1945 - Mar 30 1946

(Decommissioned Mar 30 1946 - May 3 1951)

CDR David Pierce Polatty Jr.    May 3 1951 - Jul 1952

CDR Timothy Joseph Guinan    Jul 1952 - Sep 1954

CDR John Paul Howatt    1956 - ?

CDR Robert Winslow Sherwin    Sep 1958 - Feb 1960

CDR Jean Raymond Pouliot    Feb 1960 - Apr 29 1960

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Jack and Cheryl Heasty
Address: PO Box 405, Lake City, Michigan 49651
Phone: (231)839-0078

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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