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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; Allis Chalmers Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Boston Navy Yard. July 4 1943.
Launched October 6 1943 and commissioned February 23 1944.
Decommissioned December 10 1946.
Stricken March 18 1974.
To Japan March 10 1959, renamed Yugure.
Fate Stricken 1974 and broken up for scrap.

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Richard Phillips Leary was born 3 November 1842 in Baltimore, Md. He entered the Naval Academy in 1860. During the Civil War, he served in Canandaigua and Sangamon assigned to the Atlantic blockade. Later, during tension with Germany over Samoa, Leary commanded Adams at Samoa from October to December 1888. In the Spanish-American War, he commanded San Francisco off Havana, Cuba. From 1899 into 1900, Captain Leary served as Naval Governor of Guam. Retiring in 1901, Rear Admiral Leary died 27 December at Chelsea, Mass. The second image shows him as Governor of Guam 1899-1900.Bill Gonyo
Leary 79kArtist's conception of the Leary 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
Leary 92kUndated, location unknown.-
Leary 106kUndated, location unknown. NARA photo 80-G-22237. The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 32, Design 13d.Fred Weiss
Leary 308kThis unidentified print was found in the NA Signal Corps RG and in frayed condition. It is SC255837 and taken by an Army photographer on or near the Leyte beach 20 October 1944. Shown is HONOLULU whose crew is trying to stabilize the ship and evacuate wounded. She was hit by an aerial torpedo during fire support of the Leyte landings. RICHARD P LEARY, in her 13d pattern, is alongside to starboard to assist.Dave Schroeder and John Chiquoine
On Japanese Service
Leary 63kAs Japanese Yugure, May 18 1960.Marc Piché
Leary 90k Yugure, DD 184, (ex-USS Richard P. Leary, DD-664) underway circa 1964, location unknown. Photo by Ishikawajima-Harima heavy Industries Co. Ltd from the 1964-65 Edition of Jane's Fighting ShipsRobert Hurst

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Frederic Shrom Habecker    Feb 23 1944 - Nov 1944
CDR Duncan Patterson Dixon Jr.    Nov 1944 - Aug 31 1945
CAPT Herald Franklin Stout    Aug 31 1945 - Sep 2 1945
LCDR Wayne William Watkins    Sep 2 1945 - Dec 10 1946 

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Alfred Kaminsky
Address: 4826 Forest Oaks Ave., Banning, CA 92220
Phone: (909)845-0254
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
USS Richard P. Leary Website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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