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USS COTTEN (DD-669)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NKEP

CLASS - FLETCHER As Built.
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 Federal Shipbuilding, Kearny NJ. February 8 1943.
Launched June 12 1943 and commissioned July 24 1943.
Decommissioned July 15 1946 and recommissioned July 3 1951.
Decommissioned May 2 1960.
Stricken December 1 1974.
Fate Sold July 31 1975 to Consolidated Steel, Brownsville, TX for 147,999 and broken up for scrap.

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Cotten 117kLyman Atkinson Cotten was born 18 December 1874 in Wilson, N.C. to Robert Randolph Cotten and Sallie Southall Cotten. Captain Cotten was both a diplomat and naval officer while serving on twenty three navy ships during his long and honorable career. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1898, served in the Spanish-American War, and in World War I was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for establishing and commanding the Naval Base at Plymouth, England. Cotten's commands included the USS Columbia, the USS Zafiro, the USS Nebraska, the USS Chattanooga, and the USS Richmond. His naval and/or diplomatic assignments took him to Cuba, Puerto Rico, South America, the Philippines, China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, England, and the eastern Mediterranean. He was fond of naval history and wrote extensively. He died on January 14, 1926 while commanding the USS Richmond (CL-9), and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.Bill Gonyo
Cotten 74kArtist's conception of the Cotten 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
Cotten 196kUndated, location unknown.Don Smith
Cotten 105kUndated, location unknown.Edward H. Cleary
Cotten 107kUndated, location unknown.Edward H. Cleary
Cotten 53kUndated, location unknown. Photo U.S. Navy Official.Robert Hurst
Cotten 178kMrs. Lyman Atkinson Cotten breaks the champagne bottle on the bow and christens the USS Cotten (DD-669) on June 12 1943 at the Federal Shipbuilding Yard in Kearny, NJ during the launching ceremony. Naval Historical Foundation photo 80-G-68647.Bill Gonyo
Cotten 253kKearny, NJ, June 12 1942, Sponsor of the USS Cotten, Mrs. Lyman Atkinson Cotten of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, today christened the destroyer Cotten at its launching here from U.S. Steel’s Federal shipyard. She named the ship for her late husband, Captain Lyman Atkinson Cotten. Left to right are: Front Row- Mrs. James M. Irish, James Hale III, Mrs. Cotten (the sponsor), Preston S. Cotten, Mrs. Preston S. Cotten, Miss Mary Henderson (a sister of Mrs. Cotten); Mrs. R.B. Wiggin; Lieutenant Commander R.G. Peardon, and Mrs. W.M. Sharkford. Second Row- Mrs. Joseph Wesson, Mrs. James Hale, Lyman Cotten, Miss Clover Dulles, Miss Bertha Carp, Mrs. Georgia Leighton, Mrs. Cotten Mason, and Mrs. H.W. Northcutt. Third Row- James Hale, Mrs. Lucie P. Bell, Dudley Fowler, and Dudley Fowler, Jr. Naval Historical Foundation photo 80-G-68648Bill Gonyo
Cotten 89kPhoto #: NH 104619. USS Cotten (DD-669) underway, probably in the New York City area when she was first completed, circa July 1943. This photograph has been retouched by wartime censors to remove radar antennas on her foremast and atop her Mark 37 gun director. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Cotten 76kPhoto #: NH 104618. USS Cotten (DD-669) in a harbor, probably circa July 1943 in the New York City area, when she was first completed. This photograph has been retouched by wartime censors to remove radar antennas atop her foremast and Mark 37 gun director. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Cotten 92kPhoto #: NH 104620. USS Cotten (DD-669) underway off New York City, 14 August 1943. Photographed from an aircraft based at Naval Air Station, New York. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Cotten 168kCOTTEN coming alongside ESSEX, 1944. Photo by Paul Madden, CPhoM.John Chiquoine
Cotten 71kPhoto #: NH 104395-KN. USS Cotten (DD-669) pitching as she comes alongside USS Sanborn (APA-193) at sea, circa 1945. Original 35mm Kodachrome transparency, photographed by Lieutenant Howard W. Whalen, USNR, Boat Group Commander, USS Sanborn (APA-193). Collection of Lieutenant Commander Howard W. Whalen, USNR. Donated by Mrs. Nadine Whalen, 1997. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Cotten 55kPhoto #: NH 104397-KN. USS Cotten (DD-669) coming alongside USS Sanborn (APA-193) at sea, circa 1945. Original 35mm Kodachrome transparency, photographed by Lieutenant Howard W. Whalen, USNR, Boat Group Commander, USS Sanborn (APA-193). Collection of Lieutenant Commander Howard W. Whalen, USNR. Donated by Mrs. Nadine Whalen, 1997. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Cotten 55kPhoto #: NH 104392-KN. USS Cotten (DD-669) steaming at sea, circa 1945, seen from USS Sanborn (APA-193). Original 35mm Kodachrome transparency, photographed by Lieutenant Howard W. Whalen, USNR, Boat Group Commander, USS Sanborn (APA-193). Collection of Lieutenant Commander Howard W. Whalen, USNR. Donated by Mrs. Nadine Whalen, 1997. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Cotten 53kPhoto #: NH 104393-KN. USS Cotten (DD-669) steaming at sea, circa 1945, seen from USS Sanborn (APA-193). Original 35mm Kodachrome transparency, photographed by Lieutenant Howard W. Whalen, USNR, Boat Group Commander, USS Sanborn (APA-193). Collection of Lieutenant Commander Howard W. Whalen, USNR. Donated by Mrs. Nadine Whalen, 1997. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Cotten 72kUSS Cotten (DD-669) coming alongside USS Sanborn (APA-193) at sea, circa 1945. Original 35mm Kodachrome transparency, photographed by Lieutenant Howard W. Whalen, USNR, Boat Group Commander, USS Sanborn (APA-193). Collection of Lieutenant Commander Howard W. Whalen, USNR. Donated by Mrs. Nadine Whalen, 1997. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph, Photo No. NH 104391-KN.Mike Green
Cotten 72kUSS Cotten (DD-669) coming alongside USS Sanborn (APA-193) at sea, circa 1945. Original 35mm Kodachrome transparency, photographed by Lieutenant Howard W. Whalen, USNR, Boat Group Commander, USS Sanborn (APA-193). Collection of Lieutenant Commander Howard W. Whalen, USNR. Donated by Mrs. Nadine Whalen, 1997. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph, Photo No. NH 104394-KN.Mike Green
Cotten 78k USS Cotten (DD-669) pitching as she comes alongside USS Sanborn (APA-193) at sea, circa 1945. Original 35mm Kodachrome transparency, photographed by Lieutenant Howard W. Whalen, USNR, Boat Group Commander, USS Sanborn (APA-193). Collection of Lieutenant Commander Howard W. Whalen, USNR. Donated by Mrs. Nadine Whalen, 1997. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph, Photo No. NH 104396-KN.Mike Green
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Ship's Company party invitation - May 20 1945
Barbara Vinsant
Cotten 155k1955, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Cotten 28kSeptember 1955 in the Mediterranean refueling from the USS Salome (AO-26)Bill Shukis, USN (Ret)
Cotten 21kSeptember 1955 in the MediterraneanBill Shukis, USN (Ret)
Cotten 21kSeptember 1955 in the MediterraneanBill Shukis, USN (Ret)
Cotten 21kSeptember 1955 in the Mediterranean, depth charge practiceBill Shukis, USN (Ret)
Cotten 23kSeptember 1955 in the MediterraneanBill Shukis, USN (Ret)
Cotten 29kSeptember 1955 in the Mediterranean, swim callBill Shukis, USN (Ret)
Cotten 129kOur Navy Magazine, 15 December 1956.Stanley Svec
Cotten 80kLocation unknown, circa 1957.Marc Piché
Cotten 197kUSS Gatling (DD-671), USS Dashiell (DD-659) and USS Cotten (DD-669) in late 1970 at Philadelphia Navy Yard, NPC 1145643.Ed Zajkowski
Cotten 50kShip's patch.Tom Gamstetter

USS COTTEN DD-669 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Frank Truman Sloat    Jul 24 1943 - Aug 28 1944
CDR Philip Wallace Winston    Aug 28 1944 - May 18 1945
LCDR Joseph David Linehan    May 18 1945 - Jul 15 1946
(Decommissioned Jul 15 1946 - Jul 3 1951)
CDR Cary Hardison Hall    Jul 3 1951 - ?
CDR Walter Jefferson Rountree Jr.    ? 1953 - ?
CDR Joseph Andrew Bachhuber    1956 - Jan 1958
CDR William Wood Schweer    Jan 1958  -  Nov 1959
LCDR Carl Clarence Clement Jr.    Nov 1959 - May 2 1960

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Richard A. Myers
Address: 428 Lockwood Terrace , Decatur, GA 30030
Phone: 404-373-0120
E-mail: ramunlim@yahoo.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.


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