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USS PORTERFIELD (DD-682)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NKNO

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - PIVOT POINT

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; Westinghouse Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel, San Pedro. December 12 1942.
Launched June 12 1943 and commissioned October 30 1943.
Decommissioned July 15 1946 and recommissioned April 27 1951.
Decommissioned November 7 1969.
Stricken March 1 1975.
Fate Designated as a target 1976, sunk July 18 1982.

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Porterfield 71kLewis Broughton Porterfield, born in Greenville, Ala., 30 October 1879, was appointed Naval Cadet from Alabama 8 September 1898. He became a Midshipman in 1898 and graduated 25 April, 1902, Ensign 2 May 1904, Lieutenant 2 May 1907, Lieutenant Commander 4 March 1915, Commander 1 July 1919, Captain 16 February 1925, and commissioned Rear Admiral 1 July 1937 on the retired list. He served in various capacities aboard: USS Illinois, USS Topeka, USS Chattanoga, USS West Virginia, and as Executive officer of the USS Nevada. His commands included Albatross, Venetia, Wheeling, USS Castine, USS Patoka, USS Maryland and Destroyer Squadron 11, and he served finally as Chief of Staff in the 12th Naval District. He received the Distinguished Service Medal for anti-submarine operations during World War I while commanding Venetia. He died in Oakland, Calif., 5 April 1942.Bill Gonyo
Porterfield 78kArtist's conception of the Porterfield 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
Porterfield 112kSan Diego, circa 1950's.Marc Piché
Porterfield 228kUSS Porterfield (DD-682) underway with her crew at quarters while entering or leaving port, circa the early 1950s. Note that the ship has received a new tripod foremast, but still carries World War II vintage radar antennas on the mast and gun director. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 107187.Robert Hurst
Porterfield 127kThree views of the crew in Hong Kong during the Korean War.J. Sprouse
Porterfield 157kAs above.J. Sprouse
Porterfield 129kAs above.J. Sprouse
Porterfield 19kThree views of battle damage sustained during the Korean War. This photo displays shrapnel damage to one of the stacks.J. Sprouse
Porterfield 17kAs above. This photo displays damage from a North Korean missile.J. Sprouse
Porterfield 21kAs above. This photo displays damage more shrapnel damage.J. Sprouse
Porterfield 87kThree images of the Porterfield refueling from the USS Hancock (CVA-19). From a report & series of photos documenting shortcomings in the refueling system in 1954.Tracy White
Porterfield 106kAs above.Tracy White
Porterfield 102kAs above.Tracy White
Porterfield 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
Porterfield 110kSan Francisco 1958.Robert M. Cieri
Porterfield 241kUSS Kearsarge (CVS-33) underway during her first cruise as an anti-submarine carrier, circa 1959. Kearsarge was deployed to the Western Pacific from 5 September 1959 to 15 March 1960. The destroyer USS Porterfield (DD-682) is visible in the distance. U.S. Navy photo from the USS Kearsarge (CVS-33) 1959-60 cruise book.Robert Hurst
Porterfield 138kUSS Coral Sea (CVA-43) refueling the destroyer USS Porterfield (DD-682), in 1960. Official U.S. Navy photograph from the USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) 1960 Cruise Book.Robert Hurst
Porterfield 130kJune 19 1964, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Porterfield 118kUSS Wedderburn (DD-684) firing her 5"/38 guns at a target drone aircraft, during exercises, 21 August 1964. The ship following next astern is USS Porterfield (DD-682). The relative positions of Wedderburn's signal flags, with the port side red "Bravo" flag hoisted higher, indicate that the ship is firing to port. Evenly hoisted flags on Porterfield indicate that her guns are not yet trained out. Photographed by PH2 R.D. Fennell. Official U.S. Navy Photograph.Fred Weiss
Porterfield 57kCirca 1965, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Porterfield 58kKaoshuing Taiwan, February 28 1966. DD-826 Agerholm Alongside.© Richard Leonhardt
Porterfield 116kUSS Porterfield (DD-682) and USS Bausell (DD-845) in Mare Island Naval Shipyard, September 1966.Larry Backus
Porterfield 203kAnother view of the Porterfield and Bausell in Mare Island Drydock taken by ETR2 Travis Moffat.Larry Backus
Porterfield 193kAs above.Larry Backus
Porterfield 204kAs above.Larry Backus
Porterfield 130kMare Island September 1966.Larry Backus
Porterfield 133kMare Island September 1966.Larry Backus
Porterfield 88kCirca 1966-1967 on WestPac deployment.Larry Backus
Porterfield 73kMay 1967 off Pearl Harbor as viewed from the USS Bausell (DD-845).Larry Backus
Porterfield 51kOctober 1967 off Japan, headed home.Larry Backus
Porterfield 61kShip's patchMike Smolinski

USS PORTERFIELD DD-682 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR John Carl Woelfel    Oct 30 1943 - May 13 1944
CDR Donald Wesley Wulzen    May 13 1944 - Jul 4 1945 (Later RADM)
LCDR Arthur Frederick Fischer Jr.    July 4 1945 – Nov 17 1945
LCDR Neil Bruce Macintosh    Nov 17 1945 – Jul 15 1946
(Decommissioned Jul 15 1946 - Apr 27 1951)
CDR Robert Louis Baughan Jr.    Apr 27 1951 - ? (Later RADM)
CDR William Samuel Bradway Jr.    Jun 1952 - Jul 1954
CDR Everett Earl Roberts Jr.    Jul 1954 - Mar 16 1956
CDR Harold Abram Moody Jr.    Mar 16 1956 - Mar 1958
CDR Richard Gerard Augenblick    Mar 1958 - ?
CDR Harry Eugene Carter    ? 1959 - ?
CDR Curg Wilson Harrison Jr.    ? 1962 - ?
CDR Alva Manly Bowen Jr.    ? 1963 - ?
CDR Robert Earl Bodamer    Aug 1964 - May 1965
CDR John Lamar Switzer    May 1965 - Jul 22 1967
CDR John Henry Bres    Jul 22 1967 - Jul 1969
LCDR Robert Morgan Wellborn Jr.    Jul 1969 - Nov 7 1969

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