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USS WEDDERBURN (DD-684)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NKUM

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - FALLBROOK

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 Francisco. January 10 1943.
Launched August 1 1943 and commissioned March 9 1944.
Decommissioned April 4 1946, recommissioned November 21 1950.
Decommissioned (?) 1969.
Stricken October 1 1969.
Fate Sold December 16 1971 and broken up for scrap.

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Wedderburn 72kCharles Foster Wedderburn was born in Chicago, III., on 2 October 1892 but grew up in Washington, D.C. Appointed a midshipman at the Naval Academy on 7 July 1911, he graduated and received his commission on 5 June 1915. Ens. Wedderburn served in Brooklyn (Cruiser No. 3) from graduation to the end of 1915. In December 1915, he transferred to Chauncey (Destroyer No. 3) assigned to the Asiatic Fleet and based at Cavite in the Philippines. He was promoted to lieutenant (junior grade) on 1 July 1917; and, a month later, his ship departed Cavite with orders to the coast of France. Based at St. Nazaire, his ship escorted convoys in the eastern Atlantic. While on such a mission about 110 miles west of Gibraltar, Chauncey was involved in a fatal collision with the British merchantman, SS Rose, on the night of 18 and 19 November. The destroyer sank at about 0317 on the morning of the 19th taking Wedderburn and 20 of his comrades to their deaths. Photo courtesy of the Lucky Bag Yearbook - Class of 1915.Bill Gonyo
Wedderburn 78kArtist's conception of the Wedderburn 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
Wedderburn 26kUndated, location unknown. The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 32, Design 22d.-
Wedderburn 124kWedderburn (DD-684) coming alongside USS Lanier (APA-125) date and place unknown, from the USS Lanier cruise book.Russ Padden
Wedderburn 190kUndated postcard view from San Diego of the USS Hopewell (DD-681), USS Wedderburn (DD-684), USS Kidd (DD-661) and the USS Uhlmann (DD-687).Tommy Trampp
Wedderburn 105kUndated, off Point Loma.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Wedderburn 82kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Wedderburn 85kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Wedderburn 121k1944, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Wedderburn 220kCirca 1944, crew members with Japanese flag. From the collection of MM3c Russell Everette Chase.Tamara Chase
Wedderburn 255kCirca 1944, crew members at Seattle's New Chinatown. From the collection of MM3c Russell Everette Chase who is second from the right.Tamara Chase
Wedderburn 380kPage one of the Wedderburn's Newspaper Keel Hauler from June 26 1944. From the collection of MM3c Russell Everette Chase.Tamara Chase
Wedderburn 240kSubpoena and Summons for the lowly pollywog Albert Lee Candido SC3 to appear before King Neptune as the Wedderburn crosses the Equator on September 1 1944. From the collection of Mike Sharp.Robert Hall
Wedderburn 219kThe Plan of the Day for July 24 1945.Robert Hall
Wedderburn 269kA 'Family-Gram' form letter used by the crew after the war had ended. This copy was used by Albert Lee Candido SC3 in September 1945.Robert Hall
Wedderburn 6kTwining in foreground and Wedderburn in background. Mt. Fujiyama as seen from Sagami Wan, 27 August 1945 one day before Twining and Wedderburn entered Tokyo Bay.George English
Wedderburn 99kUncropped version of the above photo with different caption, USS Twining (DD-540) in forground and USS Wedderburn (DD-684) steam in Sagami Wan, outside of Tokyo Bay, in company with other Third Fleet warships, to support the occupation of Yokosuka naval base, 28 August 1945. Mount Fuji is in the left center distance. Photographed from USS Cumberland Sound (AV-17). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fred Weiss
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World War II Cruise Book from the collection of MM3c Russell Everette Chase - circa 1945
Tamara Chase
Wedderburn 131kUnderway in San Francisco Bay, California, during the later 1940s or early 1950s. Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri, 1982. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Wedderburn 283kImage of the USS Wedderburn taken in the summer of 1950 shortly before the start of the Korean War. She was on a reserve cruise down to Guayaquil Ecuador along with the USS Uhlmann from which I took this picture.Neil W. Hamilton
Wedderburn 76kUSS Wedderburn (DD-684) is shown Underway in the Pacific, February 1958.Joe Radigan/Robert Hurst
Wedderburn 176kUSS Wedderburn (DD-684) Photographed circa the late 1950s. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Wedderburn 117kFebruary 12 1961, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Wedderburn 154kA series of 34 images of the Wedderburn refueling from the USS Bennington (CVS-20) in the South China Sea during the Winter of 1961 by Navy Photographer PH2 Charles Hansen.Charles Hansen
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Wedderburn 140kDecorated for an open house event while at anchor in Subic Bay, The Philippines, December 1962. From the collection of R.L. “Bob” Clawson.Carol Hipperson, author of Radioman: An Eyewitness Account of Pearl Harbor and World War II in the Pacific.
Wedderburn 169kUSS Kittyhawk (CVA-63) and USS Cimarron (AO-22), near Japan in the spring of 1963. From the collection of R.L. “Bob” Clawson.Carol Hipperson, author of Radioman: An Eyewitness Account of Pearl Harbor and World War II in the Pacific.
Wedderburn 325kBow of Wedderburn (DD-684) and an unidentified Destroyer from DesRon 21, Spring of 1963 near Japan. From the collection of R.L. “Bob” Clawson.Carol Hipperson, author of Radioman: An Eyewitness Account of Pearl Harbor and World War II in the Pacific.
Wedderburn 297kApproaching USS Cimarron (AO-22), February/March 1963 north of Japan. From the collection of R.L. “Bob” Clawson.Carol Hipperson, author of Radioman: An Eyewitness Account of Pearl Harbor and World War II in the Pacific.
Wedderburn 404kRefueling from USS Cimarron (AO-22), February/March 1963 north of Japan. From the collection of R.L. “Bob” Clawson.Carol Hipperson, author of Radioman: An Eyewitness Account of Pearl Harbor and World War II in the Pacific.
Wedderburn 456kRefueling from USS Cimarron (AO-22), February/March 1963 north of Japan. From the collection of R.L. “Bob” Clawson.Carol Hipperson, author of Radioman: An Eyewitness Account of Pearl Harbor and World War II in the Pacific.
Wedderburn 386kStarboard twin 40 mm guns, looking aft, Spring 1963 near Beppu, Japan. From the collection of R.L. “Bob” Clawson.Carol Hipperson, author of Radioman: An Eyewitness Account of Pearl Harbor and World War II in the Pacific.
Wedderburn 372kMarch 1963 near Beppu, Japan. From the collection of R.L. “Bob” Clawson.Carol Hipperson, author of Radioman: An Eyewitness Account of Pearl Harbor and World War II in the Pacific.
Wedderburn 231kTied to buoys in harbor at Yokosuka, Japan, spring 1963. From the collection of R.L. “Bob” Clawson.Carol Hipperson, author of Radioman: An Eyewitness Account of Pearl Harbor and World War II in the Pacific.
Wedderburn 205kTied to buoys in harbor at Yokosuka, Japan, spring 1963. From the collection of R.L. “Bob” Clawson.Carol Hipperson, author of Radioman: An Eyewitness Account of Pearl Harbor and World War II in the Pacific.
Wedderburn 417kUSS Kittyhawk (CVA-63) refueling Wedderburn near Subic Bay, late December 1962 or early January 1963. From the collection of R.L. “Bob” Clawson.Carol Hipperson, author of Radioman: An Eyewitness Account of Pearl Harbor and World War II in the Pacific.
Wedderburn 145kNear Vladivostok in March of 1963. From the collection of R.L. “Bob” Clawson.Carol Hipperson, author of Radioman: An Eyewitness Account of Pearl Harbor and World War II in the Pacific.
Wedderburn 409k19th birthday greeting to the crew of Wedderburn. From the collection of R.L. “Bob” Clawson.Carol Hipperson, author of Radioman: An Eyewitness Account of Pearl Harbor and World War II in the Pacific.
Wedderburn 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
Wedderburn 81kA fuel stop at Midway Island on the way to WestPac, USS Bausell (DD-845), USS Richard B. Anderson and on the other side of the pier is, probably, the USS Wedderburn (DD-684) in January 1966.Larry Backus
Wedderburn 97kUSS Brush (DD-745), USS Richard B. Anderson (DD-786), USS Bausell (DD-845), USS Wedderburn (DD-684) and USS Worden (DLG-18) nested with an unknown tender in Subic Bay, P.I. in late January 1966.Larry Backus
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Change of Command pamphlet - July 22 1966
Robert Joseph Coontz Jr.
Wedderburn 178kFour views of the Wedderburn alongside the USS Hancock (CVA-19) off the Vietnam Coast in April 1967.Charles Dehnert
Wedderburn 134kAs above.Charles Dehnert
Wedderburn 131kAs above.Charles Dehnert
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Change of Command pamphlet - September 28 1968
Robert Joseph Coontz Jr.
Wedderburn 91kShip's Patch.Joe Radigan
Wedderburn 134kShip's Patch.George English/Mike Smolinski
Wedderburn 142kShip's Plaque.Ron Reeves
Wedderburn 73kShip's Plaque.Mike Smolinski

USS WEDDERBURN DD-684 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR John Lester Wilfong    Mar 9 1944 - Aug 10 1944
CDR Charles Hansford Kendall    Aug 10 1944 - May 5 1945
LCDR Robert William Clark    May 5 1945 - Apr 4 1946
(Decommissioned Apr 4 1946 - Nov 21 1950)
CDR Richard Bostwick Franklin    Nov 21 1950 - Aug 15 1952
CDR William Manson Klee    Aug 15 1952 - Dec 28 1953 (Later RADM)
CDR Severance Woodbury Gavitt    Dec 28 1953 - Oct 30 1954
CDR Ernest Louis Schwab Jr.    Oct 30 1954 - Jul 23 1956
CDR George Oliver Atkinson    Jul 23 1956 - Aug 4 1958
CDR James Davis Oliver Jr.    Aug 4 1958 - Aug 5 1960
CDR Lawrence Arthur Wilder    Aug 5 1960 - Dec 22 1961
CDR Lewayne Thompson    Dec 22 1961 - Jul 19 1963
CDR Paul Hermann Dallmann    Jul 19 1963 - Mar 20 1965
CDR Thomas Edwin Jackson    Mar 20 1965 - Jul 22 1966
CDR Robert Joseph Coontz    Jul 22 1966 - Sep 28 1968
CDR John J. Viera    Sep 28 1968 - Oct 1969

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