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USS HALSEY POWELL (DD-686)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NKAF

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - OIL PAINT

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 Bethlehem Steel, Staten Island NY February 3 1943.
Launched June 30 1943 and commissioned October 25 1943.
Decommissioned December 10 1946, recommissioned April 27 1951.
Decommissioned (?).
Stricken June 2 1975.
To South Korea April 27 1968, renamed Seoul.
Fate Stricken and scrapped in 1982.

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Powell 70kHalsey Powell was born 3 August 1883 in McAfee, Ky., and graduated from the Naval Academy in 1904. During the next years he served on such famous ships as Kearsarge, Illinois, and Tennessee and studied at the Naval War College, rising to the rank of Captain in 1926. Captain Powell was aide to the Secretary of the Navy in 1926 and Naval Attaché at Peking, 1927-29. After commanding Pittsburgh he returned to Washington, where he died 24 December 1936. Captain Powell was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for outstanding performance as a destroyer division commander on convoy duty during World War I.Bill Gonyo
Powell 79kArtist's conception of the Powell 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
Powell 24kUndated, location unknown.Bill Taylor
Powell 26kUndated postcard of the USS GREGORY (DD-802) and USS HALSEY POWELL (DD-686).Mike Smolinski
Powell 63kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Powell 60kHudson River, New York Harbor, October 1943.John A. Barrett
Powell 158kShakedown cruise, Atlantic Ocean, November 1943.John A. Barrett
Powell 127kUSS Halsey Powell (DD 686) taken on November 13 1943, place unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Powell 132kUSS Halsey Powell (DD 686) taken on January 9 1944, place unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Powell 127kNaval Gun Fire Support (NGFS) plan for the invasion of Saipan on June 15 1944.Wayne VanDerVoort
Powell 131kThe Wisconsin (BB-64) refueling Halsey Powell (DD-686) while underway in 1945.Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Powell 148kAs above.Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Powell 55kBeing hit by a Kamikaze aircraft just aft of mount 55. USS Hancock (CV-19) in background.Bill Taylor/Tracy White
Powell 30kThe USS Halsey Powell (DD-686), showing her down by the stern with smoke pouring from the spot were a Japanese Kamikaze plane crashed into her. Photos taken from "Untied States Destroyer Operations in World War II" by Theodore Roscoe.Robert Hurst
Powell 90kThe Halsey Powell showing the damage she suffered from a Japanese Kamikaze hit on her stern. Photos taken from "Untied States Destroyer Operations in World War II" by Theodore Roscoe.Robert Hurst
Powell 258kMarch 20 1945, results of a Kamikaze hit while screening USS Hancock.Ed Zajkowski
Powell 153kCrewman examine the hole in the deck of USS Halsey Powell (DD-686) after she was by a kamikaze while screening off Kyushu on 20 March 1945. Official U.S.Navy Photograph.Ed Zajkowski
Powell 57kHalsey Powell (DD-686) has just cleared the carrier USS Hancock (CV-19) and is noticeably down by the stern, though the fires have largely been extinguished by progressive flooding. Halsey Powell had been refuelling alongside Hancock, on 20 March, when a single Kamikaze struck. Aiming dor the carrier, the pilot missed long and, passing over the edge of Hancock's flight deck, hit the destroyer just aft mount 55, causing a huge plume of smoke and water. Photo National Archives and Records Administration.Robert Hurst
Powell 145kUSS Halsey Powell, DD 686, Official USN Photograph, dated 6 July 1945. Photo # 9859, via The Chief of the Bureau of Aeronautics. Location-near San Pedro, CA.David Buell
Powell 130kCirca 1950's.Marc Piché
Powell 163kApril 15 1954, Task Force 70.2 in the South China Sea, USS Halsey Powell (DD-686) in front with USS Boxer (CVA-21), USS Gregory (DD-802) and an unidentified auxiliary.Ed Zajkowski
Powell 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
Powell 122kSan Francisco 1958.Robert M. Cieri
Powell 126kThe Powell in Hong Kong during November 1959 with the submarines Barbero, Wahoo and Aspro in the foreground.Ron Phillipi
Powell 50kUSS HALSEY POWELL (DD686), USS MARSHALL (DD676) and USS GURKE (DD783). This photo was taken in 1962, on the day these three destroyers returned from deployment to Mid-Pac where they participated in Operation DOMINICDon Sparks, YNC(SS), USN-Ret
Powell 169kUSS Halsey Powell (DD-686) underway at sea, 13 July 1963. Photographer: De Garmo. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command.Robert Hurst
Powell 77kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Powell 87kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski

USS HALSEY POWELL DD-686 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR William Thomas McGarry    Oct 25 1943 - Oct 6 1944
CDR Sidney Douglas Buxton Merrill    Oct 6 1944 - Sep 30 1945
LCDR Robert Earle Hawthorne    Sep 1946 - Dec 10 1946
(Decommissioned Dec 10 1946 - Apr 27 1951)
CDR Francesco (Francis) Costagliola    Apr 27 1951 - 1953
CDR Albert Stanley Freedman Jr.    1953 - 1954
CDR Henry Lee Vaughan    Jul 1954 - Jul 3 1956
CDR Garrison Brown    Jul 3 1956 - Jan 27 1958
CDR David Fowler Loomis    Jan 27 1958 - Jul 1959

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Michael Baker
Address: 109 Dunton Ave, Holland, MI 49424
Phone: (616)392-3547
E-mail: skippermike@wmol.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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