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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; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bath Iron Works, Bath ME May 10 1943.
Launched September 11 1943 and commissioned November 19 1943.
Decommissioned April 23 1946.
Stricken October 1 1970.
Fate Sold December 16 1971 and broken up for scrap.

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-Albert Mertz was born on 26 March 1851 in Richmond, WI. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1872. After graduation he was assigned to Coast Survey duty. In the following years he served on the USS Alliance, USS Omaha, USS Minnesota, USS Omaha, USS Constellation, USS Michigan, USS Fern, USS Essex and the USS Glacier. He was promoted to Commander in 1902 and in 1903 was assigned as Captain of the USS Newport. In 1909 he was named the Commandant, Naval Stations Cavite and Olongapo in the Philippines. He was promoted to Rear Admiral in late 1910 and by February of 1912, he became Governor of the Naval Home in Philadelphia. Mertz retired from the Navy on 26 March 1913. Rear Admiral Albert Mertz died on 21 July 1936 in San Diego, CA. He is buried at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, MD.NHC
Mertz 102kArtist's conception of the Mertz as she appeared in late World War II 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
Mertz 36kUndated, location unknown.-
Mertz 86kUndated, location unknown. Photo Courtesy of the USS Abbot (DD-629) website.Bill Gonyo
Mertz 171kAmidships view of USS Mertz (DD 691) between USS Mansfield (DD 728), upper, and USS Remey (DD 688), lower, at Mare Island on 29 Nov 1945. Mertz was at Mare Island from 1 Oct to 30 Nov 1945 undergoing inactivation.Darryl Baker
Mertz 123kForward plan view of USS Mertz (DD-691) between USS Mansfield (DD-728), outboard, and USS Remey (DD-688), inboard, at Mare Island on November 29 1945.Darryl Baker
Mertz 272kUSS Mertz (DD-691) between USS Mansfield (DD-728), outboard, and USS Remey (DD-688), inboard, at Mare Island on November 29 1945.Ed Zajkowski
Mertz 429kUSS Mertz (DD-691) Ship's Officers and Crew on the pier, with Mertz tied up behind them. Probably taken at San Diego, California, circa early 1946, while the ship was being prepared for decommissioning. Note that the barrels have been removed from the 40mm twin gun mount just forward of the ship's bridge. USS Gregory (DD-802) is immediately outboard of Mertz. Donation of Frances Williams, from the estate of her Mother, Ruth White Robbins Fackler, 2009. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 107496.Robert Hurst

USS MERTZ DD-691 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR William Sears Estabrook Jr.    Nov 19 1943 - Jan 27 1945
CDR William Squire Maddox    Jan 27 1945 - Apr 23 1946

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: James L. "Shorty" Powell
Address: 126 Jester Road, Saluda, SC 29138
Phone: (864)-445-5058

Note About Contacts.

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