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USS SOLEY (DD-707)


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CLASS - ALLEN M. SUMNER As Built.
Displacement 3218 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 6"(oa) x 40' 10" x 14' 2" (Max)
Armament 6 x 5"/38AA (3x2), 12 x 40mm AA, 11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.5 Knots, Range 3300 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Federal Shipbuilding, Kearny NJ. April 18 1944.
Launched September 8 1944 and commissioned December 7/8 1944.
Decommissioned April 15 1947.
Recommissioned January 29 1949.
Heavily damaged by grounding in January 1970.
Decommissioned and Stricken July 1 1970.
Fate Sunk as target September 18 1970.

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Soley 50kJames R. Soley was born on 1 October 1850 in Roxbury, Mass. and graduated from Harvard College in 1870. He was appointed Assistant Professor of Ethics and English at the United States Naval Academy on 1 October 1871. Only two years later, he became Head of the Department of English Studies, History, and Law. On 9 June 1882, Soley was assigned to the Bureau of Navigation. He served as Superintendent of the Office of Naval War Records, and he headed the Navy Department Library. During this duty, Soley began the collection of the naval documents of the Civil War and started work which culminated in the publication of the 31-volumn collection, The Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion. These years also saw articles on American naval history. While serving in Washington, Soley studied law at Columbia (now called George Washington) University and received his law degree in 1890. On 16 July 1899, he resigned his commission so that he would be free to serve as Assistant Secretary of the Navy. After retiring from public service in March 1893, Soley practiced law in New York City, specializing in international law. In this field, he won renown as counsel for Venezuela in 1899 during the arbitration at Paris of that nation's boundary dispute with the United Kingdom. Soley died in New York City on 11 September 1911. Photo #: NH 82502. Assistant Secretary of the Navy James R. Soley served in that office from 18 July 1890 to 19 March 1893. Courtesy of Secretary of the Navy John H. Chafee, 1974. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Soley 154kArtist's conception of the Soley as built in a cutaway view 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
Soley 98kUndated, location unknown.-
Soley 73kUndated postcard Copyright © Atlantic Fleet Sales, Norfolk, VA.Mike Smolinski
Soley 51kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Soley 107kFront page of the Launching Program.Ron Reeves
Soley 107kUnderway on 22 December 1944. Photographed from a Naval Air Station, New York, aircraft, flying at an altitude of 600 feet. Note ship's shadow on the water off her port side. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Soley 98kDecember 22 1944, location unknown.Randy Kimes
Soley 168kUSS Soley (DD-707) underway on 22 December 1944. Photographed from a Naval Air Station, New York, aircraft, flying at an altitude of 300 feet. The ship is wearing camouflage Measure 32 Design 11a. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Soley 136kUSS Soley (DD-707) being reactivated at the Charleston Naval Shipyard, South Carolina, after she had been out of commission for nearly two years. Photo is dated 29 January 1949, the day Soley was recommissioned. The original caption states: "View with huts removed and placed on dock in foreground. Large huts cover 40mm mounts, small huts cover MK 51 directors and searchlights. Three 'Zippered' DD's in the background are part of 129 ships in the Charleston group, Atlantic Reserve Fleet." Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Soley 179kUSS Soley (DD-707) and USS John R. Pierce (DD-753) in Genoa, Italy circa 1950.Carlo Martinelli
Soley 58kUSS Soley (DD-707) alongside USS Grand Canyon (AD-28) at Augusta, Sicily on 16 December 1950. Photo U.S. Navy.Robert Hurst
Soley 80kUSS Soley (DD-707) underway circa 1957, location unknown. Photo courtesy Giorgio Arra.Robert Hurst
Soley 124kUSS Soley (DD-707) in Genoa, Italy August 4 1957.Carlo Martinelli
Soley 149kUSS Soley (DD-707) in Genoa, Italy August 4 1957.Carlo Martinelli
Barry 168kUSS Soley (DD-707), USS John R. Pierce (DD-753) and USS Barry (DD-933) in Geonoa, Italy August 4 1957.Carlo Martinelli
Barry 149kAs above.Carlo Martinelli
Soley 119kUSS Soley (DD-707) underway off the coast of Florida, July 1959. Photographed by Hein, from USS Saratoga (CVA-60). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Soley 118kUSS Soley (DD-707) Photographed circa the early or middle 1950s, after she had been refitted with 3"/50 guns. This image was received by the Naval Photographic Center in December 1959, but was taken some years earlier. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Soley 120kUSS Soley (DD-707) Photographed by Stead, while underway on 19 November 1961. Note that the ship now has a tripod foremast, and small triple tubes for anti-submarine torpedoes amidships in place of the larger torpedo tubes originally fitted. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Soley 55kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR John S. Lewis    Dec 7 1944 - Apr 24 1946
CDR Theodore Adolf Torgerson    Apr 24 1946 - Feb 5 1947 (Later RADM)
LCDR William Jackson Tipler    Feb 5 1947 - Apr 15 1947
(Decommissioned Apr 15 1947 - Jan 29 1949)
CDR John Kelley Knapper    Jan 29 1949 - May 4 1951
CDR Clinton Andrew Neyman Jr.    May 4 1951 - Feb 18 1952
CDR Thomas Edward McCormick Jr.    Feb 18 1952 - Dec 15 1953
CDR John Grover Messer    Dec 15 1953 - Dec 1 1955
CDR Charles Henry Witten    Dec 1 1955 - Dec 1957
CDR John Edward Coste    Dec 1957 - Aug 15 1959
CDR Richard Flournoy Jr.    Aug 15 1959 - Dec 1961
CDR Oscar Newton Hibler Jr.    Dec 1961 - Oct 15 1962
LCDR Francis William (Bill) Cronin    Oct 15 1962 - Oct 18 1962
CDR Alfred Winslow Harmon    Oct 18 1962 - Oct 1964
CDR William H. Crosby    Oct 1964 - Jan 29 1966
CDR Robert Delphin Provost Jr.    Jan 29 1966 - Oct 28 1967
CAPT Thomas W. Pstrak    Oct 28 1967 - May 8 1969
CDR Robert Arthur Baldwin    May 18 1969 - Feb 13 1970

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Eugene Blum
Address: 6749 San Benito Way, Buena Park, CA 90620-3741
Phone: (714)527-4925
E-mail: None


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