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USS WILLIAM R. RUSH (DD-714 / DDR-714)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NTGE

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - BILLFOLD

CLASS - GEARING As Built.
Displacement 3460 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 390' 6"(oa) x 40' 10" x 14' 4" (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, 36.8 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Federal Shipbuilding, Newark NJ. October 19 1944.
Launched July 8 1945 and commissioned September 21 1945.
Decommissioned December 21 1951.
Reclassified DDR-714 July 18 1952.
Recommissioned September 3 1952.
Reclassified DD-714 July 1 1964.
Completed FRAM upgrade April 1965.
Decommissioned July 1 1978.
Stricken July 1 1978.
To South Korea July 1 1978, renamed Kang Won (DD-922).
Fate Retired from the South Korean Navy 31 Dec 2000 and is now a museum in Korea.

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[1] - While commanding Florida (Battleship No. 30), Captain William R. Rush was given command of the naval brigade that was sent ashore at Veracruz during the landings there in April 1914 at the height of a diplomatic crisis between Mexico and the United States. When Rush led the brigade ashore on the 21st, he and his men met heavy resistance. Rush was wounded in the early fighting but continued to direct the efforts of his brigade. For his conduct during the landings, Capt. Rush was awarded the Medal of Honor. His citation took note of the fact that he was required to be at points of great danger in directing the officers and men of the brigade and that in doing so he exhibited "conspicuous courage, coolness, and skill." "His responsibilities were great," the citation continued, "and he met them in a manner worthy of commendation." Citation reads: For distinguished conduct in battle, engagements of Vera Cruz, 21 and 22 April 1914. In command of the naval brigade, Capt. Rush was in both days' fighting and almost continually under fire from soon after landing, about noon on the 21st, until we were in possession of the city, about noon of the 22d. His duties required him to be at points of great danger in directing his officers and men, and he exhibited conspicuous courage, coolness and skill in his conduct of the fighting. Upon his courage and skill depended in great measure success or failure. His responsibilities were great, and he met them in a manner worthy of commendation. [2] - Incoming Commandant Capt. William R. Rush (1857-1940) (left) poses with his predecessor Capt. DeWitt Coffman (1854-1932) (center) in front of the Commandant's Offices (Building 39) of the Boston Navy Yard on 6 November 1914. Rush would serve as Commandant of the yard and the First Naval District throughout World War I. The officer at right is Capt. Raymond D. Hasbrouck, the Captain of the Yard (or executive officer of the yard). Both commandants had ships named for them: DE-191 was named for Coffman and DD-714 (following the cancellation of first DE-188 and then DE-556) for Rush. (U.S. Navy photograph, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-7532)[1] Bill Gonyo/[2] Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Rush 154kArtist's conception of the Rush 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
Rush 147kArtist's conception of the William R. Rush as she appeared following her FRAM I overhaul April 1965 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
Rush 56kUndated, location unknown.-
Rush 40kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Rush 75kGuantanamo Bay, Cuba, November 1945.Burnet "Fred" Waring
Rush 42kUSS William R. Rush (DD-714) and USS Stribling (DD-867) at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, November 1945.Burnet "Fred" Waring
Rush 179kGearing class ship as modified for anti-kamikaze protection in 1945. The aft torpedo tubes were replace by a third quadruple 40mm mount along with gun directors for 40mm gun control. Late war electronics were improved with the addition of a new air-search radar, radio jammers, and radio direction finders. Photo dated March 13 1946.Ed Zajkowski
Rush 179kUSS Johnston (DD-821) and USS William R. Rush (DD-714) in Dublin, Ireland in April 1948.Ed Zajkowski
Rush 64kWestern Mediterranean circa 1950's.Marc Piché
Rush 157kDestroyer Squadron Eight Change of Command, 1951 "Recently returned from Korea, Commander Destroyer Squadron Eight, Captain E.S. Von Kleeck, Jr., reads his farewell address on board the USS J. P. Kennedy, Jr., as officers and men of Destroyer Division 81 stand-by to receive their new commander." Captain Von Kleeck was relieved by Captain J.J. Laffan. Probably taken at Newport, Rhode Island, soon after 8 August 1951, when DesDiv 81 returned from a Korean War deployment. Ships present are (from right to left): USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. (DD-850); USS William R. Rush (DD-714); USS Fiske (DD-842); USS Hawkins (DDR-873); and an unidentified escort destroyer (DDE). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the "All Hands" collection at the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Rush 83kUSS Joseph P. Kennedy (DD-850), USS William R. Rush (DD-714), USS Fiske (DD-842) and USS Hawkins (DD-873) from ALL HANDS magzine of October 1951.Stanley Svec
Rush 123kOn 10 April 10 1952 the destroyer USS William R. Rush (DD-714) was docked in Dry Dock 1 at the Boston Naval Shipyard as a part of the yard’s work in converting the vessel into a radar picket destroyer (DDR-714). Rush a Gearing-class destroyer named in honor of the World War I Navy Yard Commandant had decommissioned for conversion in December 1951. This drydocking took place at not quite the mid-point of the work, which was completed in September 1952. Note that the vessel has been shorn of her masts at this point in time. This sequence documents the movement of the ship into the dock. (All images, U.S. Navy photographs, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-14719) Note the caisson floating at left as the ship passes the sill of the dock.Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Rush 134kAs above. The ship passes through the narrowest area of the dock entrance.Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Rush 116kAs above. Men use ropes to both move the ship forward and center her over the preset keel blocks.Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Rush 137kWorkers continue to maneuver the vessel into the dock.Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Rush 152kThe ship is about three-quarters of the way into the dock.Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Rush 116kFrom the head capstan, the ship is seen in almost her final position.Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Rush 47kValetta, Malta circa 1954.Robert Hurst
Rush 169kPostcard purchased at Guantanamo Bay during a stopover on USNS Elden H. Johnson(T-AP-184) enroute from San Juan to NY in 1955.Tom Langford
Rush 16kNarragansett Bay, Rhode Island 1955.Charles Newbold
Rush 30kCirca 1956, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Rush 61kUSS William R.Rush (DDR-714) underway circa 1957, location unknown. Photo U.S. Navy Official.Robert Hurst
Rush 250k1958 photo of the USS Fiske (DD-842) and USS Essex (CVA-9) simultaneously being refueled by the USS Allagash (AO-97) in the Mediterranean Sea. The USS William R. Rush (DD-714) follows immediately astern of the Fiske. US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 1996.488.242.022.Mike Green
Rush 190kU.S. Navy destroyers in the harbour at Naples, Italy, circa 1959-60. The destroyers are: USS Stormes (DD-780), USS Myles C. Fox (DD-829), and USS William R. Rush (DD-714). U.S. Navy photo from the USS Essex (CVA-9) 1959-60 cruise book.Robert Hurst
Rush 45kBoston Naval Shipyard, May 1960. (Pre FRAM Overhaul)© Richard Leonhardt
Rush 99kBoston Naval Shipyard, May 1960. Pre FRAM Conversion© Richard Leonhardt
Rush 78kTaken on September 6 1960 off the coast of Mayport, Florida.Bill Mc Millian
Rush 94kRush in the North Atlantic during November 1960 - what fun !ETC Robert C. Wolff USN (Ret.)
Rush 124kAs above.ETC Robert C. Wolff USN (Ret.)
Rush 105kBob relaxing in Mayport during December 1960.ETC Robert C. Wolff USN (Ret.)
Rush 80kLooking up at the forward mast in 1961.ETC Robert C. Wolff USN (Ret.)
Rush 110kThe Rush's bagpiper ETC George Simpson in 1961.ETC Robert C. Wolff USN (Ret.)
Rush 127k01 Deck looking aft in 1961 in the Mediterranean.ETC Robert C. Wolff USN (Ret.)
Rush 143kConduting shore bomardment exercises in 1961 in the Mediterranean.ETC Robert C. Wolff USN (Ret.)
Rush 135kA Doha off Istanbul in March 1961.ETC Robert C. Wolff USN (Ret.)
Rush 93kAway the Captain's Gig.ETC Robert C. Wolff USN (Ret.)
Rush 120kMeeting a Russian freighter in the Dardnelles in March 1961.ETC Robert C. Wolff USN (Ret.)
Rush 162kEntering Valetta, Malta during April 1961.ETC Robert C. Wolff USN (Ret.)
Rush 201kIn Valetta, Malta during April 1961.ETC Robert C. Wolff USN (Ret.)
Rush 102kStrikers were different in those days! Cannes fashion show June 1961.ETC Robert C. Wolff USN (Ret.)
Rush 162kMed moored in Naples during June 1961.ETC Robert C. Wolff USN (Ret.)
Rush 152kFoward refueling station in the Med during Summer 1961.ETC Robert C. Wolff USN (Ret.)
Rush 188kOn Life Guard Station in the Med during Summer 1961.ETC Robert C. Wolff USN (Ret.)
Rush 90kWaiting to refuel Summer 1961 with USS Willia A Lee (DL-4) in the background.ETC Robert C. Wolff USN (Ret.)
Rush 175kView from the bridge in Mayport during September 1961.ETC Robert C. Wolff USN (Ret.)
Rush 99kView of the bridge in Mayport during September 1962 with the bridge cover removed.ETC Robert C. Wolff USN (Ret.)
Rush 120kSeptember 1962 in Mayport Harbor the the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt and the USS Saratoga in the background.ETC Robert C. Wolff USN (Ret.)
Rush 152kStatus Board on the bridge during September 1962 in Mayport.ETC Robert C. Wolff USN (Ret.)
Rush 81kAtlantic, September 1964© Richard Leonhardt
Rush 164kPort broadside view of the USS William R. Rush (DD-714) underway circa 1965 immediately after the completion of her FRAM I conversion. Official US Navy, courtesy commanding officer; 1967-68 Jane’s Fighting Ships.Mike Green
Rush 71kAtlantic, September 1965© Richard Leonhardt
Rush 55kAtlantic, September 1965© Richard Leonhardt
Rush 92kAtlantic, September 1965© Richard Leonhardt
Rush 85kAtlantic, September 1965© Richard Leonhardt
Rush 113kAtlantic, September 1965© Richard Leonhardt
Rush 129kAtlantic, September 1965© Richard Leonhardt
Rush 165kUSS Harlan R. Dickson (DD-708), USS William R. Rush (DD-714), USS Fred T. Berry (DD-858) and USS Yosemite (AD-19) at Newport, RI on September 22 1965.© Richard Leonhardt
Rush 120kGrand Canyon (AD-28), at Newport RI in 1966 with five destroyers alongside. Destroyers moored alongside include Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. (DD-850), USS Moale (DD-693), William R. Rush (DD-714), Harlan R. Dickson (DD-708), and one unidentified ship. © Richard Leonhardt/Stephen Sue
Rush 29kIstanbul, Turkey 1967.M. Lawrence Brown
Rush 187kArriving at Genoa, Italy May 27 1969.Carlo Martinelli
Rush 95kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Rush 84kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Rush 45kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
On Republic of Korea Service
Rush 19kThe USS Cavallaro (APD-128), USS WILLIAM R. RUSH (DD-714), USS RICHARD E.KRAUS (DD-849) retired at a ceremony on December 29, 2000 in Chinhae, South Kyongsang Province. In the photo DD-922 is the Rush.Kyeong weon, Cheon (retired ROK Navy)

USS WILLIAM R. RUSH DD-714 / DDR-714 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Theodore Robert Vogeley    Sep 21 1945 - Nov 5 1946 (Later RADM)
CDR Frederic Archibald Chenault    Nov 5 1946 - Oct 16 1948
CDR Mason Behr Freeman     Oct 16 1948 - Jun 10 1949 (Later RADM)
CDR George Albert O'Connell Jr.    Jun 10 1949 - Nov 28 1950
CDR Harold Sherwin (Hal) Hamlin Jr.    Nov 28 1950 - Dec 12 1951
(Decommissioned Dec 21 1951 - Sep 3 1952)
CDR Neil Bruce MacIntosh    Sep 3 1952 - Mar 4 1954
CDR Charles Sylvester Quinn Jr.    Mar 4 1954 - Jul 11 1956
CDR Charles Paul Sheppard    Jul 11 1956 - Aug 23 1958
CDR James Francis Gavin    Aug 23 1958 - May 20 1960
CDR Pierre Herbert Vining    May 20 1960 - Jan 5 1962
CDR Jack Elzey Tingle    Jan 5 1962 - Feb 5 1963
CDR Arthur James Hodder Jr.    Feb 5 1963 - Jun 26 1964
LCDR Grover Cleveland White Jr.    Jun 26 1964 - Jul 8 1964
LCDR Edward Humphrey (Ted) Monroe Jr.    Jul 8 1964 - Mar 5 1965
CDR Leo Bruce Warring    Mar 5 1965 - Sep 12 1966
CDR Bruce Beebe Garlinghouse    Sep 12 1966 - Sep 30 1968
CDR Thomas William Lyons Jr.    Sep 30 1969 - Apr 29 1970
CDR Florence Martin Sullivan    Apr 29 1970 - Jul 31 1971
CDR Thomas Edward Dyer    Jul 31 1971 - Dec 8 1972
CDR Gregory Frederick Streeter    Dec 8 1972 - Jun 1 1973
CDR Robert Eugene Pedigo    Jun 1 1973 - May 1 1974
CDR Tim Hal Roberts    May 1 1974 - Aug 6 1976
CDR Dennis Kendrick Wilson    Aug 6 1976 - Jul 1 1978

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Michael R. Dutton
Address: 1084 Strauss Court, Virginia Beach, VA 23454-6758
Phone: (757)427-6820
E-mail: MichaelDutton@cox.net
Next Reunion: Portland, Maine - August 30 through September 3, 2009

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.


Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS William R. Rush (DD-714/DDR-714) website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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