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USS O'BRIEN (DD-725)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NJVI

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - CHERRY TREE

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 Bath Iron Works, Bath ME July 12 1943.
Launched December 8 1943 and commissioned February 25 1944.
Decommissioned October 4 1947, recommissioned October 5 1950.
Completed FRAM upgrade October 1961.
Decommissioned and Stricken February 18 1972.
Fate Sunk as target off California July 13 1972.

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Captain Jeremiah O’Brien (1744–1818) was in command of Unity when she captured HMS Margaretta in the first naval battle of the American Revolutionary War. He was born at Kittery, Maine. O'Brien and his five brothers, Gideon, John, William, Dennis and Joseph, were crewmembers of the sloop Unity when she captured Margaretta on 12 June 1775, at the entrance to the harbor at Machias (a town then in Massachusetts, later in Maine). Under the command of Jeremiah O’Brien, thirty-one townsmen armed with guns, swords, axes, and pitch forks captured the British armed schooner in an hour-long battle after Margaretta had threatened to bombard the town for interference with the shipment of lumber to British troops in Boston, Massachusetts. This battle is often considered the first time British colors were struck to those of the United States, even though Unity was not formally a member of the Continental Navy. The United States Merchant Marine claims Unity as its member and this incident as their beginning. A privateer, O'Brien continued as the captain of Unity, renamed Machias Liberty, for two years. In later years, he had an appointment as the federal customs collector for the port of Machias. a position he held until his death.Bill Gonyo
O'Brien 154kArtist's conception of the O'Brien 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
O'Brien 97kArtist's conception of the O'Brien as she appeared following her FRAM II overhaul 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
O'Brien 120kUndated, location unknown.-
O'Brien 102kUndated, location unknown. Korean War era configuration.Roy Thomas
O'Brien 125kUSS O'Brien (DD 725) entering San Francisco Bay with Golden Gate Bridge in the background. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
O'Brien 230kChristening Ceremony with Miss Josephine O'Brien Campbell at Bath, Maine on December 8 1943.Marc Ganley
O'Brien 230kThe launching at Bath, Maine on December 8 1943.Marc Ganley
O'Brien 244kO'Brien's officers circa 1944. The officer 3rd from left front, is CDR William W Outerbridge, O'Brien's captain, and former captain of USS Ward, DD-139, (mini-sub sinking off Pearl Harbor on 12/07/41.) Three years later to the day, 12/07/44, Outerbridge, as Capt. of O'Brien, sank the Ward, (APD-16/DD139,) by gunfire following her destruction by kamikaze attack. To his left is LT James P. Murphy, the Communications Officer.Roy Thomas
O'Brien 74kUSS Ward (APD-16) Burning in Ormoc Bay, Leyte, Philippine Islands, after she was hit by a Kamikaze on 7 December 1944. USS O'Brien (DD-725) is fighting fires from alongside, as landing craft circle to rescue survivors. Photographed from USS Crosby (APD-17). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fred Weiss
O'Brien 80kNavy Photo 4751-45, stern view of USS O'Brien (DD 725) off Mare Island on 25 June 1945.Darryl Baker
O'Brien 82kNavy Photo 4753-45, broadside view of USS O'Brien (DD 725) off Mare Island on 25 June 1945. She was in overhaul at Mare Island from 25 April to 3 July 1945.Darryl Baker
O'Brien 154kNavy Photo 4851-45, aft plan view of USS O'Brien (DD 725) at Mare Island on 28 June 1945. USS Young (DD 580) is inboard of O'Brien.Darryl Baker
O'Brien 74kU.S. Navy Task Force 77 being refueled off Korea, in May 1951. The aircraft carrier is USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31), the battleship is most probably USS New Jersey (BB-62), with the destroyer USS O'Brien (DD-725) in front. Bon Homme Richard, with assigned Carrier Air Group 102 (CVG-102), was deployed to Korea from 10 May to 17 December 1951. U.S. Navy photo from the USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31) 1951 cruise book.Robert Hurst
O'Brien 85kO'Brien's Wardroom circa 1951-1954. Seated left to right; Ens. Jones, Ens. Ronnenberg, Ens. Hamann, Lt. Gullick, Ens. Marlor, standing left to right; Ltjg. Vejvoda, Ens. Strand, Ens. Harruff.Wayne Meddley
O'Brien 234k1952, Kaohsiung, Formosa, Nationalist Chinese Admiral, conferring with ComDesDiv 132, Commodore John D Bulkeley, prior to the Admiral’s departure.Roy C. Thomas
O'Brien 84k"Close Encounter of the Unfortunate Kind," at sea rendezvous, Tsushima Bay, 1952.Roy C. Thomas
O'Brien 90kUSS O'Brien DD-725 in drydock (Yokosuka) after nicking a screw on a harbor entrance net buoy in 1952.Roy C. Thomas
O'Brien 88kUSS O'Brien nested in Yokosuka harbor in 1952.Roy C. Thomas
O'Brien 144k1953, probably during fleet exercises off Okinawa.Roy C. Thomas
O'Brien 82kCirca 1952-1953, location unknown.James E. Taylor
O'Brien 85kShip dressed out while buoyed at Kaohsiung, Formosa. Occasion was Chinese Admiral aboard visiting Captain John D. Bulkeley, ComDesDiv 132, 1953.Roy C. Thomas
O'Brien 116kPicture of the fantail of the O'Brien the day we arrived at Pearl Harbor on return from WestPac. The time was early January, 1953.Roy C. Thomas
O'Brien 161kFrom the 1952-53 O'Brien cruisebook, and the origin was a Honolulu newspaper.Roy C. Thomas
O'Brien 91kFlank speed test run, (probably near Midway), circa 1952-1954.Roy C. Thomas
O'Brien 77kMain Battery trained to port on training exercise, circa 1952-1954.Roy C. Thomas
O'Brien 98kWindy day, dipping the bow, circa 1952-1954.Roy C. Thomas
O'Brien 110k"Grab something & Hang On", the Western Pacific in winter circa 1952-1954.Roy C. Thomas
O'Brien 66kDesDiv 132 steaming circa 1954 on Westpac. Photo taken from the O'Brien with USS Walke DD-723, USS Harry E Hubbard DD-748, and USS Ernest G Small DD-838 following in unknown order.Roy C. Thomas
O'Brien 46kSymbol of the O'Brien heritage on the funnel, it lasted about 3 weeks in 1954 before ComDesRon made us take it off!Roy C. Thomas
O'Brien 52k1954 Westpac cruise.Roy C. Thomas
O'Brien 54k1954 Westpac cruise.Roy C. Thomas
O'Brien 100kUSS O'Brien (DD-725) by Roy Pierce (Ships Baker)in 1962 on the West-Pac cruise.Ken Darby
O'Brien 47kUSS O'Brien (DD-725) whaleboat coming alongside, circa 1962.Ken Darby
Bausell 226kUSS Bennington (CVA-20) and USS O'Brien (DD-725) receiving fuel from USS Chipola (AO-63) in WestPac 1964. The destroyer on the extreme right is unknown. Photo by ETR2 Travis Moffat.Larry Backus
Bausell 208kAnother photo by Travis Moffat ETR2, this image shows the USS Bennington refueling the USS O'Brien. The destroyer on the left is unidentified. Photo by ETR2 Travis Moffat.Larry Backus
O'Brien 156kJanuary 1967, hole in the DASH control panel caused by enemy shore batteries during deployment to Vietnam, NPC 1119673.Ed Zajkowski
O'Brien 107kPacific Ocean, the destroyer USS O'Brien (DD 725) underway off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii. #1132502 PH2 T. F. O'Sullivan, May 15 1968.-
Eversole 175kUSS Eversole (DD-789) with the USS O'Brien (DD-725) astern. on May 15 1968 off Hawaii. Photo NPC 1132501 by PH2 T. F. O'Sullivan.Ed Zajkowski
O'Brien 96kPearl Harbor, May 1968© Richard Leonhardt
O'Brien 86kSan Diego, CA circa 1968.Marc Piché
O'Brien 59kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
O'Brien 90kShip's patch, probably from her second Korean Cruise, 16 June 1952 -12 January 1953.M. Taylor
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Paul Frederick Heerbrandt    Feb 25 1944 - May 29 1944
CDR William Woodward Outerbridge    May 29 1944 - Apr 26 1945
CDR John Blair Gragg    Apr 26 1945 - Oct 19 1945
CDR Howard Earl Day Jr.    Oct 19 1945 - May 1947
LCDR Oscar Frank (Big Red) Dreyer    May 1947 - Oct 4 1947
(Decommissioned Oct 4 1947 - Oct 5 1950)
CDR Chester William Nimitz Jr.    Oct 5 1950 - Nov 1951
CDR Frederick George Dierman    Nov 1951 - Jan 1954
CDR Thomas Andrew Melusky    Jan 1954 - Jun 1955
CDR Francis Wilson Deily    Jun 1955 - Nov 1956
CDR Oscar Edward Gray Jr.    Nov 1956 - Sep 1958 (Later RADM)
CDR William Marvin Goode    Sep 1958 - Mar 1960
CDR Boykin Robinson Dodson    Mar 1960 - May 1962
CDR William Harlan Turner Jr.    May 1962 - Nov 1963
CDR Gary Allen Mitchell    Nov 1963 - Jan 1965
CDR Charles Stahl Christensen Jr.    Jan 1965 - Sep 1966
CDR George Winter Farris    Sep 1966 - Nov 1968
CDR William H. C. Self    Nov 1968 - Sep 1970
CDR William Nelson Campbell    Sep 1970 - Feb 18 1972

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Destroyer History Foundation
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Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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