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USS MANSFIELD (DD-728)


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Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - TACTICS

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; Westinghouse 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. August 28 1943.
Launched January 29 1944 and commissioned April 14 1944.
Completed FRAM upgrade September 1960.
Decommissioned February 4 1971.
Stricken February 1 1974.
Fate Towed to Argentina in August 1974 arriving in October 1974.
Commissioned as ARA Espora (D-31), decommissioned in 1979.

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Sergeant Duncan Mansfield, born in February 1778 at Albany, N.Y., enlisted in the Marine Corps at Philadelphia, Pa., 11 August 1798 and served until 1805. While serving in schooner Enterprise during the war with Tripoli, Sergeant Mansfield volunteered for the cutting-out expedition led by Lt. Stephen Decatur, Jr., 16 February 1804. Lieutenant Decatur and his 84-man crew sailed ketch Intrepid, disguised as an Arab ship, into Tripoli Harbor to destroy the recently captured U.S. frigate Philadelphia and prevent her use against the United States. Lord Nelson called the action "the most bold and daring act of the age."NHC
Mansfield 154kArtist's conception of the Mansfield 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
Mansfield 97kArtist's conception of the Mansfield as she appeared after 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
Mansfield 64kUndated, location unknown.Karl Kristiansen
Mansfield 67kUndated, location unknown.-
Mansfield 92kUndated, location unknown.Robert D. Raines ISC - USNR (RET)
Mansfield 143kUSS Mansfield (DD-728) underway off Portland, Maine, 14 April 1944. National Archives and Records Administration photo # 19-N-63514.Robert Hurst
Mansfield 84kBow on view of USS Mansfield (DD 728) departing Mare Island on 26 Nov. 1945.Darryl Baker
Mansfield 84kBroadside view of USS Mansfield (DD 728) off Mare Island on 26 Nov. 1945. She was in overhaul at the yard from 1 Oct to 1 Dec 1945.Darryl Baker
Mansfield 85kStern view of USS Mansfield (DD 728) departing Mare Island on 26 Nov. 1945.Darryl Baker
Mansfield 154kAft plan view of USS Mansfield (DD 728) at Mare Island on 29 Nov. 1945. The USS Orca (AVP 49) is inboard of Mansfield.Darryl Baker
Mansfield 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
Mansfield 123kForward plan view of USS Mertz (DD 691) between USS Mansfield (DD 728), outboard, and USS Remey (DD 688), inboard, at Mare Island on 29 Nov 1945.Darryl Baker
Mansfield 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
Mansfield 104kAft plan view of USS De Haven (DD 727) with USS Mansfield (DD 728) outboard at Mare Island on 12 Nov 1947.Darryl Baker
Mansfield 176kForward plan view of USS De Haven (DD 727) with USS Mansfield (DD 728) outboard at Mare Island on 12 Nov 1947.Darryl Baker
Mansfield 103kAft plan view of USS Mansfield (DD 728) outboard of USS De Haven (DD 727) at Mare Island on 12 Nov 1947. She was in overhaul at the yard from 10 Sep to 21 Nov 1947.Darryl Baker
Mansfield 183kForward plan view of USS Mansfield (DD 728) outboard of USS De Haven (DD 727) at Mare Island on 12 Nov 1947.Darryl Baker
Mansfield 85kCirca July-August 1948, leaving port, San Diego.Richard A. Bowman QM2
Mansfield 84kCirca July-August 1948, Destroyer Division 91 (L to R) 728 Mansfield (flag ship); 730 Collett; 727 DeHaven and 729 Lyman K. Swenson, at buoy in San Diego harbor.Richard A. Bowman QM2
Mansfield 66kCirca July-August 1948, passing Point Loma, San Diego and heading out to sea.Richard A. Bowman QM2
Mansfield 129kCirca July-August 1948, aerial image, open sea returning to port in San Diego.Richard A. Bowman QM2
Mansfield 111kPassing under the Golden Gate Bridge entering San Francisco harbor in November 1948, returning from fleet war games in and around Alaska.Richard A. Bowman QM2
Mansfield 96kCirca 1950's.Marc Piché
Mansfield 131kA series of seven photos of the damage caused when Mansfield hit a mine off Korea in the Fall of 1950. From the National Archives Seattle, Record Group 181.Tracy White
Mansfield 59kAs above.Tracy White
Mansfield 66kAs above.Tracy White
Mansfield 41kAs above.Tracy White
Mansfield 81kAs above.Tracy White
Mansfield 88kAs above.Tracy White
Mansfield 64kAs above.Tracy White
Mansfield 57kFrom the January 1952 ALL HANDS magazine.Stanley Svec
Mansfield 202kMen of Destroyer Division 91 crowd the foc'sle and superstructure of their ships in Sasebo, Japan, to receive their Navy Unit Commendations. During the presentation on the Mansfield, a crane crew in the background continues its task of installing new gun barrels on the De Haven. Streaks of red lead on the Collett and the Swenson in the foreground show the work that has occupied all the crews while in port. By coincidence the famed 'Sitting Duck' destroyers are berthed in their numerical order: USS De Haven (DD-727), Mansfield (DD-728), Lyman K. Swenson (DD-729), and Collett (DD-730)." Photograph and caption released by Commander Naval Forces, Far East, under date of 18 December 1951. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the "All Hands" collection at the Naval Historical Center.Joe Radigan
Mansfield 32kDesRon 9 in Long Beach; USS Collett (DD-730), USS Lyman K. Swenson (DD-729), USS Mansfield (DD-728) and USS De Haven (DD-727).Richard Miller BMCS USNR (Ret.)
Mansfield 81kCirca 1960's.Marc Piché
Mansfield 311kOctober 2 1969 off Hawaii, photo by PH1 E. L. Goligoski NPC 1141428.Ed Zajkowski
Mansfield 43kYokosuka, Japan in 1969; USS Manfield (DD-728) and USS De Haven (DD-727).Marc Piché
Mansfield 174kOff the DMZ Vietnam 1969-1970 awaiting VertRep from USS Niagara Falls (AFS-3)William P. Jones, M.D., Medical Officer
Mansfield 38kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
On Argentine Service
Mansfield 108kCirca 1979, at Puente N. Avellaneda outside Buenos Aires, Argentina. Mansfield (DD-728)and Dortch (DD-670) to the left awaiting scrapping. In the photo are Horacio's wife Tina and a Naval Cadet named Fuchs who is now a retired Frigate Captain.Horacio H. Virardi
Mansfield 101kAs above, view from the Gun Director platform of the Dortch, in the right you can see the VDS (Variable Depth Sonar) on the Mansfield's fantail.Horacio H. Virardi
Mansfield 104kAs above, view from the Dortch´s starboard bridge wing, you can see the rear of the Mansfield´s bridge.Horacio H. Virardi
Mansfield 82kAs above, rear of the Mansfield's deckhouse, the DASH flight deck and hangar.Horacio H. Virardi
Mansfield 90kAs above, forward view of the Mansfield.Horacio H. Virardi
Mansfield 139kAs above, view the Dorch´s bow.Horacio H. Virardi
Mansfield 114kAs above, view of the port side of Mansfield with Dortch in the background.Horacio H. Virardi
Mansfield 114kAs above, view of the aft of Mansfield and Dortch in background.Horacio H. Virardi
Mansfield 120kAs above, bow of LST 919, the stern of Mansfield and bow of Dortch.Horacio H. Virardi
Mansfield 108kAs above, view from the Avellaneda bridge, in the foreground a dry dock, and an oil tanker named Astrasur and in the background the Mansfield and Dortch.Horacio H. Virardi
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Robert Edgar Braddy Jr.    Apr 14 1944 - Feb 1 1945
CDR Lawrence William Smythe    Feb 1 1945 - Mar 24 1947
CDR Allan Alfred Ovrom Jr.    Mar 24 1947 - Jun 4 1948
CDR John Culver Nichols    Jun 4 1948 - Mar 17 1950
CDR Edwin Harvey Headland Jr.    Mar 17 1950 - Dec 16 1951
CDR Terry Thomas McGillicuddy    Dec 16 1951 - Mar 21 1953
CDR Joseph Clark Roper    Mar 21 1953 - Nov 12 1954
CDR Robert Raymond Managhan    Nov 12 1954 - Jun 29 1956
CDR Robert Owen Mink    Jun 29 1956 - Jan 29 1958
CDR Willard Jerrold McNulty    Jan 29 1959 - May 30 1959
CDR Benjamin Donald Gaw    May 30 1959 - Dec 9 1960
CDR Robert James Agness    Dec 9 1960 - Dec 11 1962
CDR Clarence Edward Johnson    Dec 11 1962 - 1963
CDR Kenneth G. Well    1963 - 1964
CDR Richard Curtis Marshall    1964 - Sep 4 1965
CDR Donald Patrick Nellis    Sep 4 1965 - Feb 1967
LCDR Richard William Blaes    Feb 1967 - Feb 1967 (Acting)
CDR Jack Ross Griffin    Feb 1967 - Feb 3 1969
CDR Paul Leland Anderson    Feb 3 1969 - Sep 1970

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Mansfield website
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Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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