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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 April 24 1944.
Launched September 3 1944 and commissioned November 14 1944.
Fate Sunk by Japanese Kamikaze Aircraft off Okinawa May 28 1945.
164 of her crew were lost with the ship and remain on duty.

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Drexler 45kHenry Clay Drexler was born on 7 August 1901 in Braddock, Pennsylvania. He was appointed from Delaware to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland and was commissioned an Ensign upon his graduation in June 1924. Drexler served on board USS Trenton when she suffered a gun-mount explosion on 20 October 1924, which took the lives of numerous crewmen. Drexler endeavored to stop the fire but lost his life in this attempt to save his shipmates. For his "extraordinary heroism" on this occasion, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross. Henry C. Drexler is buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.Bill Gonyo
Drexler 82kOverhead view of the USS Drexler (DD-741) in late 1944, as completed. The ship carries the , as designed, armament and configuration of the Allen M. Sumner class destroyers. Her armament consists of three 5"/38 twin mounts, twelve 40mm AA, eleven 20mm AA and two quintuple tube torpedo banks. Source: Australian War Memorial, Photo No. 302587.Mike Green
Drexler 225kUSS Drexler (DD-741) underway on 14 November 1944, as commissioned. She is painted in Camouflage Measure 32, Design 11A. Source:U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph, Photo No. NH 107142.Mike Green
Drexler 80kDecember 6 1944, location unknown. The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 32, Design 11d.-
Drexler 248kThe U.S. Navy Allen M. Sumner class destroyer USS Drexler (DD-741) at sea being refueled by the aircraft carrier USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31) in the Caribbean Sea, 19 February 1945. On 28 May 1945 Drexler was sunk off Okinawa by two kamikazes. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy National Museum of Naval Aviation.Bill Gonyo
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USS DREXLER DD-741 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Robert Lee Wilson    Nov 14 1944 - May 28 1945

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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