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USS SOUTHERLAND (DD-743 / DDR-743)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NTYP

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - CROSS BAIT

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; Westinghouse Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.8 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bath Iron Works, Bath ME May 27 1944.
Launched October 5 1944 and commissioned December 22 1944.
Reclassified DDR-743 March 18 1949, reverted to DD-743 April 1 1964.
Completed FRAM upgrade October 1964.
Decommissioned and Stricken February 26 1981.
Fate Target Hulk in 1983, sunk as a target August 2 1997.

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Southerland 55kWilliam Henry Hudson Southerland, born in New York City on 10 July 1852, entered the Navy as an apprentice in 1867. The following hear, he was appointed Midshipman; and, in June 1872, he graduated from the Naval Academy. After a year at sea, he was commissioned Ensign. Over the next 37 years, he served in varied positions at sea and ashore, including duty with the Hydrographic Office, the Bureau of Equipment, and the Board of Inspection and Survey. During the Spanish-American War, he commanded the gunboat Eagle in the blockade of Cuban ports; and, in 1905, he returned to the Caribbean to command Yankee and to act as Senior Officer, Naval Forces in Santo Domingo. Appointed Rear Admiral on 4 May 1910, he served as President of the Board of Inspection and Survey for Shore Stations until becoming Commander, 2d Division, Pacific Fleet in March 1911. A year later, he became Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet; and, in March 1913, he left the fleet to take up duties on the General Board. Admiral Southerland retired on 10 July 1914 and died in Washington, D.C., on 30 January 1933. Photo courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command.Bill Gonyo
Southerland 80kUndated, location unknown.-
Southerland 91kUndated, location unknown.-
Southerland 116kUndated, location unknown.Randy Kimes
Southerland 21kUndated World War II era line drawing.Joe Radigan
Southerland 78kUndated, in drydock from the collection of HMC Robert L. Robinson USN.Carl Robinson
Southerland 86kAs above.Carl Robinson
Southerland 53kAs above.Carl Robinson
Southerland 66kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Southerland 80kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Southerland 103kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Southerland 153kUndated, location unknown. From the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Southerland 197kUndated, passing Point Loma.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Southerland 131kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Southerland 105kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Southerland 147kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Southerland 154kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Southerland 184kOff Cape Elisabeth, ME on December 22 1944, in Camouflage Measure MS 33a / 28d.Tracy White
Southerland 147kJanuary 6 1945, Boston Navy Yard.Robert Hurst/Darryl Baker
Southerland 67kJanuary 6 1945, Boston Navy Yard.Gerd Matthes
Southerland 79kApril 3 1945 off Navy Yard Boston.David Buell
Southerland 137kSan Diego, CA 1951.Marc Piché
Southerland 74kIn rescue station (circa 1958/1959) before going alongside oiler, the carrier is the Bon Homme Richard from the collection of HMC Robert L. Robinson USN.Carl Robinson
Southerland 114kUnderway replenishment (circa 1958/1959), the carrier is the Bon Homme Richard from the collection of HMC Robert L. Robinson USN.Carl Robinson
Southerland 89kUSS Dixie (AD-15) with the USS Southerland (DDR-743), USS Samuel L. Moore (DD-747), USS Rowan (DD-782) and USS Gurke (DD-783) alongside in Yokosuka, Fall 1959.Derick Hartshorn
Southerland 122kFebruary 21 1963, USN photo 1074987, location unknown.David Buell
Southerland 147kVIPs gather to watch the stepping (landing) of the Mast of the USS Southerland (DD 743) at Mare Island on May 27, 1964 during her FRAM overhaul.Darryl Baker
Southerland 131kVIPs place coins under the mast of the USS Southerland (DD 743) at Mare Island on May 27, 1964. Left to right: Front: California State Senator Luther Gibson, Congressman Robert L. Leggett, LCDR RIchard J. Skinner (Commanding Officer) and Captain N. Frankenburger (Production Officer and Capt. Budding (Shipbuilding and Repair Superintendent).Darryl Baker
Southerland 196kVIPs cut the 20th year birthday cake for the USS Southerland (DD 743) at Mare Island on May 27, 1964. Left to right: LCDR RIchard J. Skinner (Commanding Officer), Congressman Robert L. Leggett, Capt. N. Frankenburger (Production Officer), State Senator L. E. Gibson, Capt. Budding (Shipbuilding and Repair Superintendent), Irv Whitthorne and Fran Derr.Darryl Baker
Southerland   Southerland
Change of Command, CDR William Lee Hough (left) is relieved by LCDR RIchard James Skinner at Mare Island on January 18 1964.
Darryl Baker
Southerland 152kAs seen from the USS Caliente AO-53 between '66 and '69 off Subic Bat.Bill Dougherty
Southerland 147kUSS Southerland (DD 743) on September 8, 1968. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Southerland 113kIn the Columbia river early 1970'sJohn Kerslake
Southerland 69kSan Francisco October 1977.Marc Piché
Southerland 60kSan Francisco October 1977.Robert M. Cieri
Southerland 73kSan Francisco October 1977.Robert M. Cieri
Southerland 120kThree images of the USS Southerland DD-743 going to the aid of the USS Pyro AE-24 after the Pyro went dead in the water during an unrep with the USS Kitty Hawk CV-63 off of San Diego in late 1978 or early 1979.Richard Stiles
Southerland 115kAs above.Richard Stiles
Southerland 170kAs above.Richard Stiles
Southerland 85kNAS Alameda, February 22, 1981.Robert M. Cieri
Southerland 165kDN-ST-84-03180. San Diego, June 1 1981, an elevated quarter view of a fleet tug towing the destroyer Southerland (DD 743) out of San Diego, California. The Southerland was decommissioned from the Naval Reserve Force on 26 February 1981. U.S. Navy photo by PH1 David C. MacLean.Robert M. Cieri
Southerland 201kThe decommissioned Gearing-class destroyers USS Southerland (DD-743) and USS Hollister (DD-788) docked at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Puget Sound, Washington, on 1 July 1981. Hollister had been decommissioned in September 1979, Southerland on 26 February 1981. Photo by JO1 Callaghan, USN. U.S. DefenseImagery photo virin: DN-ST-82-01717.Robert Hurst
Southerland 48kAt pier 50 in San Francisco April 1993.Marc Piché
Southerland 82kUSS Southerland (DD-743, left) and the USS Tolman (DM-28, right) at the far end of the Mare Island Naval Shipyard in 1994, prior to being used as target ships. Photo from Warship Boneyards, by Kit and Carolyn Bonner.Robert Hurst
Southerland 60kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Southerland 49kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Southerland 42kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Southerland 20kShip's ash tray.Tommy Trampp
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USS SOUTHERLAND DD-743 / DDR-743 History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry
(Located On The hazegray Web Site, This Is The Main Archive For The DANFS Online Project.)

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Russell Champion Williams Jr.    Dec 22 1944 - Oct 18 1945 (Later RADM)
CDR Duncan Patterson Dixon Jr.    Oct 18 1945 - Oct 4 1946
CDR Donald Ellsworth Pugh    Oct 4 1946 - Jun 16 1948
CDR Merrill Merritt Sanford    Jun 16 1948 - Oct 3 1949
CDR Edward Jospeh Mulquin    Oct 3 1949 - May 8 1950
LCDR Manley Conroy Osborne    May 8 1950 - May 13 1950
CDR Homer Earl Conrad    May 13 1950 - Dec 21 1951
LCDR David Abbott Merrill    Dec 21 1951 - Dec 31 1951
CDR Homer Earl Conrad    Dec 31 1951 - May 16 1952
CDR Otis Albert Wesche    May 16 1952 - Mar 19 1954
CDR Parker Broadhurst Armstrong    Mar 19 1954 - Jan 13 1956 (Later VADM)
CDR John Frederic Felter    Jan 13 1956 - Jan 10 1958
CDR Verner Utke-Ramsing    Jan 10 1958 - Jul 16 1959
CDR George Orkovic    Jul 16 1959 - Sep 23 1961
CDR Francis Edward Field    Sep 23 1961 - Jun 21 1963
CDR William Lee Hough    Jun 21 1963 - Jan 18 1964 (Later RADM)
LCDR Richard James Skinner    Jan 18 1964 - Oct 6 1964
CDR Murrel Coburn Brite    Oct 6 1964 - Feb 15 1966
CDR Eric Neil Fenno    Feb 15 1966 - Sep 9 1967
CDR Richard Boyden Macfie    Sep 9 1967 - Jun 19 1969
CDR William Everett Kennedy    Jun 19 1969 - Mar 19 1971
CDR Jon Charles Woodyard    Mar 19 1971 - Aug 11 1972
CDR Peter Stevan Roder    Aug 11 1972 - Feb 16 1974
CDR Robert Morgan Wellborn Jr.    Feb 16 1974 - Jul 16 1976
CDR Bruce Wheelon Hulbert    Jul 16 1976 - Oct 13 1978
CDR Michael Harry Freeman    Oct 13 1978 - Feb 26 1981

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: John E. Jones
Address: 5112 NO 145th Street, Omaha, NE 68116
Phone: (402)431-1661
E-mail: jearlj@cox.net


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 Southerland website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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