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USS BLUE (DD-744)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NTJM

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - GOLD EAGLE

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 Bethlehem Steel, Staten Island NY June 30 1943.
Launched November 28 1943 and commissioned March 20 1944.
Decommissioned February 14 1947, recommissioned May 14 1949.
Decommissioned December 12 1949, recommissioned September 15 1950.
Completed FRAM upgrade January 1961.
Decommissioned January 27 1971.
Stricken February 1 1974.
Fate Sunk as target off California April 28 1977.

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Blue 63kVictor Blue was born in Richmond County, N.C., 6 December 1865 and graduated from the Academy in 1887. Lieutenant Blue was advanced five numbers for intelligence missions in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. He serve as Chief of the Bureau of Navigation (1913-16) and 1919) and commanded Texas (BB-35) during her service with the 6th Battle Squadron. Rear Admiral Blue retired in 1919 and died 22 January 1928. Digital ID: npcc 19737, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.Bill Gonyo
Blue 97kArtist's conception of the Blue as she appeared following her FRAM 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
Blue 70kUndated, location unknown.-
Blue 98kUndated, location unknown. USS Shelton (DD-790), USS Blue (DD-744), USS Collett (DD-730) and USS Lyman K. Swenson (DD-729) nested alongside an unidentified tender.Robert Hurst
Blue 102kUndated World War II image, location unknown.Julie
Blue 122kUndated, location unknown. Note Japanese flag?Ed Zajkowski
Blue 67kApril 1 1944, New York Navy Yard.Pieter Bakels
Blue 176kApril 1 1944, New York Navy Yard.Ed Zajkowski
Blue 109kApril 1 1944, New York Navy Yard.Ed Zajkowski
Blue 136kApril 1 1944, New York Navy Yard.Ed Zajkowski
Blue 107kApril 1 1944, New York Navy Yard.Ed Zajkowski
Blue 107kTaken from a ZP-24 blimp in position 36-55N, 75-22W at 0645 local time, July 9 1944, from a 200-ft. altitude. NARA 80-G-239223.Ed Zajkowski
Blue 94kThis photo was a picture post card that I purchased while on the Blue.Warren Dowler 56-57
Blue 163kTen views of the USS Blue (DD-744) refueling in heavy weather as seen from the flight deck of USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31) in November, 1962.Gary Schreffler
Blue 143kAs above.Gary Schreffler
Blue 164kAs above.Gary Schreffler
Blue 155kAs above.Gary Schreffler
Blue 161kAs above.Gary Schreffler
Blue 165kAs above.Gary Schreffler
Blue 169kAs above.Gary Schreffler
Blue 164kAs above.Gary Schreffler
Blue 160kAs above.Gary Schreffler
Blue 160kAs above.Gary Schreffler
Blue 127kJune 18 1964 photo by Shiffman, NPC 1107205.Ed Zajkowski
Blue 50kUSS Columbus (CG-12) with USS Collett (DD-730) and USS Blue (DD-744) in the background during 1965, location unknown.Tommy Trampp
Blue 219kYokosuka Japan, June 14 1966. Collett DD-730 alongside.© Richard Leonhardt
Blue 127kPearl Habor October 1969.Pete Schonenberg, CDR, USN (Ret)
Blue 30kSan Francisco July 1970.Marc Piché
Blue 57kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Blue 100k-120kUniform Ship's name shoulder patch.Al Grazevich
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USS BLUE DD-744 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Lot Ensey    Mar 20 1944 - May 4 1945 (Later VADM)
CDR Louis Allen Bryan    May 4 1945 - Mar 25 1946 (Later RADM)
CDR William Squire Maddox    Mar 25 1946 - Feb 14 1947
(Decommissioned Feb 14 1947 - May 14 1949)
CDR Robert Stewart Burdick    May 14 1949 - Dec 12 1949
(Decommissioned Dec 12 1949 - Sep 15 1950)
CDR David Pillip Klain    Sep 15 1950 - 1952
CDR Daniel Ermentrout Henry    1952 - May 1953
CDR James William Darroch    May 1953 - May 1955
CDR Donald Brewster Ramage    May 1955 - ? 1956
CDR Adbyn Lester Adkins    ? 1956 - Jun 1957
CDR George Robert Hooper    Jun 1957 - 1959
CDR Robert Bruce Kitt    1959 - 1960
CDR Vinton Claude Vint    1960 - 1962
CDR Jesse Randolph Watt    1962 - Sep 1 1964
CDR Donald Edward Rayner    Sep 1 1964 - Mar 5 1966
CDR Andrew Gibson Nelson    Mar 5 1966 - Aug 18 1967
CDR Harold William Bademan    Aug 18 1967 - Aug 8 1969
CDR Hans Peter Schonenberg    Aug 8 1969 - 1970
LCDR Darrel Dean Kreglo    1970 - Jan 26 1971

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Dennis J. Kearns
Address: 25 Meadowbrook La., New Windsor, NY 12553
Phone: (845)565-4061
E-mail: dd744blue@yahoo.com


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.


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