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Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - JOURNEYMAN

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
Built by Bethlehem Steel, San Francisco, CA (YN 5412)
Laid down by 25 July 1943
Launched 23 April 1944
Commissioned 08 March 1945
Decommissioned 09 May 1947
Recommissioned 14 May 1949
Completed FRAM upgrade, November 1962
Decommissioned and Stricken 31 October 1973
Transferred to Brazil 31 October 1973, renamed Rio Grande Do Norte (D 37).
Fate Stricken 06 February 1996
In 1997, she was under tow from Brazil to India to be scrapped when
she foundered in high seas off the coast of Durban, South Africa, and was reported by Brazil to have sunk.

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Strong 72kJames Hooker Strong was born in Canandaigua, NY on 26 April 1814. On February 2, 1829, while a student in the Polytechnic College at Chittenango, NY, he was appointed a Midshipman in the United States Navy. He made his first cruise on the Brazil station in Lexington from 1833 to 1835. After various cruises, he commanded the store ship Relief in 1859. Strong was promoted to Commander in April 1861 and commanded Mohawk and Flag in the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron in 1861 and 1862, and Monongahela in the West Gulf Blockading Squadron from1863 to 1865. At the Battle of Mobile Bay, he was the first to ram the Confederate ironclad Tennessee and received high commendation for his initiative and valor. Strong served at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in 1866 and 1867 and later commanded Canandaigua in the Mediterranean Squadron in 1869 and 1870. He was promoted to Rear Admiral in Sept. 1873 and served as Commander-in-Chief of the South Atlantic Squadron from 1873 to 1875. The U.S.S. Strong (DD467) was the first U.S. Naval Vessel to bear the name of Admiral Strong and was lost in the South Pacific in 1943.Bill Gonyo
USS Strong (DD-758)
Strong 115kUndated, location unknown.Jack Courtney ET2c USNR
Strong 52kUndated, location unknown.Jack Courtney ET2c USNR
Strong 107kUSS Strong (DD 758) date and place unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker


Undated post card.Mike Brock
Strong 70kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Strong 72kUSS Strong (DD-758) at anchor off Bethlehem Steel, San Francisco, California, on 28 May 1945. Note that she was completed with the after set of torpedo tubes replaced by a 40 mm quadruple mount. Strong is painted in Camouflage Measure 22. Official U.S. Navy Bureau of Ships photo # 19-N-91564.Robert Hurst
Strong 120kLocation unknown, circa 1956.Marc Piché
Strong 23kApril 1959.Joe Radigan
Strong 193kSeptember 20 1959, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Strong 95kIn March-December 1962 USS Strong (DD 758) underwent her FRAM-II modernization, which comprised [close-up view]: a modified bridge (with bridge wings), modern radar (an air-search SPS-40 and a surface-search SPS-10), two triple Mk 32 torpedo tubes amidships, two Mk 25 long torpedo tubes --removed by the time the photos were taken--, [broadside view] hangar and landing pad for a DASH, new ECM systems (with antennas mounted atop the DASH hangar) and VDS. Strong retained her main battery of six 5"/38 guns (as all FRAMmed Sumners did), with a Mk 37 gun director (Mk 25 radar), and two Hedgehogs. She is seen at Barcelona, Spain, in late January 1970. Fabio Peña
Strong 128kAs above.Fabio Peña
Strong 169kPearl Harbor, circa May 18 1968.© Richard Leonhardt
Strong 143kUSS Strong (DD-758) underway off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, on 21 May 1968. Photograph taken by PHCM Louis P. Bodine, U.S. Navy. Official U.S. Navy photo from the collections of the U.S. Navy Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 107152.Robert Hurst
Strong 247kShips PlaqueDave Wright
Strong 158kShips PatchJack Courtney ET2c USNR
Strong 63kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Strong 72kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Strong 50kShip's Zippo.Tommy Trampp
Rio Grande do Norte (D 37)
Strong 95kBrazilian destroyer Rio Grande Do Norte, date and location unknown.Robert Hurst
Strong 62kRio Grande Do Norte (D 37) closing to refuel from RFA Green Rover in the South Atlantic, April 1977.Robert Hurst
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Charles Melville Howe III    Mar 8 1945 - May 25 1946

CDR William Anthony Ellis    May 25 1946 - Mar 26 1947

CDR Ernest Golden Fanning Jr.    Mar 26 1947 - May 8 1947

(Decommissioned May 9 1947 - May 14 1949)

CDR Leslie Martin Slack    May 14 1949 - 1950

CDR William Butler Brown    1950 - Aug 1951

CDR Archibald Thomas Nicholson Jr.    Aug 1951 - 1953

CDR Meredith Leitch Scott    1953 - 1954

CDR Jack Lewis Lowentrout    1954 - Jan 1956

CDR George Emil Prochaska    Jan 1956 - May 1956

CDR Harold Webster Gehman    May 1956 - Jan 1958

CDR Hal Cushman Castle    Jan 1958 - Jan 1959

CDR William Gerald Hurley    Jan 1959 - Mar 1961

CDR Philip Harold Klepak    Mar 1961 - 1963

CDR William Otis McDaniel    1963 - 1964

CDR Rodney Detwiler Sanders    1964 - Apr 1966

CDR Louis Francis Brown    Apr 1966 - Jan 22 1968

CDR George Charles Lowry    Jan 22 1968 - 1969

CDR Richard Anthony Dalla Mura    1969 - 1970

CDR Willis Joseph Clermont Jr.    1970 - 1971

CDR Robert Koller Leopold    1971 - Sep 24 1973

CDR Robert Leroy Burns    Sep 24 1973 - Oct 31 1973

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Jim Kelly
Address: 341 Kathmere Road, Havertown, PA 19083
Phone: (610)604-0909
E-mail: None

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

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