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USS GWIN (DD-772 / DM-33 / MMD-33)


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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, San Pedro. October 31 1943.
Launched April 9 1944 and commissioned September 30 1944.
Completed as Minelayer DM-33, reclassified MMD-33 January 1 1969.
Decommissioned April 3 1958.
Stricken October 22 1971.
To Turkey August 15 1971, renamed Muavenet.
Heavily damaged by Sea Sparrow Missile fired by accident by USS Saratoga CV-60
during NATO exercise on October 2 1992.
Fate Stricken and broken up for scrap.

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Gwin 67kWilliam Gwin was born on 6 December 1832 in Columbus, Indiana. He entered U.S. Navy service as a Midshipman in April 1847, subsequently serving in the frigate Brandywine on the Brazil Squadron until late in 1850. During the next five years he was assigned to the sloop of war Germantown, flagship of the African Squadron, the steamer Princeton and the brig Bainbridge. In September 1855, while serving in the latter, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. From late 1857 until after the outbreak of the American Civil War in the spring of 1861, Gwin was an officer of the steamer Saranac and sloop of war Vandalia, both in the Pacific, and of the steam frigate Susquehanna in the Mediterranean. Returning to the United States in mid-1861, Lieutenant Gwin began Civil War combat service in the newly acquired cruiser Cambridge and, later in the year, was assigned to the brig Perry. Early in 1862 he went west to begin a very active period on the Mississippi River and its tributaries, initially as Commanding Officer of the gunboat Tyler, which played a significant role in several combat actions between February and July. Promoted to Lieutenant Commander in July, Gwin commanded the ironclad Mound City during much of the summer and in September took command of the big ironclad Benton. On 27 December 1862, in a heated engagement with Confederate artillery on the Yazoo River, his ship was seriously damaged and Gwin mortally wounded. Lieutenant Commander William Gwin died on 3 January 1863. In reporting his death to the Navy Department, Gwin's squadron commander, Rear Admiral David Dixon Porter, remarked: "The country has lost one of its bravest officers." Digital ID: cwpb 04900, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.Bill Gonyo
Gwin 224kSeptember 29 1944 at Bethlehem Steel, San Pedro. Still referred to at this point as DD-772 although completed as DM-33.Ed Zajkowski
On Turkish Service
Gwin 34kAs the TCG MUAVENET DM357Murat Kurtulmus
Gwin 51kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Gwin 48kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Gwin 120kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Gwin 221kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Gwin 71kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Gwin 106kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Gwin 96kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Gwin 79kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Gwin 65kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Gwin 90kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Gwin 49kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Gwin 64kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Gwin 53kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Gwin 221kUndated, location unknown.CŁneyt Demir
Gwin 197kUndated, location unknown.CŁneyt Demir
Gwin 281kUndated, location unknown.CŁneyt Demir
Gwin 47kUndated, location unknown. From the collection of CPO Erdem (Ret.).Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Gwin 73kAt Philadelphia Navy Yard in November 1971.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Gwin 147kCirca 1973-1974, location unknown.CŁneyt Demir
Gwin 201kCirca 1973-1974, location unknown.CŁneyt Demir
Gwin 50kCirca late 1970's, location unknown.CŁneyt Demir
Gwin 19kCirca 1980's, location unknown.CŁneyt Demir
Gwin 56kShip's patch.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
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USS GWIN DD-772 / DM-33 / MMD-33 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Frederick Samuel Steinke    Aug 30 1944 - Sep 23 1945
As DM-33
CDR Elmer Cecil Long    Sep 23 1945 - Sep 3 1946 
CDR Ray Earnest Oliver    Jul 8 1952 - ?
LCDR William Edgar Benbow    ? 1954 - ?

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
NavSource Minesweeper Pages, USS Gwin (DM-33)
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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