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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; Allis Chalmers Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.5 Knots, Range 3300 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Todd Shipyards, Seattle. January 14 1944.
Launched August 19 1944 and commissioned November 24 1944.
Completed FRAM upgrade July 1960.
Decommissioned (?) 1969.
Stricken September 17 1973.
Fate Sold November 13 1974 to Union Minerals & Alloy, New York for $150,132 and broken up for scrap.

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Massey 94kLance E. Massey was born in Syracuse, New York, on 20 September 1909. A 1930 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he became a Naval aviator in 1932. In the first months of the Pacific War, he served with Torpedo Squadron Six (VT-6) on USS Enterprise (CV-6) and later took command of Torpedo Squadron Three (VT-3), flying from USS Yorktown (CV-5). On 4 June 1942, during the Battle of Midway, Lieutenant Commander Massey was killed in action while leading his squadron in an attack on the Japanese aircraft carrier force. Photo #: 80-G-66074. Lieutenant Commander Lance E. Massey, USN, Commanding Officer, Torpedo Squadron Three (VT-3), seated in his Douglas TBD-1 "Devastator" torpedo plane, at Naval Air Station Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, 24 May 1942. Note "Victory" flag marking on the plane, representing the sinking of a Japanese ship during the Marshall Islands Raid, 1 February 1942, when he was Executive Officer of Torpedo Squadron Six (VT-6) on USS Enterprise (CV-6). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.Bill Gonyo
Massey 97kArtist's conception of the Massey as she appeared after FRAM II 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
Massey 201kUndated, location unknown.Don Smith STC USN (Ret)
Massey 186kUndated, location unknown.Don Smith STC USN (Ret)
Massey 178kUndated, location unknown.Michael Morris, HM2 USN 1964-1970
Massey 37kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Massey 141kUndated, location unknown.Bill Gonyo
Massey 182kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Massey 96kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Massey 217kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Massey 24kDecember 22 1944, location unknown.-
Massey 132kCirca early post World War II, location unknown..Marc Piché
Massey 88kUSS Massey (DD-778) Anchored off Tripoli, Libya, which she visited in company with USS Kearsarge (CV-33) in late June 1948. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Massey 121kUSN Photo NH 96844, anchored at Naples, Italy, 5 July 1948. She is using a fire hose, aft, to keep over-enthusiastic "bum boat" peddlers away from the ship. This was done in keeping with current directives from both Navy and Italian authorities prohibiting "bum boat" transactions. Photographed from USS Kearsarge (CV 33). U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Joe Radigan
Massey 139kUSN Photo NH 96847, alongside USS Leyte (CV 32) to refuel during "Operation Frigid" cold weather underway replenishment activities in the North Atlantic, 12 November 1948. The towing cable, used to maintain spacing between the ships, has already been rigged. Messenger lines are visible in lower center. These are employed to bring across telephone lines, refueling hoses and heavier cables that will be used to exchange mail and cargo. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Joe Radigan
Massey 154kUSS Massey (DD-778) photographed circa the early 1950s, after being fitted with new radar antennas. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Massey 168kUSS Massey (DD-778), seen from USS Randolph (CVA-15), 1954-55.David Oestreich
Massey 187kJuly 5 1955, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Massey 104kUSS Zellars (DD-777) and USS Massey (DD-778) in St. Thomas, USVI 1956.Jeff Savage
Massey 79kCirca 1959 on a deployment from the United Kingdom to Australia. Photo by Mark's grandfather. From Left to right: probably the USS Beale (DD-471), USS Massey (DD-778), USS Benham (DD-796), USS Murray (DD-576), USS Bache (DD-470) and USS Eaton (DD-510).Mark Tylinski
Massey 54kBoston, June 1965© Richard Leonhardt
Massey 49kPearl Harbor, February 13 1966© Richard Leonhardt
Massey 123kComing alongside USS Kitty Hawk for underway refueling, during operations in the Western Pacific area, 6 April 1966. Photographed by Blukouich. Official U.S. Navy Photograph.Fred Weiss
Massey 80kJune 23 1966 as she pulls away from the USS Oriskany (CV-34).© Richard Leonhardt
Massey 46kSubic Bay 17 May 1966.© Richard Leonhardt
Massey 60kStraits of Malacca July 11 1966.© Richard Leonhardt
Massey 130kUSS Massey(DD-778) in 1971 steaming with the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) in the Mediterranean Sea.Mike Green
Massey 98kShip's patch.Joe Radigan
Massey 46kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Massey 86kShip's plaque.Mike Smolinski
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Charles Warren Aldrich Sr.    Nov 24 1944 - Nov 20 1945
CDR Donald Irving Thomas    Nov 20 1945 - May 10 1946
LT John Howard Gand    May 10 1946 - Jun 10 1946 (Acting)
LCDR Adelbert Ray Evers    Jun 10 1946 - Feb 2 1947 (Acting)
CDR Forrest Marion Price    Feb 2 1947 - Jun 23 1947
CDR Alan M. Nibbs    Jun 23 1947 - Apr 1949
CDR Edward Reuben King Jr.    Apr 1949 - Aug 1951 (Later RADM)
CDR Herbert Kriloff    Aug 1951 - Jul 3 1953
CDR Robert Brent Harrell    Jul 3 1953 - Aug 1955
CDR Felix Leonard Englander    Aug 1955 - Aug 1956
LCDR Richard Joseph Plante    Aug 1956 - Sep 1956 (Acting)
CDR Daniel Victor James    Sep 1956 - Apr 1958
CDR Charles John Hemmingsen    Apr 1958 - Nov 1959
CDR Stephen Lewis Rusk    Nov 1959 - Nov 1961
CDR Robert Harry Cook    Nov 1961 - Nov 1963
CDR Philip Jennings Rush    Nov 1963 - Feb 12 1965
CDR John Stark Kearns    Feb 12 1965 - Jun 21 1966
CDR William Sexauer Lewis    Jun 21 1966 - Jul 1968
CDR William Victor Garcia    Jul 1968 - Dec 17 1969
CDR Thomas Francis Niedbala    Dec 17 1969 - Aug 21 1971
CDR Thomas Blackburn Hudgins    Aug 21 1971 - Jan 1973
CDR John David Eckert    Jan 1973 - Sep 4 1973
LCDR Ronald Victor Paul    Sep 4 1973 - Sep 17 1973

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Carl Wilburn
Address: 8 Sycamore Drive, Coventry, RI 02816
Phone: (401)397-9576
E-mail: None

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