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USS DOUGLAS H. FOX (DD-779)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NTLV

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - FULL DRESS

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; 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 31 1944.
Launched September 30 1944 and commissioned December 26 1944.
Decommissioned April 21 1950 and recommissioned November 15 1950.
Completed FRAM upgrade October 1961.
Decommissioned December 15 1973.
Stricken December 15 1973.
To Chile January 8 1974, renamed Ministro Portales.
Fate Sunk as a target by Chilean Armed Forces on November 11 1998.

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Fox 40kDouglas Harold Fox born 26 March 1905 in Walled Lake, Mich., graduated from the Naval Academy 3 June 1926. After service in various ships and shore stations, he was given command of the newly commissioned Barton (DD-599) 29 May 1942. Lieutenant Commander Fox went down with his ship when she was torpedoed and sunk in the naval Battle of Guadalcanal 13 November 1942. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his contribution to the defeat of a superior enemy force in this battle, and was later awarded a Gold Star in lieu of a second Navy Cross for earlier actions on 26 and 30 October and 3 November in which he had rescued downed aviators and survivors of Hornet (CV-8) under hazardous conditions.Bill Gonyo
Fox 95kArtist's conception of the Fox as she appeared after the early 1950's conversion 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
Fox 96kArtist's conception of the Fox 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
Fox 57kUndated, location unknown.Howard Longstreth
Fox 57kUndated, location unknown.Howard Longstreth
Fox 53kUndated, location unknown.Howard Longstreth
Fox 154kUndated, location unknown.Howard Longstreth
Fox 138kUndated, location unknown.Howard Longstreth
Fox 164kUndated, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Fox 67kPhoto #: NH 67425. The ship's sponsor, Helen K. Boone (Mrs. Joel T. Boone), christens the ship at Todd-Pacific Shipyard, Inc., Seattle, Washington on 30 September 1944. Captain Joel T. Boone, (M.C)., USN, and their daughter, Mrs. Milton J. Keller, Jr., (Suzanne Boone) observe from the left. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Fox 56kPhoto #: NH 105187. The ship's sponsor, Helen K. Boone (Mrs. Joel T. Boone), poses with her husband, Captain Joel T. Boone, (M.C.), USN, and their daughter, Mrs. Milton J. Keller, Jr. (Suzanne Boone), during christening ceremonies at Todd-Pacific Shipyard, Inc., Seattle, Washington 30 September 1944. Collection of the Society of Sponsors of the U.S. Navy. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Fox 71kIn the Hudson River during 1945.Gerd Matthes
Fox 89kMarch 15 1945 in Puget Sound.Ed Zajkowski
Fox 59kUSS Douglas H. Fox (DD-779) off Puget Sound Navy Yard, on 15 March 1945. National Archives and Records Administration. Photo # 19-N-80239.Robert Hurst
Fox 181kEffects of a hit by a single aircraft and its bomb on the destroyer USS Douglas H. Fox (DD-779), while stationed at RP 9, on 17 May 1945. The bomb entered mount 52 near the back edge of its top plate and continued on, ripping out the rear bulkhead of the gun house before detonating against the main deck. The aircraft itself hit the front face of mount 51, demolishing the gun house. Photo National Archives and Records Administration.Robert Hurst
Fox 52kValetta, Malta circa 1947.Robert Hurst
Fox 88kTwo views, circa the early 1950s, coming alongside the USS Roosevelt in the Mediterranean.Richard
Fox 87kAs above.Richard
Fox 135kNorfolk, VA, May 1953, a U.S. Navy HUP-2 helicopter Retriever is hovering above the deck of the destroyer USS Douglas H. Fox (DD-779). Photo courtesy of Life Magazine (For educational non-commercial use only).Bill Gonyo
Fox 77kNorfolk, VA, May 1953, sailors assigned to the Line Handing Crew heave the mooring lines as the USS Douglas H. Fox (DD-779) conducts mooring operations. Photo courtesy of Life Magazine (For educational non-commercial use only).Bill Gonyo
Fox 112kNorfolk, VA, May 1953, sailors assigned to the Line Handing Crew secure the mooring lines as the USS Douglas H. Fox (DD-779) conducts mooring operations. Photo courtesy of Life Magazine (For educational non-commercial use only).Bill Gonyo
Fox 110kNorfolk, VA, May 1953, CDR James Ashton Dare takes his son fishing during his off-duty hours. Photo courtesy of Life Magazine (For educational non-commercial use only).Bill Gonyo
Fox 71kValetta, Malta September 19 1967.Dan Thornsberry
Fox 69kWestern Mediterranean November 1967.Marc Piché
Fox 111kS Samuel Gompers (AD-37) providing tender services to four destroyers, May 1969, probably in Subic Bay, Philippines. Ships alongside are (left to right): USS Higbee (DD-806); USS Douglas H. Fox (DD-779); USS Robison (DDG-12) and USS Leary (DD-879). Photographed by PH3 Stephen L. Howk. Official U.S. Navy Photograph.Fred Weiss
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Decommissioning pamphlet - December 15, 1973
Ron Reeves
Fox 43kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Fox 100k-120kUniform Ship's name shoulder patch.Al Grazevich
On Chilean Service
Fox 134kMinistro Portales (DD-17) - Diego José Pedro Víctor Portales y Palazuelos (born in Santiago, Chile, 16 June 1793; died in Valparaíso, Chile, 6 June 1837) was a Chilean politician, businessman and minister of state, one of the key figures of the political organization of his country. Francisco Javier Santos Vazquez
Fox 131kThe Ministro Portales (DD-17, ex-USS Douglas H. Fox), underway ready to combat the Argentinians in 1978, location unknown.Robert Hurst
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Ray Maurer Pitts    Dec 26 1944 - Dec 13 1945
CDR Charles William Travis    Dec 13 1945 - Jun 1947
CDR James Harvey Brown    Jun 1947 - 1949
LCDR Francis Albert Lewis    1949 - Apr 21 1950
(Decommissioned Apr 21 1950 - Nov 15 1950)
CDR Harry Atherton Adams Jr.    Nov 15 1950 - Sep 1952
CDR James Ashton Dare    Sep 1952 - Sep 1953
CDR John Adrian Sharpe Jr.    Sep 1953 - 1955
CDR Herbert Irving Mandel    1955 - 1956
CDR Douglas Hale Jennings    1956 - 1958
CDR Robert Arnold Rowe    1958 - 1959
CDR Lewis Ellis McConnell    1959 - 1960
CDR Joseph James Doak Jr.    1960 - 1961
CDR Frederick Julius Heiler    1961 - 1963
CDR James Regis Vallely    1963 - 1965
CDR Francis Raymond Horn    1965 - 1967
CDR William Joseph Aston    1967 - 1969
CDR Paul Deaton    1969 - 1971
CDR Jack Leonard Wilson    1969 - Aug 24 1971
CDR George Ellis Pillow Jr.    Aug 24 1971 - 1973
LCDR  Joseph Francis Kelly    1973 - Dec 15 1973

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Joe Sczyrek
Address: P.O. Box 717, Roseland, N.J. 07068
Phone: 201-563-1264
E-mail: dd779association@verizon.net


Note About Contacts.

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