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Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1945) - FISHWIFE

Displacement 2924 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 10 x 40mm, 7 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel , Staten Island NY May 3 1943.
Launched September 30 1943 and commissioned January 17 1944.
Decommissioned February 3 1947, recommissioned August 17 1951.
Decommissioned November 8 1960.
Stricken August 1 1973.
To Brazil July 20 1961, renamed D-29 Parana.
Fate Stricken and broken up for scrap in February 1982.

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Cushing 82kCommander William B. Cushing, USN, (1842-1874), was born in Delafield, Wisconsin, on 4 November 1842, but spent most of his childhood in Fredonia, New York. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy from 1857 until March 1861, when his high-spirited behavior led to his resignation. The outbreak of the Civil War brought him back into the service, and he soon distinguished himself as an officer of extraordinary initiative and courage. Promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in mid-1862, Cushing served as Executive Officer of the gunboat Commodore Perry, then was given command of the tug Ellis, which was lost under heroic circumstances on 25 November 1862. He subsequently commanded the gunboats Commodore Barney, Shokokon and Monticello. During this time, he led several daring reconnaissance and raiding excursions into Confederate territories. On the night of 27-28 October 1864, Cushing and a small crew took the Navy steam launch Picket Boat Number One upriver to Plymouth, NC, where they attacked and sank the Confederate ironclad ram CSS Albemarle with a spar torpedo. This action made him a national celebrity, and he was quickly promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. In January 1865, Cushing helped lead the Navy landing force in the conquest of Fort Fisher, NC, again distinguishing himself. Following the Civil War, LCdr. Cushing was executive officer of USS Lancaster and commanding officer of USS Maumee. Promoted to Commander in 1872, he was captain of USS Wyoming in 1873-74. In November 1873, he boldly confronted Spanish authorities in Cuba to save the lives of many passengers and crew of the steamer Virginius, which had been captured bringing men and supplies to Cuban revolutionaries. While serving as Executive Officer of the Washington Navy Yard, DC, Commander Cushing's always delicate health gave way and he died on 17 December 1874.NHC
Cushing 260kWilliam Barker Cushing’s grave atthe United StatesNaval Academy.Bill Gonyo
Cushing 77kArtist's conception of the Cushing 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
Cushing 142kUndated, location unknown.-
Cushing 157kUndated, location unknown. The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 31, Design 16d.-
Cushing 45kUndated, location unknown.-
Cushing 186kUndated, location unknown. USS Cushing (DD 797) screening an unidentified carrier. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Cushing 109kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS UNR RET.
Cushing 60kUSS Dennis J Buckley (DD 808), USS Cowell (DD 547) and USS Cushing (DD 797), during a port call in San Francisco, sometime during the 1950's.Robert M. Cieri
Cushing 17kIn moth balls at Long Beach early 1951 prior to recommissioning for the Korean War. USS Prichett (DD-561), USS Cushing (DD-797) and USS Cowell (DD-547).Harry Galbraith
Cushing 225kNavalBase, Los Angeles, Terminal Island, August 17 1951, Vice Admiral J.L. Hall,Commander, Western Sea Frontier and Commander, Pacific Reserve Fleet,addressing audience and crews and Rear Admiral Burton C. Davis, Commander, LongBeach Groups, Pacific Reserve Fleet. during the re-commissioning of three Navy destroyers.Nearest dock is the U.S.S. Owen, outboard of her U.S.S. Prichett and taken fromgun turret of U.S.S. Cushing was the image. Photo courtesy of the USCLibraries Special Collections Doheny Memorial Library, Los Angeles, CA.Bill Gonyo
Cushing 123kNavalBase, Los Angeles, Terminal Island, August 17 1951, Vice Admiral J.L. Hall,Commander, Western Sea Frontier and Commander, Pacific Reserve Fleet,addressing audience and crews and Rear Admiral Burton C. Davis, Commander, LongBeach Groups, Pacific Reserve Fleet. during the re-commissioning of three Navydestroyers. Nearest dock is the U.S.S. Owen, outboard of her U.S.S. Prichettand taken from gun turret of U.S.S. Cushing was the image. Photo courtesyof the USC Libraries Special Collections Doheny Memorial Library, Los Angeles, CA.Bill Gonyo
Cushing 263kNavalBase, Los Angeles, Terminal Island, August 17 1951, Chaplain Leigh Pink onplatform leads audience and high-ranking officers (left foreground) and crewmembers of three re-commissioned destroyers in invocation at re-commissioningceremonies at Naval Base, Los Angeles, Terminal Island. Photo courtesy of the USC Libraries Special Collections DohenyMemorial Library, Los Angeles, CA.Bill Gonyo
Cushing 219kAugust 30 1954, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Cushing 113kSan Francisco June 13 1957.Robert M. Cieri
Cushing 75kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Cushing 169kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Cushing 100k-120kUniform Ship's name shoulder patch.Al Grazevich
On Brazilian Service
Cushing 57kAs the CT PARANÁ (D 29). Brazilian Navy Photo.Luiz BRAZIL Cotta, FT3 Ret. Brazilian Navy
Cushing 91kAs the PARANÁ, undated and location unknown.Robert Hurst
Cushing 284kFour Brazilian Navy Fletcher - class destroyers and the light cruiser Tamandare (C 12, ex-USS St Louis, CL-49) underway heading northwards in formation, during the so-called Lobster war with France in 1961. The four destroyers are from bottom to top: Paraiba (D 28, ex-USS Bennett (DD-473); Para (D 27, ex-USS Guest, DD-472); Parana (D29, ex-USS Cushing (DD-797) and Pernambuco (D 30,ex-USS Hailey (DD-556). Brazilian Navy photo.Robert Hurst
Cushing 164kParana (D-29, ex-USS Cushing) underway in 1970, location unknown. Courtesy Engineer Captain Aluino Martins de Silva, P.N.Robert Hurst

USS CUSHING DD-797 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Louis Frank Volk    Jan 17 1944 - May 18 1945
LCDR William D. Adams    May 18 1945 - Sep 15 1945
LCDR John Wyatt    Sep 15 1945 – Oct 10 1945 (Acting)
CDR Robert Klink (Rab) Irvine    Oct 10 1945 - Jul 10 1946
(Decommissioned Feb 3 1947 - Aug 17 1951)
CDR Charles Conway Hartigan Jr.    Aug 17 1951 - ?
CDR Mat Murray Cain Jr.    ? - Aug 28 1954
CDR Gerald Guy Hinman    Aug 28 1954 - Mar 15 1956
CDR Samuel Howard Moore    Mar 15 1956 - Sep 1957 (Later RADM)
CDR Frank Springfellow Quinn Jr.    Sep 1957 - ?
CDR Alfred Charles Filiatrault Jr.    ? 1959 - 1960
CDR William T. O'Reilly    1960 - Nov 8 1960

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mark Whitehead

Note About Contacts.

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