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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NBCC

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - SPREADEAGLE

Displacement 3460 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 390' 6"(oa) x 40' 10" x 14' 4" (Max)
Armament 6 x 5"/38AA (3x2), 12 x 40mm AA, 11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; Westinghouse Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.8 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Built by Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME (YN 266)
Laid down 16 June 1945
Launched 22 December 1945
Commissioned 05 March 1946
Completed FRAM upgrade December 1961
Decommissioned 30 May 1975
Stricken 01 June 1975
Fate Sold 01 December 1975 to General Metals, Tacoma, WA for $157,227 and broken up for scrap.

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Ozbourn 67kJoseph William Ozbourn, born in Herrin, Illinois, 24 October 1919, enlisted in the Marine Corps 30 October 1943. After boot training, he became a Browning Automatic Rifleman with the 1st Battalion, 23rd Marines, 4th Marine Division. Pvt. Ozbourn was killed during the battle for Japaneseheld Tinian Island, Marianas, 30 July 1944. As a member of a platoon assigned to clear the remaining Japanese troops from dugouts and pillboxes along a tree line, he was moving forward to throw an armed hand grenade into a dugout when a blast from the entrance severely wounded him and four other men flanking him. Unable to throw the grenade into the enemy position and with no place to hurl it without endangering the other men, Pvt. Ozbourn fell on it and sacrificed his own life to save his comrades by absorbing the full impact of the explosion with his own body. For “his great personal valor and unwavering loyalty” Pvt. Ozbourn was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. Photo from the USMC History Division.Bill Gonyo
USS Ozbourn (DD-846)
Ozbourn 93kUndated, location unknown.-
Ozbourn 84kUndated, location unknown.-
Ozbourn 93kUndated, location unknown.-
Ozbourn 157kUndated, location unknown.-
Ozbourn 162kUndated, location unknown.Craig Chaddock
Ozbourn 88kUndated, location unknown.Jerry Hays
Ozbourn 79kUndated, location unknown.Dave Anderson, USS DeHaven Sailors Association
Ozbourn 64kUndated, location unknown.Tom Crew
Ozbourn 193kUndated, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Ozbourn 67kUndated, location unknown. USS Ozbourn (DD-846) and USS Hollister (DD-788).Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR (Ret.)
Ozbourn 112kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR (Ret.)
Ozbourn 142kUndated, location unknown.Truman Ronald Huff
165kStern view, location unknown, circa late 1960s.Dave Wright
Ozbourn 42kPhoto of the 1948 collision with the USS Theodore E. Chandler (DD-717) aftermath from the collection of John's dad.John K Cronk
Ozbourn 43kPhoto of the 1948 collision with the USS Theodore E. Chandler (DD-717) aftermath from the collection of John's dad.John K Cronk
Ozbourn 116kSan Diego early 1950's.Marc Piché
Ozbourn 61kUSS Ozbourn (DD-846) shown with a Korean small craft taken from the USS Heron MSC(O) with other minesweepers in the distance, near Kojo about October, 1952.Wayne Schafer
Ozbourn 160kThrough the fifties, U.S. destroyers retained their 21-inch torpedo tubes more as a space and weight reservation against future ASW weapons than for attacks against surface ships. The long-range antiship torpedo program was canceled in 1956, partly because the standard trainable tube could not accommodate homing torpedoes requiring heaters. Here the Ozbourn (DD 846) fires an antiship torpedo, August 1957. Note the characteristic fire-room air intakes on her funnel, adopted in the Fletchers and later destroyers to overcome sea damage experienced in earlier ships that had their air intakes under their funnel casings.Fabio Peña
141kUSS Isbell (DD-869), USS Ozbourn (DD-846), USS Frank Knox (DD-742) in Wellington, New Zealand in 1956.Bob Matthews
Ozbourn 148kComing alongside USS Taluga (AO-62), Kaohsiung, Formosa, February 1958.Tommy Trampp
Ozbourn 149kEntering Kaohsiung harbor, Formosa, February 1958. Photo by Bob King.Tommy Trampp
Ozbourn 141kNovember 23 1959, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Ozbourn 87kTwo views of the collision between USS Midway (CVA-41) and USS Ozbourn (DD-846) on November 30 1960.Gary Schreffler
Ozbourn 59kAs above.Gary Schreffler
Ozbourn 66kJune 13 1963 with USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63) in the background. Photo by PH1 Julius, NPC 1094463.Ed Zajkowski
Ozbourn 125kDecember 1 1964, firing ASROC as seen from the USS Constellation (CVA-64), NPS 1109436.Ed Zajkowski
Ozbourn 169kTaken by Denis from a PBR while the ship was at anchor in Saigon Bay, the Ozbourn is providing NGFS (Naval Gunfire Support). Photo is slightly out of focus.Denis LaCrosse
Ozbourn 112kViewed from the USS Comstock (LSD-19) in dry dock in Portland, OR. Probably at Willamette Iron and Steel Co., circa Oct-Dec 1968.John Donaldson
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Welcome Aboard pamphlet - circa 1970
Robert M. Cieri
Ozbourn 72kUSS Edson (DD 946), USS Theodore E. Chandler (DD 717) and USS Ozbourn (DD 846) circa 1973.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Ozbourn 62kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Ozbourn 41kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Ozbourn 186kShip's Zippo.Tommy Trampp

USS OZBOURN DD-846 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Bernard Adrian Smith    Mar 5 1946 - Oct 21 1947

CDR Norman Earl Blaisdell    Oct 21 1947 - May 14 1949

CDR Ross Edmondston Freeman    May 14 1949 - Sep 19 1950

CDR Charles O'Neal Akers    Sep 19 1950 - Apr 1952

CDR William Brink Fargo    Apr 1952 - Apr 1 1954

CDR Howard Talmadge Scott Jr.    Apr 1 1954 - Nov 17 1955

CDR Alfred Joseph Toulon Jr.    Nov 17 1955 - Sep 1957

CDR Charles August Kuhl    Sep 1957 - Jul 1 1959

CDR William Wilson Turner    Jul 1 1959 - Mar 15 1961

LCDR Donald Vincent Gorman    Mar 15 1961 - Dec 2 1961

CDR William Walker Lancaster    Dec 2 1961 - Oct 3 1963

CDR David Warren Berger    Oct 3 1963 - Aug 7 1964

CDR Marvin Derwood Nelson Jr.    Aug 7 1964 - Apr 30 1966

CDR John George Denham    Apr 30 1966 - Sep 11 1968

CDR Rodney Lee Stewart    Sep 11 1968 - Jun 20 1970

CDR Earl Wallace Numbers    Jun 20 1970 - Dec 23 1972

CDR Kenneth Lyn Costilow    Dec 23 1972 - Mar 1974

CDR Francis Joseph Furtado    Mar 1974 - May 30 1975

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Philip Roberts
Phone: (903)723-5719

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

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