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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
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel,Quincy. May 2 1945.
Launched September 21 1945 and commissioned March 8 1946.
Completed FRAM upgrade November 1963.
Decommissioned and Stricken July 10 1973.
To Greece July 10 1973, renamed Kountouriotis.
Stricken in 1995.
Fate Reported to be laid up in Souda Bay Crete as of 1-98.

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Rupertus 59kWilliam Henry Rupertus, born in Washington, D.C., on 14 November 1889, graduated from the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service School in 1913. Commissioned a Lieutenant of Marines on 14 November, he then attended the Marine Corps Officer’s School and graduated in the class of 1915. During World War I he saw service as a lieutenant on board Florida (BB-30) then attached to the British Grand Fleet. Following a tour of duty in Haiti, where he earned that country's Distinguished Service Medal, he attended both the Field Officer's and the Army Command and General Staff Schools, then served in China as a major with the Legation Guard in Peiping. A tour at Marine Corps Headquarters in Washington followed, and in 1936 he was appointed Chief of Staff, Fleet Marine Force. Another tour in China as Executive Officer of the 4th Marines in Shanghi [sic; Shanghai ?] preceeded [sic; preceded] his appointment as Commandant of the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C. The outbreak of World War II found General Rupertus second in command of the 1st Marine Division, which, under Major General Vandergrift opened the U.S. offensive in the Pacific by landing in the Solomons on 7 August 1942. General Rupertus organized and led the successful attacks on Tulagi, Gavutu, and Tanambogo for which he was awarded the Navy Cross. On 10 July 1943 Major General Rupertus succeeded to the command of the 1st Marine Division, which he led to further victories on New Britain and in the Palaus. For the former he was personally thanked by General MacArthur and awarded the Army Distinguished Service Medal; for the latter he received the Navy Distinguished Service Medal. After the victory at Peleliu, General Rupertus returned to the United States to serve as Commandant, Marine Corps School (Quantico). He died on 25 March 1945, while serving in that capacity. Photo from the USMC History Division.Bill Gonyo
Rupertus 134kUndated, location unknown.Robert Eckman
Rupertus 193kUndated, location unknown.Leroy Treon
Rupertus 107kUndated, location unknown. Same photo colorized.Roy C. Thomas
Rupertus 114kUndated, location unknown. From the collection of CDR M. E. Meahl USN.Daniel Meahl
Tucker 120kUndated, possibly Brisbane.Russ Padden
Rupertus 58kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Rupertus 166kUndated, the DASH crew at work. From the collection of Ron Bradrick.Ed Zajkowski
Rupertus 246kUndated, the DASH hangar. From the collection of Ron Bradrick.Ed Zajkowski
Rupertus 169kUndated, in drydock. From the collection of Ron Bradrick.Ed Zajkowski
Rupertus 130kUndated, in drydock. From the collection of Ron Bradrick.Ed Zajkowski
Rupertus 208kUndated, from the USS Dixie (AD 14) photo shop. Photo from the files of the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Rupertus 65kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET
Rupertus 115kUndated, location unknown. USS Henry W. Tucker (DD-875) and USS Rupertus (DD-851) at Long Beach.Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR (Ret.)
Rupertus 64kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET
Rupertus 73kOctober 14 1950 entering San Diego.Marion Kidd Banuelos
Rupertus 228k13 November 1950, departing San Diego with Destroyer Division 32 for operations off Korea.Marion Kidd Banuelos
Rupertus 242kShips officer's, 1952-53. Photo by P. S. Lund. From the collection of Ron Bradrick.Ed Zajkowski
Rupertus 62kTaken at Pearl Harbor in 1953 from aboard the USS Bolster ARS-38.Lynn Miller
Rupertus 166kTwo McDonnell XF3H-1 Demon prototypes on the elevator of the aicraft carrier USS Coral Sea (CVA-43), on 19 October 1953. The destroyer USS Rupertus (DD-851) is visible in the background. U.S. Navy National Museum of Naval Aviation photo # 1996.253.7257.009.Robert Hurst
Rupertus 114kCirca mid 1950's.Marc Piché
Rupertus 202kUSS Lexington (CVA-16) with USS Rupertus (DD-851) in the background, April 26 1956. From the files of the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Rupertus 288kShips officer's, 1957-58. Photo by P. S. Lund. From the collection of Ron Bradrick.Ed Zajkowski
Rupertus 183kMay 28 1958, photo by PHAN R. K. Ahgren, NPC 1036467.Ed Zajkowski
Rupertus 133kFebruary 11 1960, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Rupertus 152kUSS Currituck (AV-7), USS Rupertus (DD-851), USS Henry W. Tucker (DD-875), USS George K. Mackenzie (DD-836 and USS Leonard F. Mason at Okinawa circa 1961-1962.Gary Priolo
Rupertus 139kAs above.Gary Priolo
Rupertus 117kMarch 1961, location unknown.Wolfgang Hechler


Yokosuka, October 7 1961, with the Rupertus and 10 other destroyers being serviced by the USS Piedmont (AD-17)Ed Zajkowski
Rupertus 122kUSS Ajax (AR-6) Flagship of Commander Service Squadron THREE, with five Seventh Fleet destroyers alongside, circa 1962. The destroyers are (from left to right): USS Ernest G. Small (DDR-838); USS Rupertus (DD-851); USS Trathen (DD-530); USS Cowell (DD-547); and USS Black (DD-666). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Rupertus 222kJune 25 1962, USS Midway (CVA-41) refueling USS Henry W. Tucker (DD-875) and USS Rupertus (DD-851).Ed Zajkowski
Rupertus Circa 1963-1967, USS Ernest G. Small (DD-838) leading the USS Rupertus (DD-851) and the USS George K. MacKenzie (DD-836).Ed Zajkowski/Terry Miller
Rupertus 111k1965, space capsule lifting practice. Photo by IC2 James C. Thompson. From the collection of Ron Bradrick.Ed Zajkowski
Rupertus 99kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
Rupertus 86kDASH operations from the 1964-66 Cruise Book. From the collection of Ron Bradrick.Ed Zajkowski
Rupertus 63kRupertus moored in the harbor, Koashiung, Formosa, 1965Bob Bistarkey, SK2, USN (1963-1967) USS RUPERTUS (1964-1967)
Rupertus 118kRupertus during underway replenishment from the USS Bellatrix (AF-62) in the Gulf of Tonkin circa 1965-1966.LTJG. John "JB" Bagby
USS Bellatrix
Rupertus 121kAs above.LTJG. John "JB" Bagby
USS Bellatrix
Rupertus 65kFrom the Aircraft Carrier Archives, the skipper of the destroyer USS Rupertus (DD-851), in what Rear Adm. Harvey P. Lanham, ComCarDiv Two, called an act of "magnificent seamanship", maneuvers his ship to within 20 feet of USS Forrestal (CVA-59) so fire hoses could be effectively used on the worst fire aboard a U.S. carrier. More than 130 crew were killed in the blaze 29 July 1967 off the coast of Vietnam. U.S. Navy photograph.USN
Rupertus 109kComing alongside the USS Oriskany (CVA-34) during 1971 for refueling, transiting from Vietnam to CONUS.Bob Canchola
Rupertus 105kAs above.Bob Canchola
Rupertus 123kAs above.Bob Canchola
Rupertus 108kAs above with the USS Henry B. Wilson (DDG-7) and USS Rupertus (DD-851) in the background.Bob Canchola
Rupertus 109kAs above with the USS Henry B. Wilson (DDG-7) and USS Rupertus (DD-851) in the background.Bob Canchola
Rupertus 54kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Rupertus 30kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
On Greek Service
Rupertus 113kHNS "KOUNTOURIOTIS", D 213, ex- USS RUPERTUS, DD 851. Date and place unknown. The name honors a Greek Admiral from the War of Independence (1821).Anthony J. Vrailas
Rupertus 93kHNS "KOUNTOURIOTIS", D 213, ex- USS RUPERTUS, DD 851. Date and place unknown.Anthony J. Vrailas
Rupertus 63kHNS "KOUNTOURIOTIS", D 213, ex- USS RUPERTUS, DD 851. Date and place unknown.Anthony J. Vrailas
Rupertus 140kAt Genoa, Italy on September 10 1981.Carlo Martinelli
Rupertus 168kDeparting Genoa, Italy on September 14 1981.Carlo Martinelli

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR William Camp Fitzhugh Robards    Mar 8 1946 - Aug 13 1947
CDR Samuel Nixdorff    Aug 13 1947 - Sep 29 1949 (Later RADM)
CDR Edward Elias Grimm    Sep 29 1949 - Aug 17 1951 (Later RADM)
CDR Robert Albert Hoolhorst    Aug 17 1951 - Sep 1 1953
CDR Ernest Frederick Schreiter    Sep 1 1953 - Aug 18 1955
CDR John Henry Behl    Aug 18 1955 - Nov 1 1956
CDR Dan Thomas Drain    Nov 1 1956 - Jun 3 1958
CDR William Arthur Campbell Jr.    Jun3 1958 - Nov 25 1959
CDR Albert Conrad Ansorge Jr.    Nov 25 1959 - Sep 24 1961
CDR Reuben Goodwin Rogerson    Sep 24 1961 - Jan 1963
LCDR Roger Marlowe Sudduth    Jan 1963 - Feb 26 1963
LT Jack Herbert Mosman    Feb 26 1963 - Oct 4 1963
CDR John Richard Van Sickle    Oct 4 1963 - Oct 26 1965
CDR Edwin Joseph Burke    Oct 26 1965 - Aug 11 1967
CDR Linus Walter Freeman Jr.    Aug 11 1967 - Aug 22 1969
CDR Nelson Pointer Jackson    Aug 22 1969 - Jul 28 1971
CDR Thomas James McEnaney Jr.    Jul 28 1971 - Dec 12 1972
CDR Richard Lee Madouse    Dec 12 1972 - May 3 1973
LCDR Robert Lee Goodwin Jr.    May 3 1973 - Jul 10 1973

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Vince Cortese
Address: 514 Newcomer Ave., Richland, WA 99352-2244
Phone: 509-946-4558
Next Reunion: Seattle, WA, Sept. 14-17th at the Seatac Double Tree Inn

Note About Contacts.

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