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USS ARNOLD J. ISBELL (DD-869)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NBGR

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - HELLENIC HERO

CLASS - GEARING As Built.
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,Staten Island NY March 14 1945.
Launched August 6 1945 and commissioned January 5 1946.
Completed FRAM upgrade May 1962.
Decommissioned December 4 1973.
Stricken February 1 1974.
To Greece December 4 1973. Renamed Sachtouris (D-214).
Stricken in 1993.
Fate Removed 8 April 2002 from Suda Bay, Crete to be towed to Turkey where she will be scrapped.

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Isbell 54kCaptain Arnold J. Isbell, second commanding officer of the USS Card (ACV-11). He was killed in action aboard USS Franklin (CV-13) on March 19, 1945. Destroyer DD-869 was named after him.Joseph Macchia
Isbell 60kUndated, location unknown.Tom Crew
Isbell 87kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Isbell 110kUndated, location unknown.Robert M. Cieri
Isbell 243kThe Keel Laying at Staten Island, NY on March 14 1945.Jack W. Miller
Isbell 221kThe Christening at Staten Island, NY on August 6 1945.Jack W. Miller
Isbell 127kFebruary 13 1946, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Isbell 199kUSS Arnold J. Isbell (DD 869) off Mare Island on September 26, 1950. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Isbell 125kUSS Arnold J. Isbell (DD 869) off Mare Island on September 26, 1950.Tracy White
Isbell 142kForward plan view of USS Arnold J. Isbell (DD 869) at Mare Island on 28 Sep 1950. She was in overhaul at the yard from 31 July to 6 Oct 1950. USS Leonard F. Mason (DD 852) is outboard of USS Stickell (DD 889) aft of Isbell.Darryl Baker/Tracy White
Isbell 110kAmidships looking aft plan view of USS Arnold J. Isbell (DD 869) at Mare Island on 28 Sep 1950. USS Leonard F. Mason (DD 852) is outboard of USS Stickell (DD 889) aft of Isbell.Darryl Baker
Isbell 145kBow view USS Arnold J. Isbell (DD 869) at Mare Island during her overhaul in April 1954. She was in overhaul ate the yard from 16 April to 15 July 1954.Darryl Baker
Isbell 111kPort side view USS Arnold J. Isbell (DD 869) at Mare Island during her overhaul in April 1954. There are three other destroyers in the background. USS Ozbourn (DD 846) is across the pier from Isbell. Next in line is USS Frank Knox ad then USS Hollister (DD 788).Darryl Baker
Isbell 47kArnold J.Isbell (DD-869) in the South China Sea, December 17 1956, photo by USS Hollister's Chief Corpsman.Jack Wm. Miller, EMC, USN (Ret.)
Isbell 118kCDR. Ralph L. Porter assumed command of the USS Arnold J. Isbell on July 13, 1957 relieving CDR. Elmo R. Zumwalt (1955-1957).Bill Gonyo
Isbell 65kHomeport of Long Beach Ca. prior to Westpac and Viet Nam deployment July 1965Alton Anderson SN ASROC
Isbell 64kHomeport of Long Beach Ca. prior to Westpac and Viet Nam deployment July 1965Alton Anderson SN ASROC
Isbell 82kEntering Sidney Harbor, 1970William Strawbridge ETR2
Isbell 17kJune, 1973 as the Isbell came into Portland Oregon for the Rose Festival. The photo was taken by my father, Philip DavisDan Davis OS2
Isbell 44kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Isbell 100k-120kUniform Ship's name shoulder patch.Al Grazevich
On Greek Service
Isbell 166kAt Genoa on October 29 1984.Carlo Martinelli
Isbell 48kOn exercises in the Agean Sea, July 8, 1987.CŁneyt Demir
Isbell 108kAt Genoa, Italy on May 14 1992.Carlo Martinelli
Isbell 121kAt Genoa, Italy on May 14 1992.Carlo Martinelli
Isbell 140kAt Genoa, Italy on June 10 1992.Carlo Martinelli
Isbell 177kAt Genoa, Italy on June 13 1992.Carlo Martinelli
Isbell 168kAt Genoa, Italy on June 13 1992.Carlo Martinelli
Isbell 110kIn Souda Bay, Crete summer 1995. From L to R: USS Corry (DD-817), USS Aulick (DD-569), USS Arnold J. Isbell (DD-869) and USS Ingraham (DD-694) waiting to be scrapped.Anthony J. Vrailas

USS ARNOLD J. ISBELL DD-869 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Carlton Benton Jones    Jan 5 1946 - Aug 14 1947 (Later RADM)
CDR Edward Brown Schutt    Aug 14 1947 - Apr 4 1949
CDR Charles Roland Johnson    Apr 4 1949 - Jul 10 1950
CDR Fletcher Hale Jr.    Jul 10 1950 - Nov 10 1951
CDR Francis John Fitzpatrick    Nov 10 1951 - Jul 31 1953 (Later RADM)
CDR William Gabriel Holly    Jul 31 1953 - Sep 10 1955
CDR Elmo Russell (Bud) Zumwalt Jr.    Sep 10 1955 - Jul 13 1957 (Later ADM & CNO)
CDR Ralph Lane Porter    Jul 13 1957 - Sep 14 1958
CDR Harold Roy Tall    Jun 3 1959 - Aug 5 1961
LCDR Harvey James Johnson    Aug 5 1961 - Jul 24 1962
CDR James Keith Athow    Jul 24 1962 - Dec 31 1963
CDR Jack Eugene Guentz    Dec 31 1963 - Aug 18 1965
CDR Mark Bernard Lechleiter Jr.    Aug 18 1965 - Jul 10 1967
CDR George Dale Walker    Jul 10 1967 - Jun 5 1969
CDR Robert Bernard Hoffman    Jun 5 1969 - Oct 16 1970
CDR Roland James Carr    Oct 16 1970 - Feb 19 1972
LCDR Robert Leon Warren    Feb 19 1972 - Sep 1972
CDR Lee Oran Smith    Sep 1972 - Dec 4 1973

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