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USS DUNCAN (DD-874 / DDR-874)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NBHI

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - MOWER

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; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.8 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Consolidated Steel, Orange Texas. May 22 1944.
Launched October 27 1944 and commissioned February 25 1945.
Completed FRAM upgrade June 1961.
Decommissioned January 15 1971.
Stricken September 1 1973.
Fate Sunk as target off California, July 31 1980, location 031° 00' 00.7" North, 120° 00' 00.3" West, depth 2160 fathoms.

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- Silas Duncan was born in Rockaway, New Jersey, in 1788. He was appointed midshipman 15 November 1809. While third lieutenant of Saratoga during the Battle of Lake Champlain, 11 September 1814, he was sent in a gig to order the gunboats to retire. He succeeded in delivering the orders despite concentrated enemy fire which severely wounded him and caused the loss of his right arm. For his gallant conduct he was thanked by Congress. From 1814 to 1824 Commander Duncan saw active service on board Independence, Hornet, Guerriere, Cyane and Ferret. He died 14 September 1834 at White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.Robert M. Cieri
Duncan 172kUndated, location unknown.Peter Murray
Duncan 148kUndated, Shanghai, ChinaPeter Murray
Duncan 47kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Duncan 71kUndated at Pearl Harbor.David R. Birch
Duncan 50kUndated somewhere in the Far East.David R. Birch
Duncan 58kUndated, location unknown.David R. Birch
Duncan 141kUndated in Australia.David R. Birch
Duncan 56kUndated in her DDR configuration.David R. Birch
Duncan 76kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Duncan 41kThe launching at Orange, Texas on October 27 1944.David R. Birch
Duncan 109kBroadside view of USS Duncan (DD 874) off Mare Island on 29 January 1947. She was in overhaul at the yard from 1 Nov 1946 to 3 Feb 1947.Darryl Baker
Duncan 106kBow on view of USS Duncan (DDR 874) at the South end of Mare Island on 22 June 1950.Darryl Baker
Duncan 90kBroadside view of USS Duncan (DDR 874) at the South end of Mare Island on 22 June 1950. She was in overhaul at Mare Island from 6 April to 12 July 1950.Darryl Baker
Duncan 101kStern view of USS Duncan (DDR 874) at the South end of Mare Island on 22 June 1950.Darryl Baker
Duncan 234kJuly 1950, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Duncan 159kForward plan view of USS Duncan (DDR 874), USS Perkins (DD 877) and just visible USS Henry W. Tucker at Mare Island on 7 July 1950.Darryl Baker
Duncan 171kAmidships looking aft plan view of USS Duncan (DDR 874) outboard of USS Perkins (DD 877) at Mare Island on 7 July 1950.Darryl Baker
Duncan 116kRefueling at Miday Island in 1951.David R. Birch
Duncan 163kUSS Duncan (DDR-874) steams alongside the starboard side of the cruiser USS Manchester (CL-83) in 1952.Bill Gonyo
Duncan 45kCalifornia coast circa 1960's.Marc Piché
Duncan 149kUSS Coral Sea (CVA-43) steams alongside USS Bellatrix (AF-62) during underway replenishment in Western Pacific waters. USS Duncan (DDR-874) is at left. Photograph was released by USS Coral Sea under date of 16 April 1962. Among the planes on the carrier's flight deck are seven A3D "Skywarrior" heavy attack aircraft.Fred Weiss
Duncan 54kCirca 1965-1967, 32nd St Naval Station, San Diego as the ship was returning from WESTPAC.Peter Murray/David R. Birch
Duncan 170kPort broadside view of the USS Duncan (DDR-874) underway circa 1966. As evidenced by the three 5"/38 mounts, the Duncan received the less extensive FRAM II conversion. Mr. John C. Jeremy; 1967-68 Jane’s Fighting Ships.Mike Green
Duncan 164kUSN-K-32170. Pacific Ocean, January 1966, underway port beam view.Robert M. Cieri
Duncan 204k1967, downed aviator rescued off coast of Vietnam. Photo NH 74047.Ed Zajkowski
Duncan 47kCalifornia coast circa late 1960's.Marc Piché
Duncan 144kAugust 22 1968, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Duncan 70kSan Francisco August 1969.Marc Piché
Duncan 109kDuncan DD-874 going alongside Navasota AO-106 with America CVA-66 on port side. Circa 1970 in the South China Sea.Lee Noland
Duncan 98kUSS Duncan (DDR-874) during her final cruise in 1970. Note that time the SPS-8A height finder radar was removed but she still carries the TACAN URN-3/-6 antenna. Official U.S. Navy photograph from the USS Duncan (DDR-874) 1970 Cruise Book.Robert Hurst
Duncan 47kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Duncan 55kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Duncan 100k-120kUniform Ship's name shoulder patch.Al Grazevich

USS DUNCAN DD-874 / DDR-874 ]History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry
(Located On The hazegray Web Site, This Is The Main Archive For The DANFS Online Project.)

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Paul D. Williams    Feb 25 1945 - Jul 1946
CDR Paul Van Leunen Jr.    Jul 1946 - May 1948
CDR James Robert North    May 1948 - May 1949
CDR Everett George Sanderson    May 1949 - Dec 12 1951
CDR Russell Henry Smith    Dec 12 1951 - Dec 19 1952
LCDR Ernest William (Bill) Dobie Jr.    Dec 19 1952 - Dec 21 1952 (Acting) (Later RADM)
CDR Robert Edward Lawrence    Dec 21 1952 - Sep 6 1954
CDR Edward Everett Conrad    Sep 6 1954 - Jun 1956
CDR Peter Sterling Smith    Jun 1956 - May 1958
CDR Lawrence Mitchell Smith    May 1958 - Sep 1959
CDR Henry Ehrman (Tim) Thornhill Jr.    Sep 1959 - Dec 1960
CDR Edward James Messere    Dec 1960 - Mar 17 1961
CDR William Bruce Althoff    Mar 17 1961 - Mar 9 1963
CDR Malvern Eugene Soper    Mar 9 1963 - Jun 25 1964
CDR Jack Edward Weatherford    Jun 25 1964 - Oct 26 1965
CDR Stanley Wadsworth Birch Jr.    Oct 26 1965 - Mar 8 1968
CDR Charles Russell Stephan    Mar 8 1968 - Dec 12 1969
CDR Robert Lake Turnage    Dec 12 1969 - Oct 1970
LCDR John Anthony Carbone    Oct 1970 - Jan 15 1971

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Peter Murray, JO1 USN (Ret.)
Address: 824 W. Murray Ave. Apt # H, Visalia, CA 93291-4858
Phone: 559-622-9500
E-mail: None


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

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