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USS FURSE (DD-882 / DDR-882)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NBHY

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - STAIRCASE

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. September 23 1944.
Launched March 9 1945 and commissioned July 10 1945.
Completed FRAM upgrade October 1963.
Decommissioned August 31 1972.
Loaned To Spain renamed Gravina (D62).
Sold to Spain May 17 1978.
Stricken June 2 1975.
Fate Stricken May 17 1991 and scrapped.

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Furse 51kJohn Houseal Furse was born on 20 April 1880 in South Carolina. He was a member of the United States Naval Academy class of 1901. His first service was on the Asiatic Station, where he served in USS Manila during a scientific expedition, as well as in other ships. Returning to the United States, he joined USS Illinois on 29 September 1904, and in her served in Cuban waters. Lieutenant Furse died on board ILLINOIS on 30 September 1907, of injuries received fighting a storm which threatened his ship.Robert M. Cieri/Bill Gonyo
Furse 92kUndated, location unknown.Jack L. Harris FTSN (ret)
Furse 125kUndated, location unknown.Jack L. Harris FTSN (ret)
Furse 92kUndated, location unknown.Jack L. Harris FTSN (ret)
Furse 50kUndated postcard Copyright © Atlantic Fleet Sales, Norfolk, VA.Mike Smolinski
Furse 166kUSS Furse (DD 882) date and place unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Furse 111kUndated, in the Atlantic for ASOC test firing.Ed Zajkowski
Furse 62kUndated, location unknown.Robert J. Orlick
Furse 175kUndated, location unknown. Drawing done 1958 in Ghent, Belgium by JB DeBudt, USS Eugene A. Greene (DD-711), USS Furse (DD-882), USS Dyess (DD-880) and USS Bordelon (DD-881).Robert J. Clark
Furse 178kUndated, location unknown.RICHARD MILLER BMCS USNR RET.
Furse 129kUndated, location unknown.RICHARD MILLER BMCS USNR RET.
Furse 113kUndated, location unknown.RICHARD MILLER BMCS USNR RET.
Furse 105kUndated USS Furse (DD-882) and USS Soley (DD-707), location unknown.RICHARD MILLER BMCS USNR RET.
Furse 70kUndated, location unknown.RICHARD MILLER BMCS USNR RET.
Furse 177kJuly 15 1945, Consolidated Steel, Orange, Texas.Ed Zajkowski
Furse 103kAs above. Note ship's name still not on stern.Ed Zajkowski
Furse 137kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
Furse 131kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
Furse 166kFurse as seen from the USS Atlanta (CL-104) late in 1945. Courtesy of Don Winglemire.John Chiquoine
Furse 124kLate 1940's, San Francisco Bay. Courtesy of San Fran Maritime Park, Mrs. C W Beers.Ed Zajkowski
Furse 94kGenoa, Italy December 1949, tied alongside USS Perry DD883 and a cruise liner.Paul "Peewee" Stewart EM3, USS Furse Jan 49 - May 1952
Furse 169kUSS Furse (DD 882) arrives at Venice, Italy for a scheduled port call sometime during the 1950's.Robert M. Cieri
Furse 61kCirca 1951-1952, taken by USS Robert K. Huntington crewman Carmen J. Costa.Carmen S. Costa
Furse 118kIn the Mediterranean during 1952 as seen from the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB-42).Samuel Phillips
Furse 268kVenice, Italy in 1953.Robert J. Orlick
Furse 160kVenice, Italy in July 1953.Robert J. Orlick
Furse 199k1954, Furse wins fourth Battle Efficiency "E".Ed Zajkowski
Furse 21kCirca 1956-1959.John "IZZY" Iuzzini
Furse 93kCirca 1957 during Med Cruise. From the collection of 1st Sgt. George C. Shaw, Jr. USMC.Tracy Shaw
Furse 66kCirca 1957 during Med Cruise. From the collection of 1st Sgt. George C. Shaw, Jr. USMC.Tracy Shaw
Furse 576kThe Newman K. Perry (DD-883) and the USS Furse (DD-882) in Monte Carlo harbor 1960.Doug Butler, MMC, USN (Ret.)
Furse 164kAugust 28 1961, Mediterrranean, plane guard for USS Intrepid (CV-11). Note prototype SPS-31 radar. Photo USN 1057779 by Koskela.Ed Zajkowski
Furse 96kSeptember 1961, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Furse 163kUSS Furse DD-882 picture taken from USS Boston CAG-1 in the Mediterranean, January 1962.Roy Williams
Furse 139kPartial Plan of the Day for September 30 1962 covering her spacecraft recovery assignment.Ed Zajkowski
Furse 187kApril 19 1963, Philadelphia Navy Yard, installing coins under the mast during FRAM (PNY newspaper "Beacon."Ed Zajkowski
Furse 144kOff Philadelphia September 24 1963 for post FRAM trials.Ed Zajkowski
Furse 170kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
Furse 128kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
Furse 107kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
Furse 267kPhiladelphia, October 11 1963, the FRAM torch is passed from CDR George William Fromknecht, USS Furse (DD-882) to LCDR Arvin Chertavian, USS Robert L. Wilson (DD-847).Ed Zajkowski
Furse 53kNorfolk, August 1964© Richard Leonhardt
Furse 123kThis picture was made as we sailed into the bay and docked at Yokohama Naval Base. We stayed a few days on our way to Tsingtao, China.Daniel W. Dockrey, MM3
Steinaker 170kUSS Steinaker (DD-863) and USS Furse (DD-882)at Genoa, Italy on January 5 1966.Carlo Martinelli
Furse 145kGenoa, Italy on May 1 1966.Carlo Martinelli
Furse 37kSweden during the summer of 1967.Marc Piché
Furse   Furse   Furse   Furse
Welcome Aboard pamphlet - circa 1969
Wolfgang Hechler
Furse 40kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Furse 85kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Furse 81kDesRon 4 plaque, USS Gearing (DD-710), USS Eugene A. Greene (DD-711), USS Robert H. McCard (DD-822), USS Vogelgesang (DD-862), USS Harold J. Ellison (DD-864), USS Dyess (DD-880), USS Bordelon (DD-881) and USS Furse (DD-882). Courtesy of Foro 11a Escuadrilla de Escoltas ( Javier Santos Vazquez
On Spanish Service
Furse 41kFederico Carlos Gravina y Nápoli. Born in Palermo, 12 August 1756. Died in Cádiz, 9 March 1806. Spanish sailor, 12th Commandant General of the Spanish Royal Navy. Renowned for his participation in the Battle of Trafalgar, he was one of Spain's most distinguished sailors, always effective in both his military and diplomatic positions.Francisco Javier Santos Vazquez
Furse 49kAs the Spanish destroyer Gravina, date & location unknown.Robert Hurst
Furse 124kUndated, location unknown. Courtesy of Foro 11a Escuadrilla de Escoltas ( Javier Santos Vazquez
Furse 14kCoat of arms for the Spanish DesRon 11, USS Eugene A. Greene (DD-711), USS Furse (DD-882), USS O'Hare (DD-889), USS Leary (DD-879) and USS Noa (DD-841).Francisco Javier Santos Vazquez
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USS FURSE DD-882 / DDR-882 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR David Alonzo Harris    Jul 10 1945 - 1948
CDR John Addison Scott    1948 - Aug 1949 (Later RADM)
CDR Grant Smith Heston    Aug 1949 - Sep 1951
CDR William John Maddocks    Sep 1951 - Sep 9 1952
CDR John Joseph Becker    Sep 9 1952 - Jun 15 1954
CDR James Frank Trawik    Jun 15 1954 - Dec 17 1955
CDR Edward Corbett Hines Jr.    Dec 17 1955 - 1958
CDR Harry Sanford Warren    1958 - Aug 25 1960
CDR Russel Thurmond Stephens    Aug 25 1960 - Jan 6 1963
LCDR Donald Erasmus Pauly    Jan 6 1963 - Aug 11 1963
CDR George William Fromknecht    Aug 11 1963 - Jun 22 1965
CDR Newton Henry Morgan    Jun 22 1965 - Sep 1967
CDR Michael Thomas Greeley    Sep 1967 - Aug 26 1969
CDR Thomas Edward Lukas    Aug 26 1969 - May 5 1971
CDR Raymond Guy Zeller    May 5 1971 - Jul 11 1972 (Later RADM)
LCDR Harry James Miller Jr.    Jul 11 1972 - Aug 31 1972

Commanding Officers under Spanish Command
Thanks to Fabio Peña and Ministerio de Defensa de España, Gabinete del AJEMA

CdF Joaquin de La Concha Y Fernandez Sedano  Jun 13 1972 - Feb 28 1974
CdF Tomas Rivera Cebrian    Feb 28 1974 - Aug 28 1975
CdF Angel Bescos Belarra    Aug 28 1975 - Jun 25 1977
CdF Victor Gregorio Andrada Perez    Jun 25 1977 - Jun 28 1978
CdF Antonio Meiras Bahamonde    Jun 28 1978 - Jun 28 1979
CdF Joaquin Garat Nunez    Jun 28 1979 - Jan 14 1981
CdF Salvador Mendez Rocafort    Jan 14 1981 - Jun 30 1982
CdF Francisco Lopez de Arenosa Diaz    Jun 30 1982 - Dec 30 1983 (Later ADM)
CdF Alfonso Leon Garcia    Dec 30 1983 - Jun 28 1985 (Later RADM)
CdF Rafael de Morales Romero    Jun 28 1985 - Dec 30 1986 (Later ADM)
CdF Juan Diaz Granda    Dec 30 1986 - Jun 23 1988
CdF Candido Pousada Sobral    Jun 23 1988 - Jan 15 1990 (Later RADM)
CdF Manuel Cuerda Ortega    Jan 15 1990 - Sep 30 1991

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Maurice Tuttle
Address: P.O. Box 890, Shelter Island, NY 11964-0890
Phone: (631)749-0274

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