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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; 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. November 17 1944.
Launched April 14 1945 and commissioned August 20 1945.
Completed FRAM upgrade February 1963.
Decommissioned and Stricken July 27 1979.
Fate Sunk as target off California June 17 1980, 30° 19' North, 119° 32' West .

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Craig 38kJohn Rich Craig, born 13 September 1906 in Jacksonville, Fla., graduated from the Naval Academy in 1930 and received flight training the following year. During 1935 and 1936 he underwent submarine training. Prior to the outbreak of World War II, he commanded R-17 (SS-94). He took command of Grampus (SS-207) 16 September 1942. and during the next 6 months he led the submarine on daring attacks against Japanese shipping. She sank two enemy transports and a cargo ship and damaged three enemy destroyers. While on her sixth war patrol, Grampus was lost in the Southwest Pacific with all hands 22 March 1943. Lt. Comdr. Craig was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously for his extraordinary heroism.Bill Gonyo
Craig 23kUndated, location unknown.-
Craig 255kUndated postcard.Tommy Trampp
Craig 140kUSS Tolovana (AO-64) refueling Floyd B. Parks (DD-884) to starboard and John R. Craig (DD-885) to port, date and place unknown.Erich Utecht, USS Tolovana 1968-70
Craig 58kUndated postcard, location unknown.Mike Smolinski
Craig 155kUndated, location unknown.Wolfgang Hechler
Craig 124kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Craig 141kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Craig 73kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Craig 104kWhaleboat alongside probably in the summer of 1952. Photos by Richard E. Lowe, USS John R. Craig.Daniel Lowe
Craig 163kOfficial US Navy Photograph #CNFE-1819 from the Photographic Laboratory of Commander, Naval Forces Far East. The photo shows USS Princeton (CV-37), during underway replenishment with USS Ashtabula (AO-51), along with USS John R. Craig (DD-885) breaking away, on 30 September 1952, between air strikes on the Hungnam area on the east coast of North Korea. Princeton was nearing the end of her third Korean War cruise (21 March - 3 November 1952).Robert M. Cieri
Craig 99kSan Francisco July 30 1957.Robert M. Cieri
Craig 40k(HOLD FOR MONDAY 11/11/57 7 p.m. EST use) Release set by Navy. 001) USS Philippine Sea—Navy S2F planes take off from carrier Philippine Sea to search for missing Pan American Airlines plane [(Flight 7)] and 44 persons. Destroyer USS John R. Craig is alongside carrier. (Official U.S. Navy photo by AP WIREPHOTO).NHC
Craig 132kThe fleet oiler USS Taluga (AO-62) refueling the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany (CVA-34) and the destroyer USS John R. Craig (DD-885). Oriskany, with assigned Carrier Air Group 14 (CVG-14), was deployed to the Western Pacific from 14 May to 15 December 1960. U.S. Navy photo from the USS Oriskany (CVA-34) 1960 cruise book.Robert Hurst
Craig 204kJohn R. Craig departing San Diego, 28 March 1960. Cabrillo National monument is in the background.Ed Zajkowski / Troy L. Deaton
Craig 113kUSS John R. Craig DD-885 transfering personnel to USS Midway CVA-41. Photos from 1961 cruise book.-
Craig 79kUSS John R. Craig DD-885 transfering personnel to USS Midway CVA-41. Photos from 1961 cruise book.-
Craig 121kUSS John R. Craig (DD-885) underway in 1963, following her FRAM I refit. USN photo scanned from U.S. National Archives San Bruno Branch.Robert Hurst
Craig 281kA Kaman UH-2A Seasprite (BuNo 149747) from Helicopter Utility Squadron (HU-1) Det.A Pacific Fleet Angels hoisting a man from the destroyer USS John R. Craig (DD-885). HU-1 Det.A was assigned to Carrier Air Wing 2 (CVW-2) aboard the aircraft carrier USS Midway (CVA-41) for a deployment to the Western Pacific from 8 November 1963 to 26 May 1964. U.S. Navy photo from the USS Midway (CVA-41) 1963-64 cruise book.Robert Hurst
Craig 164kThree views of the USS John R. Craig (DD-885). They were taken in November 1966 from the USS Coral Sea while refueling in the China Sea.Michael O'Brien
Craig 204kAs above.Michael O'Brien
Craig 135kAs above.Michael O'Brien
Craig 61kUSS John R. Craig (DD-885) shelling targets in South Vietnam, 7 August 1969. John R. Craig supported twelve U.S. Army Ranger units that came under fire from the enemy until the Rangers could be evacuated by helicopter. U.S. Navy photo from the USS John R. Craig (DD-885) 1969 cruise book.Robert Hurst
Craig 100kMidway Island 1973, (L-R) USS George K. Mac Kenzie DD 836, USS John R. Craig DD 885, USS Albert David DE 1050 and USS Theodore E. Chandler DD 717.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Craig 62kShip's patch. David Sippel, FT3, designed this patch. It was first made in Yokosuka, Japan prior to assignment to "Operation Hardtack" in 1958.Mike Smolinski
Craig 70kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Craig 43kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Craig 65kShip's patch.Don McGrogan, BMCS, USN (Ret.)

USS JOHN R. CRAIG DD-885 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Lester Cameron Conwell    Aug 20 1945 - Apr 1946

CDR Joseph Ignatius Manning    Apr 1946 - Jun 1947

CDR Hilary Cecil Rowe    Jun 1947 - Sep 1949

CDR Sanford Elza (Red Dog) Woodard    Sep 1949 - Sep 1951

CDR James McIntosh Robertson II    Sep 1951 - Jan 1954

CDR Richard Lull Cochrane    Jan 1954 - Nov 1955

CDR Jack Stanley Ross    Nov 1955 - Nov 1957

CDR Frederick Wilhelm Ziegler    Nov 1957 - Oct 1959

CDR Billy Goodwin Westerfield    Oct 1959 - Jul 1961

CDR DeWitt Clinton Redgrave III    Jul 1961 - Apr 1962

LCDR Thomas Edward Wynkoop    Apr 1962 - Feb 1963

CDR James Henry Doyle Jr.    Feb 1963 - Mar 1964

CDR James Kenneth Jobe    Mar 1964 - Nov 1965

CDR Terrill Frederick Becker    Nov 1965 - Sep 1967

CDR Clifford Lewis Bekkedahl    Sep 1967 - Jul 9 1969

CDR George Ira Thompson    Jul 9 1969 - Oct 9 1970

CDR Charles Homer Davidson    Oct 9 1970 - Apr 30 1972

CDR John Grover Sullivan    Apr 30 1972 - Dec 26 1973

CDR George Ross Skinner    Dec 26 1973 - Oct 10 1975

CDR Garry Leonard Wilson    Oct 10 1975 - Oct 15 1977

CDR Stanley Roy Svensen    Oct 15 1977 - Jan 1978

LCDR Alan Elliott Schmoker    Jan 1978 - Feb 1978 (Acting)

CDR William Joseph Hill    Feb 1978 - Jul 6 1979

LCDR Leslie Andrew Howitt    Jul 6 1979 - Jul 27 1979

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: James E. Barrett
Address: 7 Hickory Court, Barnegat NJ 08005-2226
Phone: 609-698-2109

Note About Contacts.

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Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
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