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Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - RELENTLESS

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. January 27 1945.
Launched June 28 1945 and commissioned December 31 1945.
Completed FRAM upgrade June 1961.
Decommissioned June 29 1979.
Stricken December 7 1979.
To Turkey June 29 1979, renamed Savastepe.
Stricken in late 1994.
Fate Broken up for scrap in March 1995.

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- Jonathan Meredith was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania about 1772. He enlisted in the Marine Corps on 6 June 1803 and was promoted to sergeant 1 August of that same year. During an engagement in the harbor of Tripoli on 3 August 1805, Sergeant Meredith saved the life of Lt. John Trippe of Vixen, who with a party of nine men had boarded a Tripolitan ship. Heavily outnumbered, the boarding party fought a fierce hand-to-hand combat, in which Trippe was severely wounded; Meredith protected him from what would have been the final blow. Four days later Meredith was killed in the explosion of Gunboat No. 3 during a similar attack against the Tripolitans.Robert M. Cieri
Meredith 110kUndated photo by Bill Wozniak taken from USS Yellowstone (AD-27), destroyers from the left are unidentified, USS Cone (DD-866), unidentified, USS Meredith (DD-890), USS Dyess (DD-880) and USS Bordelon (DD-881) at the French naval port of Mers el-Kébir, near Oran (French Algeria).Rick Rowan
Meredith 82kUndated, location unknown.-
Meredith 118kUndated, location unknown.Alan Weyant
Meredith 86kBrooklyn Navy yard, March 28 1947.Pieter Bakels
Meredith 73kWestern Mediterranean September 1949.Marc Piché
Meredith 42kCirca 1952, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Meredith 175kTaken during the Med Cruise of Feb to Jun 1956.P Smith
Meredith 86kPanoramic photograph of the ship's officers and crew, of USS Meredith (DD-890), taken at the Destroyer-Submarine Piers, Norfolk Naval Base, Virginia, 11 February 1959. Photographed by J. Hanson. USS Shenandoah (AD-26) and another destroyer are in the background. Donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2008. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo # NH 106246.Robert Hurst
Meredith 211kAt Genoa December 29 1962.Carlo Martinelli
Meredith 93kUSS Meredith DD 890 at Palma Majorca, Spain 1965.Sheridan Carey
Meredith 49kOff Mayport 1966Captain John C. Ruff USN (Ret) Operations Officer 1965-1967
Meredith 59kOff Mayport 1966Captain John C. Ruff USN (Ret) Operations Officer 1965-1967
Meredith 74kOff Mayport 1966Captain John C. Ruff USN (Ret) Operations Officer 1965-1967
Meredith 54kOff Mayport 1966Captain John C. Ruff USN (Ret) Operations Officer 1965-1967
Meredith 54kOff Mayport 1966Captain John C. Ruff USN (Ret) Operations Officer 1965-1967
Meredith 108kUSS Meredith DD 890 at Pireaus, Greece circa 1966.Sheridan Carey
Meredith 67kYellow Sea, April 30 1969.© Richard Leonhardt
Meredith 194kA series of 9 photos of the Meredith in Spring 1972 somewhere in the Eastern Mediterranean as she passes by the Soviet Kashin class DDG Krasny Krim. Captain Moye is on the bridge in this shot.Eugene Ivkin
Meredith 187kAs aboveEugene Ivkin
Meredith 171kAs aboveEugene Ivkin
Meredith 174kAs aboveEugene Ivkin
Meredith 188kAs aboveEugene Ivkin
Meredith 208kAs aboveEugene Ivkin
Meredith 169kAs aboveEugene Ivkin
Meredith 114kAs aboveEugene Ivkin
Meredith 90kAs aboveEugene Ivkin
Meredith 89kA dolphin leads the way for USS Meredith (DD-890) off Puerto Rico, during Operation Computex last year. Photo by PH1 Terry C. Mitchell. From ALL HANDS magazine February 1978.© Richard Leonhardt
Meredith 43kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Meredith 123kShip's plaque.Mike Smolinski
Meredith 137kShip's patch.Wolfgang Hechler
On Turkish Service
Meredith 31kUndated, location unknown.Murat Kurtulmus
Meredith 60kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Meredith 64kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Meredith 105kUndated, underway near Golcuk.Bill Gonyo
Meredith 141kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy/Cüneyt Demir
Meredith 139kGenoa, Italy September 17 1982.Carlo Martinelli
Meredith 131kUnderway November 4 1985, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Meredith 132kCirca late 1990's on NATO exercises in the Aegean Sea.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR William Bomar Wideman    Dec 31 1945 - Jan 1948

CDR Henry Carl Schwaner Jr.    Jan 1948 - 1949

CDR Robert Robertson Green    1949 - 1951

CDR Reuben S. Perley Jr.    1951 - 1953

CDR Andrew Ulysses Hassman Jr.    1953 - 1955

CDR Bricker McDowell Ganyard    1955 - 1956

CDR William Berryman Morrow    1956 - May 1958

CDR Florn Lamar Lee    May 1958 - May 1960

LCDR John Staige Kern    May 1960 - Jun 28 1960 (Later RADM)

LCDR John Glennon Finneran    Jun 28 1960 - Apr 8 1961 (Later VADM)

CDR Horace Greely Smith Jr.    Apr 8 1961 - Jan 23 1963

CDR Andrew Kenneth Shreve    Jan 23 1963 - Oct 29 1964

CDR Jack Tannehill Coursin    Oct 29 1964 - Feb 18 1966

CDR William Herman Knueven    Feb 18 1966 - 1968

CDR John Eastin Withrow Jr.    1968 - Dec 6 1969

CDR Robert Lee Adams Jr.    Dec 6 1969 - Aug 21 1971

CDR William Belmont Moye Jr.    Aug 21 1971 - Feb 1973

CDR Perry Rogers Eskew Jr.    Feb 1973 - Jan 17 1975

CDR Stanislaus Gregory Dyro    Jan 17 1975 - Jul 23 1976

CDR Lewis Duane Bullard    Jul 23 1976 - Aug 1978

CDR Frank Peter Zmorzenski    Aug 1978 - Apr 1979

CDR Francis Raymond Donovan    Apr 1979 - Jun 29 1979 (Later VADM)

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Harry Wrede
Address: 377 Conklintown Rd, Ringwood, NJ 07456
Phone: 973-839-0332
Next Reunion: Buffalo/Niagara Falls from October 14-18, 2015

additional contact personnel
Dick Kutschbach -
Aleta Walters -
Al Gordon -

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

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