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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NDLV

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - MATADOR

Displacement 4619 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 418' 6"(oa) x 44' 11" x 15' (Max)
Armament 3 x 5"/54 DP (3x1), 4 x 3"/50 (2x2), 2 Hedghog ASW Mortars,
4 x 21" tt.(4x1) 6 x 12.75" Mk 32 ASW TT (2x3).
Machinery, 70,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 33 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 324.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel, Quincy. February 1 1955.
Launched March 28 1956 and commissioned February 28 1957.
Decommissioned December 20 1982.
Stricken July 27 1990.
Fate Sold June 30 1994 to NR Acquisitions for $15,149, scrapping completed April 12 1996.

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Davis 81kGeorge F. Davis was born in Manila, Philippines, on 23 March 1911. He was appointed to the United States Naval Academy from the Naval Reserve in 1930 and graduated in May 1934. Ensign Davis' first duty station was the new heavy cruiser Tuscaloosa. While in that ship he served as an aircraft gunnery observer with her embarked aviation units. From 1939 to 1941 Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Davis served as an officer of the destroyer Broome and fast minesweeper Hopkins. Following promotion to the rank of Lieutenant in mid-1941 he was assigned to the battleship Oklahoma, which was sunk on 7 December 1941 when Japan's surprise attack on Pearl Harbor opened the Pacific War. In January 1942 Lieutenant Davis was transferred to the light cruiser Honolulu, in which he participated in operations in the Aleutian Islands, the hard fighting over Guadalcanal and the Central Solomons, and the campaign to recover Guam. He was promoted to Lieutenant Commander and Commander while serving in Honolulu, which he left in mid-1944. Following training in advanced surface warfare techniques, he was given command of the destroyer Walke in late November 1944. On 6 January 1945 his ship was covering minesweeping operations in advance of the Lingayen Gulf invasion when she was attacked by four Japanese Kamikazes. Though Walke shot down two, the third plane struck the ship, enveloping her bridge area in burning gasoline. Though horribly burned, Commander Davis remained on his feet, conned the ship, directed damage control efforts and saw to the destruction of the fourth suicide plane. Only when Walke's survival was assured did he relinquish his post to be taken below, where he died a short time later. For his conduct, Commander George F. Davis was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. His body was buried at sea. "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. Walke engaged in a detached mission in support of minesweeping operations to clear the waters for entry of our heavy surface and amphibious forces preparatory to the invasion of Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, Philippine Islands, 6 January 1945. Operating without gun support of other surface ships when four Japanese suicide planes were detected flying low overland to attack simultaneously, Commander Davis boldly took his position in the exposed wings of the bridge and directed control to pick up the leading plane and open fire. Alert and fearless as the Walke's deadly fire sent the first target crashing into the water and caught the second as it passed close over the bridge to plunge into the sea off portside, he remained steadfast in the path of the third plane plunging swiftly to crash the after end of the bridge structure. Seriously wounded when the plane struck, drenched with gasoline and immediately enveloped in flames, he conned the Walke in the midst of the wreckage; he rallied his command to heroic efforts; he exhorted his officers and men to save the ship and, still on his feet, saw the barrage from his guns destroy the fourth suicide bomber. With the fires under control and the safety of the ship assured, he consented to be carried below. Succumbing several hours later, Commander Davis, by his example of valor and his unhesitating self-sacrifice, steeled the fighting spirit of his command into unyielding purpose in completing a vital mission. He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country." Photo #: NH 99875. Commander George Fleming Davis, USN (1911-1945) Halftone photo from Medal of Honor, 1861-1949, The Navy, page 173. Commander Davis was awarded the Medal of Honor, posthumously, for "conspicious gallantry and intrepidity" while in command of USS Walke (DD-723) when she was hit by a Japanese suicide plane during the Lingayen Gulf operation, 6 January 1945. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Davis 161kLaunch of Davis (DD-937) at Quincy, Massachusetts, 28 March 1956.Dave Wright
Davis 107kUndated, location unknown.-
Davis 122kUndated, Philadelphia Navy Yard. USS Blandy (DD-943), USS Davis (DD-937), USS Forrest Sherman (DD-931) and USS Manley (DD-940).Ed Zajkowski
Davis 106kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Davis 147kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Davis 81kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Davis 65kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Davis 163kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Davis 74kUSS Davis (DD-937) comes alongside the attack carrier Intrepid (CVA-11) to refuel, July 1957. U.S. National Archives. Photo # 80-G-1035170.Robert Hurst
Davis 196kUSS Davis (DD-937) in Genoa, Italy December 26 1960.Carlo Martinelli
Davis 186kUSS Davis (DD-937) and USS Corry (DD-817) in Genoa, Italy December 26 1960.Carlo Martinelli
Davis 176kUSS Davis (DD-937) in Genoa, Italy December 26 1960.Carlo Martinelli
Davis 91kUSS Compton (DD-705), USS Steinaker (DD-863), USS Leary (DD-879) and USS Davis (DD-937) in Naples, Italy May 1962.Jack C. Sofield
Davis 204kUSS Davis "dressed ship" for Independence Day, 4 July 1962, at anchor off Cannes, France. USN Photograph CVA-62-1232-7-62, U.S. Naval Historical Center, Curator Branch "L" File.Robert Hurst
Davis 62kPacific, February 8 1966© Richard Leonhardt
Davis 37kSouth China Sea July 7 1966.© Richard Leonhardt
Davis 69kAden BP, July 23 1966© Richard Leonhardt
Davis 43kKochin India, July 29 1966© Richard Leonhardt
Davis 129kUSS Sierra (AD-18) at San Juan, Puerto Rico, 26 February 1967 with six destroyers alongside including the Basilone (DD-824), Fiske (DD-842), Davis (DD-937), Richard E Kraus (DD-849), Harwood (DD-861), and the Gyatt (DD-712). Taken from the USS Fred T. Berry (DD-858).© Richard Leonhardt
Davis 82kUSS Fulton (AS-11) and USS Sierra (AD-18) stern to stern at San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 1967 with the USS Davis (DD-937), unknown, USS Harwood (DD-861), USS William C. Lawe (DD-763) and USS Stribling (DD-867) alongside the Sierra.Sheridan Carey
Davis 210kUSS Davis (DD-937) refuelling while underway in 1968, location unknown. United States Navy, by PHC B. L. Alley.Robert Hurst
Davis 43kOn patrol in the South China Sea during 1969.Masao Aochi
Davis 109kUS Navy file picture of Davis being prepared for superstructure conversion - October 31 1969. This picture was given to me by former CO, Capt Edward J. Mountford, USN (Ret).Jim Hocking
Davis 80kFive more views of the Davis as she began conversion, all dated October 31 1969.Wayne VanDerVoort
Davis 130kAs above.Wayne VanDerVoort
Davis 88kAs above.Wayne VanDerVoort
Davis 143kAs above.Wayne VanDerVoort
Davis 74kAs above.Wayne VanDerVoort
Davis 125kCirca 1972 in Newport, RI alongside the USS Grand Canyon (AD/AR-28).ctorbann
Davis 81kMontreal August 10 1978.Marc Piché
Davis 71kMontreal August 10 1978.Marc Piché
Davis 89kSt. Lawrence Seaway August 11 1978.Marc Piché
Davis 27kWelland Canal August 13 1978.Marc Piché
Davis 172kUSS Davis (DD-937) behind the guided missile destroyer escort USS Richard L. Page (DEG-5) taken at Djibouti, March 7 1979. Photo courtesy of Karsten Petersen.Robert Hurst
Davis 59kUSS Davis in the Indian Ocean, photographed by PH2 Patrick D. Tiffany of the carrier USS Constellation (CV-64), March 19 1979. U.S. Navy Photograph, USN 1174656, Ships History and Archives Branch.Robert Hurst
Davis 155k1980, location unknown.David Buell
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Welcome Aboard pamphlet - circa 1982
Wolfgang Hechler
Davis 79kJanuary 17 1992 on the way to Quicy, MA Scrapper.Marc Piché
Davis 314kAn aerial view of the Baltimore Fairfield Terminal area showing various former U.S. Navy destroyers awaiting the scrapper's torch. From bottom to top: the destroyers Blandy (DD-943) and Forrest Sherman (DD-931), the former U.S. Army N-3 type port repair ship Madison Jordon Manchester (ex USS Hydra (AK-82)), the guided missile destroyers USS Claude V. Ricketts (DDG-5) and USS Lawrence (DDG-4), the destroyer USS Davis (DD-937) and the bow of the USS Bigelow (DD-942), November 11 1994. Photo courtesy of the National Archives.Bill Gonyo
Davis 68kShip's patch.Jim Hocking
Davis 42kShip's patch.Jim Hocking
Davis 45kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Davis 51kShip's patch.Jim Hocking
Davis 100k-120kUniform Ship's name shoulder patch.Al Grazevich

USS DAVIS DD-937 History
View this vessel's DANFS History entry at the Naval History & Heritage Command website
(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 George Gill Ball    Mar 6 1957 - May 2 1958

CDR Lefteris Lavrakas    May 2 1958 - Oct 13 1959

CDR Robert Kent Rosemont    Oct 13 1959 - Nov 22 1960

CDR John Webster Smith    Nov 22 1960 - Sep 29 1961

CDR Allan Paul Slaff    Sep 29 1961 - Mar 2 1963

CDR George Birdt    Mar 2 1963 - Jul 1964

CDR Herbert Herman Niehaus    Jul 1964 - Oct 14 1965

CDR Robert Parker Hilton Sr.    Oct 14 1965 - Jul 12 1967 (Later RADM)

CDR Edward Joseph Mountford    Jul 12 1967 - Oct 17 1970

CDR William Jay Sweet Jr.    Oct 17 1970 - Mar 7 1972

CDR Loren Marston Lewedag    Mar 7 1972 - Jul 10 1973

CDR James Murchison Hamrick    Jul 10 1973 - Jul 19 1975

CDR Donald Henry Gunderson    Jul 19 1975 - May 21 1977

CDR Alan Brian Flanagan    May 21 1977 - Aug 31 1979

CDR Gerald William Dunne    Aug 31 1979 - May 17 1982

CDR Robert Drake Jones    May 17 1982 - Dec 20 1982

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Peter Lennon
Address: 5 Skyline Drive, Plainville, CT 06062-2612
Phone: 860) 747-8761
Next reunion: October 13-16, 2011, Virginia Beach VA

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.

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