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Ellyson (DMS-19)

Call sign:
November - India - Hotel - Zulu


Ellyson served the Navies of the United States, Japan and the Republic of China

Benson Class Destroyer/Ellyson Class Highspeed Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 2 December 1940 by Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Kearny, NJ
  • Launched 25 July 1941
  • Commissioned USS Ellyson (DD-454), 28 November 1941
  • Reclassified and converted to Highspeed Minesweeper, DMS-19, 15 November 1944
  • Reclassified back to a Destroyer, DD-454, 4 May 1954
  • Decommissioned, 19 October 1954
  • Struck from the Naval Register and transferred to Japan 20 October 1954 as Asakaze (DD 181)
  • Decommissioned in October 1969
  • Returned to U.S. custody in December 1969
  • Transferred to Taiwan in October 1970. Did not enter active service with Taiwan's navy, but was retained for spares and repair needs. Used as a prop in a 1976 Taiwanese naval action film and sunk as part of a 'sea battle'
    action scene.


  • Displacement 1,630 t.(lt)
  • Length 348' 3"
  • Beam 36' 1"
  • Draft 13' 9"
  • Speed 38 kts.
  • Complement 272
  • Armament: Three 5"/38 dual purpose mounts and two quad 40mm mounts
  • Propulsion: Four Babcock and Wilcox boilers, two 50,000shp General Electric geared turbines, De Laval double reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Ellyson (DD 454)
    Ellyson 140k Commander Theodore Gordon "Spuds" Ellyson, USN, 27 February 1885 - 27 February 1928, was the first U.S. Navy officer designated as an aviator ("Naval Aviator No. 1"). Ellyson served in the experimental development of aviation in the years before and after World War I. He also spent several years before the war as part of the Navy's new submarine service. A recipient of the Navy Cross for his aviation service in World War I, Ellyson died in 1928 when his aircraft crashed over the Chesapeake Bay
    Library of Congress photo
    Bill Gonyo
    Ellyson 117k 27 November 1941
    Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Kearny, NJ
    National Archives photo 19-N-26265A
    Joe Radigan
    USS Ellyson (DMS 19)
    Ellyson 95k c. 1944. .
    Ellyson 77k Steaming off Boston, MA, 17 December 1944
    National Archives photo 80-G-382792
    USS LCS(L)3 1-130 Association
    Ellyson 42k Steaming off Boston, MA, 17 December 1944
    National Archives photo 80-G-382791
    USS LCS(L)3 1-130 Association
    Ellyson 87k 27 August 1945 Ellyson (DMS-19) high-lining Sr Lt M. Ito, IJNR to Revenge (AM 110) in preparation for entry into and minesweeping of Tokyo Bay the next day Destroyers Online
    Asakaze (DD 181)
    Ellyson 61k c. September 1958
    Yokosuka, Japan
    Derick S. Hartshorn
    Ellyson 28k c. 1966 Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR John Bartholomew Rooney, USN - Awarded the Legion of Merit (1943)
    Retired as Captain
    28 November 1941 - 1942
    02LCDR Frank Chester Layne, USN1942 - 6 February 1943
    03CDR Ernest William Longton, USN - USNA Class of 19316 February 1943 - November 1944
    04LCDR Robert W. Mountrey, USNRNovember 1944 - October 1945
    05LCDR Harold Theodore Goranson, USN - USNA Class of 1940October 1945 - December 1945
    06CDR Hugh Blanchard Vickery, USN - USNA Class of 1940
    Retired as Commander
    1950 - 1951
    07LCDR William Hughlett Hardcastle, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 1945July 1953 - July 1954
    08LCDR George Willis Kingston, USNJuly 1954
    Courtesy Joe Radigan, Wolfgang Hechler and Bill Gonyo

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