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Knight (DD-633)

Call sign:
November - Uniform - Foxtrot - Xray

Gleaves Class Destroyer/Ellyson Class Highspeed Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 18 March 1941 at Boston Navy Yard, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Launched 27 September 1941
  • Commissioned USS Knight (DD-633), 23 June 1942
  • Reclassified and converted to a High Speed Minesweeper, DMS-40, 30 May 1945
  • Decommissioned and placed in reserve 19 March 1947 at Bremerton, WA and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet Stockton, CA Group
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for decommissioning and placing in reserve as January 1947
  • Reclassified back to a Destroyer, DD-633, 15 July 1955
  • Struck from the Navy Register 1 December 1966
  • Sunk as a target 27 October 1967.


  • Displacement 1,630 t.(lt), 2,200 t.(fl)
  • Length 347' 10"
  • Beam 36' 1"
  • Draft 15' 8"
  • Speed 37 kts.
  • Complement 261
  • Armament: Four 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts, four 40mm mounts, five 20mm mounts, six depth charge projectors and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Four boilers, two steam turbines, two shafts.
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    USS Knight (DD 633)
    Knight 80k 20 October 1943
    Off the New York Navy Yard
    National Archives photo 19-N-55085
    Joe Radigan
    USS Knight (DMS 40)
    Knight 147k ©John Robert Barrett
    Knight 104k Original photo: c. 1946
    Replacement photo: Bureau of Ships photo from AN ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY OF THE BUREAU OF SHIPS DURING WORLD WAR II VOLUME IV U.S. Bureau of Ships
    Original photo: J. Clark
    Replacement photo: Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 16 February 2022
    Knight 280k 5 April 1946
    Arriving at San Francisco, California
    Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, Corte Madera, California, 1973
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 77372
    Original photo: Mike Green
    Replacement photo: Darryl Green

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Richard B. Levin, USN23 June 1942 - 3 May 1943
    02LCDR Joel Clarence Ford, Jr., USN3 May 1943 - 2 September 1944
    03CDR John Baker Ferriter, USN - Awarded the Legion of Merit (1967)2 September 1944 - 30 NOvember 1945
    04LCDR Roy Albert Norelius, USN1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Joe Radigan

    View the Knight (DMS-40)
    DANFS History entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Website
    Additional Resources and Websites of Interest
    NavSource DD Pages, USS Knight (DD-633)
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