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Displacement 2219 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 340' 10" (oa) x 35' 10" x 12' 9" (Max)
Armament 4 x 5"/38AA, 4 x 0.5" MG, 16 x 21" tt.(4x4).
Machinery, 50,000 SHP; Bethlehem Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38.5 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 158.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel, San Francisco March 24 1936.
Launched February 14 1938 and commissioned August 5 1938.
Decommissioned October 19 1945.
Stricken November 1 1945.
Fate Sold June 13 1946 to Northern Metals, Philadelphia and broken up for scrap.

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Maury 99kComdr. Matthew Fontaine Maury, astronomer and hydrographer, was born in Spotsylvania County, Va., 14 January 1806. Appointed midshipman 1 February 1825, he achieved the rank of commander 14 September 1855. He was appointed Superintendent of the Department of Charts and Instruments in 1842, and upon the establishment of the Naval Observatory in 1844 became its first superintendent, holding that position until his resignation in April 1861. During this period he published some of his best known scientific works, and his “Wind and Current Charts,” “Sailing Directions,” and “Physical Geography of the Sea” remain standard. He became world famous as “Pathfinder of the Seas,” the leading oceanograpber of history. Following his resignation at the outbreak of the Civil War, he joined the Confederate Navy, in which he attained the rank of commodore. At the end of the war he occupied the chair of physics at the Virginia Military Institute. He died at Lexington, Va., 1 February 1873.Bill Gonyo/Robert Hurst
Maury 148kUndated, USS Maury (DD-401), closes with the battleship South Dakota in the Pacific. U.S. Navy Photo.Robert Hurst
Maury 128kUSS Maury (DD-401) Photographed when first completed in August 5 1938. The original print has been autographed by Admiral Arleigh A. Burke, USN, who served with Maury while he was a Destroyer Division commander in 1943. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Chris Schaffer
Maury 149kAt the Bethlehem Union plant, August 5 1938.Ed Zajkowski
Maury 198kShip's crew at Honolulu in Ocober 1938.David A. Jones, MCPO, USN (Ret.)
Maury 101kUSS Maury (DD-401) at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, circa in the late 1930s. Photo courtesy U.S. National Park Service gallery WAPA 2505.Robert Hurst
Maury 246kClipping describing her Presidential Unit Citation.Ed Zajkowski
Maury 45kUSS Maury (DD-401) underway, in mid-1943. She is painted in Camouflage Measure 14. U.S. Navy photo in: Zerstörer der U.S. Navy by Stefan Terzibaschitsch, Koehler, Herford (Germany) 1986, p. 127. ISBN 378220395X.Robert Hurst
Maury 145kGilberts Operation, November 1943 USS Guadalupe (AO-32) refuels USS Maury (DD-401) and USS Lexington (CV-16) at sea in the Gilbert Islands area, 25 November 1943. Photographed from Lexington. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Edward H. Cleary
Maury 39kNovember 1943, location unknown.Robert Hurst

USS MAURY DD-401 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Edward Mathew Thompson    Aug 5 1938 - Jun 29 1940 (Later RADM)
LCDR Elmer Drummond Snare    Jun 29 1940 - Apr 4 1942
LCDR Gelzer Loyall Sims    Apr 4 1942 - Aug 16 1943 (Later RADM)
LCDR Joseph William Koenig    Aug 16 1943 - Nov 4 1944
LCDR David Lombard Harris    Nov 4 1944 - Jul 27 1945
LCDR Ernest Francis Wilcomb    Jul 27 1945 - Oct 19 1945

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Alfred J. Schaffer
Address: 4374 E Spawn Ln, Higley, AZ 85236-5371
Phone: (480) 279-4467

Note About Contacts.

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Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Maury Website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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