NavSource Main Page FAQ Contact us Search NavSource

Waving US Flag

NavSource Naval History
Photographic History of the United States Navy


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NAMB

Displacement 2395 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 348' 4"(oa) x 36' 1" x 13' 2" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 6 x 0.5" MG, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 50,000 SHP; Westinghouse Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 208.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bath Iron Works, Bath Me. May 16 1938.
Launched December 9 1939 and commissioned June 14 1940.
Decommissioned May 8 1946.
Stricken November 1 1969.
Fate Sold June 29 1972 and broken up for scrap.

Click On Image
For Full Size Image
Size Image Description Contributed
Gleaves 71kAlbert Gleaves, born 1 January 1858 in Nashville, Tenn., graduated from the Naval Academy in 1877. After serving on board Hartford and Trenton, he was appointed an Ensign in 1881. Assigned to many ships and station, he commanded Gushing during the Spanish-American War and later North Dakota. Promoted to Rear Admiral in 1915, in World War I he commanded the Cruiser and Transport Force. For his outstanding contribution he was awarded the Army and Navy Distinguished Service Medals. In 1919 he was promoted to Admiral. While serving at the Naval Ordnance Proving Ground, Admiral Gleaves made outstanding contributions in the field of gunnery and torpedoes. While carrying out some tests on torpedo steering devices he changed these weapons from instruments of luck into instruments of precision. The gear which he tested in Gushing provided the imprints which made the torpedo the "terrible weapon" of World War I. In spite of a life of constant action in war and peace, he found time to write a biography on Captain Lawrence; the "History of the Cruiser and Transport Force," and the "Life of an American Sailor, William Hensley Emory, Rear Admiral, USN." After a most distinguished career, he retired in 1921. Admiral Gleaves died 6 January 1937 at Haverford, Pa. Digital ID: ggbain 24816, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.Bill Gonyo
Gleaves 82kArtist's conception of the Gleaves as she appeared in World War II by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Gleaves 24kUndated, location unknown.-
Gleaves 58kUndated, location unknown.Robert M. Cieri
Gleaves 93kUndated, location unknown steaming through pack ice early in the war.Robert Hurst

Undated, chewing gum collectible card.Tommy Trampp
Gleaves 143kUSS Gleaves (DD-423) afloat immediately after launching, off the Bath Iron Works shipyard, Bath, Maine, 09 December 1939. The ship's five 5"/38 guns have already been installed, but her torpedo tubes have not. Note scaffolding around the forward funnel and generally incomplete superstructure. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center. Photo #: NH 80563.Robert Hurst
Gleaves 797kUSS Gleaves (DD-423) launching at Bath Iron Works, 09 December 1939. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 53745Robert Hurst / Mike Green
Gleaves 154kUSS Gleaves on Sea Trials off Portland, ME April 1940.Steven Cardali/Ed Zajkowski
Gleaves 98kUSS Gleaves and USS Drayton at high speed during what looks to be pre-war exercises in the Atlantic. Note that this had to be sometime after June 1940 but not much farther due to both ships still having their hull installed portholes. During actions with Uboats in 1941, all Atlantic ships removed these peacetime luxuries and went into a state of "Undeclared War." Photo is part of the National Destroyermens Museum aboard USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. (DD-850).Rich Angelini
Gleaves 341k USS GLEAVES on 18 June 1941 off Boston Navy Yard after competing her King Board AA Mods upgrade and application of new camouflage pattern. This photo shows a good example of the USN Camouflage Measure 2 Graded System. In this early application of one of the camouflage schemes authorized in April 1941, the hull number has been applied to the hull under the bridge, in the WWI manner. Hull numbers were soon relocated to the standard location on the bow. The BENSON-GLEAVES class units of DesRon 7 (DD421-428, and 431) were modified under the King Board Mods to the configuration seen here. The DesRon 7 units retained all five 5-in guns and only one bank of torpedo tubes, plus ten 50-cal MGs. The original open mounts, 53 and 54 mounts, were given half shields with canvas tops to help save weight. The searchlight was moved from the original high superstructure location between 53 and 54 mounts, to a lower location just aft of the second stack. When the two twin 40-mm mounts were installed on the DesRon 7 units, the 53 mount was removed and the second torpedo tubes bank was reinstalled. The former 54 mount, now 53 mount, retained the canvas covered shield on all of the early BENSON-GLEAVES class units (DD421-444) for their entire careers.
U.S. Navy Bureau of Ships photo # 19-N-24193. This image is available in the holdings of the National Archives and Records Admininstration, cataloged under the National Archives Identifier (NAID) 513043
Robert Hurst
Rick E. Davis
Gleaves 29kRunning the measured mile off Rockland, Maine, May 28 1940.Robert Hurst
Gleaves 43kUnderway to Argentia, in 1942.Robert Hurst
Gleaves 40kHalifax, Nova Scotia circa 1942. Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management, Halifax, NS.Tracy White
Gleaves   Gleaves
USS Gleaves underway off the Boston Navy Yard, May 31 1942. NPS Charlestown NY 11240-2318 & 11240-2320.
John Chiquoine and Rick Davis
Gleaves 43kApril 13 1944, location unknown.Robert Hurst

USS GLEAVES DD-423 History
View This Vessels DANFS History entry at the Naval History and Heritage Command website

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Edward Harris Pierce    Jun 14 1940 - May 26 1942

CDR Clarence Lindsay Winecoff    May 26 1942 - Mar 17 1943

CDR Byron Laurence Gurnette    Mar 17 1943 - Sep 2 1944

LCDR William Manson Klee    Sep 2 1944 - May 8 1946 (Later RADM)

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Carlos Gonzalez
Address: 1205 N. Matanzas Ave, Tampa, FL 33607-5135
Phone: 813-876-8714
E-mail: D. Bussey at

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

Back To The Main Photo Index To The Destroyer Index Page

Comments and Suggestions about this page, E-mail DestroyerInfo
Problems and site related matters, E-mail Webmaster

This page was created by Fred Willishaw (ex ARG-4, AS-11 & DD-692) and is maintained by David L. Wright
All pages copyright NavSource Naval History
Last Updated 31 May 2018