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Displacement 2395 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 348' 4"(oa) x 36' 1" x 13' 2" (Max)
Armament 4 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 Federal Shipbuilding,Kearny NJ. December 2 1940.
Launched July 25 1941 and commissioned November 28 1941.
Converted to High Speed Minesweeper DMS-19 November 15 1944.
Reclassified Destroyer, DD-454 May 4 1954.
Decommissioned October 19 1954, Stricken February 1 1970.
To Japan October 19 1954, renamed Asakaze.
Returned to America in 1970.
Fate To Taiwan in August 1970 and cannibalized for spare parts.

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Ellyson 80kCommander 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.Bill Gonyo
Ellyson 82kArtist's conception of the Ellyson 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
Ellyson 32kUndated, location unknown.Benson-Livermore Class Website
Ellyson 104kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Ellyson 182kChristening ceremony at Kearny, NJ by Miss Gordon Ellyson, daughter of the ship's namesake.S. Dale Hargrave
Ellyson 167kEllyson sliding down the ways.Dave Wright
Ellyson 103k27 November 1941, Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Kearny, NJ. National Archives photo 19-N-26265AJoe Radigan
Ellyson 122kThe USS Ellyson (DD-454) at the New York NY being fitted out after delivery, 26 February 1942, three months after commissioning. She is one of the first, if not the first, of her class to be fitted with 20mm guns and the temporary install of a quad 1.1” gun mount until the twin 40mm mounts became available (40mm twin mounts became available in July 1942 for installation on destroyers). She has two 20mm guns installed in front of the bridge and three 20mm guns installed amidships.Rick E Davis
Ellyson 85kAs above.Rick E Davis
Ellyson 130kShip's patch.Don McGrogan
On Japanese Service
Ellyson 23kCirca 1956, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Ellyson 35kex-Ellyson (DD-454) as JMSDF Asakaze (DD-181) Yokosuka, Fall 1959.Derick Hartshorn
Ellyson 47kAs above.Derick Hartshorn
Ellyson 109kThe Japanese destroyer JMSDF Asakaze (DD-181) refueling from the USS Shangri La (CVA-38) in 1959. Formerly the USS Ellyson (DD-454), the ship was transferred to the Japanese Government in October, 1954. Source: United States Navy, Photo No. unknown.Mike Green
Ellyson 70kAs the Japanese Asakaze, circa 1960's.Marc Piché
Ellyson 30kJapanese destroyer Asakaze (ex-USS Ellyson, DD-454, ex-DMS-19, ex-DD-454) circa 1966, location unknown.Robert Hurst

USS ELLYSON DD-454 / DMS-19 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR John Bartholomew Rooney    Nov 28 1941 - ?

LCDR Ernest William Longton    Feb 6 1943 - Aug 12 1944

LCDR William Hughlett Hardcastle Jr.    Jul 1953 - Jul 1954

LCDR George Willis Kingston    Jul 1954 - ?

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: James R. Galberth
Phone: 317-849-3315
E-mail: None

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
NavSource Minesweeper Pages, USS Ellyson (DMS-19)
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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