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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 Charleston Navy Yard September 4 1940.
Launched July 28 1941 and commissioned December 18 1941.
Fate Struck Mine and sank off Utah Beach Normandy France June 6 1944.
24 of her crew were lost with the ship and remain on duty.

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Corry 91kWilliam Merrill Corry was born 5 October 1889 in Quincy, Florida and graduated from the United States Naval Academy 3 June 1910, and was designated naval aviator 6 March 1916. He served with distinction in command of the air station at Le Croisic, France, during World War I, and after the war remained in Europe working with the aviation aspects of demobilization. While serving on the staff of Commander-in-Chief, Atlantic Fleet, Lieutenant Commander Corry was injured in an airplane crash at Hartford, Connecticut, 3 October 1920. Thrown clear with several broken ribs, he plunged into the flaming wreckage to save the plane's pilot, Lieutenant Arthur C. Wagner. Corry was severely burned on his face and arms, while Wagner died of his burns eight hours later. Corry succumbed to his injuries on 7 October. His heroism was posthumously recognized with the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Photo #: 24-P-73. Ensign William Merrill Corry, Jr., USN (1889-1920) photograph by F. Brunel, taken March 1913. Photograph from the U.S. Navy Bureau of Personnel Collections in the U.S. National Archives.
Tony Cowart/Robert M. Cieri
Corry 82kArtist's conception of the Corry 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
Corry 25kUndated, location unknown.-
Corry 121kPhoto #: NH 55398. Miss Jean Constance Corry, of Quincy, Florida Christens USS Corry (DD-463), at the Charleston Navy Yard, South Carolina, on 28 July 1941. Behind her is her cousin, Miss Sara Corry, Maid of Honor. Captain C.P. Mason, Commanding Officer, Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida, is at right. Note the man in the right foreground, holding a stopwatch. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Corry 107kUSS Corry (DD-463) Is moved away by tugs, just after she was launched at the Charleston Navy Yard, South Carolina, on 28 July 1941. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Corry 104kSinking of German submarine U-801, 16-17 March 1944 U-801 on the surface (directly above the aircraft wingtip), being pursued and fired on by USS Corry (DD-463), at right, on 17 March 1944. The submarine was sunk in position 16 41N, 29 58W. Photographed from a TBM aircraft of squadron VC-6, based on USS Block Island (CVE-21). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fred Weiss
Corry 141kSinking of German submarine U-801, 16-17 March 1944 USS Corry (DD-463) with nets over her side, rescuing U-801's survivors, after the submarine had been sunk by aircraft and surface ships of the USS Block Island (CVE-21) group in position 16 41N, 29 58W, 17 March 1944. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fred Weiss
Corry 94kUSS Corry (DD-463) charging towards the sinking U-801. Photo from "United States destroyer Operations in World War II" by Theodore Roscoe. Robert Hurst
Corry 13kTwo near misses off USS Corry (DD-463) bow from shore batteries near Utah Beach, Normandy, France, on 6 June 1944. Still image from National Archives Film footage taken from PT-507.Robert Hurst
Corry 15kUSS Corry (DD-463) is hit amidships at approximately 0630 hours (H-Hour) on D-day, 6 June 1944. Still image from National Archives Film footage taken from PT-507.Robert Hurst
Corry 54kUSS Corry (DD-463) sinking off Utah Beach, Normandy, France, on 6 June 1944. Corry was sunk by 21 cm shells from the German Saint Marcouf (Crisbecq) battery. Photo taken by George K. S. Hardy, USN, USS Fitch (DD-462). U.S. Navy photo from the U.S. Navy USS Corry (DD-463) website.Robert Hurst
Corry 246kMap showing the location of the loss of the USS Meredith (DD-726), USS Corry (DD-463) and USS Glennon (DD-620) during the first 4 days of the D-Day invasion, June 6 - 10, 1944. Chart from the June 2002 edition of National Geographic.Joe Radigan

USS CORRY DD-463 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Eugene Carrol Burchett    Dec 18 1941 - Dec 2 1942

CDR Lot Ensey    Dec 2 1942 - Dec 5 1943 (Later VADM)

LCDR George Dewey Hoffman    Dec 5 1943 - Jun 6 1944

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Thomas Groot
Address: 122 Cherokee Trail, Winchester, VA 22602
Phone: (540)877-1905
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
USS Corry website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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