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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; Allis Chalmers Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 208.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Seattle Tacoma Shipbuilding June 5 1941.
Launched May 17 1942 and commissioned March 31 1943.
Decommissioned March 6 1946.
Stricken June 1 1971.
Fate Sunk as target off Puerto Rico December 4 1973.

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Frankford 82kArtist's conception of the Frankford 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
Frankford 22kUndated, location unknown.Rich Angelini
Frankford 74kUSS Frankford (DD-497) on 13 March 1945, from an aircraft of utility squadron VJ-5 wearing camouflage 32/3D. On this date, Frankford was underway from Casco Bay, NE for exercises. Frankford has a stub mainmast with an HF/DF antenna.
National Archives photo 80-G-313937, courtesy of C. Lee Johnson,
Mike Green
Frankford 213kUSS Frankford (DD-497) is shown from the starboard bow in the Atlantic in May 1945 wearing camouflage scheme 32/3d. This photo was taken from the escort carrier USS Card (CVE-11). Note how the camouflage pattern wraps at the bow to the deck. Though the NA dates this photo 12 May, Frankford was moored at 33rd Street Pier, Brooklyn during the period 11-23 May. The photo was probably taken earlier in the month, when Frankford was acting as plane guard for Card during carrier qualifications in Narragansett Bay.
National Archives photo 80-G-366234, courtesy of C. Lee Johnson,
Mike Green
Frankford 111kPhoto #: NH 99251. USS Frankford (DD-497) at anchor in the New York Harbor area, 19 June 1945, after a four week yard period (24 May-18 June) at New York Navy Yard which involved removal of her torpedo tubes and installation of an enhanced battery of 40mm guns. Photographed from an aircraft based at Naval Air Station New York, NY. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Thomas James Thornhill Jr.    Mar 31 1943 - Jan 25 1944

LCDR James Lardner Semmes    Jan 25 1944 - Jan 16 1945

LCDR Donald George Wright    Jan 16 1945 - Mar 6 1946

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Frank Murray
Address: 1829 S. Abrego Drive, Green Valley, AZ 85614
Phone: (520)625-9871
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.

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

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