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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NCBN

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - FELLOWMAN

Displacement 2924 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 6 x 40mm, 10/11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; Westinghouse Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel, San Francisco. March 17 1942.
Launched October 22 1942 and commissioned May 28 1943.
Decommissioned January 18 1946 and recommissioned August 1 1951.
Decommissioned May 11 1965.
Stricken November 1 1972.
Fate Target hulk November 1973 and scrapped.

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Steamer Mount Vernon
145kJames Trathen was born at sea off the coast of Maine on 28 August 1811. He entered the Navy as an Acting Volunteer Lieutenant on 26 August 1861. Assigned to command bark Midnight, he took his ship south in November 1861 for duty with the Gulf Blockading Squadron. Patrolling off the coast of Texas, independently for a large part of the time, Midnight from time to time bombarded Confederate positions ashore. With only a two-week rest period at Key West in June 1862, Trathen's bark remained on blockade duty through August, when she was ordered north. Subsequently assuming command of the steamer Mount Vernon, Trathen joined the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron in October 1862. Patrolling off Wilmington, N.C., his ship apprehended eight merchantmen of various registries trying to run the cordon of Union ships off the Confederacy's shores. On 31 July 1863, under the heavy guns of Fort Fisher, Trathen daringly captured the steamer Kate. On 16 May 1865, he was prompted to lieutenant commander. After returning to civilian life on 26 May 1866, Trathen died in Washington, B.C., on 19 June 1903.Bill Gonyo
Trathen 30kUndated, location unknown.-
Trathen 172kUndated, location unknown.Bill Gonyo
Trathen 146kUndated, location unknown.Bill Gonyo
Trathen 113kUndated, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Trathen 167kUndated, USS Wilkinson (DL-5), USS Black (DD-666) and USS Trathen (DD-530).Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Trathen 71kUndated, unknown location overhead bow and stern images of the USS Trathen (DD-530). This photo clearly show the Fletcher class layout, as originally configured. From the 1943-45 Naval Recognition Manual.Mike Green
Trathen 94kForward plan view of the USS Trathen (DD 530) at Mare Island on 3 August 1943. Ships aft of Trathen are from left to right are USS Austin (DE 15), USS Burden C. Hastings (DE 19) and USS MacDonough (DD 351).Darryl Baker
Trathen 86kStern view of the USS Trathen (DD 530) departing Mare Island on 4 August 1943.Darryl Baker
Trathen 118kBroadside view of the USS Trathen (DD 530) off Mare Island on 4 August 1943. Trathen was in overhaul at the shipyard from 11 Sept. to 4 August 1943.Darryl Baker
Trathen 82kBow on view of the USS Trathen (DD 530) departing Mare Island on 4 August 1943.Darryl Baker
Trathen 134kAugust 3 1945 at Mare Island.Ed Zajkowski
Trathen 109kAugust 3 1945 at Mare Island.Ed Zajkowski
Trathen 115kUSS Trathen (DD-530) underway at sea, 3 September 1952. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 107245.Robert Hurst
Trathen 110kNewly arrived in the war zone, the battleship New Jersey (BB-62) transfers outgoing mail to the destroyer Trathan (DD-530) on 17 April 1953. Her #1 Mk37 Secondary Battery Director now has its radar equipment Mk.12/22 replaced by the new dish of the Mk.25, designed to improve performance against low-flying aircraft. Her #2 and-3 Mk.37 still have the old Mk.12/22 atop. Spot One (the Mk.38 Main Battery Director on her Foretop) has radar equipment Mk.13, above that, her SPS-6 radar antenna is visible with a Zenith Search antenna mounted in place of the SG antenna and short-range, ship-to-ship antennas, AT-150, and AS-390, ship-to-air, hardly visible. On both sides of her Forward Air Defence Platform additional whip antennas for long-range reception and transmission and two extra TBS antennas have been mounted. Below this, a TDY jammer. On her yardarms "Derby", CAGW66132, omni-directional, warning-type antennas and some IFF antennas. "Ski- Pole" IFF antennas project P./S. on platforms from her fighting tower. Visible on the tripod type mast, recently installed on the Fletcher class destroyer Trathan is her SPS-29 radar with SG above and some radio antennas. Atop her Mk.37 director, Mk.25. Also visible a Mk.34 radar antenna for GFCS Mk.63, mounted on a 3-Inch gun and aft, her MK.56 Director. Pieter Bakels
527kTrathen performing unrep alongside Shangri-La (CVA-38) in the Western Pacific, 1956. Photo by CDR Gerald Durbin, USS Shangri-La. Bob Canchola
Trathen 109kCirca 1957.Marc Piché
Trathen 168kUSS Trathen (DD 530) dated June 9 1958 by the photo lab aboard the USS Dixie (AD 14). The stern of the USS Dennis J. Buckley (DD 808) on the starboard side of Trathen. Photo from the files of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Trathen 83kCirca late 1950's.Marc Piché
Trathen 61kA series of 5 images of the Trathen refueling from the USS Bennington (CVS-20) in the South China Sea during the Winter of 1961 by Navy Photographer PH2 Charles Hansen.Charles Hansen
Trathen 75kAs above.Charles Hansen
Trathen 72kAs above.Charles Hansen
Trathen 168kAs above.Charles Hansen
Trathen 105kAs above.Charles Hansen
Trathen 122kUSS Ajax (AR-6) Flagship of Commander Service Squadron THREE, with five Seventh Fleet destroyers alongside, circa 1962. The destroyers are (from left to right): USS Ernest G. Small (DDR-838); USS Rupertus (DD-851); USS Trathen (DD-530); USS Cowell (DD-547); and USS Black (DD-666). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Trathen 24kShip's patch.Rich Scheeder
Trathen 103kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Trathen 223kShip's patch.Tom Gamstetter
Trathen 130kThree views of a model Trathen built by Kerry Provancha.Kerry Provancha
Trathen 118kAs above.Kerry Provancha
Trathen 57kAs above.Kerry Provancha

USS TRATHEN DD-530 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Alvord John Greenacre    May 28 1943 - Jan 8 1944

CDR Fondville Lee Tedder    Jan 8 1944 - Apr 28 1944 (Later RADM)

CDR John Raymond Millett    Apr 28 1944 - Jan 18 1946

(Decommissioned Jan 18 1946 - Aug 1 1951)

CDR Roger Hurst Allen    Aug 1 1951 - Aug 1 1952

CDR Harry Barrett Hahn    Aug 1 1952 - Sep 1 1954

CDR D. L. John Dierks    Sep 1 1954 - Sep 1 1955

CDR Frederick Neilson Russell    Sep 1 1955 - Oct 7 1957

CDR Lewis Joseph Stecher Jr.    Oct 7 1957 - Jul 27 1959

CDR James Jacob Hoblitzel III    Jul 27 1959 - Dec 9 1960

CDR Charles Henry Tisdale Jr.    Dec 9 1960 - Jun 8 1962

CDR Robert Giamotti    Jun 8 1962 - Apr 20 1963

CDR Robert Dunlap Pace    Apr 20 1963 - Mar 1 1965

LCDR Donald Edward Prisby    Mar 1 1965 - May 11 1965

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Ron Keeler
Address: 1506 Harborsun Rd., Charleston, SC 29412
Phone: (843)795-1484

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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