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Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - RECRUIT

Displacement 2924 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 10 x 40mm, 7 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. November 20 1942.
Launched July 11 1943 and commissioned December 1 1943.
Decommissioned June 14 1946 and recommissioned Nov 21 1950.
Decommissioned July 1 1971.
Stricken August 16 1971.
To Taiwan July 1 1971, renamed Kwei Yang.
Fate Stricken July 16 1999.

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Twining 95kNathan Crook Twining was born on 17 January 1869 at Boscobel, Wisconsin. He was appointed a naval cadet in 1885 and graduated from the United States Naval Academy on 7 June 1889. During the Spanish-American War, he served in Iowa (Battleship No. 4) in Cuban waters and later was executive officer of Kearsarge (Battleship No. 6) when that ship circumnavigated the globe with the "Great White Fleet." He commanded Tacoma (Cruiser No. 18) during the bombardment of Vera Cruz in 1914. During World War I, he served as Chief of Staff for Admiral Sims, Commander of Naval Forces in European waters, and was also a member of the Allied War Council. Rear Admiral Twining retired early in 1923 and died on 4 July 1924 at Nantucket, Mass. Nathan C. Twining was the uncle of United States Air Force General Nathan F. Twining (October 11, 1897 – March 29, 1982), and United States Marine Corp General Merrill B. Twining (November 28, 1902 – May 11, 1996). Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.Bill Gonyo
USS Twining (DD-540)
Twining 52kUndated, heading south out of San Diego Bay, south of Ballast Point, with Point Loma in the background.Roger Myers/Chris Culp
Twining 47kUndated, location unknown.Roger Myers
Twining 33kUndated, location unknown.Roger Myers
Twining 170kUndated, location unknown.David Buell
Twining 82kUSS Twining (DD-540) underway. location unknown. Photo courtesy of Ted Stone.Robert Hurst/Ken W. Sayers, Lt., USNR
Twining 143kUndated, off Point Loma.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Twining 80kUndated, off Point Loma.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Twining 136kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Twining 175kCommissioning plaque.Bill Gonyo
Twining 140k1944, location unknown.David Buell
Twining 202k1945, location unknown.David Buell
Twining 163kPart of the 1945 crew, location unknown.David Buell
Twining 6kCropped version of following photo, Twining in foreground and Wedderburn in background. Mt. Fujiyama as seen from Sagami Wan, 27 August 1945 one day before Twining and Wedderburn entered Tokyo Bay.George English
Twining 99kUncropped version of the above photo with different caption, USS Twining (DD-540) in forground and USS Wedderburn (DD-684) steam in Sagami Wan, outside of Tokyo Bay, in company with other Third Fleet warships, to support the occupation of Yokosuka naval base, 28 August 1945. Mount Fuji is in the left center distance. Photographed from USS Cumberland Sound (AV-17). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fred Weiss
Twining 70kTwining passing under the Golden Gate Bridge prior to it's refitting in 1951.Roger Myers
Twining 125kAmidships looking forward plan view of USS Twining (DD 540) at Mare Island on 22 May 1951. She was in overhaul at the yard from 3 March to 7 June 1951.Darryl Baker
Twining 124kAft plan view of USS Twining (DD 540) at Mare Island on 22 May 1951.Darryl Baker
Twining 175kCirca 1952, location unknown.Wolfgang Hechler
Twining 201kUSS Midway (CVA-41) and the destroyer USS Twining (DD-540) during an underway replenishment with USS Polaris (AF-11). Midway, with assigned Carrier Air Group 1 (CVG-1), circumnavigated the globe between 27 December 1954 and 14 July 1955. U.S. Navy photo from the USS Midway (CVA-41) 1955 cruise book.Robert Hurst
Twining 128kDestroyer Squadron 17, photographed at the foot of Broadway, San Diego, California, in March 1955. Destroyers in front row include (left to right): USS Twining (DD-540); USS Erben (DD-631); USS Halsey Powell (DD-686) and USS Gregory (DD-802). Behind them are (left to right): USS Shields (DD-596); USS Colahan (DD-658); USS Marshall (DD-676) and USS Porterfield (DD-682). USS Kearsarge (CVA-33) is tied up in the left distance, at Naval Air Station, North Island. Structure in the bottom center is the "Naval Destroyer Boat House". U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Twining 185kUSS Princeton (CVS-37) underway with the destroyer USS Twining (DD-540) and the submarine USS Diodon (SS-349). The Princeton was deployed to the Western Pacific from 19 June to 2 December 1958. This was Princeton´s last deployment as an aircraft carrier before her conversion to a helicopter carrier. She was redesignated LPH-5 on 2 March 1959. U.S. Navy photo from the USS Princeton (CVS-37) 1958 cruise book.Robert Hurst
Twining 118kUSS Twining (DD-540) Steaming at sea during the middle or later 1950s. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Twining 59kUSS Owen (DD-536), USS Cowell (DD-547), USS Twining (DD540) and USS Pritchett (DD-561) in Yokosuka, Fall 1959.Derick Hartshorn
Twining 55kUSS Twining (DD-540), September 1959, photo by CPO Carl Cook.Tom Langford
161kTwining (DD-540) leading a column, location unknown, 1960. Official Navy PAO photo.Mike Smolinski
Twining 142kThe mountain on the left is Mount Tamalpais in Marin County on San Francisco Bay, San Pablo Bay to be precise. The green hump of land is on the approach to the Port of Richmond. The Twining is steaming west. In the 1960s she was the USNR ship stationed at Treasure Island. This photo was most likely taken at that time.Tommy Trampp/Bert Ricci
Twining 89kSan Diego, circa 1960's.Marc Piché
Twining 228kAugust 22 1960, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Twining 89kIn the Pacific circa 1963.Marc Piché
Twining 161kMid-channel with downtown San Diego behind her and NAS North Island to her port side. Circa mid 1960's.Darryl Baker/Chris Culp
Twining 92kTwining tied up at Treasure Island. The eastern ramp of the San Francisco Bay Bridge is visible just off the stern of the ship, above the 1960 Chevy, circa 1969.Terry D. Gann/Bert Ricci
Twining 24kSan Francisco January 1970.Marc Piché
Twining 57kShip's patchMike Smolinski
On Republic of China Service
Twining 70kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Twining 89kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Twining 69kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Twining 61kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Twining 46kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Twining 45kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Twining 49kUndated, San Diego Bay headed towards 32nd St naval Base.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy/Chris Culp
Twining 50kUndated, location unknown.Ron Reeves

USS TWINING DD-540 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Ellis Kerr Wakefield    Dec 1 1943 - Jan 27 1945 (Later RADM)

CDR Frank Voris List    Jan 27 1945 - Sep 8 1945

LCDR Albert Francis Hollingsworth    Sep 8 1945 - Jun 14 1946 

(Decommissioned Jun 14 1946 - Nov 21 1950)

LCDR Arthur Earl Dominick    Nov 21 1950 - Mar 21 1951

CDR Manley Conroy Osborne    Mar 21 1951 - Apr 2 1952

CDR Oliver Scott Dwire    Apr 2 1952 - Jun 5 1953

CDR George Warren Miller    Jun 5 1953 - Sep 4 1955

CDR Francis Wall    Sep 4 1955 - 1955

CDR Howard Leo Kubel    1955 - 1957

CDR Malcom Charles Brown II    1957 - 1959

CDR Howard Lee Smolinn    1959 - 1959 

CDR Emerick Sidney Kelone    1959 - 1960

LCDR David McDonald DiBrell    1960 - 1961

CDR Albert Tilden Sprague III   1961 - 1963

CDR Peter Adams Bowser    1963 - 1964

CDR Donald Lees Hadaway    1964 - 1965

CAPT George Raymond Mahoney    1965 - 1966

CDR Harvey Leroy Decker    1967 - 1968

CDR Donald Raymond Brainard    1968 - Jun 5 1970

CDR James Allen Chesky    Jun 5 1970 - Jul 1 1971

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Glenn Robbins

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

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