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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; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Seattle Tacoma Shipbuilding. May 6 1942.
Launched March 25 1943 and commissioned October 27 1943.
Fate Sunk by Japanese Warships off Samar October 25 1944.
184 of her crew were lost with the ship and remain on duty.

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Johnston 89kJohn Vincent Johnston of Cincinnati, Ohio, entered the Navy in September 1861 as First Master in gunboat St. Louis. He assisted in the Union gunboat attacks that captured strategic Fort Henry on the Tennessee River 6 February 1862. The night of 1 April 1862 he was the Navy commander of a combined Army-Navy boat expedition from St. Louis which landed and spiked the guns of Fort No. 1 above the Confederate stronghold, Island No. 10. He was promoted to Acting Volunteer Lieutenant for gallantry in this expedition. After joining in the bombardments of Vicksburg, he took command of Forrest Rose to patrol the Mississippi River and its tributaries. On 15 February 1864 his gunboat repelled the attack of confederate raiders, saving the town of Waterproof, Louisiana, and its federal garrison. LT Johnston resigned from the naval service 23 June 1864 and died 23 April 1912 at St. Louis, Missouri.Robert M. Cieri/Bill Gonyo
Johnston 142kUSS Johnston (DD-557) Sliding down the building ways at the Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard, Seattle, Washington, 25 March 1943. Courtesy of Mrs. Roger Dudley. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
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Shortly after launching at Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp., Seattle, Washington, 25 March 1943. Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 63497 and 63498.
Mike Green
Johnston 90kPhoto #: NH 63499. LCdr. Ernest E. Evans, USN (1908-1944), at the commissioning ceremonies of USS Johnston (DD-557), Seattle, Washington, 27 October 1943. He was Johnston's Commanding Officer from then until she was sunk in the Battle off Samar, 25 October 1944, and was lost with the ship. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Johnston 113kPhoto #: NH 63368. USS Johnston (DD-557) commissioning ceremonies on the ship's fantail, at Seattle, Washington, 27 October 1943. LCdr. Ernest E. Evans, USN, her Commanding Officer, is speaking in the left center. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Johnston 105kUSS Johnston (DD-557) off Seattle or Tacoma, Washington, 27 October 1943. Courtesy of Mrs. Roger Dudley. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Johnston 137kPort side view of USS Johnston (DD-557) underway, in 1944. Photograph retouched by censor. Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 52319.Mike Green
Johnston 243kUSS Johnston (DD-557) coming alongside USS Millicoma (AO-73) to fuel, 12 September 1944. They are part of the train force as TU30.8.8, supporting heavy units in the Peleliu operation. Photo made from USS Saginaw Bay (CVE-82), in unrep to Millicoma's port. National Archives 80-G-334967.John Chiquoine and Dave Schroeder
Johnston 327kUSS Johnston (DD-557) gunfire damage and loss diagram from October 25 1944 off Samar, Philippine Islands. Source: Navy Department Library: Destroyer Gunfire, Bomb and Kamikaze Damage Report; War Damage Report No. 51.Mike Green
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Report of the Johnston's actions during the battle off Samar on October 25 1944.
Ed Zajkowski

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Ernest Edwin Evans    Oct 27 1943 - Oct 25 1944

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Names: Bill Mercer
Address: 707 Clebud Drive, Euless, TX 76040
Phone: (817)267-3230
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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