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Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - MAINSPRING

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NWGZ

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. August 12 1942.
Launched August 28 1943 and commissioned January 31 1944.
Decommissioned June 12 1946 and recommissioned August 3 1951.
Decommissioned June 5 1964,
Stricken December 1 1974
Fate Sunk as target off Puerto Rico April 13 1982.

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- Isaiah Robinson, probably born in Philadelphia, Pa., was a member of the Philadelphia Ship Masters' Association and served as lieutenant in Hornet with Joshua Barney. He later commanded the 10-gun Continental sloop-of-war Sachem, fitted out by the Marine Committee shortly after Admiral Hopkins' Fleet sailed for New Providence in 1776, and captured a six-gun British letter of marque off the Virginia Capes. Appointed captain in the Continental Navy on 10 October 1776, he assumed command of the 14-gun brig Andrew Doria. One of the more important smaller vessels of the Continental Navy, the brig sailed under orders of the Secret Committee, dated 17 October 1776, for the Dutch island of St. Eustatius to take on a cargo of military stores. Upon the return voyage in late November, he captured the British 12-gun sloop-of-war Racehorse after a 2-hour engagement near Puerto Rico. The following year, Captain Robinson cruised against enemy shipping off Cape May, but was finally blockaded in the Delaware River. During the defense of Philadelphia, and following the destruction of Fort Mifflin on 15 November 1777, he was forced to burn Andrew Doria to prevent her from falling into enemy hands. He commanded the 12-gun Pennsylvania privateer Pomona in 1779 and succeeded in taking several British privateers. The date of his death is unknown, but his will, dated 12 August 1777, was probated in the city of Philadelphia on 25 September 1781.Robert M. Cieri
Robinson 82kArtist's conception of the Robinson as she appeared after original construction 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
Robinson 52kUndated, location unknown.Elman Reynolds
Robinson 129kUndated, USS Robinson (DD-562) as she pours 40 mm gunfire onto the beach at Peleliu Island to cover Underwater Demolition Team squad clearing away obstacles for the landing scheduled for the next day. Photo from "United States Destroyer Operations in World War II" by Theodore Roscoe.Robert Hurst.
Robinson 107kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Robinson 84kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Robinson 117kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Robinson 187kUSS Robinson seen from USS California, photo NA 80G374112, March 1944.John Chiquoine
Robinson 114kPhoto #: NH 103220, USS Robinson (DD-562) off the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Washington, 8 April 1944. She is wearing Camouflage Measure 32, Design 13D. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Robinson 80kPhoto #: NH 103228, USS Robinson (DD-562) off the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Washington, 8 April 1944. She is wearing Camouflage Measure 32, Design 13D. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Robinson 127kNaval Gun Fire Support (NGFS) plan for the invasion of Saipan on June 15 1944.Wayne VanDerVoort
Robinson 90kPhoto #: 80-G-257701, Peleliu Invasion, September 1944 USS Robinson (DD-562) fires 40mm guns to cover underwater demolition team men clearing beach obstacles in mid-September 1944, prior to landings by the First Marine Division. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Tony Cowart
Robinson 235kUSS Robinson (DD-562), part of of Admiral Halsey's Third Fleet, slips along the beach at Peleliu in the Palau group on D-Day, September 15, 1944. With turrets trained land-ward, gun crews and lookouts eagerly scan the beach for a Japanese pill box or gun position to blast at Source Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. USN 46648.Mike Green
Robinson 100kPhoto #: NH 95681, USS Robinson (DD-562) steaming out of San Diego Harbor, California, en route to the East Coast, 12 January 1946. Courtesy of Ted Stone, 1985. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Robinson 56kUnknown Mediterranean port during the mid-1950's.Robert M. Cieri
Robinson 159kPhoto #: NH 103219, USS Robinson (DD-562) steaming into San Diego Harbor, California, July 13 1953. Naval Air Station North Island is in the immediate background, with many PBM and PB4Y patrol planes present. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Robinson 214kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
Robinson 103kEntering mouth of Savannah river. Bow wave indicates a speed of about 8 - 10 knots. South Carolina is to starboard, Cockspur Island, Georgia, is to port. Main mooring line is flaked down along starboard rail. Uniform for entering port is Dress/Tropical Whites. Circa June 1960 from the collection of Leon R. Case, Jr.C. E. Case
Robinson 154kApproaching Savannah's Navy Pier just west of old Talmadge Memorial Bridge. Forward main deck hatch is propped open. Present are a CPO, the bow talker with headset, an officer or CPO with one foot up on bollard, and other Deck Division sailors at station. Circa June 1960 from the collection of Leon R. Case, Jr.C. E. Case
Robinson 185k"As the anti-submarine warfare carrier USS Essex (CVS-9) steamed toward a nine-day visit to Rotterdam, Holland, for the Christmas Holidays, crewmen formed the traditional Dutch equivalent of America's 'Merry Christmas' on the flight deck." Photograph and caption were released by the ship's PIO under date of 29 December 1961. Destroyer in the middle background is USS Robinson (DD-562) Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Robinson 45kSeen heres eastbound toward the sea in the Savannah River with the old Talmadge Memorial Bridge in the background, circa 1963-1964.Christoper E. Case and Timothy E. Case
Robinson 129kPonta Delgada, Azores Islands on July 6 1963.Carlos Manuel Estrela
Robinson 70kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Robinson 33kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Robinson 97kShip's patch.Tony Cowart
Robinson 114kShip's plaque.Tony Cowart
Robinson 139kShip's patch.Tony Cowart

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Elonzo Bowden Grantham Jr.    Jan 31 1944 - Mar 19 1945
CDR Ray Edward Malpass    Mar 19 1945 - Apr 1 1946 (Later RADM)
LT William Randolph Bennett    Apr 1 1946 - Jun 12 1946
(Decommissioned Jun 12 1946 - Aug 3 1951)
CDR Henry Donald (Hank) Davison    Aug 3 1951 - Oct 1951
CDR Adelbert Ray Evers    Oct 1951 - Aug 30 1952
CDR John Moore Reade    Aug 30 1952 - Apr 9 1953
CDR James Palmer Drake    Apr 9 1953 - Dec 10 1954
CDR Joseph Frank Zawacki Jr.    Dec 10 1954 - Jan 26 1957
CDR Alfred Francis Blair    Jan 26 1957 - Jul 15 1958
CDR Charles Leo Nagle III    Jul 15 1958 - Apr 22 1960
CDR Walter Perry Smiley    Apr 22 1960 - Nov 18 1961
CDR William Murphy    Nov 18 1961 - Jul 19 1962
CDR Charles Fletcher Allen    Jul 19 1962 - Jun 5 1964

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Robinson Website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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