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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; Westinghouse Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Seattle Tacoma Shipbuilding. September 7 1942.
Launched September 18 1943 and commissioned February 21 1944.
Decommissioned June 4 1946 and recommissioned October 27 1951.
Decommissioned November 6 1959.
Stricken December 1 1974.
Fate Sunk as target off Puerto Rico January 26 1978.

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Ross 82kArtist's conception of the Ross 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
Ross 35kUndated, location unknown.Don Halloran
Ross 36kUndated, location unknown.Don Halloran
Ross 277kUSS Ross (DD-563) alongside USS Idaho (BB-42) during the Palau Operation, September 1944.Dave Schroeder and John Chiquoine
Ross 202kAs above.Dave Schroeder and John Chiquoine
Chicksaw 237kUSS Chickasaw (ATF-83) covering Ross and USS Fremont (APA-44) with smoke on one of many air raid occasions between 21 October and 18 November 1944. Ross is seen with low freeboard and anchored in San Pedro Bay, Philippines, after mine damage incurred 19 October 1944. Chickasaw obscured the area with smoke on several occasions in addition to alongside salvage efforts. Ross' batteries were still used to repel attacks.
National Archives photo 80-G-319420
John Chiquoine
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These are a portion of the wreckage photos and bluelines made at Mare Island upon her arrival in March 1945. From the USS Ross NA 19NGC text files.
Dave Schroeder and John Chiquoine
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Damage and work progress views of the mine damage repairs on USS Ross made 10 March 1945 at Mare Island. From the USS Ross NA 19NGC text files.
Dave Schroeder and John Chiquoine
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Views of the gutted wreckage spaces made 19 March 1945 at Mare Island. From the USS Ross text files, NA 19NGC.
Dave Schroeder and John Chiquoine
Ross 89kBow on view of USS Ross (DD 563) off Mare Island on 27 June 1945. She was in overhaul at the yard from 1 March to 27 June 1945.Darryl Baker
Ross 112kStern view of USS Ross (DD 563) off Mare Island on 27 June 1945.Darryl Baker
Ross 161kUSS Ross (DD 563) off Mare Island on June 27, 1945. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Ross 129kCirca 1950's, location unknown.David Buell
Ross 50kCirca 1954, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Ross 124kMediteranean circa 1956-1957.Jerry Barson
Ross 75kReady for her fate, Norfolk 1968.Marc Piché
Ross 44kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Ross 29kShip's patchMike Smolinski

USS ROSS DD-563 History
View This Vessels DANFS History entry at the Naval History & Heritage Command website
(Located On The hazegray Web Site, This Is The Main Archive For The DANFS Online Project.)

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Benjamin Coe    Feb 21 1944 - Apr 14 1945 (Later RADM)

LCDR Clay Hayes Raney    Apr 14 1945 - Jun 4 1946

(Decommissioned Jun 4 1946 - Oct 27 1951)

CDR David Max Sharer Jr.    Oct 27 1951 - ?

CDR Edmond John Newbould    ? - ? 1957

CDR Dante Rudolph Marzetta    ? 1957 - Jul 1959

CDR William Sherwood Butler    Jul 1959 - Nov 6 1959

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: John Quante
Address: 4 Merrydell Dr., Savannah, GA 31419
Phone: (912)925-7412

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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