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Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - HIGH ROAD

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NAMK

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. February 9 1943.
Launched October 27 1943 and commissioned March 31 1944.
Decommissioned July 18 1946 and recommissioned July 3 1951.
Decommissioned August 1 1957.
Stricken April 1 1965.
Fate Sold January 4 1966 to Portsmouth Salvage, Norfolk Shipbuilding & Drydock Corp. and broken up for scrap.

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Smalley 267kAnthony A. Smalley, born in Massachusetts in 1836, was commissioned Acting Master on 27 March 1862 for service during the Civil War; but he subsequently became ill and his appointment was revoked on 1 September 1863. When his health permitted, Smalley applied for reinstatement, and he was commissioned Acting Ensign on 1 December 1863. He served in the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron on board Pequot, and distinguished himself during the Union capture of Fort Fisher which guarded the sea approach to Wilmington, N.C. In the attack, Smalley was in command of an 18-man detachment from the Pequot which was responsible for digging trenches for the assault on the fort. He and his men also participated in the charge on the fort. Letters of commendation from his commanding officer praised his bravery and coolness while building the trenches under fire and while leading his men in the charge. After the end of the Civil War, Smalley was honorably discharged from the Navy on 3 August 1865. He died at Boston on 24 January 1894. Digital ID: pga 01862, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.Bill Gonyo
Smalley 82kArtist's conception of the Smalley 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
Smalley 69kUndated, location unknown.George Bauersfield
Smalley 179kMid 1950's in New York harbor.George Bauersfield
Smalley 177kUSS Smalley (DD-565) underway, circa the mid-1950s, after she had been refitted with a tripod foremast and new radars. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Smalley 170kThe USS Smalley (DD-565) being towed by a Navy tug and Joan McAllister on the Delaware River, 30 July 1958. The Navy tug may be the Achigan (YTB-218) with a sailor sunbathing on the stern. Photo by the late Arthur Cooley.Dave Boone

USS SMALLEY DD-565 History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry at the Naval History & Heritage Command website

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Peter Harry Horn    Mar 31 1944 - Mar 10 1945

CDR Herbert Arthur Cassidy Jr.    Mar 10 1945 - Dec 10 1945

(Decommissioned Jul 18 1946 - Jul 3 1951)

CDR Nelson Curtis Bliven    Jul 3 1951 - Mar 27 1953

CDR John Foster Collingwood    Mar 27 1953 - Feb 1 1955

CDR George Edgar Everly    Feb 1 1955 - Jul 1 1957

CDR John Lawrence Nuttall Jr.    Jul 1 1957 - Aug 1 1957

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: George D Bauersfeld
Address: 1874 Crompond Rd. 3-C6, Peekskill, NY 10566
Phone: 914-736-6377

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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