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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NEXK

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - SAILOR DANCE

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. April 24 1943.
Launched January 29 1944 and commissioned May 20 1944.
Decommissioned July 13 1946 and recommissioned September 7 1951.
(One of the stars of the movie Operation Petticoat
with Cary Grant and Tony Curtis.)

Decommissioned December 30 1963.
Stricken December 1 1974.
Fate Sold October 22 1975 to North American Smelting, Wilmington, DE and broken up for scrap.

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Wren 143kSolomon Wren was born in 1780 in Loudoun County, Va. and enlisted in the Marine Corps at Alexandria, Va., on 1 April 1799. Assigned to the schooner Enterprise, Wren rose in rank and, by the end of 1803, had been promoted to sergeant. In February 1804, Sgt. Wren volunteered for the expedition mounted to destroy the frigate Philadelphia, captured by the Tripolitan pirates on 31 October 1803 after grounding on an uncharted reef off Tripoli. Under the command of Lt. Stephen Decatur, Jr., Wren and 68 other sailors and marines entered Tripoli harbor on the night of 16 February in the ketch Intrepid and succeeded in setting fire to the former American shrp. Later that year, on 3 August, Sgt. Wren was slightly wounded while assigned to Gunboat No. 4 during another attack on Tripoli. On 20 September, he transferred to the frigate John Adams and returned home. He was detached from the Marine Corps on 24 March 1805, and no further record of his life has been found. Painting of the US Marines during the Barbary Wars.Bill Gonyo
Wren 82kArtist's conception of the Wren 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
Wren 84kThe Wren in Dutch Harbor in 1944. The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 31, Design 23d.Phil Phillips
Wren 30kDry Dock #2 in Sasebo, Japan in mid December 1953.Gordon R. Hipp, RD2, 51-54/Archie Miller
Wren 193kUSS Wren (DD-568) underway at sea circa the mid 1950s. This photograph was received by the Naval Photographic Center in December 1959, but was taken several years earlier. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 107257.Robert Hurst
Wren 189k1958, Ship's Band playing for USS Intrepid during a transfer at sea.Ed Zajkowski
Wren 92kIn Drydock at Todd Shipyards, Galveston, Texas March 1960.Jack D. Prindible, Sr.
Wren 100kAs above.Jack D. Prindible, Sr.
Wren 90kAs above.Jack D. Prindible, Sr.
Wren 94kAs above.Jack D. Prindible, Sr.
Wren 102kIn the Dry Tortugas June 1960.Jack D. Prindible, Sr.
Wren 95kAs above.Jack D. Prindible, Sr.
Wren 44kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Wren 31kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Wren 46kShip's patchMike Smolinski

USS WREN DD-568 History
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(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 Edwin Anderson McDonald    May 20 1944 - Aug 31 1945
LCDR Clayton Ross Jr.    Aug 31 1945 - Jul 13 1946
(Decommissioned Jul 13 1946 - Sep 7 1951)
CDR George Mellotte Hagerman    Sep 7 1951 - Jun 25 1953
CDR Maurice F. Green    Jun 25 1953 - Feb 1 1954
CDR Charles Henry Johnson Jr.    Feb 1 1954 - Aug 20 1955
CDR John Joseph Rowan    Aug 20 1955 - Jun 25 1957
CDR Francis Earl Rich    Jun 25 1957 - Jun 11 1959
CDR Charles Francis Simonet    Jun 11 1959 - Nov 4 1961
CDR Philip Carleton Koelsch    Nov 4 1961 - Oct 8 1962 (Later RADM)
CDR Frederick Harold    Oct 8 1962 - 1963
LCDR Billy Perry    1963 - Dec 30 1963

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Morris L. Hill
Address: 1817 24th Ave. No. Texas City, TX 77590
Phone: (409)945-7225

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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