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USS MURRAY (DD-576 / DDE-576)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NANP

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - CALIBRATE

Displacement 2924 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 6 x 40mm, 10/11 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 Consolidated Steel, Orange TX, March 16 1942.
Launched August 16 1942 and commissioned April 20 1943.
Decommissioned March 27 1946 and recommissioned January 2 1951.
Reclassified DDE-576 January 2 1951, reverted to DD-576 June 30 1962.
Decommissioned and stricken June 1 1965.
Fate Sold August 16 1966 to Boston Metals, Baltimore and broken up for scrap.

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Rear Admiral Alexander Murray
13kMurray (DD-576) was named for Captain Alexander Murray and his grandson Rear Admiral Alexander Murray.
The elder Alexander Murray was born 12 July 1755 in Chestertown, Md. During the Revolution, he served as captain in the 1st Maryland Regiment, commanded several privateers, and was commissioned lieutenant in the Continental Navy 20 July 1781, returning to private life in 1785. Upon the organization of the U.S. Navy, Murray was commissioned captain 1 July 1798, and commanded Montezuma, Insurgente, and Constellation during the quasi-war with France; Constellation against the Barbary pirates in the Mediterranean 1801-1803; and Adams in home waters in 1805. From 1808 until his death 6 October 1821, Murray was superintendent of gunboats at Philadelphia, and from 8 July 1813 also was first commandant of the Philadelphia Navy Yard.
His grandson was born 2 January 1816 in Pittsburgh, Pa. He was appointed midshipman 22 August 1835 and participated in the capture of Alvarado, Tobasco, Tuxpan, Vera Cruz, and Tampico during the Mexican War. In the Civil War he commanded a combined Army-Navy operation up the York and Pamunky Rivers in February 1862, destroying 27 Confederate vessels while cruising within 11 miles of Richmond. He served in the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron during the rest of the war. In 1866-67 he commanded a special squadron cruising to Russia, then served as commandant of the Philadelphia Navy Yard, on the Lighthouse Board, and in command of the Pacific Station. He died 10 November 1884 in Washington, D.C.
Bill Gonyo
USS Murray (DD-576)
Murray 140kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Murray 164kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
221kUnderway off Norfolk, date unknown. Official Navy PAO photo.Mike Smolinski
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Underway in Sabine Pass, making passage from Orange, TX to Todd, Galveston for drydocking, 11 May 1943. National Archives photos 19-N-46522/46525
John Chiquoine
Murray 160kUSS Murray (DD-576) after her upgrade to the standard 10-40mm configuration at Charleston Navy Yard. The Murray was delivered in the standard 6-40mm configuration and finished the 10-40mm upgrade at Charleston NY in early July 1943.Dave Schroeder and John Chiquoine
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Charleston Navy Yard July 7 1943.
David Buell
Murray 144kLt.(jg) Edward S. Taylor USNR being transferred from USS Murray (DD-576) to the USS Anzio (CVE-57), 30 January 1944. Taylor had been recovered the day before when he ditched his aircraft (FM-1 'Wildcat' BuNo 15617) in a dead stick landing after experiencing engine trouble. Photo # CVE-57#165, National Archives photo # 80-G-380913.David Thornton / John Chiquoine
Murray 135kFine view of the MURRAY Officers and Crew taken the morning of 13 October 1944 while moored in Humboldt Bay, New Guinea. Within hours MURRAY and her force departed as the Northern Leyte Task Group bound for the Philippines. One year later during decommissioning a MURRAY crewman took this negative to the USS Harrison for printing. It remained hidden in a Harrison attic for 42 years before reunion group efforts returned it to MURRAY possession in 1988.John Chiquoine
Murray 146kScene on the morning of 11 October 1944 in Humboldt Bay, New Guinea. Amphibious support units of TF78 were making final preparations to depart for the Leyte invasion. To the left is Murray (DD-576), in the center distance is Stack (DD-406), and in the near center is Teak (AN35). NA 80G257931John Chiquoine
Murray 142kThe USS Murray (DD-576) transferring some of her wounded to USS Hornet (CV-12), after an aerial torpedo had gone right through the bow of the ship and detonated in the water alongside. Note the hole just under the stretcher. Photo from "Untied States Destroyer Operations in World War II" by Theodore Roscoe.Robert Hurst
Murray 97kBow on view of USS Murray (DD 576) off Mare Island on 8 Jan 1945.Darryl Baker
Murray 107kBroadside view of USS Murray (DD 576) off Mare Island on 8 Jan 1945. She was in overhaul at Mare Island from 24 Nov 1944 until 12 Jan 1945.Darryl Baker
Murray 97kStern view of USS Murray (DD 576) off Mare Island on 8 Jan 1945. Ship in the background is likely USS McConnell (DE 163) who was returning from trials per shipyard logs.Darryl Baker
Murray 100kUSS Murray (DD-576) off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 8 January 1945. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives. Photo #: 19-N-77639.Robert Hurst
Murray 96kAft plan view of USS Murray (DD 576) at Mare Island on 10 Jan 1945.Darryl Baker
Murray 129kForward plan view of USS Murray (DD 576) at Mare Island on 10 Jan 1945.Darryl Baker
Murray 61kDuring the many AA actions in TF58 on 19 March 1945, USS Murray and Sigsbee were brought from TG58.1 to augment the TG58.2 screen of damaged Franklin. Meeks or Barrett on Sigsbee took this shot of Murray firing on attackers that afternoon.John Chiquoine
Murray 144kUSS Murray is shown hi-lining freight or supplies on the port quarter of Bennington (CV-20), in TG58.1 on 21 March 1945. National Archives photo 80-G-306447John Chiquoine
Murray 306kOn July 3rd and 5th, 1945, Murray intercepted, boarded, and inspected a Jap evacuation ship going to and coming out of occupied Wake Island. The following six views are of the Murray command and boarding party being interviewed by a United Press News team several days later. Clipping from the New York Times, July 10 1945. From NA 80G335478-883.John Chiquoine
Murray 171kAs above. LT Huggins, interpreter, CDR DeVos, CO Murray and Hazel Hartzog(UP) CDR White at press interview.John Chiquoine
Murray 166kAs above. CDR DeVos at press interview Guam 1945.John Chiquoine
Murray 246kAs above. CDR DeVos (at left) Dr Westlake at microphone for press interview Guam 1945.John Chiquoine
Murray 237kAs above. LTJG Duddleson, CDR DeVos, LT Huggins, LCDR White, XO Murray at microphone with boarding party behind.John Chiquoine
Murray 242kAs above. Boarding party at press interview Guam 1945.John Chiquoine
Murray 151kAs above. LT Huggins at microphone during press interview Guam 1945.John Chiquoine
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These are views of the combat damage to USS Murray from 27 March 1945 operating in TG38.1. Hand-notes indicate they were shot by the Navy Yard staff at Pearl Harbor 14 April 1945. From NA 19N General Correspondence files.
John Chiquoine and Dave Schroeder
Murray 106kMurray underway in TG 38.1 in August or September 1945. Photo distributed to some crew.Bill Dudleson and John Chiquoine
Murray 127kUSS Murray is seen in unrep activity alongside USS Idaho (BB-42) in TF11, while returning from Pearl to the States 28 September 1945. National Archives photo 80-G-369413John Chiquoine
Murray 139kMurray is shown in her October 1945 Navy Day paint-up. From the Patriots Point collection, for educational and non-commercial use. John Chiquoine
Murray 139kUSS Murray underway on the Cooper River on 1 November 1945 at the start of a decommissioning activity. Photo circulated to crew.John Chiquoine
Murray 74kTin Cans in this Wando River nest being de-activated, Feb and Mar 1946. The four nearest in view L to R are USS Murray (DD-576), USS Harrison (DD-573), USS Schroeder (DD-501) and USS Sigsbee (DD-502). B Sulzer collection.John Chiquoine
Murray 108kAs above.John Chiquoine
Murray 126kJuly 1953 with the USS Beale (DD-471), USS Murray (DD-576), USS Eaton (DD-510) and USS Bache (DD-470).Mitch Rycus
Murray 115kUSS Gherardi (DMS-30), USS Kenneth D. Bailey (DD-713), USS Murray (DD-576), USS Benner (DD-807) and USS Everett F. Larson (DD-830) in Algiers May 20, 1954.Larry Bohn
Murray 25kCirca 1955, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Murray 32kCirca 1956, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Murray 37kUSS Murray (DDE-576) underway circa 1957, location unknown. Photo U.S. Navy Official.Robert Hurst
Murray 79kCirca 1959 on a deployment from the United Kingdom to Australia. Photo by Mark's grandfather. From Left to right: probably the USS Beale (DD-471), USS Massey (DD-778), USS Benham (DD-796), USS Murray (DD-576), USS Bache (DD-470) and USS Eaton (DD-510).Mark Tylinski
Murray 199kUSS Valley Forge (CVS-45) Steams in formation with other units of Task Force ALFA, during anti-submarine exercises in the Atlantic, 1959. The other ships present are (from left): USS Murray (DDE-576), USS Beale (DDE-471), USS Bache (DDE-470), USS Eaton (DDE-510), USS Conway (DDE-507), USS Cony (DDE-508) and USS Waller (DDE-466). Photograph was released for publication on 3 August 1959. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss/Scott Koen & USS New York (LPD-21).
Murray 189kUSS Murray (DDE-576) underway at sea on 22 June 1962. Eight days later, on 30 June, her designation reverted to DD-576. She had been converted to an escort destroyer (DDE) in 1950-1951. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 107267.Robert Hurst
Murray 102kPhoto #: NH 67963. Destroyer Squadron Twenty-Eight Commanding officers of the squadron's ships display their Anti-Submarine Warfare "A" awards in a ceremony held on board one of the DesRon28 destroyers, circa the late 1950s or early 1960s. Flanking them are Vice Admiral Edmund B. Taylor, Commander Anti-Submarine Defense Force, Atlantic Fleet (at left) and Rear Admiral Frederick V.H. Hilles, Commander Destroyer Flotilla 4 (at right). The DesRon28 insignia is in the foreground. Those holding the "A" awards are (from left to right): Commander George R. Bryan, Commanding Officer, USS Conway (DDE-507); Commander David A. Johnson, Commanding Officer, USS Beale (DDE-471); Commander Frank C. Dunham, Commanding Officer, USS Cony (DDE-508); Commander Ralph F. Monger, Commanding Officer, USS Murray (DDE-576); Commander James L. Rothermel, Commanding Officer, USS Waller (DDE-466); and Captain Arthur G. Esch, Commanding Destroyer Division 282, who accepted the award on behalf of USS Eaton (DDE-510), three time winner of the "A" award. Photograph received from USS Waller, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Murray 67kNOB Norfolk August 1964. Richard Leonhardt
Murray 118kShip's patch.W. R. Porter, SFP3
Murray 324kShip's patch.Tom Gamstetter
Murray 41kShip's Zippo.Tommy Trampp
Murray 33kShip's Zippo.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.

USS MURRAY DD-576 / DDE-576 History
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Commanding Officers
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CDR Richard Farnum Stout    Apr 20 1943 - Nov 1943 (Later VADM)

CDR Paul Ramseur Anderson    Nov 1943 - Aug 1 1944

CDR Paul Louis DeVos    Aug 1 1944 - Sep 15 1945

LCDR Frederick Malcolm Radel    Sep 15 1945 - Mar 27 1946

(Decommissioned Mar 27 1946 - Nov 15 1951)

CDR Frank Lewis Fullaway    Nov 15 1951 - Aug 22 1953

CDR Harry Lionel Fitch    Aug 22 1953 - Aug 1955

CDR John Crawford Mitchell    Aug 1955 - Aug 1957

CDR Earl Manuel Greer Jr.    Aug 1957 - Jun 1 1959

CDR Ralph Frank Monger    Jun 1 1959 - Oct 1960

CDR George Alphonsus Kelley    Oct 1960 - 1961

CDR Horace (Rex) Riley Jr.    1961 - Jun 1963

CDR Robert Edgar Adams    May 1964 - Jun 1 1965

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Neil DenBleyker

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