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Displacement 2395 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 348' 4"(oa) x 36' 1" x 13' 2" (Max)
Armament 4 x 5"/38AA, 6 x 0.5" MG, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 50,000 SHP; Westinghouse Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 208.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Federal Shipbuilding, Kearny NJ February 26 1942.
Launched July 19 1942 and commissioned September 18 1942.
Decommissioned April 11 1946.
Stricken July 1 1971.
Fate Sold to Southern Scrap Material Corp., New Orleans for $93,888.88 on May 25 1973 and broken up for scrap.

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Edwards 130kPhoto #: NH 52666, Lieutenant Commander Walter Atlee Edwards, USN receives the Medal of Honor from President Calvin Coolidge, in ceremonies on the White House lawn, Washington, D.C., on 2 February 1924. Also present, standing beside the President, is Secretary of the Navy Edwin Denby. Rear Admiral Andrew T. Long is in left center, behind President Coolidge. LCdr. Edwards was awarded the medal for his actions in rescuing survivors from the burning French transport Vinh-Long in the Sea of Marmora, Turkey, on 16 December 1922. He was then commanding USS Bainbridge (DD-246). U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
Medal of Honor Citation

For heroism in rescuing 482 men, women and children from the French military transport Vinh-Long, destroyed by fire in the Sea of Marmora, Turkey, on 16 December 1922. Lt. Comdr. Edwards, commanding the U.S.S. Bainbridge, placed his vessel alongside the bow of the transport and, in spite of several violent explosions which occurred on the burning vessel, maintained his ship in that position until all who were alive were taken on board. Of a total of 495 on board, 482 were rescued by his coolness, judgment and professional skill, which were combined with a degree of heroism that must reflect new glory on the U.S. Navy.
Tony Cowart
Edwards 82kArtist's conception of the Edwards as she appeared in World War II 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
Edwards 68kUSS Edwards (DD-619) Launching, at the Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company shipyard, Kearny, New Jersey, on 19 July 1942. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1975. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Saufley 112kNewspaper clipping of the launching of the USS Davison (DD-618), USS Edwards (DD-619) and USS Saufley (DD-465) at Federal Shipbuilding in Kearny, NJ on July 19 1942.Gerd Matthes
Edwards 66kAt New York Navy Yard, November 1942.Gerd Matthes
Edwards 81kUSS Edwards (DD-619) Underway in the Caribbean Sea during her shakedown period, circa November 1942. National Archives photo 80-G-K-15590.Fred Weiss
Edwards 99kSeptember 26 1943 at Puget Sound, USS Gansevoort (DD-608) with USS Edwards (DD-619) alongside.Ed Zajkowski
Edwards 61kThis is a portion of a Signal Corps photo at Humboldt Bay, New Guinea on 13 October 1944, the day the Philippine assault forces got underwayfor Leyte. It is credited to R. M. Raines USA. Identified from Ship's Logs and War Diaries are USS Morris (DD-417), USS Edwards (DD-619), and USS Howorth (DD-592). NA SC260537.Dave Schroeder and John Chiquoine
Edwards 70kThis is a portion of a Signal Corps photo taken in Humboldt Bay, New Guinea on 13 October 1944 by Tec/5 Howard F. Klawitter USA perched on USS Derrick (YO-59). The near tin can in a 16d pattern is USS Edwards (DD-619). Edwards had arrived a couple days prior and with the station service vessels would remain past that day, and escort a later echelon to Leyte. Most vessels of the anchorage departed for the Philippine invasion as TF78 within a couple hours from when this was taken. Klawitter himself rode USS PC-598 to Leyte and did not survive the Leyte campaign. Identified from Ship's Logs, War Diaries, and anchorage positions. Signal Corps photo SC260657, now in National Archives.Dave Schroeder and John Chiquoine
Edwards 137kNewspaper photo as she arrived in Charleston for decommissioningKeith Robey
Edwards 198kNewspaper photo for visit to Newark, NJ October 1945Keith Robey
Edwards 367kPrint made at the War's end showing the various locations the ship went during the warKeith Robey
Edwards 159kUSS Edwards (DD-619) At Port Newark, New Jersey, on 27 October 1942 or 27 October 1945, with a large crowd on board and nearby for Navy Day ceremonies. Photographed by the U.S. Steel Corporation. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Edwards 168kRight-to-left are USS Gillespie (DD-609), USS Bancroft (DD-598), USS Grayson (DD-435), and USS Edwards (DD-619) as seen in a 1970 nest at the Orange, Texas Inactive Ship Facility. These are incidental views to a series of photos of USS Hobby's first reunion, with the uncommon chance of all four wearing the larger bow numerals. Photos are by Joe Buya, courtesy Ray and Betty Simons.John Chiquoine
Edwards 177kAs above.John Chiquoine
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USS EDWARDS DD-619 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR William Leroy Messmer    Sep 18 1942 - Dec 12 1942 (Later RADM)

LCDR Paul Gordon Osler    Dec 12 1942 - Sep 2 1944

CDR Simon Everett Ramey    Sep 2 1944 - May 17 1945

LCDR Richard Edward Weiss    May 17 1945 - Apr 11 1946

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