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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 March 25 1942.
Launched August 26 1942 and commissioned November 5 1942.
Converted to High Speed Minesweeper DMS-27 November 15 1944, reverted back to DD-621 July 15 1955.
Decommissioned May 23 1955.
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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Jeffers 67kPhoto #: NH 60824. Lieutenant Commander William N. Jeffers, USN photograph taken in 1862-1863. The original print was mounted on a carte de visite, with Jeffers' signature below the image. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Jeffers 82kArtist's conception of the Jeffers 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
Jeffers 67kUndated, location unknown.David Buell
Jeffers 72kUndated, location unknown, as the DMS-27.Gene Fanton, PCC USN (Ret)
Jeffers 40kSouvenir button of the launching of the USS Glennon (DD-620) and USS Jeffers (DD-621) on August 26 1942. Courtesy of Kerman
Jeffers 148kCommissioning at New York Navy Yard, November 5 1942. From the Public Relations Department, Third Naval District, New York.David Way
Jeffers 42kOverhead stern view of the USS Jeffers (DD-621). A member of the Gleaves class of destroyers, she is seen in January, 1943. The Gleaves/ Benson class ships were essentially identical, distinguishable only by the shape of their stacksó the Gleaves class had round stacks, the Benson class having flat-sided stacks. Initially they were known as the Livermore class destroyers because the ship design was standardized with USS Livermore (DD-429). Photo from the 1943-45 Naval Recognition Manual.Mike Green
Jeffers 142kIn Oran, Algeria, June-July 1943. From the collection of Joe Solomons.William M. Solomons
Jeffers 149kIn Oran, Algeria, June-July 1943. From the collection of Joe Solomons.William M. Solomons
Jeffers 160kUSS Jeffers (DMS-27) Underway, 23 July 1951. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fred Weiss
Jeffers 18kCommerative cobalt blue wine glass.Tommy Trampp
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USS JEFFERS DD-621 / DMS-27 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR William Thomas McGarry    Nov 5 1942 - 1943
CDR Donald Brewster Ramage    ? 1944
CDR Hugh Quinn Murray    ? 1945
CDR Coleman Hurdleston Smith    ?
CDR Richard Herbert Tibbets    Jun 1951 - Oct 1952
CDR John Robert Welsh    Oct 1952 - ?
LCDR George Willis Kingston    ? 1955 - ?

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Warren O. Hilton
Address: 209 S. Hall St, Morrison, IL 61270
Phone: 815-772-2422
E-mail: None

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.

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Jeffers Facebook page
NavSource Minesweeper Pages, USS Jeffers (DMS-27)
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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