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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 Seattle Tacoma Shipbuilding September 22 1941.
Launched July 15 1942 and commissioned July 10 1943.
Converted to High Speed Minesweeper DMS-38 May 30 1945, reverted back to DD-627 July 15 1955.
Decommissioned May 23 1955.
Stricken July 1 1971.
Fate Sold to American Ship Dismantlers, Portland, OR for $92,768.35 on August 7 1972 and broken up for scrap.

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Thompson 57kRobert Means Thompson was born on 2 March 1849 in Corsica, Pa. and was appointed to the United States Naval Academy on 30 July 1864. Graduating tenth in the class of 1868, Thompson first went to sea in Conto-cook in the West Indian Squadron. He later served in Franklin, Richmond, and Guard of the Mediterranean Squadron; as well as in Wachusett and at the Naval Torpedo Station, Newport, R.I. Commissioned ensign on 19 April 1869 and promoted to master on 12 July 1870, he resigned from the Navy on 18 November 1871 to study law in his brother's office. After he was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 1872, he was still not satisfied with his legal training so he studied law at Harvard and graduated from that school in 1874. Thompson subsequently practiced law in Boston and was a member of the Boston Common Council from 1876 to 1878. He later became interested in mining and smelting enterprises. He was an organizer of the Navy Athletic Association and the donor of the Thompson Cup which is awarded to the midshipman who contributes most to the advancement of athletics at the Naval Academy. He also helped to organize the New York Chapter of the United States Naval Academy Alumni Association and served as its first president and as a trustee of the Naval Academy Alumni Association at Annapolis, Md. Thompson was president of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers and president of the Navy League. He also visited Japan at the invitation of the Japanese government and was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Second Class, by the Emperor. He also received the Order of Gustavus Vasa by the government of Sweden, and the Cross of Commander, Legion of Honor, by the French government. Robert Means Thompson died on 5 September 1930 at Fort Ticonderoga, N.Y.Bill Gonyo
Thompson 82kArtist's conception of the Thompson 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
Thompson 47kUndated, location unknown.-
Thompson 125kThe USS Thompson refuels from USS Arkansas (BB-33) in April, 1944 while rehearsing for the Normandy invasion.Mike Green
Thompson 140kUSS Thompson (DD-627) as seen from USS Arkansas (BB-33) during preperations for the Normandy landings, circa late May 1944. Note the "seahorse" marking on Thompson's after smokestack. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. Photo #: 80-G-244205.Robert Hurst
Thompson 75kCirca 1944-1946 from the collection of Paul Robert Simmons EM3c.Robb Boswell
Thompson 79kShip's Service 5 token circa World War II.Tommy Trampp

USS THOMPSON DD-627 / DMS-38 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Lee Adrian Ellis    10 Jul 1943 - 4 Dec 1943
LT Donald George Wright    4 Dec 1943 - 10 Dec 1943
CDR Albert Lewis Gebelin    10 Dec 1943 - 23 Oct 1944
CDR Royce Purinton Davis    23 Oct 1944 - 21 May 1945
LCDR Thomas Francis Saunders Jr.    21 May 1945 - ?
CDR Walter Henry Barckmann    1950 - 1952

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: J. Aubrey
Address: PO Box 567, Bostwick, FL 32007
Phone: 386-325-3747

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
NavSource Minesweeper Pages, USS Thompson (DMS-38)
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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