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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 27 1941.
Launched september 7 1942 and commissioned August 16 1943.
Decommissioned February 4 1946.
Stricken March 1 1968.
Fate Sold July 18 1969 and broken up for scrap.

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Welles 55kGideon Welles was appointed chief of the Navy's Bureau of Provisions and Clothing in 1846. During his three years in that office, he acquired valuable administrative experience and made enduring friendships. After an unsuccessful bid in 1850 for a Senate seat, Welles devoted his energies and considerable talents as a journalist to the fight against slavery. He broke with the Democratic party over this burning issue and helped organize the Republican party in Connecticut. In 1856, Welles was defeated in a bid for the governorship; but he became a Republican national committeeman that year. Staunchly supporting President Abraham Lincoln's policies, Welles became Lincoln's Secretary of the Navy on 7 March 1861. At the onset of the Civil War in the spring of 1861, the Union Navy was in poor shape, with its ships scattered on various stations throughout the world. Some of its officers, feeling strong ties to their states, resigned their commissions. Welles, however, soon turned the situation around. A man of unusual energy, he rapidly doubled the size of the Navy and took an active part in the direction of the naval war against the South. Early in the conflict, he established a blockade of the Confederate coast with the limited number of ships available, and he constantly strengthened it until the South was almost completely sealed off from the rest of the world. Welles early recognized the need for ironclad warships and vigorously pushed their development, improvement, and construction. His ideas influenced the designs of ordnance, machinery, and armor. He urged improvement in navy yardsóboth existing and planned. He not only contributed to governmental policies but administered them as well. Shrewd, methodical, and knowledgeable, the Union's remarkable Secretary of the Navy remained poised and calm throughout the tempestuous times engendered by the Civil War. Following Lincoln's death by assassination in April 1865, Welles remained in the cabinet as Secretary of the Navy under Andrew Johnson. After the new President ran into difficulties, Welles loyally and enthusiastically supported him throughout the impeachment proceedings. At the end of Johnson's administration, Welles returned to private life; and, although he never again occupied public office, he remained politically active and wrote prolifically until his death on 11 February 1878. C. A. Dana, in Recollections of the Civil War, wrote of Welles that he was "a very wise, strong man ... he understood his duty and did it efficiently, continually, and unvaryingly." Digital ID: cwpb 04842, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.Bill Gonyo
Welles 82kArtist's conception of the Welles 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
Welles 16kUndated, location unknown.Don Scott
Welles 56kUSS Dobbin (AD-3) with (L to R) USS Lovering (DE-39), USS Welles (DD-628), USS Mustin (DD-413) and the USS Fletcher (DD-445) moored in Seeadler Harbor, Admiralty Islands, date unknown. Photo from United States Destroyer Operations of World War II, by Theodore Roscoe.Robert Hurst
Welles 230kUSS Welles seen from USS Santee, 1943. Photo NA 80G203315.John Chiquoine
Welles 141kAs above. Photo NA 80G203317.John Chiquoine
Welles 222kAs above. Photo NA 80G203319.John Chiquoine
Welles 253kAs above. Photo NA 80G203330.John Chiquoine
Welles 69kPuget Sound Navy Yard August 31 1943.Tracy White
Welles 153kUSS Welles seen from USS Mission Bay, 1944. Photo NA 80G364356.John Chiquoine
Welles 170kAs above. Photo NA 80G364357.John Chiquoine
Welles 87kUSS Welles (DD-628), USS Gillespie (DD-609), USS Hobby (DD-610) and USS Kalk (DD-611) in Norfolk for New Year's 1944.John Chiquoine
Welles 207kUSS Welles seen from USS Sargent Bay, 1945. Photo NA 80G334966.John Chiquoine
Welles 214kAs above. Photo NA 80G334968.John Chiquoine
Welles 76kProbably at New York in October 1945.David Buell
Welles 250kThis view from USS Hobby is at a New York pier during Navy Day week, 1945. All four participated in the Presidential Fleet Review on 27 October 1945. Seen are left to right; USS Bache (DD-470), USS Welles (DD-628), and USS Renshaw (DD-499). From the collection of USS Hobby son Pete Carucci.Gary Edmisten and John Chiquoine
Welles 159kA view of Welles taken during the week of the Fleet Review for Navy Day 1945 in the New York area.John Chiquoine

USS WELLES DD-628 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Doyle Murray Coffee    Aug 16 1943 - Aug 24 1944

CDR John Sim Slaughter    Aug 24 1944 - Jan 2 1946

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Gary Edmisten
Address: 300 Oak Ridge Ct., Swansboro, NC 28584
Phone: (901)325-3644
Next reunion: Mobile, Alabama, September 10-14, 2019

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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