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Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - ARGONAUT

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 Bath Iron Works, Bath ME September 21 1942.
Launched February 17 1943 and commissioned April 23 1943.
Decommissioned May 21 1946 and recommissioned February 26 1951.
Decommissioned March 26 1965.
Stricken December 1 1974.
Fate Sold July 31 1975 to Boston Metals, Baltimore for $172,666 and broken up for scrap.

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Abbot 17kJoel Abbot was born on 18 January 1793 in Westford, Mass. He was appointed a midshipman on 18 June 1812 and served with distinction during the War of 1812. In 1852, he was chosen by Commodore Matthew C. Perry to command the frigate Macedonian, one of the ships in Perry's expedition to Japan. During this journey, Abbot visited the Japanese, Bonin, and Philippine Islands, as well as Formosa. Upon Perry's return to the United States, Abbot assumed command of the squadron. Commodore Abbot died of malaria on 14 December 1855 at Hong Kong.Bill Gonyo
Abbot 77kArtist's conception of the Abbot 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
Abbot 132kUndated, location unknown.-
Abbot 71kUndated, location unknown.Wally Brockway
Abbot 165kUndated, location unknown.Bill Gonyo
Abbot 83kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller, BMCS, USN (Ret.)
Abbot 72kUndated, starboard quarter view of the USS Abbot (DD-629) underway. Note elevation of No.1-5'/38 gun. The ship is camouflaged in Measure 21 paint scheme. Source: Australian War Memorial, Photo No. 302532.Mike Green
Abbot 145kApril 21 1943 inclining experiment at Bath Iron Works.Ed Zajkowski
Abbot 118kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
Abbot 114kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
Abbot 130kThe USS Abbot (DD 629) in the summer of 1945 as she sails next to the cruiser USS Chicago.Bill Gonyo
Abbot 128kCirca 1951 location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Abbot 264kLeaving Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, 6 November 1951, following modernization. Her main battery of 5"/38 dual-purpose guns has been cut from five to four, and modern twin 3"/50 mounts have replaced the quadruple and twin 40mm guns. Three of these mounts can be seen: two amidships and one atop the after deckhouse. Also note tripod foremast and covered "hedgehogs" aft of Mount 52. Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 96644.Wally Brockway/Robert Hurst
Abbot 94kThe USS Abbot (DD 629) as seen from USS Benham (DD 796) off Yokosuka, Japan, in May 1954.Bill Gonyo
Abbot 95kAbbot (DD-629) during the International Naval Review held at Hampton Roads in July 1957.Marc Piché
Abbot 94kUSS Abbot (DD-629) photographed from USS Antietam (CVS-36) while underway at sea, circa 1958. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 107209.Robert Hurst
Abbot 213kAbbot's Officers circa 1958.Bill Gonyo
Abbot 169kUSS Abbott (DD-629) underway at Philadelphia, circa May 1964. Photo courtesy Dr. Ian S. Pearsall from the 1964-65 Edition of Jane's Fighting Ships..Robert Hurst
Abbot 183k1965, off the coast of Rhode Island.CDR John P. Derr, USN (Ret.)
Abbot 30kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Abbot 55kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Abbot 78kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Abbot 100k-120kUniform Ship's name shoulder patch.Al Grazevich

USS ABBOT DD-629 History
View This Vessels DANFS History entry at the Naval History & Heritage Command website

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Chester Edward (Blackie) Carroll    Apr 23 1943 - Aug 13 1943 (Later RADM)

CDR Marshall Edgar (Skinny) Dornin    Aug 13 1943 - Aug 14 1944 (Later RADM)

LCDR Francis Walford (Waffles) Ingling    Aug 14 1944 - May 21 1946

(Decommissioned May 21 1946 - Feb 26 1951)

CDR Rue O'Neill Jr.    Feb 26 1951 - Nov 1952

CDR Lowell Crosby Savage    Nov 1952 - May 5 1954

CDR Robert Samuel Salzer    May 5 1954 - Apr 1956 (Later VADM)

CDR Willard Wendell DeVenter    Apr 1956 - Apr 19 1958

CDR Robert McHenry Pond    Apr 19 1958 - Jul 6 1959

CDR Robert James Norman    Jul 6 1959 - Jul 3 1961

CDR Allan Hamilton Craig    Jul 3 1961 - Aug 28 1963

CDR John Joseph Pirro    Aug 28 1963 - Jan 28 1965

CDR John Patrick Derr    Jan 28 1965 - Mar 26 1965

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Bill Beavers
Address: 314B Klein Creek Ct., Carol Stream,Il. 60188
Phone: (630)653-2540
E-mail: Billbdd629@AOL.Com

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 Abbot Website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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