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USS COWIE (DD-632 / DMS-39)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NXUR

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, 60,000 SHP; Boston Navy Yard Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 208.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Boston Navy Yard March 18 1941.
Launched September 27 1941 and commissioned June 1 1942.
Converted to High Speed Minesweeper DMS-39 May 30 1945.
Decommissioned April 27 1947, reverted back to DD-632 July 15 1955.
Stricken December 1 1970.
Fate Sold February 22 1972 and broken up for scrap.

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Cowie 78kThomas Jefferson Cowie was born 15 February 1857 at Montezuma, Iowa, and served as engineer's yeoman in Alliance from 8 January 1877 to 19 October 1878, then enlisted in the Navy 21 October 1878 at Constantinople. He was commissioned as assistant paymaster from 16 June 1880, rising to the rank of Rear Admiral and the position of Paymaster General and Chief of the Bureau of Supplies and Accounts 1 July 1910. He was awarded the Navy Cross for his valuable services in connection with the Liberty Loans of World War I. Retired from the Navy 15 February 1921, he was ordered to special duty in charge of the Navy Liberty Loan section of the Navy Allotment Office in March 1921, and in June 1923 was ordered to additional duty as secretary-treasurer of the Navy Mutual Aid Association, a position which he held until his death 16 July 1936 in Washington, D.C. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.Bill Gonyo
Cowie 82kArtist's conception of the Cowie 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
Cowie 107kUndated, location unknown.-
Cowie 143kUndated, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Cowie 202kShip's sponsors at the launching ceremonies at Boston Navy Yard on September 27 1941. Miss Elizabeth Harwood Royal sponsor of the USS Knight, RADM W. T. Tarrant, Navy Yard Commandant and Mrs. Ethel Cowie Robinson sponsor for the USS Cowie.Toni Miller
Cowie 133kLaunching September 27 1941 at Boston Navy Yard. Leslie Jones Collection, Boston Public Library.Ed Zajkowski
Cowie 135kJanuary 22 1943 at New York Navy Yard.Ed Zajkowski
Cowie 105kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
Cowie 129kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
Cowie 222kUSS Cowie (DD-632) January 23 1943, USN/ONI photo, location not stated.David Buell
Cowie 28kLeaving San Francisco in March 1972 under town to a breaker's yard in the Far East.Marc Piché

USS COWIE DD-632 / DMS-39 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Charles Jonathan Whiting    Jun 1 1942 - Aug 25 1943
CDR Ralph Clarence Johnson    Aug 25 1943 - Jan 2 1945 (Later RADM)
LCDR Thomas Milton Foster    Jan 2 1945 - Oct 31 1945

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Corey Forman
Phone: (609)558-5177

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 Cowie (DMS-39)
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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