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Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - DREADNAUGHT

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NXCL

Displacement 2924 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 10 x 40mm, 7 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; Allis Chalmers Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Gulf Shipbuilding, Chickasaw Ala. July 14 1942.
Launched July 25 1943 and commissioned April 12 1944.
Decommissioned January 31 1947 and recommissioned September 7 1951.
Decommissioned December 30 1963.
Stricken December 1 1974.
Fate Sold April 14 1976 to Union Minerals & Alloys and broken up for scrap at Kearny, NJ.

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Bearss 93kHiram Iddings Bearss was an officer of the United States Marine Corps who was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism during the Philippine-American War and the Distinguished Service Cross for his valor in World War I. Bearss was born 13 April 1875 in Peru, Indiana, and attended Norwich University, where he received a degree before entering the service. During World War I, Bearss served in France with the 4th Marine Brigade, and commanded the 102nd Infantry at Marcheville in 1918, for which he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. Bearss died 28 August 1938 in an automobile collision near Columbia City, Indiana.
Photo from the USMC History Division.
Bill Gonyo
USS Bearss (DD-654)
Bearss 36kOff Japan, 1945Hank Zaletel
Bearss 44kOff Japan, 1945Hank Zaletel
Bearss 250kUnderway during World War Two, exact date and location unknown.Dave Wright
Bearss 167kUndated, location unknown.H. Davis
Bearss 133kUndated, location unknown.Charlie Brown
Bearss 191kUndated, USS Neosho (AO-143) refueling the USS Warrington (DD-843), USS Hammerburg (DE-1015) and USS Bearss (DD-654).Tommy Trampp
Bearss 98kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Bearss 31kUSS Bearss (DD-654) in the Mediterranean Sea. The photo was taken from the aircraft carrier USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) during her deployment to the Med from 12 July 1957 to 5 March 1958. U.S. Navy photograph taken by MR3 Lee Fels, USN from ussfranklindroosevelt.comRobert Hurst
Bearss 154kAt Genoa, Italy, 12 January 1958.Carlo Martinelli
Bearss 117kAt Genoa, Italy, 19 January 1958.Carlo Martinelli
Bearss 148kUSS Bearss (DD-654) underway, circling a South Atlantic iceberg during Task Force 88 cold weather operations and scientific tests, 05 September 1958. Photographed from USS Tarawa (CVS-40).
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 107202.
Robert Hurst
Bearss 141kCirca 1960's, as seen from USS Randolph (CV-15)Tommy Trampp
Bearss 85kWhen the Bearss was part of the recovery force for John Glenn's Mercury flight, February 1962.Bill Manuel
Bearss 77kPhoto taken in Norfolk, Va. in 1963 upon her return from a Mediterranean cruise to train Reservists.James Burgoyne
Bearss 96kAt Ponta Delgada, Azores Islands, 06 July 1963.Carlos Manuel Estrela
Bearss 42kShip's patch.William Manuel
Bearss 143kShip's patch.Gerd Matthes
Bearss 100k-120kUniform ship's name shoulder patch.Al Grazevich
Bearss 42kShip's Zippo, circa 1959.John A. Altfeltis

USS BEARSS DD-654 History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry at the Naval History & Heritage Command website

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR John Alden Webster    Apr 12 1944 - Mar 1945

LCDR Emmett Mobley Compton    Mar 1945 - Sep 1946

(Decommissioned Jan 31 1947 - Sep 7 1951)

CDR Victor Stallworth Mauldin    Sep 7 1951 - Nov 1 1952

CDR Joe Maxwell Gunn    Nov 1 1952 - Dec 3 1954

CDR Kenneth George Robinson    Dec 3 1954 - Jul 1956

CDR James Thomas Alexander Jr.    Jul 1956 - Apr 1 1958

CDR Robert Sloan Rankin    Apr 1 1958 - Aug 14 1959

CDR John Thomas Green    Aug 14 1959 - Jun 24 1961

CDR R. K. Stewart Cole    Jun 24 1961 - Nov 27 1961

CDR William M. Savage    Nov 27 1961 - Jul 27 1962

CDR Charles Grady Sherwood    Jul 27 1962 - Dec 30 1963

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Jerry Walkins
Address: 2348 Saddle Drive, Allison Park, PA. 15101-2924
Phone: 412-487-6073

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 Bearss Website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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