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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NWRZ

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - KNEE HIGH

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 Federal Shipbuilding, Kearny NJ. October 1 1942.
Launched February 6 1943 and commissioned March 20 1943.
Decommissioned March 30 1946 and recommissioned May 3 1951.
Decommissioned April 29 1960.
Stricken December 1 1974.
Fate Sold September 21 1975 to American Ship Dismantling, Brownsville, TX for $172,223.22 and broken up for scrap.
One man died in service aboard and remains on duty

GM2c Paul Richard Nystrom (328 79 51) USN, off Efate, 08 November 1943

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Dashiell 65kRobert Brooke Dashiell, born 29 July 1860 near Woodville, Virginia, graduated seventh in his class with honors from the Naval Academy in 1881, and was commissioned as an ensign 2 years later. His was the son of Professor J.M. Dashiell of St. Johnís College. Ensign Dashiell was an inventor of important ordnance mechanisms and an authority on dock construction, he was commissioned Assistant Naval Constructor 7 February 1895 and served in his specialty until his death in Washington, D.C., 8 March 1899. The Ensign Robert B. Dashiell Award for Excellence is presented each year at the Indian Head Division, Naval Surface Warfare Centerís annual awards ceremony. This award, named after IHDIVís first commanding officer Ensign Robert B. Dashiell, recognizes significant contribution to the mission or operation of the activity. Dashiell is acknowledged for the establishment of the Naval Powder Factory, including supervision of building and acquisition of staff and materials; he was a specialist in gun mechanical design and invented the Dashiell rapid-fire breech in 1890.Bill Gonyo
USS Dashiell (DD-659)
Dashiell 133kUndated, location unknown.Ron Dashiell
Dashiell 90kMarkab (AD-21) with destroyers Dashiell (DD-659), Isherwood (DD-520), Power (DD-839) and William C. Lawe (DD-763) alongside at Yokosuka, Japan, date unknown.Mark Roberts,
Dashiell 95kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
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Three views of Dashiell the day before her commissioning. She was delivered by Federal to Brooklyn Navy Yard with her armament and equipment fit incomplete.
Photos from National Archives 19-LCM files.
John Chiquoine and Rick Davis
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Three shipboard views of Dashiell during post-shakedown modifications at Brooklyn Navy Yard, 06 April 1943. The vessels visible in the first photo are USS St. Augustine (PG-54) and USS Zircon (PY-16).
Photos from National Archives 19-LCM files.
John Chiquoine and Rick Davis
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Four views of Dashiell after her initial fitting out at Brooklyn Navy yard, 08 April 1943. Photos from National Archives 19-LCM files.
John Chiquoine
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Four overall views taken during spring 1943. National Archives photos 80-G-60024, 60025, 60026 and 60029.
John Chiquoine and Dave Schroeder
Dashiell 143kSpring 1943 view from the NA 19LCM folders. The mount 20 platform and tub forward of the pilot house have been installed.John Chiquoine and Dave Schroeder
Dashiell 190kActivity detail aboard USS Dashiell while alongside USS Yorktown (CV-10) during the Yorktown's transit from Balboa to Pearl Harbor, 20 July 1943. Dashiell was alongside Yorktown to fuel from 1010-1146 that day. They also transferred back to the carrier the crew of a TBF which had ditched and hour earlier and been recovered by the destroyer. National Archives photo 80-G-375916.John Chiquoine and Rick Davis
Dashiell 229kThe NAAM caption for this photo is undated, and states "after crashing shortly after take-off from the USS Yorktown (CV-10), pilot Lt. Ruefle, with life raft paddle in hand, is returned to the ship after being rescued by the USS Dashiell (DD-659)." Given the position of the crewman and equipment on Dashiell's forecastle, I feel this is incorrect and it instead one of the crewmen of the crashed TBF (pilot LT James W. Condit A-V(N) USNR, crew J.H. Marshall, RM2c, and K.O. Kolberg, MM2c) being returned to Yorktown on the morning of 10 July 1943. Compare with the above photo.
US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, photo No. 2003.143.020
Mike Green
Dashiell 98kAlongside USS Colorado (BB-45) passing messages during force staging and exercises before the Gilberts operation, 01 November 1943. National Archives photo 80-G-56275.John Chiquoine
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Five views of Dashiell, Ringgold (DD-500), and Pursuit (AM-108) in the Tarawa lagoon during their well publicized roles as the close-in landing fire support for the Betio landings, 20 November 1943.
Photos by John Florea, Life Magazine. Used for educational and non-commercial purpose
John Chiquoine
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Three post-overhaul views off Puget Sound Navy Yard, 23 January 1944. Dashiell had just completed a refit where she was upgraded with ten 40mm guns.
Photos from National Archives 19-LCM files.
John Chiquoine and Rick Davis
Dashiell 223kFilipinos converging on USS Dashiell (DD-659) in San Pedro Bay on 11 or 18 December 1944. Photo taken from aboard Russell (DD-414), collection of Ens E. Klump.John Chiquoine
Dashiell 126kDashiell closing cruiser Nashville (CL-43) after the latter was hit by a kamikaze off Mindoro, 13 December 1944. Dashiell removed the force commander, Rear Admiral Arthur D. Struble, and his staff, as well as the wounded Major General William C. Dunckel USA, Commander, Landing Forces, Mindoro, and his staff. Nashville was then detached and Dashiell assumed command of Task Group 77.3. Photo taken from port bridge wing of Nashville, National Archives photo 80-GK-6884 (cropped).John Chiquoine and Rick Davis
Dashiell 100kView over Dashiell's forecastle of the Pearl anchorage, 20-30 Sept 1945. She is nested between Converse (DD-509) and Schroeder (DD-501) alongside Altair (AD-11). Note the nests of PT boats, including one in a boat lift. Photo by Joe Mock, USS Schroeder.John Chiquoine
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Dashiell during her cruise home in TF 11 from Pearl Harbor to the Atlantic Coast, 09 October 1945. The other DesDiv 50 destroyer visible is Schroeder (DD-501). Photos taken from aboard USS Randolph (CV-15) and distributed to the crew, from the LT Gordon Barrett collection, USS Sigsbee, and the USS Dashiell WW2 cruisebook.
Dave Schroeder and John Chiquoine
Dashiell 257kDashiell during her cruise home in TF 11 from Pearl Harbor to the Atlantic Coast, 09 October 1945. Photo taken from USS Randolph (CV-15) and distributed to the crew.Dave Schroeder and John Chiquoine
Dashiell 176kA tired Dashiell in the Cooper River 01 or 02 November 1945, enroute to Charleston Navy Yard after visiting Wilmington, NC with Coates (DE-685) for Navy Day celebrations there, 25-31 October 1945. Dashiell had just returned to Charleston on 21 October from a 21-month continuous forward deployment. This was their first view of Conus in that interval, and first purposeful availability. Photo circulated to crew.John Chiquoine
Dashiell 116kDetail of Dashiell's bridge score, as painted up on the cruise back to the continental US. Photographed at Charleston Navy Yard, early November 1945 by Dwight Spayth, USS Ringgold.John Chiquoine and Dave Schroeder
Dashiell 100kOverhead view of Dashiell moored at the Atlantic Reserve Force piers at Charleston Navy Yard, 04 September 1947. Schroeder (DD-501) is moored to her port side. National Archives photo 80-G-278613.John Chiquoine and Rick Davis
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Five views off Philadelphia Navy Yard, circa 1952. Bureau of Ships photos 139309, 139306, 139308, 139307 and 139310, National Archives identifier (NAID) 24742619, 24742613, 24742617, 24742615 and 24742621.
Dave Wright
Dashiell 593kUSS Dashiell (DD-659) and USS Gatling (DD-671) pass through the Panama Canal, circa 1957. U.S. Navy All Hands magazine, April 1957. NHHC Naval Subjects Collection, catalog #L42-72.04.01Robert Hurst
Dashiell 93kLocation unknown, circa 1959.Marc Pichť
Dashiell 197kUSS Gatling (DD-671), USS Dashiell (DD-659) and USS Cotten (DD-669) in reserve at Philadelphia Navy Yard, late 1970. Naval Photographic Center photo 1145643.Ed Zajkowski
Dashiell 150kDashiell moored as part of the Atlantic Reserve Force in the back basin of Philadelphia Navy Yard, circa 1970.John Chiquoine
Dashiell 64kSouvenir button of the launching of the USS Dashiell (DD-659) on February 6 1943. Courtesy of Kerman
Dashiell 108kShip's patchMike Smolinski

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Commanding Officers
01CDR John Boyd McLean (USNA 1926)20 March 1943 - 09 January 1944
02LCDR Eugene Alexander Barham (USNA 1935)09 January 1944 - 24 July 1944
03CDR Douglas Lee Lipscomb Cordiner (USNA 1934)24 July 1944 - 29 September 1945
04LCDR John Edward Wicks, Jr. (USNA 1938)29 September 1945 - 30 March 1946
 Decommissioned30 March 1946 - 03 May 1951
05CDR David Pierce Polatty, Jr. (USNA 1941)03 May 1951 - July 1952
06CDR Timothy Joseph Guinan (USNA 1938)July 1952 - September 1954
07CDR John Paul Howatt (USNA 1940)1956 - 01 September 1958
08CDR Robert Winslow Sherwin USN (Dartmouth 1941)01 September 1958 - February 1960
09CDR Jean Raymond Pouliot (Maine Maritime Academy) USNFebruary 1960 - 29 April 1960

Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Jack and Cheryl Heasty
Address: PO Box 405, Lake City, Michigan 49651
Phone: (231)839-0078

Note About Contacts.

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