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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; 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. March 3 1943.
Launched June 20 1943 and commissioned August 19 1943.
Decommissioned July 16 1946 and recommissioned June 4 1951.
Decommissioned May 2 1960.
Stricken December 1 1974.
Fate Sold February 22 1977 to Union Minerals & Alloys, New York and broken up for scrap.

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Gatling 47kRichard Jordan Gatling, born in Hartford County, N.C., 12 September 1818, won fame as the inventor of machines to plant cotton, rice, and wheat; and hemp-breaker; a steam plow; and a screw propeller for steamboats. During the Civil War he designed a multibarrelled machine gun. He died in New York City 25 February 1903. Digital ID: cwpbh 03735, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.Bill Gonyo
Gatling 74kArtist's conception of the Gatling 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
Gatling 120kUndated, location unknown.Max Selby
Gatling 66kSouvenir button of the launching of the USS Dortch (DD-670) and USS Gatling (DD-671) on June 20 1943. Courtesy of Kerman
Gatling 208kLaunching of the USS Dortch (DD-670) and USS Gatling (DD-671) on June 20 1943 at Federal Shipbuilding, Kearny, NJ. From the collection of John Serge Kurilla Sr. who was a shipbuilding engineer.Mark Kurilla
Gatling 218kUSS Gatling (DD-671) underway circa 1943. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 107194.Robert Hurst
Gatling 112kUSS Birmingham (CL-62), at left, and USS Gatling (DD-671) pull away from USS Princeton (CVL-23) following the big explosion that destroyed the carrier's stern at about 1523 hrs. on 24 October 1944. This blast killed over two hundred men aboard Birmingham, which was alongside Princeton fighting fires. Note the light smoke over Birmingham's midships and stern areas. Princeton's stern, and a good deal of her after superstructure, has been blown off. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-270553).NHC
Gatling 91kStern view of USS Gatling (DD 671) off Mare Island on 15 June 1945.Darryl Baker
Gatling 89kBow on view of USS Gatling (DD 671) departing Mare Island on 15 June 1945.Darryl Baker
Gatling 140kView of USS Gatling (DD 671) departing Mare Island on 15 June 1945.Darryl Baker
Gatling 146kView of USS Gatling (DD 671) departing Mare Island on 15 June 1945.Darryl Baker
Gatling 131kForward plan view of USS Gatling (DD 671) in dry dock #3 at Mare Island on 17 June 1945.Darryl Baker
Gatling 158kAft plan view of USS Gatling (DD 671) in dry dock #3 at Mare Island on 17 June 1945. She was in overhaul at the yard from 19 April to 17 June 1945. Gatling was back in dry dock to repair a block main injection after her initial bay trials.Darryl Baker
Gatling 107kStaten Island, NY circa 1946 with USS Gatling (DD-671) and USS Clarence K. Bronson (DD-668).George Sann
Gatling 94kCirca 1950's, location unknown.David Buell
Gatling 156kCirca 1950's, location unknown.Dave Wright
Gatling 102kTaken from USS Lake Champlain (CVA-39) in the summer of 1953, during her Korean deployment.A. William Beam
Gatling 123kJuly 1953, location unknown.Wolfgang Hechler
Gatling 67kLisbon, Portugal September 1954Larry Bonn
Gatling 235kUSS Dashiell (DD-659) and USS Gatling (DD-671) pass through the Panama Canal, circa 1957. U.S. Navy All Hands magazine, April 1957.Robert Hurst
Gatling 99kIn the Mediterranean in 1959.Robert Hurst
Gatling 197kUSS Gatling (DD-671), USS Dashiell (DD-659) and USS Cotten (DD-669) in late 1970 at Philadelphia Navy Yard, NPC 1145643.Ed Zajkowski
Gatling 96kPhiladelphia Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility 30 July 1974, (L-R) USS Allen M. Sumner (DD-692), USS Caperton (DD-650), Gatling (DD-671), USS Miller (DD-535), USS Hazelwood (DD-531) and USS Cassin Young (DD-793).

USS GATLING DD-671 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Alvin Franklin Richardson    Aug 19 1943 - Dec 27 1944 (Later RADM)

CDR Vincent James Meola    Dec 27 1944- Nov 26 1945

CDR Frank Lewis Fullaway    Nov 26 1945 - Jun 28 1946

LCDR Frederick Lee Edwards    Jun 28 1946 - Jul 16 1946

(Decommissioned Jul 16 1946 -Jun 4 1951)

CDR William Joseph Keating Sr.    Jun 4 1951 - Jul 2 1952

CDR William David Owen Jr.    Jul 2 1952 - Aug 20 1954

CDR Philip George Saylor    Aug 20 1954 - Oct 1 1956

CDR Kenneth Steen    Oct 1 1956 - Jul 25 1958

CDR Richard Wheeler Belt Jr.    Jul 25 1958 - Jan 1960

LCDR Jack Conway Crandall    Jan 1960 - May 2 1960


291kShip's patchTom Gamstetter

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Dennis Holt
Address: 62496 E Amberwood Dr, Tucson, AZ 85739-1830
Phone: (520) 818-1108

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