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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NKLD

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - GRACEFUL

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. June 30 1943.
Launched November 14 1943 and commissioned December 30 1943.
Decommissioned May 28 1946 and recommissioned July 6 1951.
Decommissioned December 30 1963.
Stricken December 1 1974.
Fate Sold June 10 1976 to Ship's Inc., Camden, NJ and broken up for scrap.

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McNair 68kRear Admiral Frederick V. McNair, born 13 January 1839 at Abington, Pennsylvania, was appointed. midshipman 21 December 1853. He served on the Atlantic blockade stations and Mississippi River patrols during the Civil War. During his later career his command assignments included: Superintendent of the Naval Observatory, 1890-92; Commander of the Asiatic Station, 1895-97; and Superintendent of the Naval Academy, 1898-1900. Rear Admiral McNair died At Washington, D.C., 28 November 1900, while awaiting orders. Photo courtesy of the United States Naval AcademyBill Gonyo
USS McNair (DD-679)
McNair 62kUndated, USS McNair (DD-679) with her flock of transports and merchantmen off the Marianas after D-day. Photo from "United States Destroyer Operations in World War II" by Theodore Roscoe.David Buell
McNair 40kUndated, location unknown.David R. Birch
McNair 84kUndated, location unknown.Gerd Matthes
McNair 70kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
McNair 124kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
McNair 65kUndated, probably at Guantanamo Bay.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
McGowan 31kFrom Brooklyn Eagle November 15th 1943.Julie Peek
McNair 109kDelivery December 29 1943 the day before her commissioning.David Buell
McNair 111kCirca early 1950's.Gordon M. Huddleston
McNair 93kCirca early 1950's.Gordon M. Huddleston
McNair 23kCirca 1951.Larry Laflamme, GM2c
McNair 19kCirca 1951.Larry Laflamme, GM2c
McNair 67kCirca 1954, location unknown.Robert Hurst
McNair 102kCirca 1956, location unknown.Marc Piché
McNair 158kCirca 1958 in the Mediterranean.Ed Zajkowski
McNair 128kUSS McNair (DD-679) underway while entering or leaving port, circa the later 1950s or early 1960s. This photograph was received from the ship in 1964, soon after she was placed out of commission. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 107189.Robert Hurst
100kMcNair (DD-679) preparing to shift colors while mooring at Philadelphia NSY, 1964. Official Navy PAO photo.Mike Smolinski
McNair 75kShip's patch.Don McGrogan
McNair 150kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
McNair 46kShip's Zippo.Tommy Trampp

USS McNAIR DD-679 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Montgomery Lientz McCullough Jr.    Dec 30 1943 - Apr 28 1945

CDR Bruce Percy Ross    Apr 28 1945 - ? Oct 31 1945

LT Herbert Hamilton Ward III    Oct 31 1945 - May 28 1946

(Decommissioned May 28 1946 - Jul 6 1951)

CDR Irving Junior Davenport    Jul 6 1951 - ?

CDR Wesley Robert Gebert Jr.    Nov 1956 - Jul 1958

CDR David E. Waters    1963 - Dec 30 1963

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Arthur Underwood
Address: P.O. Box 451, Dysart, IA 52224
Phone: (319)476-4097
E-mail: None

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.

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