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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NJWW

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - SUNBEAM

Displacement 3218 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 6"(oa) x 40' 10" x 14' 2" (Max)
Armament 6 x 5"/38AA (3x2), 12 x 40mm AA, 11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.5 Knots, Range 3300 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Federal Shipbuilding, Kearny NJ. January 17 1944.
Launched May 21 1944 and commissioned July 21 1944.
Decommissioned February 8 1950, recommissioned October 24 1950.
Decommissioned August 12 1970.
Stricken August 12 1970.
Fate Sunk as target off Virginia November 19 1970.

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Weeks 21kJohn Wingate Weeks, born near Lancaster, NH, 11 April 1860, was appointed to the Naval Academy 27 June 1877 and graduated 10 June 1881. After serving on Powhatan and Richmond, he returned to civilian life 30 June 1883 and distinguished himself as a civil engineer, financier, and political leader. From 1890 to 1900 he served in the Massachusetts Naval Brigade. "When War with Spain broke out, Weeks returned to the Navy as a Lieutenant, 23 April 1898. He was attached to Minnesota and served as Assistant to the Chief of Auxiliary Naval Force. After the end of the war, Weeks was discharged 28 October 1898. He was placed on the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia retired list as Rear Admiral 10 April 1900. In 1904 Weeks was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives where he served until entering the Senate in 1913. In the 1916 Convention of the Republican Party Weeks received 105 votes for the presidential nomination. He became Secretary of War 4 March 1921 and held that post until illness forced him to resign 13 October 1925. He died at Lancaster, N.H., 12 July 1926.Bill Gonyo
USS John W. Weeks (DD-701)
Weeks 79kUndated, location unknown.Richard L. Young RM2C
Weeks 70kUndated, location unknown.David L. Brown, BT3, 1963-65
Weeks 106kUndated, location unknown.David L. Brown, BT3, 1963-65
Weeks 40kUndated, location unknown.David L. Brown, BT3, 1963-65
Weeks 45kUndated, USS John W. Weeks (DD 701) during an underway refueling with the battleship USS Wisconsin.Bill Gonyo
Weeks 123kUndated, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Weeks 179kUndated, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Weeks 155kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Weeks 62kSouvenir button of the launching of the USS John W. Weeks (DD-701) and USS Hank (DD-702) on May 21 1944. Courtesy of Kermen
Weeks 172kSS John W. Weeks (DD-701) off Kearny, New Jersey, circa July-August 1944. Note her early DD-692 class configuration, with small forward superstructure and ten torpedo tubes. National Archives photo 19-N-70079Mike Green
Weeks 223kThe USS Dixie (AD-14) with a nest of destroyers alongside at Leyte in April-May 1945 time frame. The destroyers are from left to right: USS Compton (DD-705), USS Ault (DD-698), USS Charles S. Sperry (DD-697), USS English (DD-696), USS John W. Weeks (DD-701) and USS Borie (DD-704).Darryl Baker
Weeks 103kUSS John W. Weeks (DD-701) underway circa 1952, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Weeks 41kUSS Tidewater (AD-31), USS Du Pont (DD-941), USS John W. Weeks (DD-701), USS Willard Keith (DD-775), USS Ault (DD-698), USS Henley (DD-762) and USS Nimble (MSO-459) in Athens, Greece late 1961.Michael J. Mogck
Weeks 159kApril 1963 'E' Ticket Ride { Right to Left with a Little Up and Down } "The Things we do, Just to Get John Wayne Movies" U.S.S. Norris (DD-859) to U.S.S. John W. Weeks (DD-701)Dave Cupples (MM 2nd 1960-1964)
Weeks 155kAs above.Dave Cupples (MM 2nd 1960-1964)
Weeks 92kHamburg, Germany June 1966.Marc Piché
Weeks 185kFebruary 7 1969 at Pearl Harbor, photo by PH3 Litchfield, NPC K-67888.Ed Zajkowski
Weeks 42kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Weeks 67kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Weeks 35kShip's Zippo.Tommy Trampp
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Robert Alfred Theobald Jr.    Jul 21 1944 - Jul 25 1945

CDR William Lockhart Harmon    Jul 25 1945 - Feb 4 1946

CDR James Ragan Gustin    Feb 4 1946 - Sep 1 1946

CDR Michael Callahan    1947 - 1949

CDR George Towne Baker    1949 - 1950

Decommissioned February 8 1950 - October 24 1950

CDR William Lewis Thompson    Oct 24 1950 - 1952

CDR Milton James Morgan    1952 - Oct 30 1953

CDR Michael Emil Nicholas Vallario    Oct 30 1953 - Sep 19 1955

CDR John Morgan Parsons    Sep 19 1955 - 1957

CDR Gordon Bert Lovejoy Sr.    1957 - Mar 24 1959

CDR James Morton Tippery    Mar 24 1959 - Mar 1961

CDR James Lee Rice Jr.    Mar 1961 - Mar 31 1963

CDR Bobby Clayton Brogoitti    Mar 31 1963 - Apr 1964

CDR Jean Fitzgerald    Apr 1964 - Apr 22 1965

CDR Robert Frederick Patterson    Apr 22 1965 - Sep 1966

CDR Charles Zartman Hanus    Sep 1966 - Nov 11 1968

CDR Frank Leslie Etchison Jr.    Nov 11 1968 - Dec 4 1969

CDR Leland E. Mensch    Dec 4 1969 - Aug 12 1970

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Len Budzynski
Address: 7249 Clipper Ct., Maumee OH 43537
Phone: (419)878-3747

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 John W. Weeks website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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