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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. March 28 1944.
Launched September 17 1944 and commissioned November 4 1944.
Decommissioned September 17 1972.
Stricken September 27 1972.
To Brazil September 27 1972, renamed Mato Grasso.
Fate Stricken July 1990, and broken up for scrap.

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Compton 106kLewis Compton was born on November 7, 1892 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. Compton was Commissioned in the United States Naval Reserve on March 22, 1917. After active duty in World War I, he continued as an Drilling Reserve Officer, to take part in monthly and annual training until resigning on July 1, 1932. After a career of public service in New Jersey, he became the special assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy Charles Edison, in mid-1937. He had had a hand in planning shore establishment expansion during Edison's tenure as Assistant Secretary and later as Secretary of the Navy. Compton was Acting Secretary from June 24, 1940, when Edison's resignation became effective. He himself was Assistant Secretary of the Navy from February 9, 1940 to February 13, 1941. He died in New York on October 24, 1942, at age 49. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.Robert M. Cieri/Bill Gonyo
Compton 154kArtist's conception of the Compton as built in a cutaway view 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
Compton 85kThe USS Compton (DD-705), date and location unknown. She is painted in US Navy Measure 32/11A camouflage (USN courtesy of Floating Drydock).Robert Hurst
Compton 196kUSS Compton (DD 705) date and place unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Compton 274kUndated, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Compton 315kUndated postcard of Newport, RI and the USS Yosemite (AD-19), USS Julius A. Furer (DEG-6), USS Voge (DE-1047), USS Dealy (DE-1006), USS Cromwell (DE-1014) and USS Compton (DD-705).Tommy Trampp
Compton 148kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Compton 173kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Compton 133kUSS Compton (DD-705) and USS Gainard (DD-706) just before launching at Federal Shipbuilding in Kearny, NJ March 28 1944.Steve Golden
Compton 100kUSS Compton (DD-705) underway on 25 November 1944, location unknown. National Archives and Records Administration photo # 19-N-74666.Robert Hurst
Compton 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
Compton 550kUSS Compton (DD-705) en route to the Mediterranean, on 8 February 1947. Photographed from USS Randolph (CV-15). Note small, counter-shaded hull numbers.
National Archives photo 80-G-466614
Mike Green
Compton 81kThe destroyers USS Compton (DD-705), USS Purvis (DD-709), USS Dickson (DD-708) and the USS Gainard (DD-706) behind the USS Yosemite (AD-19). Circa mid 1950's, location unknown.William T. Bullard
Compton 179kUSS Oriskany (CVA-34), USS Allagash (AO-97), and USS Compton (DD-705) refueling at sea, circa 1952. Note: The original mount card for this photo bears the date 17 August 1954, but it could not have been taken after about May 1952, when Oriskany went to the Pacific Fleet. Compton remained in the Atlantic at that time, and thereafter.US Naval History and Heritage Command
Compton 103kUS Navy Photograph of two destroyers of Destroyer Squadron 30 (homeported at Newport, RI), USS Compton (DD-705) and inboard USS Harlan R. Dickson (DD-708). They are shown "Med-moored" at Oran, Algeria. In the immediate background are French naval barracks and up above La Blanca is crowned by the Turkish citadel of Santa Cruz. Circa mid-1950's.Robert M. Cieri
Compton 154kOfficial US Navy Photograph of USS Compton (DD-705), taken in Narragansett Bay as she steams toward her homeport of US Naval Station Newport, RI in the mid-1950's.Robert M. Cieri
Compton 124kAs above.Robert M. Cieri
Compton 80kAs above.Robert M. Cieri
Compton 126kThe USS Compton (DD-705), USS Gainard (DD-706), USS Perry (DD-844) and USS Harlan R. Dickson (DD-708) circa 1958. From the collection of John L. Slade who was XO of the Perry from 1951 to 1953 and Captain of the Gainard from 1957 - 1959.John L. Slade III
Compton 110kBoston Naval Shipyard, June 1961© Richard Leonhardt
Compton 55kBoston Navy Yard, June 1961. USS Beatty (DD-756) and USS Compton (DD-705).© Richard Leonhardt
Compton 91kUSS Compton (DD-705), USS Steinaker (DD-863), USS Leary (DD-879) and USS Davis (DD-937) in Naples, Italy May 1962.Jack C. Sofield
Compton 67kDestroyer Squadron 30 in Montreal July 1965.Marc Piché
Compton 148kNewport, RI 1966, USS Myles C. Fox (DD-829), USS Charles P. Cecil (DD-835), USS Hartley (DE-1029) and USS Compton (DD-705).© Richard Leonhardt
Compton 142kUSS Compton (DD-705) underway in 1969, location unknown. United States Navy.Robert Hurst
Compton 41kBoston Harbor, Fall 1969.© Richard Leonhardt
Compton 59kBoston, MA September 21 1969.Marc Piché
Compton 189kNarragansett Bay, September 1969.Ken Dupree, YNCS (Ret.)
Compton 157kNarragansett Bay, September 1969.Ken Dupree, YNCS (Ret.)
Compton 202kNarragansett Bay, September 22 1969.Bill Gonyo
Compton 126kCirca 1972 at Newport, Rhode Island. USS Compton (DD-705), USS Warrington (DD-843, USS Brownson (DD-868) and USS Grand Canyon (AD/AR-28).ctorbann
Compton 126kAs above.ctorbann
Compton 53kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Compton 38kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Compton 41kShip's Zippo circa 1961.John A. Altfeltis
On Brazilian Service
Compton 64kAs the MATO GROSSO, undated and location unknown.Robert Hurst
Compton 30kAs the CT MATO GROSSO (D 34) on maneuvers, circa 1974. Photo published by Brazilian Navy (BRN).Luiz Cotta, FT3 (Ret BRN)
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Robert Orris Strange Sr.    Nov 4 1944 - May 21 1945

CDR Robert Holden Wilkinson    May 21 1945 - Aug 7 1945

CDR Eli Thomas Reich    Aug 7 21 1945 - Nov 1945 (Later VADM)

CDR Thomas Howard Morton    Nov 1945 - 1947 (Later RADM)

CDR Joe M. Littleton    1947 - 1949

CDR Robert Cameron Morton    1949 - Sep 1951

CDR Gustave Albert Wolf    Sep 1951 - Dec 1951

CDR Harry Joseph Hulings    Dec 1951 - Sep 1954

CDR George Mason Hawes    Sep 1954 - Oct 1956

CDR James Reveley Kittrell    Oct 1956 - Nov 1957

CDR James Meek Wolfe Jr.    Nov 1957 - Oct 15 1958

CDR Edwin Julius Zimmermann   Oct 15 1958 - Nov 1960 (Later RADM)

CDR Lewis Kendall Worthing    Nov 1960 - ? 

CDR Robert Francis Compion Jr.    1961 - Jan 1962 

CDR Harry Cline Dittler Jr.    Jan 1962 - Jul 1964

CDR John Francis Drake    Jul 1964 - Dec 1965

CDR Jack Nelson Casseday    Dec 1965 - Jul 1967

CDR Robert Calvin Jones    Nov 1968 - Sep 1970 (Later RADM)

CDR James Ford    Sep 1970 - Jun 2 1971

CDR Sullivan Webster Reed    Jun 2 1971 - Sep 27 1972

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Joseph Napoli
Address: 70 Belmont Ave., Old Bridge, NJ 08857-1140

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

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