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Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - WHISTLE STOP

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; Westinghouse Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.5 Knots, Range 3300 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel, Staten Island NY March 24 1944.
Launched September 1 1944 and commissioned December 30 1944.
Decommissioned May 1 1947 and recommissioned April 11 1949.
Decommissioned and Stricken July 2 1973.
Fate Sold November 6 1974 to Aardvark International, Chester, PA for $150,000 and broken up for scrap.

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Pierce 112kJohn Reeves Pierce, born in Cristobal, Canal Zone, 3 November 1906, graduated from the Naval Academy in 1928. Following flight training and submarine instruction, he served in Submarine S-29 and studied marine engineering at the University of California. After serving in Nautilus (SS-168) and Narwhal (SS-167), he assumed command of S-23 (SS-128) 15 February 1941. Appointed Lieutenant Commander 2 January 1942, Pierce on 22 June took command of Argonaut (SM-1), a transport submarine, which participated with Nautilus in carrying out the famed, diversionary Makin Island Raid from 17 to 19 August. On her third war patrol In the Southwest Pacific, Argonaut sighted an enemy convoy protected by planes and destroyers. Built as our first large minelaying submarine, she lacked proper submerged maneuverability during combat operations. When detected, she came under a vicious enemy attack. The gallant Argonaut surfaced and pressed home an aggressive counter attack, severely damaging a Japanese destroyer before succumbing to heavy enemy fire 10 January 1943. For his demonstration of courageous leadership and unyielding devotion to duty Lt. Comdr. Pierce was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross. Photo #: 80-G-11736. Makin Island Raid, August 1942, discussion on board USS Argonaut (SM-1) after she returned to Pearl Harbor from Makin Island, 26 August 1942. Those present are (from left to right): Lieutenant Colonel Evans F. Carlson, USMC, Commander, Second Raider Battalion; Major James Roosevelt, USMCR, Executive Officer, Second Raider Battalion; and Lieutenant Commander John R. Pierce, USN, Commanding Officer, USS Argonaut. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Bill Gonyo
USS John R. Pierce (DD-753)
Pierce 28kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
711kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the files of Vallejo Naval & Historical MuseumRobert Hurst / Darryl Baker
Pierce 176kUndated, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Pierce 141kUndated postcard.Tommy Trampp
Pierce 176kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Pierce 141kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Pierce 98kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Pierce 191k1944 at Bethlehem Steel, Staten Island, NY.Ed Zajkowski
Pierce 104kStern view of USS John R. Pierce (DD 753) departing Mare Island on 16 Jan 1947.Darryl Baker
Pierce 118kBroadside view of USS John R. Pierce (DD 753) off Mare Island on 16 Jan 1947. She was in overhaul at the yard from 15 June 1946 to 16 January 1947.Darryl Baker
Pierce 75kBow on view of USS John R. Pierce (DD 753) in the Mare Island channel on 16 Jan 1947.Darryl Baker
Pierce 200kPort broadside view of USS John R. Pierce (DD 753), location unknown, circa 1950.
Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 81811
Mike Green
Pierce 179kUSS Soley (DD-707) and USS John R. Pierce (DD-753) in Genoa, Italy circa 1950.Carlo Martinelli
Pierce 144kUSS Chukawan (AO-100) refueling USS Midway (CVA-41) and USS John R. Pierce (DD-753) in 1950. Grumman F8F-1B Bearcats, Grumman F9F-2 Panthers, Vought F4U-4 Corsairs and Douglas AD-4 Skyraiders of Carrier Air Group Seven (CVG-7) are visible on Midway´s flight deck. US Navy photo.Robert Hurst
Pierce 96kEight images of the battle damage incurred on August 6, 1952 during a gun battle with a North Korean shore battery off of Chongjin-Songjin, east coast of Korean peninsula. Photos by and from the collection of ET1 Justus E. ("Willy") Wildhaber.Michael E. Wildhaber
Pierce 91kAs above.Michael E. Wildhaber
Pierce 87kAs above.Michael E. Wildhaber
Pierce 98kAs above.Michael E. Wildhaber
Pierce 88kAs above.Michael E. Wildhaber
Pierce 89kAs above.Michael E. Wildhaber
Pierce 99kAs above.Michael E. Wildhaber
Pierce 61kAs above.Michael E. Wildhaber
Pierce 116kAs above.Michael E. Wildhaber
Pierce 147kOctober 1 1956 off the Mediterranean Coast.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Barry 168kUSS Soley (DD-707), USS John R. Pierce (DD-753) and USS Barry (DD-933) in Genoa, Italy August 4 1957.Carlo Martinelli
Barry 149kAs above.Carlo Martinelli
Pierce 56kAlongside the USS Lake Champlain, May 1960.-
Pierce 73kApproaching Valley Forge CV-45 For refueling July 25 1961.Wes Kreske, GMSN (51-53)
Pierce 170kChange of Command pamphlet from July 13 1964.The Hylind Family
Pierce   Pierce   Pierce   Pierce
Pierce   Pierce   Pierce
Welcome Aboard pamphlet - circa 1964
The Hylind Family
Pierce 24kCirca 1964-1966, location unknown.The Hylind Family
Pierce 25kCirca 1964-1966, location unknown.The Hylind Family
Pierce 25kCirca 1964-1966, location unknown.The Hylind Family
Pierce 39kCirca 1964-1966, location unknown.The Hylind Family
Pierce 29kCirca 1964-1966, location unknown.The Hylind Family
Pierce 41kChristmas card from 1964.The Hylind Family
Pierce 20kChristmas card from 1964.The Hylind Family
Pierce 28kChristmas card from 1965.The Hylind Family

Change of Command pamphlet from March 28 1966.The Hylind Family
Pierce 61kChesapeke Bay, July 1964.© Richard Leonhardt
Pierce 73kDestroyer Squadron 30 in Montreal July 1965.Marc Piché
Pierce 200kStarboard broadside, circa 1965.
Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 81812
Mike Green
Pierce 88kNewport, November 12 1970.© Richard Leonhardt
Pierce   Pierce
Decommissioning pamphlet - July 2, 1973
Ron Reeves
Pierce 21kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Pierce 53kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Pierce 55kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Clayton Rogers Simmers    Dec 30 1944 - May 21 1946

LCDR Clay Hayes Raney    May 21 1946 - May 1 1947

(Decommissioned May 1 1947 - Apr 11 1949)

CDR Oscar William Goepner    Apr 11 1949 - Jul 1950

LCDR Lyttleton Brockenbrough Ensey    Jul 1950 - Aug 1950

CDR John Remey Wadleigh    Aug 1950 - Oct 1951 (Later RADM)

CDR Ovid Clemens Foote Jr.    Oct 1951 - 1953

CDR Raymond Berthrong    1953 - Nov 1954

CDR John Toomer Garrow    Nov 1954 - 1957

CDR Robert Gregory Bill    1957 - 1958

CDR Cecil Owens Williamson    1958 - May 2 1960

CDR Adrian Vincent Lorentson    May 2 1960 - May 10 1962

CDR James Warren Foust    May 10 1962 - Jul 13 1964

CDR Kenneth George Hylind    Jul 13 1964 - Mar 28 1966

CDR Robert William Hall    Mar 28 1966 - Oct 4 1968

CDR Charles Lemuel Meserve    Oct 4 1968 - May 8 1970

CDR James William Kehoe Jr.    May 8 1970 - 1971

CDR Douglas Hills Borden Jr.    1971 - 1973

LCDR Thomas Joseph Deevy    1973 - Jul 2 1973

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: John Hopper

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