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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 Bethlehem Steel, San Francisco. February 8 1944.
Launched April 8 1945 and commissioned October 8 1946.
Decommissioned March 15 1950 and recommissioned September 23 1950.
Decommissioned and Stricken July 2 1973.
Fate Sold June 24 1974 to Union Minerals & Alloy, New York for $257,122 and broken up for scrap.

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Henley 89kThe first, second and fourth Henleys (DD-39, DD-391, DD-762) were named for Robert Henley, born 5 January 1783 in Williamsburg, Ara., son of Leonard and Elizabeth Dandridge Henley and nephew of Martha Dandridge Custis Washington. Appointed a midshipman 8 April 1799, Henley participated in the engagement between Constellation and La Vengeance during the Quasi-War with France 2 February 1800. After service with Preble's squadron in the Mediterranean and a cruise to the East Indies, Henley received his first command, Gunboat No. 5, at Baltimore 9 April 1808. Henley was in command of 2 divisions of 15 gunboats which drove 3 British frigates from Hampton Roads 20 June 1813. Reporting to brig Eagle, he received the thanks of Congress and a gold medal for valiant conduct in the Battle of Lake Champlain 11 September 1814. With the end of-the War of 1812, Henley filled a variety of billets before commanding Hornet against pirates in the West Indies. He captured pirate schooner Moscow off Santo Domingo 29 October 1821. After serving as commandant of the Naval Rendezvous at Norfolk 1822 to 1824, he reported for similar duty at Charleston. Captain Robert Henley died at Sullivan's Island, Charleston, after a short illness 7 October 1828.Bill Gonyo
Henley 95kArtist's conception of the Henley as she appeared after the early 1950's conversion 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
Henley 46kUndated, location unknown.Joe Muller
Henley 12kUndated, location unknown.-
Henley 96kUndated, location unknown.Ernest Brooks
Henley 66kUndated, location unknown.Ernest Brooks
Henley 57kUndated, location unknown.Ernest Brooks
Henley 96kUndated, location unknown.Ernest Brooks
Henley 84kRudders during contstruction, March 28 1945 at San Francisco.Ed Zajkowski
Henley 79kUSS Henley (DD-762) off Bethlehem Steel, San Francisco, California, on 16 October 1946. Official U.S. Navy Bureau of Ships photo # 19-N-96550.Robert Hurst
Henley 92kMarch 20 1954 entering Pearl Harbor, photo USN 635635.Ernest Brooks/Ed Zajkowski
Henley 572kEntering Pearl Harbor, 20 March 1954. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 107156.Robert Hurst
Henley 57kTaken on the Manitowoc river at Manitowoc, Wisconsin (on Lake Michigan) summer of 1959 during operation "Inland Sea". The ship behind it is Chesapeake & Ohio Train Ferry "City of Midland"Larry Bohn
Henley 96kSummer of 1959 during operation "Inland Sea" the USS Henley (DD-762) arrives in Ogdensburg, N.Y.Bill Gonyo
Henley 41kUSS Tidewater (AD-31), USS Du Pont (DD-941), USS 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
Henley 59kSouth Boston, July 4 1962 Richard Leonhardt
Henley 77kSouth Boston Naval Annex, July 4 1962 Richard Leonhardt
Henley 58kBoston, August 1963 Richard Leonhardt
Henley 75kChesapeake Bay 1964. Richard Leonhardt
Henley 71kShip's patchJoe Muller
Henley 52kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Dwight Lyman Moody    Oct 8 1946 - Mar 2 1948

CDR Bruce Richardson Ware III    Mar 2 1948 - Sep 16 1949  (Later RADM)

CDR Thomas Francis Howe    Sep 16 1949 - Mar 15 1950

(Decommissioned Mar 15 1950 - Sep 23 1950)

CDR George William Bowdey    Sep 23 1950 - Dec 1951

CDR Markeson Varland    Dec 1951 - May 1954

CDR Raphael Andrew Zoeller    May 1954 - Aug 1956

CDR Daniel Martin Karcher    Aug 1956 - Feb 1957

CDR Robert Kenneth Sundt    Feb 1957 - Nov 13 1958

CDR Grant Bruce Gordon    Nov 13 1958 - Jul 26 1960

CDR George Monroe Wrocklage    Jul 26 1960 - Dec 1961

CDR Herman Jennings Stansell Jr.    Dec 1961 - Apr 1963

CDR Allan Edward White    Apr 1963 - May 1964

CDR Edward Everett Sigler Jr.    May 1964 - Dec 1965

CDR James Arnold Nourse    Dec 1965 - Nov 1967

CDR William Clarence Nation    Nov 1967 - Jul 1969

CDR Thomas Michael Vojtek    Jul 1969 - Jun 1971

CDR Raymond Earl Helms Jr.    Jun 1971 - Oct 1972

CDR Theodore Lloyd Shope    Oct 1972 - Jul 2 1973

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Richard Douglas

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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