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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; Westinghouse Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Seattle Tacoma Shipbuilding, Seattle. August 3 1943.
Launched April 10 1944 and commissioned July 8 1944.
Fate Sunk by Japanese Aircraft off Okinawa April 6 1945.
35 of her crew were lost with the ship and remain on duty.

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Colhoun 24kEdmund Ross Colhoun was born on 6 May 1821 in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. He was appointed a midshipman on 1 April 1839. He served during the Mexican War with Commodores Conner and Perry at Alvarado and Tabasco. During the Civil War he served on both the North and South Atlantic Blockading Squadrons, had command of the monitor Weehawken and was commended for his participation in the bombardment and capture of Fort Fisher, North Carolina, from December 1864 to January 1865. He commanded the South Pacific Station (1874-5), Mare Island Navy Yard (1877-81) and retired from the U.S. Navy on 5 May 1883. Rear Admiral Colhoun died on 17 February 1897.Robert M. Cieri/Bill Gonyo
Colhoun 741kColhoun (DD-801) immediately after launching at Seattle Tacoma Shipbuilding (Todd Shipyard) on 10 April 1944. The back of the photo stated that ship sponsor was Capt. Kathryn Kurtz Johnson, USA the great grandniece of Admiral Edmund Ross Colhoun for whom the ship was named.
Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum photo DD 801 5053-2-4-44
Darryl Baker
Colhoun   Colhoun
Two views of Colhoun (DD-801) in Puget Sound, 21 July 1944. On this date, Colhoun was underway from Seattle to test the port engine after it suffered a casualty on the 18th during trials. The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 32, Design 6d.
0580101: National Archives photo 19-N-71251, via Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum.
0580101: Darryl Baker
0580102:Fred Weiss
Colhoun 98kPhotographed from Putnam (DD-757) by her ship's photographer, George Hansen. The exact date of this photo is not known, but from Putnamís War Diary, it likely was taken after both of these destroyers departed Pearl Harbor in TG 51.11 bound for Eniwetok on 27 January 1945 and before USS Putnam left TG 51.11 on 8 February 1945.
The destroyers escorting TG 51.11, Hyman (DD-732), Mannert L. Abele (DD-733), Colhoun (DD-801), and Putnam (DD-757), on this voyage conducted tactical exercises along the way 1-4 February 1945. Also, the configuration of Colhoun with the RCM main mast and camouflage paint scheme is the same as her sister Gregory (DD-802) that both received while undergoing modifications at Pearl Harbor Navy Yard during October 1944.
Eric Hansen via Rick E. Davis

USS COLHOUN DD-801 History
View This Vessels DANFS History entry at the Naval History & Heritage Command website

Commanding Officers
01 CDR George Rees Wilson (USNA 1932)08 July 1944 - 06 April 1945
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Ernie Amaral
Address: 19790 Mella Drive, Volcano, CA 95689-9784
Phone: (209)296-7542
E-mail: None

Note About Contacts.

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