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USS McCAFFERY (DD-860 / DDE-860)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NBFK

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - SWING

Displacement 3460 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 390' 6"(oa) x 40' 10" x 14' 4" (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, 36.8 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel,San Pedro. October 1 1944.
Launched April 12 1945 and commissioned July 26 1945.
Completed FRAM upgrade November 1961.
Decommissioned and Stricken September 30 1973.
Fate Sold June 11 1974 to Northern Metals, Philadelphia and broken up for scrap.

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522kLt. Colonel Joseph Patrick McCaffery, USMC was born on 20 August 1906 in Chester, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Pennsylvania Military College in 1927. He accepted a commission in the United States Marine Corp Reserve in March 1929, after resigning a commission as 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Reserve received at graduation. After serving at Pearl Harbor, Shanghai, San Diego, and Quantico, McCaffery joined the Marine Raiders. After seeing action at Guadalcanal and New Georgia, McCaffery took command of the Second Raider Battalion for the landings at Bougainville. While leading his troops forward from the beach at Cape Torokina on 01 November 1943, he was struck four times in the chest by machine gun fire from a well hidden Japanese bunker. For his valiant and inspiring leadership during the period November 1942 - January 1943, McCaffery was awarded the Silver Star, and in May 1944 was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.
Photo as a Marine Lieutenant, via Steve S. on
Robert M. Cieri / Dave Wright
USS McCaffery (DD-860)
McCaffery 155kUndated, location unknown.-
McCaffery 100kUndated, McCaffery and sisters Fred T. Berry (DD-858) and Norris (DD-859).Bill Maslak
McCaffery 116kUSS McCaffery (DD-860) date and place unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
McCaffery 74kUndated, location unknown.
McCaffery 145kUndated, location unknown.
McCaffery 127kUSS McCaffery (DD-860) Underway, circa 1945. Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Institute Photo Collection. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 107418.Robert Hurst
McCaffery 144kFebruary 1947, Approaching San Diego. She is flying the "Homeward Bound Pennant."Bill Maslak
McCaffery 166kAmidships looking forward plan view of USS Fred T. Berry (DDE 858) with USS McCaffery (DD 860) at Mare Island on 28 April 1949. Note that Mt. 52 has been removed and replace with a MK 15 Hedgehog ASW rocket launcher.Darryl Baker
McCaffery 171kAmidships looking aft plan view of USS Fred T. Berry (DDE 858) with USS McCaffery (DD 860) outboard at Mare Island on 28 April 1949.Darryl Baker
McCaffery 71kOriginal silhouette, prior to 1949 conversationBill Maslak
McCaffery 90kPost 1949 overhaul and conversionBill Maslak
McCaffery 86kPost 1949 overhaul and conversionBill Maslak
McCaffery 99kPost 1949 overhaul and conversionBill Maslak
McCaffery 88k1954, In DDE configurationBill Maslak
McCaffery 236kIn the Mediterranean on February 12 1954.Andy Knope
McCaffery 117kThe J. P. Kennedy (DD-850), Fred T. Berry (DD-858) and McCaffery (DD-860) in Genoa, Italy May 6, 1954.Larry Bohn
McCaffery 76kL-R, USS Keppler (DDE-765), USS Fred T. Berry (DDE-858), USS Norris (DDE-859), USS McCaffery (DDE-860) and USS Harwood (DDE-861 of DesRon 6 steaming through the Caribbean in June 1956.Robert Hurst
McCaffery 42kOff Turkey during the Med. cruise of 1957.Nick Donatiello YNM2 1957-1959
McCaffery 57k1957, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
McCaffery 121kKiel Canal, June 1964Bill Maslak
McCaffery 57kUSS McCaffery (DD-860) starboard side to USS Bigelow (DD-942) at Kiel, Germany, 1964. Photo taken from Belgian Minesweeper G. Truffant (M 908). Belgian Navy photo.Joe Radigan
McCaffery 62kNorfolk, July 1964 Richard Leonhardt
McCaffery 74k1965 (Approx), After FRAM Overhaul and conversionBill Maslak
McCaffery 96kCirca 1966, location unknown. Image from the 1966/67 Edition of Jane's Fighting Ships.Robert Hurst
McCaffery 96kGrand Harbor, Malta, January 21 1966.Bill Maslak
219kMcCaffery underway, exact date and location unknown. Photo marked 'Editorial Productions, Aug 3 1967'James Bass
McCaffery 161kUSS McCaffery (DD-860) nested alongside USS Jonas Ingram (DD-938) and other unidentified destroyers, November 24 1971, location unknown.Robert Hurst
McCaffery 69kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
McCaffery 36kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
McCaffery 37kOne of her Squadron patches.Dave Cupples

USS McCAFFERY DD-860 / DDE-860 History
View This Vessels DANFS History entry at the naval History & Heritage Command website

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Benjamin Ballard Cheatham    Jul 26 1945 - Mar 1947

CDR Ben William Sarver Jr.    Mar 1947 - Oct 1948 (Later RADM)

CDR John Thayer Wulff    Oct 1948 - Jul 1949 (Later RADM)

CDR Ellis Hole McDowell    Jul 1949 - Jul 1951

CDR Carl August Sander Jr.    Jul 1951 - Aug 1952

CDR George Read Muse    Aug 1952 - Oct 1954 (Later RADM)

CDR James Edgar Miller    Oct 1954 - Apr 1956

CDR John Raymond McKee    Apr 1956 - Jul 1957

CDR George Junius Davis    Jul 1957 - Jul 1958

CDR Thomas Marshall Lemon Jr.    Jul 1958 - Jun 1960

CDR Robert Dean Fisher    Jun 1960 - Dec 1961

CDR Keith Franklin Gillette    Dec 1961 - Jul 1963

CDR Gerald Henry Kaffer Jr.    Jul 1963 - Jul 1965

CDR Alen Grady Hodge    Jul 1965 - Jul 26 1967

CDR Watt William Jordan Jr.    Jul 26 1967 - May 10 1969

CDR Alan Frederick Martin    May 10 1969 - Jul 18 1971

CDR Robert Rathbone Briner    Jul 18 1971 - Nov 22 1972

CDR Samuel William Coulbourn    Nov 22 1972 - Aug 1973

LCDR James Beaty Ferguson II    Aug 1973 - Sep 30 1973 (Later RADM)

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Bill Maslak
Address: 859 Hamill Road, Verona, PA 15147

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