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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; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.8 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel,Staten Island NY October 3 1944.
Launched March 14 1945 and commissioned June 23 1945.
Completed FRAM upgrade January 1963.
Decommissioned and stricken October 1 1983 at Philadelphia, PA.
To Pakistan October 1 1983, renamed Shah Jahan.
Fate Stricken, cannibalized and sunk as a missile target in 1994.

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Ellison 82kHarold Ellison was born in Buffalo, New York, and was appointed Ensign 20 October 1941 after completing flight training. Soon afterwards he reported to Torpedo Squadron 8 on board famous carrier Hornet (CV-8). In the pivotal battle of Midway, 4 and 5 June 1942, Ellison and his comrades led a torpedo attack on the Japanese ships, pressing home, the attack without fighter cover and knowing they had insufficient fuel to return to Hornet. Though no hits were scored in this first attack, the torpedo bombers diverted the Japanese ships, decoyed their combat air patrols away from Navy dive bombers, and thus contributed importantly to the great victory. Ensign Ellison was presumed dead 5 June 1942 and received the Navy Cross posthumously for his gallantry. Photo: ENS Harold John Ellison, A-V(N) USNR and George Arthur Field, ARM3c courtesy of Mark Horan.Bill Gonyo
USS Harold J. Ellison (DD-864)
Ellison 42kUndated, location unknown.-
Ellison 31kUndated, location unknown.Frank Doherty/Robert Hurst
Ellison 83kUndated World War II image.Captain Jerry Mason USN
Ellison 87kUndated postcard Copyright © Atlantic Fleet Sales, Norfolk, VA.Mike Smolinski
Ellison 25kUndated painting of the Ellison.Nick Werle
Ellison 106kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Ellison 99kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Ellison 177kMarch 15 1946, location unknown. From the collection of Chris Wright.Ed Zajkowski
Ellison 88kUSS Robert K. Huntington (DD-781) at anchor with the USS Harold J. Ellison (DD-864) and USS Rich (DDE-820) during the the 1950s, probably in a Mediterranean port (Photo No NH 99873).Robert Hurst
Ellison 230kMay 9 1955, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Ellison 153kUSS Harold J. Ellison (DD-864) taken in Barcelona, circa August 1958. See http://www.mmb.catCourtesy of the Museu Maritim de Barcelona
Ellison 129kUSS Valley Forge (CVS-45) steaming in formation with Destroyer Squadron 36, during anti-submarine exercises of the Atlantic Fleet's Task Group ALFA, 6 November 1958. The destroyers are ((from top): USS Basilone (DDE-824); USS Damato (DDE-871); USS Robert L. Wilson (DDE-847); USS Harold J. Ellison (DD-864); USS Holder (DDE-819) and USS New (DDE-818). Official U.S. Navy Photograph.Fred Weiss
Ellison 127kUSS Valley Forge (CVS-45) steaming in formation with Destroyer Squadron 36, during anti-submarine exercises of the Atlantic Fleet's Task Group ALFA, 6 November 1958. The destroyers are ((from top): USS Basilone (DDE-824); USS Damato (DDE-871); USS Robert L. Wilson (DDE-847); USS Harold J. Ellison (DD-864); USS Holder (DDE-819) and USS New (DDE-818). Official U.S. Navy Photograph.Fred Weiss
Ellison 210kOctober 4 1961, crew mans the rail as ship arrives in Charleston after Med cruise.Ed Zajkowski
Ellison 48kNew York July 1962.Marc Piché
Ellison 80kNorfolk Va. 1964© Richard Leonhardt
Ellison 76kNorfolk Va. 1964© Richard Leonhardt
Ellison 70kSix views from the Ellison during her 1965 Vietnam Derployment.Nick Werle
Ellison 141kAs above.Nick Werle
Ellison 132kAs above.Nick Werle
Ellison 204kAs above.Nick Werle
Ellison 191kAs above.Nick Werle
Ellison 129kAs above.Nick Werle
Ellison 88kViewed from the USCGC Ingham (WHEC 35) in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba June 1972.Terry Wright
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Change of Command pamphlet - May 23 1975 at Philadelphia Naval Ship Yard
Robert M. Cieri
Ellison 54kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Ellison 43kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Ellison 72kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Ellison 81kDesRon 4 plaque, USS Gearing (DD-710), USS Eugene A. Greene (DD-711), USS Robert H. McCard (DD-822), USS Vogelgesang (DD-862), USS Harold J. Ellison (DD-864), USS Dyess (DD-880), USS Bordelon (DD-881) and USS Furse (DD-882). Courtesy of Foro 11a Escuadrilla de Escoltas ( Javier Santos Vazquez
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Jerry Curtis South    Jun 23 1945 - Aug 1946

CDR Thomas Pinckney Lowndes    Aug 1946 - Oct 1947

CDR Harmon Vedder Briner    Oct 1947 - Aug 1948

CDR John Laurence Maloney    Aug 1948 - Dec 1950

CDR Harvey Robert Nylund    Dec 1950 - Jan 1952

CDR Raymond John Koshliek    Jan 1952 - Dec 1952

CDR Thomas Richard Ingham    Dec 1952 - Oct 9 1953

CDR Julian Thompson Burke Jr.    Oct 9 1953 - Jul 6 1955 (Later RADM)

CDR Maurice Edwin Wall    Jul 6 1955 - Jul 5 1957

CDR Russell Francis Flynn    Jul 5 1957 - Jul 30 1959

CDR Thomas Edward Bass III    Jul 30 1959 - Feb 1961 (Later RADM)

CDR Hilmon Eugene Walters Jr.    Feb 1961 - Feb 1962

CDR Richard Anthony Zyvoloski    Feb 1962 - Feb 1964

CDR Samuel David Seay    Feb 1964 - Dec 1964

CDR Joseph Peter Werle Jr.    Dec 1964 - Sep 1966

CAPT Michael Francis Durkin    Sep 1966 - May 1968

CDR Irvine Keith Heyward IV    May 1968 - Dec 12 1969

CDR Ralph Oliver Davis    Dec 12 1969 - Mar 25 1971

CDR James Edward Young    Mar 25 1971 - Mar 1972

CDR Billy Jerl White    Mar 1972 - Jun 9 1973

CDR William Kennedy Myers Jr.    Jun 9 1973 - May 23 1975

CDR James Borden Eller    May 23 1975 - Mar 31 1977

CDR Wayne Carl Synstad    Mar 31 1977 - Jun 27 1980

CAPT James Clinton Toland    Jun 27 1980 - Sep 17 1982

CDR George W. Yeend Jr.    Sep 17 1982 - Oct 1 1983

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Harold J. Ellison website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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