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Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - RIOT SQUAD

Displacement 4619 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 418' 6"(oa) x 44' 11" x 15' (Max)
Armament 3 x 5"/54 DP (3x1), 4 x 3"/50 (2x2), 2 Hedghog ASW Mortars,
4 x 21" tt.(4x1) 6 x 12.75" Mk 32 ASW TT (2x3).
Machinery, 70,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 33 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 324.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bath Iron Works, Bath ME October 27 1953.
Launched February 5 1955 and commissioned November 9 1955.
Decommissioned November 5 1982.
Stricken July 27 1990.
Fate As of October 3, 2013 - The total cost of the restoration/museum project would have been in excess of $20 mil, and
in today’s economy raising that amount of money would have been impossible. So, we entered into an agreement with the Navy that
they could scrap the ship, but they had to turn over to us parts of the ship to build a memorial. They agreed to give us the stern
plating that says FORREST SHERMAN and the numerals 931. In addition they agreed to give us all the historic items removed from
the ship by the Navy’s curators. We also had collected over 100 items of memorabilia that crew members had removed from the ship
over the years. All those items, including the ship’s bell, have been transferred to The Maine Maritime Museum to become a part of
their Sherman collection. The Museum is right next door to Bath Iron Works where the ship was built. We are waiting for the Navy
to scrap the ship so that we can get the hull pieces. The ship is still in the old Philadelphia Navy Yard. It appears that the
Navy doesn’t have the funds to scrap any ships at this point. Source - Kurt Wagemann and Craig Busack.
As of May 2015 - Ship removed May 18 and towed by M/V Crosby Cruiser bound for ESCO, Brownsville, TX. Arrived May 23.

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Sherman 90kForrest Percival Sherman, born 30 October 1896 in Merrimack, N.H., was a member of the Naval Academy class of 1917. A naval aviator from 1922, his peacetime service included aviation, surface, and staff assignments. Commanding Wasp (CV-7) when she was sunk by a Japanese submarine 15 September 1942, he was awarded the Navy Cross for his extraordinary heroism in command of the carrier during the opening days of the south Pacific operations. Assigned to Admiral Nimitz's staff he became a stellar member of that effective organization. After the war he filled a key position in the Navy Department and then went to command U.S. Naval Forces Mediterranean (later 6th Task Fleet). From 2 November 1949 until his death in Naples, Italy, 22 July 1951, Admiral Sherman was Chief of Naval Operations. Photo #: 80-G-16543. Captain Forrest P. Sherman, USN, former Commanding Officer of USS Wasp (CV-7), describes the loss of Wasp, which was torpedoed on 15 September 1942, during an interview at Pearl Harbor, circa October-December 1942. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Bill Gonyo
Sherman 65kUndated postcard Copyright © Atlantic Fleet Sales, Norfolk, VA.Mike Smolinski
Sherman 59kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Sherman 38kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Sherman 127kUndated, location unknown.Bill Gonyo
Sherman 122kUndated, Philadelphia Navy Yard. USS Blandy (DD-943), USS Davis (DD-937), USS Forrest Sherman (DD-931) and USS Manley (DD-940). Partial view of the ship to the left is the USNS Lake (T-AK 5017).Ed Zajkowski
Sherman 108kUndated, location unknown. Photo from "An Illustrated History of Destroyers of The World" by Bernard Ireland.Robert Hurst
Sherman 201kUndated, location unknown.RICHARD MILLER BMCS USNR RET.
Sherman 121kUndated, location unknown.RICHARD MILLER BMCS USNR RET.
Sherman 73kUndated, location unknown.RICHARD MILLER BMCS USNR RET.
Sherman 131kOn the ways at Bath Iron Works on 29 January 1955, from the files of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Sherman 135kMrs. Dolores B. Sherman (Sponsor) prepares to christen the USS Forrest P. Sherman (DD 931) named after her late husband February 5 1955, from the files of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Sherman 128kUSS Forrest P. Sherman (DD 931) going down the ways at Bath, Maine, from the files of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Sherman 188kFour views from the inclining experiment at Bath, Maine, October 28 1955.Ed Zajkowski
Sherman 173kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
Sherman 136kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
Sherman 145kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
Sherman 205kNavy photo dated 9 March 1956, from the files of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Sherman 144kCirca late '50s-early '60s, location unknown.John N Adriani Sr.
Adriani-Evans Collection
Sherman 132kCirca late '50s-early '60s, location unknown.John N Adriani Sr.
Adriani-Evans Collection
Sherman 57kUSS Forrest Sherman (DD-931), underway circa 1957, location unknown. Photo U.S. Navy, Official.Robert Hurst
Sherman 51k1958 in Guantanamo Bay.Charlie Flannery
Sherman 100kUnderway replenishment with USS Severn (AO-61) and USS Lake Champlain (CV-39), circa 1962. Air Group is CVSG-54, tail code "AT."Harry Wood, ADJ3, USS Lake Champlain
Sherman 78kUSS Forrest Sherman (DD-931) underway, circa 1963, location unknown. Photo Giorgio Arra.Robert Hurst
Sherman 52kOctober 1963 off of Boston, MA during a change of command ceremony.Charlie Flannery
Sherman 145kIn the Mediterranean or Eastern Atlantic circa 1965/1966 alongside the USS Boston (CAG-1). A note about this photo from Roy H. Williams (MT2 USS Boston 1961-1964); "Picture of Forest Sherman with Boston was not from 1965/66. It had to be before Boston's yard overhaul in 1960. Boston's Missile guidance directors were replaced during that overhaul period from the Mk 25 Mod 7 to the SPQ-5. Picture shows MK 25 Mod 7 which were removed at that time (1960)."Roy Anderson
Sherman 40kKey West Florida, November 1966.© Richard Leonhardt
Sherman 45kKey West Florida, December 1966.© Richard Leonhardt
Sherman 106kUSS Wasp (CV-18) and USS Forrest Sherman (DD-931) refuel from USS Severn (AO-61) in the Caribbean on December 8 1966.© Richard Leonhardt
Sherman 147kFleet Oiler USS MISSISSINEWA (T-AO-144) refueling the USS Forrest Sherman DD-931, the date is prior to February 1972.Richard Miller/Michael Lester
Sherman 55kJune 1, 1974 the destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DD-931) alongside an aircraft carrier during an underway replenishment.Fred Weiss
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Change of Command Ceremony pamphlet from April 5 1973.
Mike Lester
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Change of Command Ceremony pamphlet from September 28 1976.
Wolfgang Hechler
Sherman 246kGenoa, Italy on December 1 1978.Carlo Martinelli
Sherman 135kJune 1979 off the coast of Nicaragua.David Buell/Darryl Cox
Sherman 75kAugust 25, 1994, Baltimore, Maryland, an aerial sided view of two Forest Sherman class destroyers tied up at the Baltimore Fairfield Terminal awaiting scrapping. On the inboard side is the destroyer Forrest Sherman (DD-931) and outboard is the Blandy (DD-943). On the north side of the pier is the former U.S. Army N-3 type port repair ship Madison Jordan Manchester which is also to be scrapped. Fred Weiss
Sherman 314kAn aerial view of the Baltimore Fairfield Terminal area showing various former U.S. Navy destroyers awaiting the scrapper's torch. From bottom to top: the destroyers Blandy (DD-943) and Forrest Sherman (DD-931), the former U.S. Army N-3 type port repair ship Madison Jordon Manchester (ex USS Hydra (AK-82)), the guided missile destroyers USS Claude V. Ricketts (DDG-5) and USS Lawrence (DDG-4), the destroyer USS Davis (DD-937) and the bow of the USS Bigelow (DD-942), November 11 1994. Photo courtesy of the National Archives.Bill Gonyo
Sherman 75kForrest Sherman inboard of Blandy viewed from the Patapsco River in early 1995.Larry Backus
Sherman 102kForrest Sherman viewed from the Patapsco River in early 1995.Larry Backus
Sherman 75kPhiladelphia Naval Shipyard, August 31 2002.Roy J. Brooks
Sherman 75kPhiladelphia Naval Shipyard, August 31 2002.Roy J. Brooks
Sherman 122kAt Philadelphia in April 2003, USS Des Moines (CA-134) is to the left.Ed Zajkowski
Sherman 133kAt Philadelphia in April 2003.Ed Zajkowski
Sherman 122kA series of 4 images from Philadelphia Naval Shipyard during January 2008 including the USS Charles F. Adams (DDG-2), USS Forrest Sherman (DD-931) and the USS Edson (DD-946).William S. Meredith
Sherman 177kAs above.William S. Meredith
Sherman 206kAs above.William S. Meredith
Sherman 148kAs above.William S. Meredith
Sherman 183kJuly 18 2012 at Philadelphia Navy Yard after the Edson was towed away from her side.Ed Zajkowski
Sherman 39kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Sherman 48kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Sherman 39kShip's Zippo.Tommy Trampp

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Russell Sydnor Crenshaw Jr.    Nov 9 1955 - Jul 20 1957
CDR Guy Chamberlin Leavitt    Jul 20 1957 - Aug 2 1959
CDR William Morgan Montgomery    Aug 2 1959 - Aug 10 1961
CDR Frederick John Kelley    Aug 10 1961 - Oct 31 1963
CDR Robert Henry Ewing    Oct 31 1963 - Jul 16 1965
CDR Frank John Korb    Jul 16 1965 - Nov 4 1967
CDR Thomas Joseph Glancy Jr.    Nov 4 1967 - Jun 7 1969
CDR Richard Edward Flynn    Jun 7 1969 - Apr 20 1970
CDR James Knox Martin    Apr 20 1970 - Sep 14 1971
CDR Herbert Brent Kuykendall    Sep 14 1971 - Apr 5 1973
CDR Donald George Loos    Apr 5 1973 - Oct 10 1974
CDR Charles Doyne Sillery    Oct 10 1974 - Sep 28 1976
CDR John Stephen Lacey Jr.    Sep 28 1976 - Mar 12 1979
CDR Albert James Booth    Mar 12 1979 - Sep 20 1981
CDR Denis Nickolas Tsukalas    Sep 20 1981 - Nov 5 1982

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Kurt Wagemann
Address: 720 Reedy Circle, Bel Air, MD 21014
Phone: 410-420-8944
E-mail: None

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.

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Forrest Sherman site
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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