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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 Bethlehem Steel, Quincy. December 29 1955.
Launched December 19 1956 and commissioned November 26 1957.
Decommissioned Jan 15 1969 and recommissioned May 2 1970.
Decommissioned October 30 1982.
Stricken July 27 1990.
Fate Sold to N.R. Acquision December 11 1992 for $18,057 and broken up for scrap during 1996.

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Blandy 52kWilliam Henry Purnell Blandy was born on 28 June 1890 in New York City. He was appointed a Midshipman to the US Naval Academy in the entering class of 1909. He subsequently, graduated number 1 in his Class of 1913 and was appointed an Ensign in the United States Navy. Blandy's initial assigned was to the battleship USS Florida BB-30, where he served from 1913 to 1918. This included the landing at Vera Cruz, Mexico in 1914 and service with the British Grand Fleet during the First World War. He left the Florida as a temporary lieutenant commander in November of 1918. He served short tours at the US Naval Headquarters in London, England and with the Bureau of Ordnance, until 1919. He received advanced training in ordnance at the Naval Academy and the Naval Gun Factory, where he made many significant contributions. He returned to sea duty in several assignments: as the assistant fire control officer in the battleship USS New Mexico BB-40, during 1921-22; executive officer of USS Vega AK-17; in communications aboard USS Pruitt DD-347 at Cavite and as gunnery officer of USS Stewart DD-224. With his genius for gunnery, in which he excelled during his Academy days, Blandy had a quick rise in choice assignments within the ordnance sector of the Navy. He served as the Head of the Bureau of Ordnance's Gun Section; gunnery officer aboard New Mexico during 1927-29; and as gunnery officer on Admiral Bostwick's staff, aboard the flagship West Virginia BB-48 through 1930. He served as naval attache in Brazil, for four years, until 1934. Commander Blandy was then the commanding officer of USS Simpson DD-221, followed by command of Destroyer Division Ten in flagship Pruitt DD-347, until 1936. He later became the CO of the target ship Utah AG-16. He was promoted to captain in September 1939, assuming the lead role in developing anti-aircraft defenses for the fleet at BuOrd. In February 1941 he was promoted to the rank of rear admiral to become the Chief of the Bureau of Ordnance. During the Second World War, he became Commander, Amphibious Group One in December of 1943. And participated in the Kwajalein offensive in 1944. In November he became Commander, Amphibious Support Force, in his flagship Estes AGC-12. He led pre-landing forces for the Battle of Iwo Jima and later Okinawa, during 1945. In July, he became Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Force, Pacific Fleet. After the war, Blandy became best known for his oversight of the Atomic Testing at Bikini atoll in the Marshall Island group in July 1946. As a vice admiral he commanded Joint Task Force One aboard the Mt. McKinley AGC-7. He was promoted to the rank of admiral in February 1947 and became Commander-in-Chief, US Atlantic Fleet, serving for three years. Admiral Blandy retired from the US Navy in February 1950. He died at the US Naval Hospital at St. Albans, NY on 12 January 1954. Official US Navy Photographic Portrait of RADM William H. P. "Spike" Blandy, USN, taken in February of 1941, when he was serving as the Chief of the Bureau of Ordnance. File number USN OOR-2044.Robert M. Cieri
USS Blandy (DD-943)
Blandy 276kUndated, location unknown.Dave Wright
Blandy 15kUndated, location unknown.William Bowlin (Crewmember 69-71)
Blandy 73kUndated, location unknown.Lee Atkins BT3, 1982
Blandy 66kUndated postcard Copyright © Atlantic Fleet Sales, Norfolk, VA.Mike Smolinski
Blandy 122kUndated, Philadelphia Navy Yard. USS Blandy (DD-943), USS Davis (DD-937), USS Forrest Sherman (DD-931) and USS Manley (DD-940).Ed Zajkowski
Blandy 147kUndated, USS Marias (AO-57), center, refueling USS Blandy (DD-943), left, and USS Lake Champlain (CVS-39).Ron Reeves
Blandy 108kUndated, location unknown.Tommy Trampp
Blandy 228kUSS Barry (DD-933) and USS Blandy (DD-943) in Barcelona, circa the early 1960s.Jim Buttleman
Blandy 164kUSS Blandy (DD-943) underway circa 1963, location unknown. Photo from "Our Navy" magazine.Robert Hurst
Blandy 188kIn 1965 when Blandy was the Number 2 Recovery Ship for the Gemini IV space flight.Jerry Leveque
Blandy 206kPage from the USS America (CVA-66) cruisebook showing the events of the January 27 1966 boiler explosion aboard the Blandy.Thomas Becher
Blandy 118kValletta, Malta January 29 1966.Marc Piché
259kBlandy (DD-943) in Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta, probably same date as above. Wright & Logan photo.Dave Wright
Blandy 172kAlongside the USS Mauna Kea (AE-22) during 1970, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR (Ret.)
Blandy 114kFebruary 17 1970 at Philadelphia Navy Yard.Ed Zajkowski
Blandy 218kMay 2 1970 at Philadelphia Navy Yard, USS Lake Champlain (CV-39) in background.Ed Zajkowski
Blandy 181kMay 18 1970, Delaware River, Philadelphia Naval Shipyard photo.Ed Zajkowski
Blandy 219kMay 18 1970, Delaware River, Philadelphia Naval Shipyard photo.Ed Zajkowski
Blandy 215kMay 18 1970, Delaware River, Philadelphia Naval Shipyard photo.Ed Zajkowski
Blandy 243kMay 18 1970, Delaware River, Philadelphia Naval Shipyard photo.Ed Zajkowski
Blandy 134kJuly 22 1975 refueling, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
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Welcome Aboard pamphlet - circa 1977
Wolfgang Hechler
Blandy 96kTaken in Barcelona, Spain, on March 6, 1978. This view shows the ship after her ASW modernization, with 3"/50 guns removed; an ASROC "pepperbox" substituted for No. 2 5"/54 mount; triple Mk.32 torpedo tubes on the 01 level, just forward of the bridge; SQS-35 VDS on the fantail (along with a keel-mounted SQS-23, obviously invisible here). She was also fitted with an SPS-40 air search radar and two gun directors: a Mk.68 forward and a Mk.56 aft. Fabio Peña
Blandy 135kArriving at Genoa on March 20 1978.Carlo Martinelli
Blandy 174kAt Genoa on March 21 1978.Carlo Martinelli
Blandy 27kUnder tow at Fore River to be broken up on January 31, 1993.Marc Piché
Blandy 77kView of the Blandy during her scrapping.Gregory Wells
Blandy 75kAugust 25, 1994, Baltimore, Maryland, an aerial sided view of two Forrest 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
Blandy 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
Blandy 84kBlandy viewed from the Patapsco River in early 1995.Larry Backus
Blandy 57kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Blandy 100k-120kUniform Ship's name shoulder patch.Al Grazevich
Blandy 100kShip's plaqueN. Kriesel
Blandy 51kShip's Zippo belt buckle circa 1960's-1970's.John A. Altfeltis
Blandy 59kShip's Zippo.Tommy Trampp
Blandy 36kShip's Zippo.Tommy Trampp
Blandy 45kShip's Zippo.Tommy Trampp

USS BLANDY DD-943 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR William Francis Cafferata    Nov 26 1957 - Jul 1959

CDR George Junius Davis    Jul 1959 - Jun 22 1961

CDR Edward George Kelley    Jun 22 1961 - Jun 1963

CDR George Sargent Grove    Jun 1963 - Jul 30 1965

CDR Isaac Nelson Franklin    Jul 30 1965 - Mar 11 1967

CDR Joel Halbert Berry Jr.    Mar 11 1967 - Jan 5 1969

(Decommissioned Jan 15 1969 - May 2 1970)

CDR Christopher Stephen Lardis    May 2 1970 - May 8 1971

LCDR George Edward Sullivan III    May 8 1971 - Nov 21 1972

LCDR William Glynn Martin    Nov 21 1972 - Jun 14 1974

CDR Francis Joseph Boyle    Jun 14 1974 - Jun 27 1976

CDR Michael Edward Fitzgerald    Jun 27 1976 - Jul 29 1978

CDR Thomas Joseph Batzel    Jul 29 1978 - Jul 26 1980

CAPT William David Straight    Jul 26 1980 - Aug 2 1982

CDR Robert Joseph Cepek    Aug 2 1982 - Oct 30 1982

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Gary L. Scribner
Address: 10918 Doc Lane, Russellville, MO 65074
Phone: (501) 478-9922

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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