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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 Litton Ingalls, Pascagoula Miss. March 4 1957.
Launched May 23 1958 and commissioned May 26 1959.
Decommissioned September 26 1969 and recommissioned August 15 1970.
Decommissioned November 22 1982.
Stricken February 7 1990.
Fate Sold March 17 1992 for scrapping.

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Morton 67kDudley Walker ("Mush") Morton was born in Owensboro, Ky., 17 July 1907, and graduated from the Naval Academy in 1930. Prior to the beginning of World War II, he served in the Saratoga, Chicago, Canopus, Fairfax, R-5, and S-37. Advanced to the rank of commander 15 October 1942, he assumed command of Wahoo (q.v.) 13 December. Between 26 January 1943 and 9 November, Wahoo was responsible for sinking 19 cargo and transport ships for a combined total of 55,000 tons. Commander Morton was reported missing in action, when his submarine was presumed to be lost in the Sea of Japan, Asiatic area. Declared dead 7 January 1946, Commander Morton had been awarded the Navy Cross, three gold stars in lieu of a second, third, and fourth, Navy Cross, and the Army Distinguished Service Cross in acknowledgement of his outstanding professional skills and excellent judgment. Photo #: NH 47623. Lieutenant Commander Dudley W. Morton, USN, photographic portrait, taken by Bert Longworth, Hollywood, California, circa 1943. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Morton 100kUndated, location unknown.Bill Gonyo
Morton 73kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Morton 74kUndated, location unknown.Gerd Matthes
Morton 74kUndated, location unknown.Gerd Matthes
Morton 32kUndated, USS Goldsborough (DDG-20) and USS Morton (DD-948).Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Morton 122kUndated, off Point Loma.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Morton 114kUndated, off Coronado.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Morton 144kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Morton 107kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Morton 80kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Morton 101kUndated, USS Somers (DDG-34), USS Morton (DD-948) and USS Richard S. Edwards (DD-950) at Pearl Harbor.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Morton 158kOctober 1959 as Morton was entering the channel to the city of Oranjestad, Aruba. The ship was en route from commissioning at Charleston, SC, to her home port of San Diego. This picture is significant in that it depicts the ship before she underwent modernization in 1970, when mount 52 was removed. Official US Navy photograph.Al Creasy, ENS USS Morton
Morton 60kUSS Wiltsie (DD-716) and USS Morton (DD-948) alongside the USS Prairie (AD-15) November 1960 in San Diego.Robert Schultz ETC(SW) Ret
Morton 205kThis photo was originally published in the November 1960 issue of CruDesPac News. The four ships were manning the rail to salute President Eisenhower as he passed by in his barge. The President is standing topside in the barge, midships. The other ships in the picture are USS Wiltsie (DD 716), USS Hamner (DD718), and USS De Haven (DD727). We were moored in San Diego Bay.Al Creasy, ENS USS Morton
Morton 165kSteaming into Pearl Harbor, HI - Sometime in 1960's.K. Dupree, YNCS, USN(Ret)
Morton 68kSouth China Sea, April 1966© Richard Leonhardt
Morton 106kUSS Bausell (DD-845) and USS Morton (DD-948) in Hong Kong April 1966.Larry Backus
Morton 140kAt Pearl Harbor on June 29 1972.J. Douglas Martin, Jr.
Morton 261kUSS Morton (DD-948) and USS Oriskany (CV-34) simultaneously refueling from an unidentified oiler in March, 1974. US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 1996.488.196.025.Mike Green
Morton 91kFremantle 1977Graeme D. Fuller
Morton 80kSan Francisco Bay October 29 1981.Marc Piché
Morton 70kSan Francisco Bay October 29 1981.Robert M. Cieri
Morton 75kNovember 22, 1982, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, crew members stand at attention as the ensign is lowered for the last time during the decommissioning of the destroyer USS Morton (DD 948 ).Fred Weiss
Morton 101kDN-ST-86-09571. June 24 1986, a view of several mothballed ships at anchor near Beckoning Point, in the East Loch of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. They are, left to right, the guided-missile destroyer Somers (DDG 34), and the destroyers Morton (DD 948) and Richard S. Edwards (DD 950). U.S. Navy Photo by Don S. Montgomery.Robert M. Cieri
Morton 104kAs above.Gerd Matthes
Morton 41kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Morton 63kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Morton 59kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Morton 39kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Morton 62kShip's Zippo belt buchle.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.

USS MORTON DD-948 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR John Martin DeLargy    May 26 1959 - Sep 23 1960 (Later RADM)
CDR William Clarence Young    Sep 23 1960 - Sep 5 1962
CDR Thomas Grenville Slattery    Sep 5 1962 - Jul 25 1964
CDR John Cochrane McGill Jr.    Jul 25 1964 - May 13 1965
CDR Robert Earl Bodamer    May 13 1965 - Oct 12 1966
CDR Carl Jay McCann    Oct 12 1966 - Oct 8 1968
CDR Wayne Philo Hughes Jr.    Oct 8 1968 - Sep 26 1969
(Decommissioned Sep 26 1969 - Aug 15 1970)
CDR Joseph Donald Fairchild    Aug 15 1970 - Feb 26 1972
CDR Raymond John Harbrecht    Feb 26 1972 - Jun 29 1973
CDR John Heffelman Fishburn    Jun 29 1973 - Jul 11 1974
CDR Frederick Charles (Fox) Johnson    Apr 11 1974 - Jul 26 1974 (Later RADM)
CDR Andrew Bleakley Jr.    Jul 26 1974 - Oct 1 1976
CDR Merlin Gene Bell    Oct 1 1976 - Dec 15 1978
CDR William Clement Fox    Dec 15 1978 - Jan 19 1981
CDR Corwin Allan Bell    Jan 19 1981 - Nov 22 1982

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: John Kieft
Address: 8890 Monument Dr., Grants Pass, OR 97526
Phone: (541)471-2777

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 Morton website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
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Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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