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Jeffers (DD 621)

Call sign:
November - Bravo - Victor - Foxtrot

Gleaves Class Destroyer/Ellyson Class Highspeed Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 25 March 1942 at Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp., Kearny, NJ
  • Launched 26 August 1942
  • Commissioned USS Jeffers (DD-621), 5 November 1942
  • Reclassified and converted to a Highspeed Minesweeper, DMS-27, 15 November 1944
  • Decommissioned 23 May 1955 at Charleston, SC and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet Charleston Group
  • Reclassified back to a Destroyer, DD-621, 15 June 1955
  • Moved to the Atlantic Reserve Fleet Texas Group, Orange, TX
  • Struck from the Navy Register 1 July 1971
  • Sold for scrap 1 May 1973 to the Southern Scrap Materials of New Orleans, LA for $98,888.88 by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service.


  • Displacement 1,630 t.(lt), 2,200 t.(fl)
  • Length 348' 3"
  • Beam 36' 1"
  • Draft 13' 9"
  • Speed 37 kts.
  • Complement 272
  • Armament: Three 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts and two quad 40mm mounts
  • Propulsion: Four Babcock and Wilcox boilers, two 50,000shp Westinghouse turbines, DeLaval double reduction gear, two shafts.
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    USS Jeffers (DD 621)
    Jeffers 83k 6 January 1943
    Off New York Navy Yard
    National Archives photo 19-N-40461
    Joe Radigan
    USS Jeffers (DMS 27)
    Jeffers 72k - Gene Fanton, PCC, USN, Ret.
    Jeffers 152k c. April 1945
    Jeffers is seen from USS Santee (CVE 29) to starboard of an unidentified oiler. Of the square-bridge Gleaves class DMS conversions, Jeffers and Harding [DMS 28] were among the earliest to be redeployed to combat at Okinawa. Jeffers is wearing the distinctive 3d reverse camouflage pattern
    National Archives photo 80-G-335569
    John Chiquoine
    Jeffers 422k Aerial view of Jeffers' post war configuration.
    U.S. Navy photo DD 621-1 DMS-27 from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
    Darryl Baker
    Jeffers 232k Underway, 23 July 1951
    National Archives photo 80-G-479910 from the Naval Historical Center
    Robert Hurst

    - USNA Class of 1942
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR William Thomas McGarry, USN - USNA Class of 19275 November 1942 - 26 August 1943
    02CDR Leo William Nilon, USN - USNA Class of 1927
    Awarded two Silver Stars (1944) and the Navy and Marine Corps Medal (1944) - Retired as Rear Admiral
    26 August 1943 - 2 May 1944
    03CDR Hugh Quinn Murray, USN - USNA Class of 1934
    Awarded two Silver Stars (1944/1945) and the Bronze Star
    Retired as Captain
    2 May 1944 - 28 May 1945
    04LCDR Robert D. Elder, Jr., USNR28 May 1945 - 19 October 1945
    05LCDR Richard Joseph Smith, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 194119 October 1945 - 17 February 1947
    06LCDR John Paul Howatt, USN - USNA Class of 194017 February 1947 - 1949
    07CDR Richard Herbert Tibbetts, USNJune 1951
    08CDR John Robert Welsh, USNAugust 1952
    09CDR Coleman Hurdleston Smith, USN1954
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

    View the Jeffers (DMS-27)
    DANFS History entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Website
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    NavSource DD Pages, USS Jeffers (DD-621)

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