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McCook (DD 496)

Call sign:
November - India - Xray - Mike

Gleaves Class Destroyer/Ellyson Class Highspeed Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 1 May 1941 at Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp., Seattle, WA
  • Launched 30 April 1942
  • Commissioned USS McCook (DD-496), 15 March 1943
  • Reclassified and converted to a Highspeed Minesweeper, DMS-36, 30 May 1945
  • Decommissioned 27 May 1949 at San Diego, CA and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
  • Transferred to Pacific Reserve Fleet, Bremerton Group, Bremerton, WA
  • Reclassified back to a Destroyer, DD-496, 15 July 1955
  • Struck from the Navy Register 15 January 1972
  • Sold for scrap 1 August 1973 by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service.


  • Displacement 1,630 t.(lt), 2,200 t.(fl)
  • Length 347' 10"
  • Beam 36' 1"
  • Draft 15' 8"
  • Speed 37 kts.
  • Complement 272
  • Armament: Four 5"/38 gun mounts, four 40mm mounts, five 20mm mounts, six depth charge projectors and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Four boilers, two steam turbines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    McCook 204k 7 July 1945
    Philadelphia Navy Yard
    Courtesy of Frank Jankowski
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 92291
    Mike Green
    McCook 63k 12 July 1945
    Off the Philadelphia Navy Yard
    National Archives photo BS 89495
    Original photo: Joe Radigan
    Replacement photo: Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR, Ret.
    McCook 166k 12 July 1945
    Off the Philadelphia Navy Yard
    U.S. Navy photo 1793-45
    Ed Zajkowski
    Quick 91k c. August 1946
    San Francisco, CA
    McCook, Davison (DMS 37), Mervine (DMS 31) and Quick (DMS 32)
    Albert De Pierro Jr., S1/c
    via Lisa De Pierro
    McCook 114k Bow on view of McCook off Mare Island on 7 January 1947
    U.S. Navy photo 65-47
    Darryl Baker
    McCook 82k Broadside view of McCook off Mare Island on 7 January 1947. She was under going repairs at the yard from 1 November 1946 to 11 January 1947.
    U.S. Navy photo 67-47
    McCook 111k Stern view of McCook off Mare Island on 7 January 1947
    U.S. Navy photo 69-47

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Samuel Clay Anderson, USN15 March 1943 - 1 February 1944
    02LCDR Ralph Lester Ramey, USNUSNA Class of 1935
    Awarded two Silver Stars (1943/1944) and Legion of Merit (1943) - Retired as Captain
    1 February 1944 - 1 December 1944
    03LCDR Charles Moore Cassel, Jr., USN1 December 1944 - 1 November 1945
    04LCDR Thomas Joseph Rudden, Jr., USN - Awarded the Legion of Merit (1967)
    Retired as Rear Admiral
    July 1947 - August 1948
    05LCDR Andrew Douglas Jackson, Jr., USNAugust 1948 - 27 May 1949
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, Bill Gonyo and Joe Radigan

    View the McCook (DMS-36)
    DANFS History entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Website
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    NavSource DD Pages, USS McCook (DD-496)

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