USS Radford (DD-446)

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USS Radford (DD-446)
Career
Namesake: William Radford
Builder: Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company
Laid down: 2 October 1941
Launched: 3 May 1942
Commissioned: 22 July 1942
Decommissioned: 10 November 1969
Struck: 10 November 1969
Motto: HUK King
Fate: sold October 1970 for scrap
General characteristics
Class & type: Fletcher-class destroyer
Displacement: 2,050 tons
Length: 376 ft 5 in (114.73 m)
Beam: 39 ft 7 in (12.07 m)
Draft: 17 ft 9 in (5.41 m)
Propulsion: 60,000 shp (45 MW);
geared turbines;
2 propellers
Speed: 38 knots (70 km/h)
Range: 6,500 nautical miles at 15 kt
  (12,000 km at 30 km/h)
Complement: 329 officers and enlisted
Armament:

  5 × 5 in (130 mm)/38 guns,
10 × 40 mm AA guns,
  7 × 20 mm AA guns,
10 × 21 in (530 mm) torpedo tubes,
  6 × depth charge projectors,
  2 × depth charge tracks


FRAM II modifications:
2 × 5 in/38 guns,
1 Mark 108 ASW Rocket Launcher,
6 × Mark 44 18 in ASW torpedo tubes,
2 Hedgehog projectors,
2 Mark 14 21 in torpedo tubes,
2 × .50 cal M2 machineguns

USS Radford (DD-446), named for Rear Admiral William Radford, was a Fletcher-class destroyer in the United States Navy during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

Radford was laid down by the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company at Kearny, New Jersey on 2 October 1941, launched on 3 May 1942 by Mrs. Francois E. Matthes and commissioned on 22 July 1942.

History[edit]

Radford participated in the Battle of Kolombangara and the Battle of Kula Gulf. She engaged in an offensive sweep against the Tokyo Express, and received Presidential Unit Citation for the rescue of 468 survivors from USS Helena (CL-50). She attacked and sank the Japanese submarine I-19[1] on 25 November 1943, Received damage from a Japanese mine supporting the liberation of Luzon in December, 1944 and received a Presidential Unit Citation from Philippines Government, was decommissioned on 17 January 1946 and placed in reserve at San Francisco.

Radford off Korea, 1951.

Radford was recommissioned on 17 October 1949, and operated with the United States Seventh Fleet in support of United Nations Forces during the Korean War. Following the armistice in 1953, she alternated operations along the west coast and in Hawaiian waters with annual deployments to the western Pacific with the Seventh Fleet. In 1960, Radford underwent an extensive Fleet Rehabilitation and Modernization (FRAM II) overhaul at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard.

On 3 March 1965, Radford, in company with other units of Destroyer Division 252, departed Pearl Harbor on short notice to augment destroyer forces for the rapidly expanding naval commitments in the South China Sea. In October and December Renshaw served as an alternate recovery ship in Project Gemini and participated in Sea Dragon and Market Time operations, patrolled on search and rescue duties and carried out Naval Gunfire Support missions during the Vietnam War from 1965 through 1969.

Her 11th WestPac tour began 5 July 1966. During this period, she participated in anti-submarine operations, escorted attack carriers in the Gulf of Tonkin, had 2 tours of duty on NGFS, a turn on Taiwan patrol, served as forward picket for the Seventh Fleet units operating in the South China Sea and escorted President Johnson's support units to Malaysia during his tour of southeast Asia. DesDiv 252 returned to Pearl Harbor on 16 December 1966.

Radford following her FRAM II modernization with DASH-flight deck aft.

Radford was decommissioned at San Francisco just months after returning from her 1969 WestPac tour. She was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 10 November 1969, and sold for scrap in October 1970, but not before she fought one last battle on her own. She broke away from the tug that was towing her from Valejo to the Portland scrap yard, and took them on a 34-mile, all day chase toward the Oregon coast.

Radford received 12 battle stars for World War II service, 5 battle stars for the Korean War, 4 for the Vietnam War, and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.

USS Radford National Naval Museum[edit]

The USS Radford National Naval Museum is a collection of memorabilia about the ship that is located in Lake Charles,LA,aboard the USS Orleck museum. Exhibits include photos, uniforms, and displays about the ship and her service.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cressman, Robert (2000). "Chapter V: 1943". The official chronology of the U.S. Navy in World War II. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 978-1-55750-149-3. OCLC 41977179. Retrieved 2007-11-25. 

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

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