USS Richard P. Leary (DD-664)
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|Name:||USS Richard P. Leary|
|Namesake:||Richard P. Leary|
|Builder:||Boston Navy Yard|
|Laid down:||4 July 1943|
|Launched:||6 October 1943|
|Commissioned:||23 February 1944|
|Decommissioned:||10 December 1946|
|Struck:||18 March 1974|
|Fate:||Transferred to Japan, 10 March 1959
Returned 10 March 1974
Sold for scrap 1 July 1976
|Acquired:||10 March 1959|
|Fate:||Returned to USA, 10 March 1974|
|Class & type:||Fletcher-class destroyer|
|Displacement:||2,050 long tons (2,083 t)|
|Length:||376 ft 5 in (114.73 m)|
|Beam:||39 ft 7 in (12.07 m)|
|Draft:||13 ft 9 in (4.19 m)|
|Propulsion:||60,000 shp (45 MW)
|Speed:||35 knots (40 mph; 65 km/h)|
|Range:||6,500 nmi (12,000 km) at 15 kn (17 mph; 28 km/h)|
|Armament:||5 × 5 in (127 mm)/38 caliber guns
10 × 40 mm AA guns
7 × 20 mm AA guns
10 × 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes
6 × depth charge projectors
2 × depth charge tracks
|Part of:||United States Pacific Fleet (1943-1946)
Pacific Reserve Fleet (1946-1959,1974)
Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (1959-1974)
|Operations:||Battle of Peleliu (1944)
Battle of Leyte (1944)
Battle of Surigao Strait (1944)
Battle of Luzon (1945)
Battle of Iwo Jima (1945)
Battle of Okinawa (1945)
|Awards:||6 battle stars|
Richard P. Leary was laid down 4 July 1943 at the Boston Navy Yard, Boston, Mass.; launched 6 October 1943, sponsored by Mrs. George K. Crozer III; and commissioned 23 February 1944, Commander Frederic S. Habecker in command.
World War II
Following shakedown off Bermuda, Richard P. Leary sailed via the Panama Canal for Pearl Harbor. After escort duty to Eniwetok and Saipan in July, she supported the landings at Peleliu 15 September 1944, and at Leyte 20 October. During the Battle of Surigao Strait on the 25th, she launched torpedoes at the Japanese battleship Yamashiro, splashed one enemy plane, and guarded the damaged USS Albert W. Grant (DD-649). While patrolling off Leyte Gulf on 1 November, she rescued 70 survivors of USS Abner Read (DD-526).
During the Lingayen Gulf campaign, Richard P. Leary on 6 January, during a suicide attack, she severely damaged an incoming “Irving” fighter, which managed to graze the forward 5-inch gun mounts before crashing—the only “damage” of the war. Later that day, she also shot down a “Jill” and rendered fire-support for the landings on the 9th. She again supplied gunfire support for the landings at Iwo Jima 19 February and for the landings at Okinawa 1 April. During the night of 6–7 April she escorted the damaged USS Morris (DD-417) to Kerama Retto, Okinawa Gunto. Upon completion of duties at Okinawa her next assignment took her to Adak, Alaska, in August. After serving in the Aleutians, Leary sailed for Japan arriving at Ominato, 8 September. She departed Japan on the 30th, and steamed to San Diego, Calif.
Designated for inactivation after her return, Richard P. Leary decommissioned 10 December 1946, and was assigned to the Pacific Reserve Fleet.
JDS Yugure (DD-184)
Richard P. Leary, along with her sister ship, USS Heywood L. Edwards (DD-663), was transferred 10 March 1959 to Japan, where she served in the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force as JDS Yugure (DD-184) ("Autumn Twilight").
The ship was returned to U.S. custody 10 March 1974, stricken from the U.S. Naval Vessel Register on 18 March, and sold for scrap 1 July 1976.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- USS Richard P. Leary home page at Destroyer History Foundation
- navsource.org: USS Richard P. Leary
- hazegray.org: USS Richard P. Leary