USS Richard P. Leary

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USS Richard P. Leary (DD-664)
History
United States
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
Japan
Name: Yūgure
Acquired: 10 March 1959
Struck: 1974
Fate: Returned to US, 10 March 1974
General characteristics
Class and 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)
  • 2 propellers
Speed: 35 knots (40 mph; 65 km/h)
Range: 6,500 nmi (12,000 km) at 15 kn (17 mph; 28 km/h)
Complement: 329
Armament:
Service record
Part of:
Operations:
Awards: 6 battle stars

USS Richard P. Leary (DD-664) was a Fletcher-class destroyer of the United States Navy, named for Rear Admiral Richard P. Leary (1842–1901). In 1959, the ship was transferred to the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force and renamed Yūgure. The destroyer remained in service with the Japanese until 1974, when she was returned to the US, who then sold the ship for scrap in 1976.

Construction and career[edit]

Richard P. Leary was laid down on 4 July 1943 at the Boston Navy Yard, Boston, Massachusetts; 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[edit]

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 25 October, she launched torpedoes at the Japanese battleship Yamashiro, splashed one enemy plane, and guarded the damaged destroyer USS Albert W. Grant. While patrolling off Leyte Gulf on 1 November, she rescued 70 survivors of the destroyer USS Abner Read.

During the Lingayen Gulf campaign, Richard P. Leary on 6 January, during a suicide attack, she severely damaged an incoming Nakajima J1N "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 Nakajima B6N “Jill” and rendered fire-support for the landings on 9 January. She again supplied gunfire support for the landings at Iwo Jima 19 February and for the landings at Okinawa on 1 April. During the night of 6–7 April she escorted the damaged destroyer USS Morris 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 30 September, and steamed to San Diego, California.

Designated for inactivation after her return, Richard P. Leary decommissioned 10 December 1946, and was assigned to the Pacific Reserve Fleet.

Postwar[edit]

Japanese destroyers Teruzuki and Yūgure at Guam, 1962.

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 Yūgure (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.

Richard P. Leary received six battle stars for World War II service.

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