USS Renshaw (DD-176)

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USS Renshaw (DD-176)

USS Renshaw (DD-176) was a Wickes class destroyer that had a very brief active career at the start of the 1920s.

The Renshaw was named after Richard T. Renshaw, a US naval officer who served during the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron during the American Civil War and William B. Renshaw, a nofficer who served under Admiral Farragut during the Civil War.

The Renshaw was laid down at the Union Iron Works, San Francisco, on 8 May 1918, launched on 21 September 1918 and commissioned on 31 July 1919. She joined the Destroyer Force, Pacific Fleet, and entered service in time to take part in the fleet review in Monterey Bay carried out to celebrate the formation of the Pacific Fleet. She then moved to her active base at San Diego. She was used for training exercises, as well as carrying prisoners and performing dispatch duty.

In January 1920 she was part of Destroyer Division 22 (USS Rizal (DD-174); USS Renshaw (DD-176); USS O'Bannon (DD-177); USS Hogan (DD-178); and USS MacKenzie (DD-175))

Between 25 March and 28 April 1920 the Renshaw, with Destroyer Flotilla 11, visited Hawaii. Between 16 December 1920 and 4 April 1921 she underwent an overhaul at Puget Sound, then returned to the Destroyer Force. In January 1922 she was used to calibrate radio compasses for the 12th Naval District.

The Renshaw was decommissioned on 27 May 1922. In 1936 she was disposed of under the terms of the London Naval Treaty. She was struck off on 19 May 1936 and sold for scrap on 29 September 1936.

Displacement (standard)

Displacement (loaded)

Top Speed

35kts design
34.81kts at 27,350shp at 1,236t on trial (Kimberly)

Engine

2 shaft Parsons turbines
4 boilers
27,000shp design

Range

2,500nm at 20kts (design)

Armour - belt

- deck

Length

314ft 4.5in

Width

30ft 11.5in

Armaments

Four 4in/ 50 guns
Twelve 21in torpedo tubes in four triple mountings
Two 1-pounder AA guns
Two depth charge tracks

Crew complement

100

Laid down

8 May 1918

Launched

21 September 1918

Commissioned

31 July 1919

Decommissioned

27 May 1922

Struck off

19 May 1936

Sold

29 September 1936


USS Renshaw (DD-176) - History


USS Renshaw. DD 499

On this date in 1945, my mom's brother was a crew member of the USS Renshaw.

He was 19, born in Ireland, grew up in Brooklyn.

While in the Mindanao Sea on 91 February 1945 Renshaw was struck by a torpedo from an enemy submarine. The torpedo exploded on contact about 10 feet below the waterline flooding the firerooms. The ship lost all power a large section of the hull was warped by the explosion and bulkheads and decks were fractured. Even though 19 men were killed and 20 injured within a matter of minutes damage control parties had the flooding reduced by half and through their efforts the main propulsion machinery suffered no damage.


Temporary repairs were made in April by the ship's crew and men from the destroyer tender Whitney and the repair ship Prometheus. Renshaw then proceeded under her own power from the forward area to the Todd Pacific Shipyards Inc. Tacoma Wash. where permanent repairs were completed early in October 1945.


On Navy Day 27 October 1945 in New York Harbor President Harry S. Truman reviewed the greatest victory parade in naval history from Renshaw.


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Product Description

USS Renshaw DDE 499

1959 Western Pacific Cruise Book

Bring the Cruise Book to Life with this Multimedia Presentation

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A great part of Naval history.

You would be purchasing the USS Renshaw DDE 499 cruise book during this time period. Each page has been placed on a CD for years of enjoyable computer viewing. The CD comes in a plastic sleeve with a custom label. Every page has been enhanced and is readable. Rare cruise books like this sell for a hundred dollars or more when buying the actual hard copy if you can find one for sale.

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  • Ports of Call: Yokosuka, Okinawa, Subic Bay, Hong Kong, Singapore, manila, Kobe, Sasebo, Magoya, Brisbane and Hawaii.
  • Brief History of the Ship
  • Crossing the Equator
  • Divisional Group Photos with Names
  • Crew Roster by State (Name, Rank and Hometown)
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Over 159 Photos on Approximately 51 Pages.

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    USS Renshaw (DD-176) - History

    Renshaw II (DD-176: do. 1,284 1. 314'4", b. 30'11" dr. 9'10", s. 33 k. cpl. 122 a. 4 4", 1 3", 4 21" tt. cl. Little) The second Renshaw (DD-176) was laid down 8 May 1918 by the Union Iron Works, San Francisco, Calif., launched 21 September 1918 sponsored by Mrs. Frank Johnson and commissioned 31 July 1919, Lt. Comdr. R. A. Hall in command. Renshaw was assigned to the Destroyer Foree, Pacific Fleet. She joined the Fleet in Monterey Bav, and passed in review for the Seeretary of the Navy who observed the Fleet from Oregon. Renshaw departed San Francisco 16 September for her base of operations, San Diego, where she arrived on the 20th. Her brief service was none too active, since small appropriations limited most units of the Fleet to routine target practice and engineering competition. The destroyer participated in exercises off the California coast, performed patrol and dispatch duty, transported prisoners, and made one training emise with naval reservists Out of Portland, Oreg. Renshaw cruised to Hawaii from 25 March to 28 April 1920, with Destroyer Flotilla 11, to conduct a thorough reconnaissance of the islands with a view toward establishing an operating base for the Fleet. During the period from 16 December 1920 to 4 April 1921, the ship was at the Puget Sound Navy Yard for overhaul, returning to base on 8 April to rejoin the Destroyer Force. In January 1922 Renshaw calibrated radio compasses for the 12th Naval District. She returned to San Diego 28 Janu ary and remained moored, except for a brief trip to San Pedro 20-24 February, until decommissioned 27 May 1922. The destroyer was laid up at San Diego until disposed of in 1936 in accordance with the London Treaty for the limitation and reduction of naval armament. She was struck from the Navy list 19 May 1936, sold 29 September to Sehiavone Bonomo Corp., and reduced to a hulk 2 December 1936.


    USS Renshaw (DD-176) - History

    Dec 1957 - May 1958 Westpac Cruise Book

    A great part of Naval history. (Most Sailors consider the cruise book one of their most valued treasures)

    You would be purchasing the USS Renshaw DDE 499 cruise book during the 1957-58 era. Each page has been placed on a CD for years of enjoyable computer viewing. The CD comes in a plastic sleeve with a custom label. Every page has been enhanced and is readable. Rare cruise books like this sell for a hundred dollars or more when buying the actual hard copy if you can find one for sale.

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    Some of the items in this book are as follows:

    • Ports of Call: Hawaii, Midway, Yokosuka, Subic Bay, Manila, Okinawa, Singapore, Hong Kong, Brisbane, Adelaide, Sidney, Wellington and Pago Pago.
    • Crew Activity Photos
    • Cruise Chart and Itinerary
    • DesDiv 252 Operations
    • Divisional Group Photos with Names
    • Crossing the Equator
    • Crew Roster (Name and Rank)
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    Once you view this CD you will know what life was like on this Destroyer Escort in 1957-58.


    USS Renshaw (DD-176) - History

    A Tin Can Sailors
    Destroyer History

    Named for Civil War hero Commander William B. Renshaw, the DD-499 was launched 13 October and commissioned 5 December 1942. She reported to the Pacific Fleet in the spring of 1943 to screen transports off the Solomons followed in July by bombardment of the Vila Stanmore and Shortland Islands. Over the winter of 1942-43, her guns pounded targets in Empress Augusta Bay, on northeast Bougainville, Buka and Green Islands, and Bougainville Island itself. Again, during landings in the New Britain-New Ireland area, her fire hit enemy airfield installations and a gun emplacement. By the summer of 1944, she was off Tinian supporting U.S. forces under a heavy counterattack with regular and illuminating fire. She was close enough to shore for her lookouts to see bodies and machine guns in the debris tossed into the air by successful hits. Near Ormoc Bay that November, the RENSHAW and other destroyers engaged and sank a surfaced Japanese submarine and went on to destroy an enemy barge.

    While on convoy duty in the Mindanao Sea on the morning of 21 February 1945, lookouts aboard the RENSHAW spotted a periscope, but before the ship could take evasive action, the torpedo hit, exploding on contact about ten feet below the waterline. Nineteen of her crew were killed, twenty injured. The explosion tore a twenty-six-foot hole in the hull, twisted the keel, damaged bulkheads and decks and caused flooding in the forward engine room and after fire room. Almost immediately, the ship lost power. Quick action by damage control parties greatly reduced the flooding, prevented damage to the ship’s main propulsion machinery, and restored power. Later, after temporary repairs by the ship’s crew and those on the destroyer tender WHITNEY (AD-4) and repair ship PROMETHEUS (AR-3), the RENSHAW was able to proceed under her own power to Tacoma, Washington, for permanent repairs. On Navy Day, 27 October 1945, she was in New York Harbor with President Harry S. Truman aboard as he reviewed the victory parade of ships on the Hudson River.

    Decommissioned in February 1947, she was placed in reserve until 1949 when she received the latest antisubmarine armament and electronic detection gear and was redesignated escort destroyer DDE-499. She was recommissioned in June 1950 and, with the coming of war in Korea, was back in action in May 1951. Much of her time was spent in shelling the enemy rail line between Sonjin and Ilsin Dong and railway targets in the Tanchon area. On the morning of 11 October 1951, the RENSHAW was on a bombardment mission when a quartermaster on the bridge noticed large camouflage screens sliding down a 200-foot bluff adjacent to her target. Thus revealed was battery of four guns, which opened fire as their camouflage slipped away. The first two salvos were short, the next two were long and peppered the bridge and midships areas from the waterline to the topmast radar with shrapnel. Topside damage to the ship was superficial, and the one sailor who was hit suffered only slight wounds. The rest of some thirty salvos fell short as the destroyer took evasive action and blasted the enemy guns. Her fourth salvo struck an enemy gun emplacement and blew it and its crew out of their cave and down the bluff into the water, making the RENSHAW the first ship to sink an enemy shore battery. Now 6,000 yards offshore, beyond the range of enemy guns, she was joined by the ERBEN (DD-631). As the two moved in toward shore, the RENSHAW’s gunners fired on the remaining gun emplacements and the ERBEN’s knocked out the bridges that the shore batteries had tried to protect. She was back in icy Korean waters in December 1952, when she rescued four survivors of a downed navy patrol bomber as part of escort, search and rescue, and bombardment duties that continued into June 1953.

    The following spring, she served with the Surface Security Unit for nuclear tests at Bikini Atoll, and that summer, rescued a British airman while serving as plane guard for the carrier HMS WARRIOR. She continued regular Far East deployments for hunter-killer and task force exercises into 1961. That December, she recovered the satellite nose cone of DISCOVERER 36 north of Oahu. In August 1962, she was redesignated DD-499 and in October participated in the recovery of Mercury astronaut Walter M. Schirra. In April 1965, the RENSHAW and other units of Destroyer Division 252 were on station in the South China Sea off Vietnam serving in surveillance roles and supporting carrier strike force operations. Following a stint with the Taiwan Patrol Force, she returned to the coast of Vietnam for surveillance with the BENNINGTON (CVS-20) and ASWGROUP 5. Beginning in August 1966, she served at various times with the KEARSARGE (CVS-33), ORISKANY (CVA-34), FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (CVA-42), and CHICAGO (CG-11) participated in antisubmarine warfare exercises patrolled the Taiwan Strait and fought fifty-knot winds and high seas of tropical storm Olga. Her next service in the Tonkin Gulf was in 1968 and again in 1969 when she rescued a downed pilot. During these tours, she operated with the BUCHANAN (DDG-14), GEORGE K. MACKENZIE (DD-836), ROWAN (DD-782), and HAMNER (DD-718) as well as the EPPERSON (DD-719), NICHOLAS (DD-449), and COCHRANE (DDG-21).


    USS Renshaw (DD 499)

    Decommissioned in February 1947.
    Reclassified as DDE-499 on 26 March 1949.
    Recommissioned in June 1950.
    Reverted back to DD-499 30 June 1962.
    Decommissioned and stricken 14 February 1970.
    Sold in October 1970 and broken up for scrap.

    Commands listed for USS Renshaw (DD 499)

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    1T/Cdr. Charles Frederick Chillingsworth, Jr., USN5 Dec 194210 Jul 1943
    2T/Cdr. Jacob Aucker Lark, USN10 Jul 19435 Nov 1944
    3T/Cdr. George Henry Cairnes, USN5 Nov 194421 Feb 1946

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    USS Renshaw (DD-176) - History

    1 De Haven (DD 469), the prospective division flagship, was sunk on 1 February 1943, before the squadron was formed.

    2 Later in 1943, Converse, which had not operated with the squadron, was reassigned to DesRon 23 and in October was replaced in DesDiv 44 by Sigourney (DD 643)

    • Pringle (DD 477) from Charleston Navy Yard, which was originally fitted with a floatplane catapult.
    • Saufley (DD 465), Waller (DD 466), Philip (DD 498) and Renshaw (DD 499), consecutively-built ships from Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Kearny, New Jersey.
    • Conway (DD 507), Cony (DD 508), Converse (DD 509) and Eaton (DD 510) from Bath Iron Works.

    Ships of the squadron gathered in the South Pacific in early 1943. Early arrivals in the war zone, Waller and Conway were in the screen during the Battle of Rennell Island, 29&ndash30 January. Two days later, De Haven (DD 469), DesDiv 44&rsquos intended flagship, was sunk.

    On 5 March, before the squadron was formed, Waller, Conway and Cony screened Rear Admiral A. S. &ldquoTip&rdquo Merrill&rsquos new Cleveland-class cruisers Montpelier, Cleveland and Denver on a sweep into Kula Gulf in which Waller, with ComDesDiv 43 Commander Arleigh A. Burke embarked, torpedoed Japanese destroyer Murasame.

    Less Pringle but with DesRon 23&rsquos Aulick temporarily attached until she ran aground, the squadron was formed and assigned a week later to Rear Admiral R.C. &ldquoIke&rdquo Giffen&rsquos Task Force 19&mdashCruiser Divisions 6 (heavy cruisers Wichita and Louisville) and RAdm. Merrill&rsquos Cruiser Division 12 (Montpelier, Columbia, Cleveland and Denver).

    Destroyer Squadron 22 World War II Operations

    Through the Solomon Islands campaign until the fall of 1943, destroyers of the squadron operated in varying combinations with those from other squadrons in the theater, screening Admiral Merrill&rsquos cruiser division and conducting sweeps and shore bombardment missions. Though by chance they did not engage in the named battles of 1943, the nine destroyers became veterans and figured in every operation until they were gradually replaced in Admiral Merrill&rsquos task force by DesRon 23. In October, Sigourney arrived to replace Converse, which had been reassigned to DesRon 23.

    After one of the longest tours of duty in the Pacific war, the squadron returned to the West Coast for refit, then arrived back in the war zone in time for the Marianas operation and the capture of Tinian. While not at Leyte, its ships figured in the Luzon operation before continuing south with the Seventh Fleet to Borneo with ex-DesRon 56 Robinson as flagship. The exception was Pringle, which participated in &ldquoOperation Iceberg&rdquo at Okinawa and was lost.


    USS Renshaw (DD-176) - History

    Date USS Los Angeles Event [World Event]
    15 Sept - 6 Oct '52 En route to Westpac and at Pearl Harbor 3rd Westpac Cruise

    6-9 Oct Yokosuka for voyage repairs

    9-11 Oct En route to Korea Bombline, with USS JOHN R. CRAIG (DD885) as escort

    11-17 Oct Commenced firing in Bombline area (Kosong-Myon) at 1349, 11 October, using main battery. First mission of ship's second tour destroyed 5 bunkers, damaged 4, neutralized observation post and damaged 100 yards of enemy trench.

    17-20 Oct Relieved on Bombline by USS HELENA (CA75) and joined Task Force 77 for routine mission as heavy support ship.

    20 Oct Departed TF 77 with USS STEMBEL (DD644) for Cobra Patrol and gunstrike. Patrolled northern coast during night.

    21 Oct Using Helicopter spot, fired on railroad targets in the vicinity of Songjin.

    23 Oct TF anti-aircraft shoot. Ship knocked down three sleeves. That night departed TF, with USS FRANK KNOX (DDR742) as escort, and moved north again for second Cobra Patrol and gunstrike.

    24 Oct Fired at Songjin on transformer station, railroad repair building, warehouse, industrial plant, rail tunnel and bridge, inflicting damage to all targets.

    25-30 Oct Returned to Bombline. Commenced firing during afternoon with air spotters, to destroy two gun positions and damage bunkers. Treated injured U. S. Army Officer brought aboard by helicopter. Helicopter forced to land on fantail of USS ORLECK (DD886) during passenger transfer 28 October.

    31 Oct Intercepted small boat offshore during early morning. Found to be friendly even after improper recognition signals used. In afternoon departed Bombline and moved south to rendezvous with USS BAYONNE (PF21), transferred aboard medical patient, and returned to Bombline.

    1 Nov Left Bombline in morning to conduct emergency Search and Rescue for crashed F9F fighter plane. Found oil slick, but no sign of pilot. Colonel E. A. Walker, USA, Senior Officer, Military Advisory Group, I ROK Corps, brought aboard by helicopter for conference.

    2 Nov Relieved at Bombline by USS TOLEDO (CA133). Rejoined TF 77.

    2-18 Nov Operated with TF 77, departing 4 November for Nagoya, Japan Stayed three days in Nagoya, where general visiting was held for Japanese nationals. Local military and civil authorities received aboard, including U. S. Ambassador to Japan, Robert Murphy. From Nagoya moved on to Yokosuka for seven days routine upkeep.

    19 Nov Underway from Yokosuka for Bombline.

    21-22 Nov Relieved USS HELENA on Bombline and commenced operations with USS LYMAN K. SWENSON (DD729) as escort. At 1600 set General Quarters and with destroyers SWENSON and HAILEY (DD556) the ship fired in close support of ground forces.

    23 Nov Firing ceased in afternoon to receive South Korean Presidential party aboard: President and Mrs. Syngman Rhee, Lieut. General and Mrs James A. Van Fleet Lieut. General Paik Sun Yup, chief of staff, ROK Army and Lieut. General Lee Hung Koon, commanding general, First ROK Corps. Party transferred to and from ship by helicopter.

    24 Nov Made first gunstrike of tour at Wonsan. Among targets hit was a tank in a cave-LOS ANGELES being the first ship to score on it after the firing of over 1500 rounds by numerous vessels.

    25 Nov Replenished and fired at Bombline.

    26-28 Nov Relieved at Bombbline by USS TOLEDO to rejoin and operate with TF 77. Representative-elect William S. MaiIIiard, California, (CDR. USNR) aboard for visit and Thanksgiving Dinner.

    28-30 Nov Cobra Patrol in Sonjin area with USS PHILIP (DDE498).

    1-7 Dec Relieved TOLEDO on Bombline,. Conducted two-hour strike at Wonsan on 5 December. Representative James E. Van Zandt (REP. PA.), Captain USNR, visited aboard ship 7 December.

    8 Dec Relieved at Bombline by USS ROCHESTER (CA124) and joined TF 77 about noon. Detached that evening, with USS RENSHAW (DDE499) as escort, to move north for SAR mission at Songjin.

    9 Dec Helicopter, piloted by Ensign Lester B. Shackford, USNR, picked up Pilot of AD-5 aircraft from USS ESSEX (CV9) (ENS George E. Tomkins, Woodland Hills, Calif.) after he crash-landed in water near ship.

    10 Dec Remained on SAR station, but without incident.

    11 Dec Joined TF 77 early morning, replenished, and departed again early evening with USS HUBBARD (DD748) for Songjjn gunstrike.

    12 Dec Firing on targets south of Songjjn

    13 Dec Conducted special SAR mission for USAF

    14-15 Dec Rejoined and operated with TF 77

    16 Dec With USS ERBEN (DD631) as escort, departed TF 77 and, proceeded to Sasebo, en route Hong Kong for R&R period

    21-27 Dec At anchor in Hong Kong. Tours, exchange of calls with VIP's and British vessels, Christmas party for orphans and performances in city of Victoria by Glee Club

    28 Dec Departed Hong Kong, proceeding via Sasebo to rejoin TF 77 the afternoon of 31 Dec

    31Dec-2 Jan Rejoined and operated with TF 77

    3-6 Jan Arrived Songjin with USS JAMES E. KYES (DD787) for SAR mission then moved on down coast to relieve TOLEDO on Bombline. Emergency trip to Nando 4 January to give medical assistance to ROK soldiers injured in blast

    7 Jan Went to Wonsan for gunstrike, but heavy snow prevented firing returned to Wonsan after reprovisioning morning of 8 January and conducted gunstrike

    9-12 Jan Routine Bombline duty. USS McDERMUT (DD677) relieved KYES as escort on 10 January

    13 Jan Helicopter crashed on deck during take-off. No injuries, but plane damaged beyond repair

    14 Jan Received TOLEDO's Helicopter

    15 Jan One of the best days firing at Bombline. Marine Air spotter used. In one target area destroyed 8 buildings, damaged 13, caused several secondary explosions, fires and trench cuts

    16 Jan Wonsan gunstrike, resulting in destruction of several buildings, damage to many more and destruction of heavy mortar position

    17-20 Jan Routine Bombline duty, with USS YARNALL (DD541) relieving McDERMUT as escort on 18 Jan

    21-24 Jan Relieved at Bombline by USS ROCHESTER. Received patient from USS MACKENZIE (DD614) for emergency appendectomy 23 Jan. Departed TF late evening with USS NICHOLAS (DDE449), moving north for gunstrikes and radar surveillance of rail targets.

    25-26 Jan Operating near Hungnam. Firing both batteries simultaneously, 12 buildings destroyed, 13 damaged and 2 warehouses damaged. Also rail cuts, box cars damaged. secondary explosions and fires. Spotting plane hit by flak and forced to ditch near ship. Helicopter, with Lt. W. W. Wear, USNR, at the controls, guided pilot (ENS David L. Drenner, Falls City, Neb.) in ditching plane and picked him up. Took aboard medical patient from NICHOLAS prior to leaving coastal region to rejoin TF 77.

    27 Jan Transferred pilot back to USS ORISKANY (CV34) and proceeded to Yokosuka accompanied by RENSHAW.

    30 Jan-7 Feb Yokosuka for routine upkeep and recreation. Underway 7 Feb and joined TF 77 on 10 Feb.

    10-24 Feb Operated with TF 77. Picked up one pilot who crashed shortly after takeoff from USS VALLEY FORGE (CV 45) shortly after sunrise. Ensign Shackford piloted helicopter.

    24-27 Feb Returned Bombline with USS HAMNER (DD718) as escort, to relieve TOLEDO. Firing uneventful.

    28 Feb Moved into Wonsan and commenced fire about 0900, four-hour shoot accounting for destruction of 19 buildings, damage to several more, fires, secondary explosions in buildings and power station, and hits on gun positions.

    1- 2 Mar Restricted fire on Bombline due to limited visibility. HAMMER relieved by SWENSON as screening unit.

    3 Mar Conducted pre-attack bombardment of hill for one hour, with excellent results reported by troops ashore.

    4 Mar Gunstrike at Wonsan, with mediocre target damage. Ship's three-inch battery used for first time against enemy shore installations. Ensign Shackford in ship's Helicopter made commendatory pick-up, of pilot (LTJG James B. Overton, Sunnyvale, Calif.) shot down by enemy AA fire, taking him off Red beach while under fire. Shackford later recommended for Navy Cross. Estimated ten enemy killed in heavy barrage laid down after rescue of pilot. Returned to Bombline.

    5 Mar Relieved by MANCHESTER (CL83) after replenishment. Proceeded to Yokosuka for R&R, arriving there 8 Mar.

    18-20 Ma Underway and enroute Bombline.

    21 Mar Arrived Suwon-dan area with HAMNER, began firing on supply area targets.

    22 Mar Ship fired on for first time in current cruise while entering Wonsan harbor for gunstrike. USS HALSEY POWELL (DD686) accompanying. Spotter called three-gun salvos on building group in northwest corner of harbor the sharpest shooting he had seen. Day's fire destroyed seven buildings and damaged others, in addition to damaging several bridges and achieving a direct hit on a rail tunnel.

    23-26 Mar Routine fire missions along Bombline, with Chaplain and party going ashore on 25 March to distribute soap, candy, and clothing to refugees in a number of fishing villages above Sindaeri.

    27 Mar Began tenth gunstrike on Wonsan, accompanied by USS EVERSOLE (DD789). Ship sustained first direct hit from enemy fire, a single round hitting a starboard radar director room, putting it out of commission but injuring no one. Ship proceeded to neutralize several of the guns which opened fire on us.

    28 Mar-1 Apr Routine Bombline missions.

    2 Apr Second Red shell, believed 105 millimeter, slightly injured twelve men during Wonsan gunstrike. Shell struck mainmast, throwing shrapnel into two open gun mounts. Armored vests prevented other injuries.

    3-6 Apr Routine fire, High-line swap of chaplains brought Easter divine services to Catholics and Protestants.

    7 Apr Wonsan gunstrike with heavy air support. Ship destroyed or neutralized approximately a dozen gun positions. Two counterbattery rounds fell 1500 yards short.

    8-12 Apr Routine Bombline missions.

    13 Apr Uneventful Wonsan gunstrike. Single counterbattery round splashed 1500-2000 yards short.

    14 Apr Ship's gunnery officer, LCDR Robert W. Dart, closed firing key to fire round number 6,000 from cruiser's 8-inch battery during morning.

    15 Apr Chaplain Organ and musical combo transferred to beach by small boat for divine services and "Happy Hour" at Korean Military Advisory Group Headquarters, First ROK Army Corps.

    Late Apr '53 En route to Yokosuka, Japan & Long Beach (about 17,000 rounds were fired in N. Korea)

    Mid May '53 Returned to Long Beach

    AMMUNITION EXPENDITURES
    AS OF 16 APRIL 1953

    (Not including training ammunition)
    8" High capacity 6143
    8" Armor piercing 12
    5" High capacity 8063
    5" Illuminating 572
    5" AA common 1105
    5" White phosphorous 170
    5" VT 362
    3" VT 192
    TOTALS
    8"/55 Caliber 6155
    5"/38 Caliber 10272
    3"/50 Caliber 192


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