Allied Warships

USS Radford (DD 446)

Destroyer of the Fletcher class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 446 
Built byFederal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. (Kearny, New Jersey, U.S.A.) 
Ordered1 Jul 1940 
Laid down2 Oct 1941 
Launched3 May 1942 
Commissioned22 Jul 1942 
End service10 Nov 1969 

Decommissioned 17 January 1946.
Reclassified DDE-446 on 26 March 1949.
Recommissioned 17 October 1949.
Reclassified back to DD-446 on 30 June 1962.
Decommissioned 10 November 1969.
Stricken 10 November 1969.
Sold in October 1970 and broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS Radford (DD 446)

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1Lt.Cdr. William Kilian Romoser, USN22 Jul 194210 Oct 1943
2T/Capt. Gale Emerson Griggs, USN10 Oct 194310 Sep 1944
3Lt.Cdr. Gordon Leonard Caswell, USN10 Sep 194412 Dec 1944
4Cdr Jack Emerson Mansfield, USN12 Dec 194417 Jan 1946

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Notable events involving Radford include:

14 Feb 1945
Mined and seriously damaged; 3 of the crew died and 4 wounded

Media links

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

U.S. Destroyers

Friedman, Norman

United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

Roscoe, Theodore

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