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#1 DD Tender

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 01:41 AM

I'm a long-time lurker - I decided I could lurk just as well with a username.

I've been fascinated with WWII history since I was old enough to recognize uniform insigna. And I've always loved USN ships.

My 89 y.o. father (who still farms) was in the Infantry on Luzon from Jan 45 to just past V-J. He talks about some of it - but there's things about the experience that bother him to this day.

Myself, I had a 4 year stint in the USN as a Machinery Repairman first on USS Sierra AD-18 then on USS Vulcan AR-5. Good duty on both ships. My enlistment ended on 7/7/77. I should have stayed in.

'Been farming ever since.

It seems to be the norm for noob forum members to throw out a question in their very first post, and I do have a question that I am unable to find the answer to:

A well-known photo of the USS Selfridge DD-357 shows the bow and forward 5 inch mounts destroyed by a Long Lance torpedo. The ship next to the Selfridge has to be a Dixie class AD, a Vulcan class AR, or a Fulton class AS. What ship is that?

I enjoy this subject and this Site and I'm usually amazed by the detailed knowledge of some of the posters on here.
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Posted 14 December 2011 - 01:48 AM

I'm a long-time lurker - I decided I could lurk just as well with a username.

I've been fascinated with WWII history since I was old enough to recognize uniform insigna. And I've always loved USN ships.

My 89 y.o. father (who still farms) was in the Infantry on Luzon from Jan 45 to just past V-J. He talks about some of it - but there's things about the experience that bother him to this day.



Myself, I had a 4 year stint in the USN as a Machinery Repairman first on USS Sierra AD-18 then on USS Vulcan AR-5. Good duty on both ships. My enlistment ended on 7/7/77. I should have stayed in.

'Been farming ever since.

It seems to be the norm for noob forum members to throw out a question in their very first post, and I do have a question that I am unable to find the answer to:

A well-known photo of the USS Selfridge DD-357 shows the bow and forward 5 inch mounts destroyed by a Long Lance torpedo. The ship next to the Selfridge has to be a Dixie class AD, a Vulcan class AR, or a Fulton class AS. What ship is that?

I enjoy this subject and this Site and I'm usually amazed by the detailed knowledge of some of the posters on here.



G'day Tender...Got sum top notch USN officianados (geeks) here so an answer should be forthcoming...
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Posted 14 December 2011 - 01:50 AM

A fellow-Illinoisian. Welcome!

A great big thank you to your father for his service, and to you, as well.

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 01:50 AM

Glad you decided to lurk no longer. I don't know of the picture you mention, but I'm sure one of the Rogues will know it and be able to answer your question. Nice to have have you around.

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 02:56 AM

Now attempting to post pic of USS Selfridge DD-357

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 03:32 AM

Now attempting to post pic of USS Selfridge DD-357

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FAaaaaaaaaaarkkk! enough said.
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Posted 14 December 2011 - 03:39 AM

Welcome DD Tender, from an ex-Illinoisian. Just shows how well built those ships were!

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 04:14 AM

Welcome, you former lurker.

Tell us more about your father.

Oh, and thanks for your service to this grand country.

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#9 The_Historian

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 01:04 PM

Welcome to the forums!
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Posted 14 December 2011 - 01:18 PM

Now attempting to post pic of USS Selfridge DD-357

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 01:51 PM

Welcome to this fine forum .


Just a guess about the Selfridge, could its neigboour be the O'Bannon which was damaged at the same time?

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#12 Spitfire_XIV

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 12:17 AM

Hello and welcome to the forum :)

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 01:36 AM

I think it's the O'Bannon as well. They were both damaged in the same battle (Vella Lavella) and arrived at Noumea together. More info here File:USS Selfridge and OBannon damaged Oct 1943.JPG - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia




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Posted 15 December 2011 - 02:28 AM

Mate thats a sorry picture...how does one make headway in this condition?? I spose they could have "reversed" their way back...Wonder if this picture made it back to the states at the time...?
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Posted 15 December 2011 - 02:30 AM

Welcome aboard, Tender. Thank you for your service and please pass on our thanks to your father as well! :D We have a great respect and admiration for our vets here, especially those who served in WW2. If I am not being too nosy, may I ask what unit your father served with in the Philippines? I have a great uncle who was in the Lingayen landing on Luzon in Jan 1945.

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to remember that sacrifice, and offer some sacrifice for themselves if Freedom is threatened.

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 02:36 AM

Mate thats a sorry picture...how does one make headway in this condition?? I spose they could have "reversed" their way back...Wonder if this picture made it back to the states at the time...?

The made it back with a false bow.
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Posted 15 December 2011 - 08:40 AM

Welcome to the madhouse. Always room for matelots... Thats a superb picture..reminds me of the pics of Brit destroyers after war in the Albanian mining incidents. Again welcome.

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 12:14 PM

Welcome aboard, shipmate! :S!

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 02:00 PM

Greetings from St. Loser!

Here's the Vulcan.

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And Sierra.

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The round bridge is what fooled you in the picture you posted, I think.

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 11:02 PM

Thats a handsome ship...
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Posted 15 December 2011 - 11:18 PM

Thats a handsome ship...

Big mothers too. Lots of machine shop space, mess decks could feed several tin cans that were cold iron for repairs, and they could top off a DDs stores in the process. REMF heaven in the Pac.

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#22 gunbunnyb/3/75FA

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 09:07 AM

howdy,welcome to the forum, a big thanks for both you and your dads service.

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 05:06 PM

FAaaaaaaaaaarkkk! enough said.


What he said. I think.

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