contributed by John Hummel
USS Edson DD 946



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The Forrest Sherman ( DD ) Class


The Forrest Sherman Class Destroyer was the last of the standard destroyers to be built by the US Navy after World War II.

Designed during the late 1940's and built during the 1950's they had the most modern weapons and crew conveniences available at the time, including air conditioning throughout the ship and more living space for the men than in earlier destroyers.

The Forrest Sherman Class as Constructed


Length: 	418'5"
Beam:   	45'2"
Displacement: 	2,780 tons
Machinery: 	Four-1200 lb. Boilers; 
		two steam turbines; two shafts
Performance:	33 kts.  
Bunkerage:	?  
Range:		4,500 miles at 20 knots.          
Guns:		(3)  5" 54 cal  Mk-42; (2) twin 3" 50 cal
Torpedoes:	(6) 21" MK 32 ASW; (2) Hedgehog; 
		(1) depth charge release rack
Complement:	22 Officers; 313 enlisted

The class was extensively modified during the 1960's and early 1970's.
They served until the early 1980's when the last was decommissioned.

Ships by Hull Number
Alphabetical Listing
  1. DD 931 Forrest Sherman
  2. John Paul Jones DD 932 Reunion
  3. DD 933 Barry
  4. DD 936 Decatur
  5. DD 937 Davis
  6. DD 938 Jonas Ingram
  7. DD 940 Manley
  8. DD 941 Du Pont
  9. DD 942 Bigelow
  10. DD 943 Blandy
  11. DD 944 Mullinnix
  12. DD 945 Hull
  13. DD 946 Edson
  14. DD 947 Somers
  15. DD 948 Morton
  16. DD 949 Parsons
  17. DD 950 Richard S. Edwards
  18. DD 951 Turner Joy

 Paul Jarvis
USS Somers as modified to DDG 34

On the cruise that this photo was taken, the Blandy went to Naples, Italy where the body of the European Unknown Soldier was placed aboard, This body was transferred to a Cruiser in Hampton Roads, Virginia and then it along with the Pacific unknown Soldier were used for a selection of the WWI II Unknown Soldier. This selection along with the body of the Korean Unknown Soldier were transferred back to Blandy. We then proceeded to Washington, DC where the bodies were removed and placed in the Unknown Soldier Tomb.


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