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
The class was extensively modified during the 1960's and early 1970's.
Displacement: 2,780 tons
Machinery: Four-1200 lb. Boilers;
two steam turbines; two shafts
Performance: 33 kts.
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
They served until the early 1980's when the last was decommissioned.
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.