USS Radford
DD 446 (Fletcher class)

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Photo submitted by: David Roe

Builder:         Federal Shipbuilding, Kearny NJ
Laid Down:  	 October 2 1941
Launched:        May 3 1942
Commissioned:  	 July 22 1942
Decommissioned:  January 17 1946
Recommissioned:  October 17 1949
Decommissioned:  11/10/69
Fate:            Sold 10/70 and broken up.

We are seeking information on the USS Radford and her crews. Files and photos may be E-mailed to us and we will incorporate them into this page. When enough information has been assembled we will then build the ship her own section.

Mail Call

From Vane Scott
For Information contact me at:
Subject: USS Radford DD/DDE 446
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 1997

Mate: I'm Vane Scott, Founder and President of the USS Radford Association. We were founded in 1991 and held our first national reunion at that time. We have since found well over 1,000 former shipmates of this highly decorated destroyer that was in commission for 25 years. Totally there were about 4,000 men served aboard from 1942 to 1969.

She earned 12 Engagement Stars and the U.S. Presidential Unit Citation during World War II. During Korea she earned 5 more stars. During Vietnam she again earned 5 more stars. And in the meantime earned 4 more on the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. During her 25 years at sea her Engagement Stars add up to 26.

She was also awarded the Philippine Liberation Medal and the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation. During the Korean War she was awarded the South Korean Presidential Unit Citation.

I will be entering more information as time permits. I am editor of the quarterly newsletter that is usually at least 32 pages. If you ever served aboard this ship or was rescued by this ship, contact me at once. You should be on our mailing list.

Date: Tue, 12 Aug 1997
From: David Roe
Subject: USS RADFORD DD446

These are two pictures of the USS Radford DD446 taken during WW2.The picture (below) of the ship with many crewmen on board were part of the men rescued by the Radford DD446 from the Cruiser USS Helena after it sank at the "Battle of Kula Gulf". Would like to include these in the page on Fletcher Class Destroyers,and the USS Radford DD446.


David Roe
Former crewmember USS Radford DD446

Photo courtesy David Roe

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