USS Twining
DD 540 (Fletcher class)

 Don Fankhouser
May 1964: from the deck of the USS Edmonds


Builder:         Bethlehem Steel, S.F. 
Laid Down:  	 November 20, 1942
Launched:        July 11, 1943
Commissioned:  	 December 1, 1943
Decommissioned:  June 14, 1946
Recommissioned:  June 10, 1950
Decommissioned:  July 1, 1971
Fate:            To Taiwan 7/1/71; renamed 
                 Kwei Yang; Stricken 7/16/99

We are seeking information on the USS Twining and her crews. Files and photos may be E-mailed to us and we will incorporate them into these pages.


The E-mail:

01/29/06

Hi Mark,

this is in reference to the USS Twining, DD-540.

It 1970 it was sold to the Italian navy, which spent a year re-outfitting it and training their sailors to run it, in San Francisco. I know because of two things... one is thatmy husband had been aboard the Twining when we were married and until he was discharged and secondly, I met a few of the itlian sailors and spent mst of the year teaching them English, playing cupid and givin them a home away from home. And, to top it off, the captian invited me and my children to go to Italy with the ship. I sometimes wish I had chosen to accept that adventure.

At any rate, the information you have listed is incorrect. I thought you might want to do some research and find out what actually happened to the Twining. Oh, and they also bought one of the Twinings sister ships that had been used as a training vessel in San Francisco. I don't recall the name of the ship.

April O


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