USS Knapp
DD 653 (Fletcher class)

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Builder:         Bath Iron Works, Bath ME
Laid Down:  	 March 8, 1943
Launched:        July 10, 1943
Commissioned:  	 September 16, 1943
Decommissioned:  July 5, 1946
re-Commissioned: May 3, 1951
Decommissioned:  March 4, 1957
Fate:            Stricken 03/06/72; scrap in 1973

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

Courtesy of: Herb Mesler

Courtesy of: Herb Mesler

The E-mail:

Subject: USS Knapp DD 653
Date: Wed, 05 May 2004
From: Herb Mesler


I have three photo's I took when I reported aboard the Knapp in 1955 or 56 (will have to check to be sure which year).

When I came aboard I was a TOTAL boot SA just out of reserve boot camp and was doing my two weeks active duty on the Knapp while she was in SDIEGO.

Spent my time aboard in the bilges! Which gave me the added incentive to strike for Radioman!

Attached are two photo's as requested. Let me know when you receive them and I will send the third.


Herb Mesler RMC

More Photo's:

Photo 004 Poem Contributed by: Frank White

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