Allied Warships

USS McGowan (DD 678)

Destroyer of the Fletcher class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassFletcher 
PennantDD 678 
Built byFederal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. (Kearny, New Jersey, U.S.A.) 
Ordered14 Jun 1942 
Laid down30 Jun 1943 
Launched14 Nov 1943 
Commissioned20 Dec 1943 
End service30 Nov 1960 
History

Decommissioned 30 April 1946.
Recommissioned 6 July 1951.
Decommissioned 30 November 1960.
Transferred to Spain 30 November 1960 being renamed Jorge Juan (D 25).
Jorge Juan was stricken from the Spanish Navy list 15 November 1988.

 

Commands listed for USS McGowan (DD 678)

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CommanderFromTo
1Cdr. James Buchanan Weller, USN20 Dec 194329 Mar 1944
2William Ruffin Cox, USN29 Mar 194422 Jun 1945
3Terrell Hoyt Wilhelm Conner, USN22 Jun 194530 Apr 1946

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Notable events involving McGowan include:


11 Jul 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) topped off four of the destroyers of the Task Group, USS Cushing (Lt.Cdr. W.D. Adams, USN), USS McGowan (Lt.Cdr. T.H.W. Conner, USN), USS Colahan (Cdr. M.A. Shellabarger, USN) and USS Melvin (Cdr. B.K. Atkins, USN), with fuel.

23 Jul 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) topped off four of the destroyers of the Task Group, USS Melvin (Cdr. B.K. Atkins, USN), USS Colahan (Cdr. M.A. Shellabarger, USN), USS McDermut (Cdr. C.B. Jennings, USN) and USS McGowan (Lt.Cdr. T.H.W. Conner, USN), with fuel.

4 Aug 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. C. Wellborn, Jr., USN) topped off four of the destroyers of the Task Group, USS Cushing (Lt.Cdr. W.D. Adams, USN), USS Twining (Cdr. F.V. List, USN), USS Uhlmann (Cdr. S.C. Small, USN) and USS McGowan (Lt.Cdr. T.H.W. Conner, USN), with fuel.

Media links


Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.


U.S. Destroyers

Friedman, Norman


United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

Roscoe, Theodore


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