Arthur C. Williams
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USS McGowan - Destroyer DD 678

WORLD WAR II - PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS

USS McGowan (DD-678) Named for Rear Admiral Samuel McGowan (18701934)


Served in the Pacific Theater of Operations in WWII - Received Nine Battle Stars
Assigned to Destroyer Squadron DesRon 54 - Involved in 10 Landings and 6 Invasions.
Invasions Participated In: Saipan, Leyte, Iwo Jima, Tinian, Palau Islands, & Okinawa
Score Card: 2 Japanese Planes, 1 Japanese Destroyer & 1 Battleship
Captain: William R. Cox USN - 3/29/44 to 6/22/45 Awarded Navy Cross, Bronze Star Medal and Gold Star while C/O of McGowan.

Fletcher-Class Destroyer       Builder: Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Kearny, N.J.
Crew: 319         Speed: 38 knots (70 km/h)     Displacement: 2,050 tons
Length: 376 ft 6 in (114.7 m)       Beam: 39 ft 8 in (12.1 m)    Draft: 17 ft 9 in (5.4 m)
Laid Down: June 30, 1943      Launched: November 14, 1943
Commissioned: December 20, 1943    Decommissioned: april 30 1946

Armament:  5 5 in.(127 mm)/38 guns, 10 40 mm AA guns, 7 20 mm AA guns,
10 21 in. Torpedo Tubes, 6 Depth Charge Projectors, 2 Depth Charge Tracks

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