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Displacement 2924 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 10 x 40mm, 7 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; Westinghouse Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Seattle Tacoma Shipbuilding, Seattle. August 3 1943.
Launched April 10 1944 and commissioned July 8 1944.
Fate Sunk by Japanese Aircraft off Okinawa April 6 1945.
35 of her crew were lost with the ship and remain on duty.

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Colhoun 24kEdmund Ross Colhoun was born on 6 May 1821 in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. He was appointed a midshipman on 1 April 1839. He served during the Mexican War with Commodores Conner and Perry at Alvarado and Tabasco. During the Civil War he served on both the North and South Atlantic Blockading Squadrons, had command of the monitor Weehawken and was commended for his participation in the bombardment and capture of Fort Fisher, North Carolina, from December 1864 to January 1865. He commanded the South Pacific Station (1874-5), Mare Island Navy Yard (1877-81) and retired from the U.S. Navy on 5 May 1883. Rear Admiral Colhoun died on 17 February 1897.Robert M. Cieri/Bill Gonyo
Colhoun 77kArtist's conception of the Colhoun by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Colhoun 110kUndated, location unknown. The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 32, Design 6d.Fred Weiss
Colhoun 19kPacific, off Okinawa, July 1944.Joe Radigan, MACM, USN, Ret.

USS COLHOUN DD-801 History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry
(Located On The hazegray Web Site, This Is The Main Archive For The DANFS Online Project.)

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR George Rees Wilson    Jul 8 1944 - Apr 6 1945

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Ernie Amaral
Address: 19790 Mella Drive, Volcano, CA 95689-9784
Phone: (209)296-7542
E-mail: None

Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.

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Destroyer History Foundation
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Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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