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CountryUnited States
Ship ClassFletcher-class Destroyer
BuilderFederal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Kearny, New Jersey, United States
Laid Down7 May 1942
Launched13 Oct 1942
Commissioned5 Dec 1942
Decommissioned1 Feb 1947
Displacement2,050 tons standard; 2,924 tons full
Length376 feet
Beam40 feet
Draft18 feet
MachineryGeneral Electric geared turbines with two screws
Power Output60,000 shaft horsepower
Speed35 knots
Range6,500nm at 15 knots
Armament5x5in guns, 4x40mm anti-aircraft, 4x20mm anti-aircraft, 10x21in torpedo tubes, 6 depth charge projec
RecommissionJun 1950
Second Decommission14 Feb 1970


ww2dbaseCommissioned with Commander C. F. Chillingworth in command, Renshaw took her shakedown cruise and reported to the Pacific Fleet in spring of 1943. She escorted transports in the Solomon Islands area and participated in the bombardment of the Vila Stanmore and Shortland Island areas in Kula Gulf beginning on 2 Jul 1943. Between 21 Nov 1943 and 19 Jan 1944, she bombarded Japanese positions at Bougainville, Buka, and Green Islands, then she sailed for Bougainville to provide naval gunfire support for the landing operations there. In Mar 1944, she bombarded Japanese positions in the New Britain and New Ireland area. After a brief training period at Pearl Harbor, she escorted LSTs during the landing operations on Tinian. In Nov 1944, she provided gunfire support in the Ormoc Bay area in the Philippines. On 31 Dec 1944, she sailed with a task unit to screen a large Allied transport formation sailing for Lingayen Gulf at Luzon; the task force reached Luzon for landing operations on 9 Jan 1944 safely.

ww2dbaseOn 21 Feb 1945, Renshaw was struck by a torpedo. With a hole 3 meters below the waterline, her firerooms were flooded and the ship lost all power. 19 men were killed and 20 more injured. She remained afloat and was eventually escorted to San Pedro Bay for temporary repairs and then to the Todd Pacific Shipyard in Tacoma, Washington, United States for permanent repairs. Because of the torpedo damage, she missed the remainder of the war.

ww2dbaseOn 27 Oct 1945, in New York Harbor, President Harry Truman reviewed the Navy Day victory parade from aboard Renshaw.

ww2dbaseRenshaw was decommissioned in 1947, but she was recommissioned during the Korean War as an anti-submarine vessel. She served two tours of duty in the Pacific Rim area, serving in anti-submarine, escort, patrol, search and rescue, and bombardment duties. In 1960, she received the new anti-submarine weapon Weapon Alpha. On 17 Dec 1961, she recovered the nose-cone of space shuttle Discoverer 36. On 3 October, she participated in the recovery of Project Mercury Astronaut Commander Walter M. Schirra. In 1965, she returned to the Pacific Rim, this time operating in the South China Sea area off Taiwan and Vietnam. She returned to Pearl Harbor from her 12th and final Western Pacific tour in Dec 1969, and was decommissioned in Feb 1970. She was sold for scrap in Oct 1970 to Zidell Explorations Inc.

ww2dbaseSource: Wikipedia.

Last Major Revision: Dec 2006

Renshaw Operational Timeline

5 Dec 1942 Renshaw was commissioned into service.
1 Feb 1947 Renshaw was decommissioned from service.


Truman aboard USS Renshaw during Navy Day Fleet Review, New York City, New York, United States, 27 Oct 1945; note USS Missouri

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1. Anonymous says:
4 May 2010 08:46:42 AM

great detil
2. Tammi Johnson says:
4 Dec 2014 07:07:04 AM

Hi, I believe you need to include the USS Strong DD 467 in your web page. She was felled by the longest missile strike in WW2 history at over 11 nautical miles on July 5, 1943, just 25 hours ahead of the sinking of the USS Helena. I lost a family member on the ship, and believe her role in the Solomons campaign has been greatly under-rated. I have a web site dedicated to her history and that of my great-uncle William C. Hedrick, Jr. at www.projectuss-strongdd467.com.

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Truman aboard USS Renshaw during Navy Day Fleet Review, New York City, New York, United States, 27 Oct 1945; note USS Missouri

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