DD-446 General Specifications
Class: Fletcher-class destroyer
Named for: William Radford
Complement: 329 Officers and Enlisted
Displacement: 2050 tons
Length: 376 feet 5 inches
Beam: 39 feet 7 inches
Flank Speed: 38 knots
Range: 6 500 nautical miles
Final Disposition:Sold October 1970 for scrap
USS RADFORD (DD-446)
The second Radford (DD-446) was laid down by the Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co.
2 October 1941
Launched 3 May 1942
sponsored by Mrs. Francois E. Matthes; and commissioned 22 July
Lt. Comdr. William K. Romoser in command.
After shakedown off the New England coast
Radford towed the burning transport Wakefield (AP-21)
to Halifax where the fires were extinguished. Antisubmarine patrol off the east coast followed and on 5
December Radford got underway for the Pacific.
At Noumea Radford joined TG 67.5 with which she bombarded Japanese positions and installations
on Guadalcanal 19 January 1943. On the night of 23-24 January
she attacked the enemy staging area on
Kolombangara and within the next week had splashed three enemy planes. Radford then retired to Tulagi
whence she sailed to cover the occupation of the Russell Islands by U.S. troops. Radford shelled Munda
Airfield and installations on New Georgia Island on the night of 5-6 March 1943 and
on the nights of 15 and 16
On 29 June Radford steamed with the First Echelon of the Western Force for Rendova to provide
shore bombardment and antisubmarine patrol to cover the landing of troops.
During this action she shot down five planes. On 1 July she damaged a Japanese submarine with gunfire and
depth charges. She was involved in the night surface engagement off Kula Gulf
firing on three enemy
ships and picking
up survivors of Helena. During the night of 12-13 July Radford acted as a screening unit for
TG 36.1 while that force conducted an offensive sweep against the "Tokyo Express."
On 17 July
she left the Solomons for the New Hebrides Auckland
New Zealand and Noumea
Caledonia. Returning to Guadalcanal 14 September
she sank a number of enemy barges and on 25 November
sent the Japanese submarine I-40 to the bottom off Makin. After the Gilbert Islands operations
for Pearl Harbor and San Francisco where she arrived 15 December for overhaul.
By 2 February 1944 Radford was back at Majuro Atoll. On the 18th
she screened tankers as they
fueled the Truk Island striking force
then escorted the replenishment force to the New Hebrides. In March
returned to the Solomons and shelled gun emplacements on Bougainville.
Proceeding to New Guinea in April
Radford bombarded the beach at Humboldt Bay in support of
landings there on the 22d. She steamed back to the Solomons
stopped at Noumea and returned to the New
Guinea area in early June. Into September she continued support of the New Guinea campaign with escort runs
and gunfire support missions.
On 12 September Radford sailed for Pearl Harbor for repairs. On 20 November she steamed for
Eniwetok and Ulithi. On 4 December she got underway escorting a group of merchant vessels to Leyte Gulf.
She operated there and off Mindoro until steaming for Lingayen Gulf 4 January 1945. After supporting the
landings on Luzon
she delivered fire support on the beaches of the Bataan Peninsula. While maneuvering into
Mariveles Harbor to take the mine-damaged La Vallette in tow
Radford was herself damaged by a mine.
Sailing for Leyte Gulf 20 February
she continued on to Eniwetok Atoll
Francisco. She remained there undergoing repairs until 30 September 1945. Radford decommissioned 17
After conversion to an escort destroyer (DDE-446)
26 March 1949
especially equipped for
Radford recommissioned at San Francisco 17 October 1949. Following shakedown off
the California coast
she sailed to her homeport of Pearl Harbor. In May 1950 she escorted Valley Forge
(CVA-45) to Subic Bay and Hong Kong. With the outbreak of the Korean Conflict
she was dispatched to Korea
where she operated until returning to Pearl Harbor 9 November.
Occupied with overhaul and type training at Pearl Harbor for the next year
Radford then sailed 19
November 1951 for operations with Task Force 77
a fast carrier striking group
off Korea. Other operations
found her with British units off the west coast of the embattled peninsula and steaming close inshore for
bombardment and to support minesweeping operations. She also rescued survivors from the grounded S.S.
Eastorr off the coast of Japan
before returning to Pearl Harbor 21 June 1952.
Radford cleared Pearl Harbor 4 September 1952 for operations on patrol and in exercises in the
based at Eniwetok. She returned to Pearl Harbor 25 November for type training until 3 May
when she headed for the Far East. Once more Radford operated with TF 77
bombarding the east coast
of Korea. From 12 to 22 July
in company with Manchester (CL-83)
she steamed off Wonsan Harbor
targets in the vicinity of Mode Pamlo
and later entered the harbor itself. Following duty on the southern patrol in
the Taiwan Strait
she returned to Pearl Harbor 30 November.
During the next 16 years Radford alternated operations in the Hawaiian area with deployments to the
Far East. During this period she made 11 WestPac cruises
serving on the Taiwan Patrol in 1954
1956 and operating in Japanese waters in 1957
and 1959. On 25 March 1960 she entered the U.S. Naval
Shipyard at Pearl Harbor to begin her 7-month long FRAM (Fleet Rehabilitation and. Modernization) II overhaul
which gave her a helicopter hanger and flight deck. During 1961 she operated continuously in the Hawaiian
picking up the nose cone of Discoverer XXV on 19 June and rescuing 5 fishermen from the sea 16
On 5 February 1962 Radford sailed for the western Pacific as a unit of Antisubmarine Warfare Task
Group 70.4 composed of Bennington (CVS-20) and the eight destroyers of Destroyer Divisions 252 and 92 She
participated in joint SEATO operations
was called to the South China Sea to help meet the Laotian crisis in
and in June was called to the Taiwan Straits due to heavy Communist buildups in the area. She returned
to Pearl Harbor 18 July and became DD-446 again 7 August 1962. On 3 October Radford was stationed a few
hundred miles east of Midway Island in the 4th orbit recovery area for Project Mercury's Sigma 7 flight.
In a 1963 overhaul Variable Depth Sonar and DASH equipment was installed. Radford steamed to
WestPac again in 1963
and 1966. During 1967
she operated on Yankee Station and
bombarded Viet Cong targets in South Vietnam. Radford decommissioned at San Francisco and was struck
from the Navy list 10 November 1969
to be sold for scrap.
Radford earned 12 battle stars for World War II service five battle stars for Korean War service; and
four for Vietnam service.
[Note: The above USS RADFORD (DD-446) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS RADFORD (DD-446) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]