DD-666 General Specifications
Class: Fletcher class destroyer
Named for: Hugh David Black
Complement: 329 Officers and Enlisted
Displacement: 2050 tons
Length: 376 feet 6 inches
Beam: 39 feet 8 inches
Flank Speed: 35 knots
Range: 6500 Nautical Miles
Final Disposition:Sold for scrap 17 February 1971
USS BLACK (DD-666)
Black (DD-666) was launched 28 March 1943 by Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co.
N. J.; sponsored by Mrs. H. D. Black
widow of Lieutenant Commander Black; and commissioned 21 May 1943
Lieutenant Commander J. Maginnis in command.
Black proceeded to Pearl Harbor
via San Diego
and reported for duty 15 November 1943. Shortly thereafter
she steamed to Tarawa and was assigned screening duty off Tarawa Lagoon entrance. She continued this duty until 22 January 1944
with occasional diversion as escort for transports to the 180th meridian. On 15 January 1944 she rescued 22 survivors of two downed patrol aircraft 50 miles south of Jaluit.
After seeing her first combat during the invasion of Majuro Atoll
Marshall Islands (29 January-8 February 1944)
Black rendered fine service in the Aitape and Hollandia
landings (22 April-7 May); Saipan invasion (11 June 4 July); capture of Guam (21 July-10 August); and Leyte operation (20-21 October and 13-14 November). The destroyer then returned to San Francisco for repairs which lasted until February 1945.
she sailed to Ulithi where
upon arrival 13 March
she reported to TF 58 for duty. Between 17 March and 30 May Black participated in the 5th and 3rd Fleet raids in support of the Okinawa operation. After a period of rest and upkeep at Leyte Gulf
Black took part in the 3rd Fleet operations against Japan (10 July-15 August 1945) which hastened the end of the war.
After the cessation of hostilities Black remained off Japan assisting in the occupation until 1 September when
as a unit of TF 72
she departed with the occupation forces for Inchon
Korea. She served in the Far Fast on occupation duty until 10 November 1945 when she left Tsingtao
for the United States. Upon arrival Black reported for inactivation and was placed out of commission in reserve 5 August 1946 at Long Beach
Black was recommissioned 18 July 1951 and reported to the Atlantic Fleet. She participated in type and fleet operations along the eastern seaboard and in the Caribbean until 10 January 1953 when she departed Norfolk for the Pacific
via the Panama Canal
on a round-the-world cruise. She arrived off the coast of Korea 4 March
and two days later commenced harassing fire on the beach. Black continued her Korean operations until 4 June 1953.
On 9 June Black departed for Norfolk
via the Suez Canal
arriving on the east coast 6 August. Until January 1955 she conducted type training
and plane guard duties along the east coast and in the Caribbean. In January 1955 Black transferred to the Pacific Fleet arriving at Long Beach 26 January. Since that time she has completed two tours of the western Pacific and has conducted local operations and anti-submarine warfare exercises along the west coast.
Black received six battle stars for her World War II service and two battle stars for service off Korea.
[Note: The above USS BLACK (DD-666) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS BLACK (DD-666) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]