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USS DECATUR (DD-936) - a Forrest Sherman class destroyer

In Commission 1956 to 1983

DD-936 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
SEP 1954 - Keel Date: 13 SEP 1954
at Bethlehem Steel Corporation Fore River Shipyard Quinc
DEC 1955 - Launch Date: 15 DEC 1955
DEC 1956 - Commissioned: 7 DEC 1956
FEB 1958 - AUG 1958 Mediterranean
NOV 1960 - Shellback Initiation - 8 NOV 1960 - Indian Ocean
NOV 1960 - Shellback Initiation - 8 NOV 1960 - Indian Ocean
OCT 1961 - OCT 1961 Recovered first orbital space craft . Project Mercury unmanned
OCT 1962 - OCT 1962 Cuban Missle Blockade
OCT 1962 - DEC 1962 Cuban Missle Blockade
MAR 1963 - AUG 1963 Mediterranean
JUN 1983 - Decommissioned: 30 JUN 1983

DD-936 General Specifications

Class: Forrest Sherman class destroyer

Named for: Stephen Decatur

Final Disposition: Disposed of in support of Fleet training exercise 21 July 2004


The fourth Decatur (DD-936) was launched 16 December 1954 by Bethlehem Steel Co. Quincy Mass.; sponsored by Mrs. W. A. Pierce and Mrs. D. J. Armsden descendants of Commodore Decatur and commissioned 7 December 1956 Commander J. J. Skahill in command.

Decatur sailed from Newport 3 September 1957 to take part in NATO Operation "Strikeback " calling at Largs and Rosyth Scotland before returning to Newport 22 October. She served on local operations until 1 February l 958 when she sailed to the Mediterranean for a tour of duty with the 6th Fleet. She returned to her home port 28 August for east coast operations.

She returned to the Mediterranean for duty between 7 August 1959 and 26 February 1960 then joined in antisubmarine exercises and a midshipman cruise in the Atlantic between March and September. On 6 September Decatur sailed on a cruise which took her north of the Arctic Circle through the Mediterranean and the Suez Canal into the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean and back to the Mediterranean where she operated with the 6th Fleet. The destroyer returned to Newport in mid-December.

[Note: The above USS DECATUR (DD-936) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS DECATUR (DD-936) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]