USS RENSHAW (DD-499)
The third Renshaw (DD-499) was laid down 7 May 1942 by the Federal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co.
N.J. launched 13 October 1942
sponsored by Miss Dorothy Lillian Renshaw and commissioned 5
Lt. Comdr. C. F. Chillingworth in command.
Renshaw reported to the Pacific Fleet in the spring of 1943
transports in the Solomon Islands area. On 2 July 1943
she participated in the bombardment of the Vila
Stanmore and Shortland Island areas in Kula Gulf
coming under the fire of enemy shore batteries.
From 21 to 25 November
she pounded East Island in Empress Augusta Bay with 200 rounds of 5-inch
ammunition. Sorum and Makatawa on northeast Bougainville next felt her blows
and she then proceeded
north of Buka Island for an offensive sweep between Buka and Green Islands. On the morning of 20 January
she retired southward with her task unit to give fire support to the landings on Bougainville Island itself.
During landings in the New Britain-New Ireland area Renshaw dealt considerable damage to enemy
airfield installations while coming under the fire of shore batteries. On 13 March the ship was in the Empress
Augusta Bay area where she bombarded enemy positions in the jungles east of the beachhead held by Allied
After a short period of amphibious training at Pearl Harbor Renshaw led a force of LST's to the
Marianas Islands. At first assigned to the outer destroyer screen
she later closed the Tinian beach to provide
star shell illumination and fire support for troops ashore who were undergoing a heavy counterattack.
In November 1944
while operating with a destroyer division bombarding enemy installations in the
Ormoc Bay area and conducting antishipping sweeps in the waters westward of Leyte
Renshaw spotted a
Japanese submarine on the surface. Renshaw and accompanying destroyers immediately opened fire and
after a brief one-sided duel during which the submarine returned fire with small caliber weapons
vessel was destroyed.
After a turnaround in San Pedro Bay
Renshaw and other units of her task group made a high-speed
run to Ormoc Bay in an effort to intercept enemy transports reported unloading there. However
only a single
Japanese vessel was found a large wooden barge which Renshaw took under fire and destroyed while she
came under air attack.
On 31 December 1944
Renshaw sortied with a task unit en route to screen a large transport formation
assigned to land troops in the Lingayen Gulf area 9 January 1945. Despite repeated air attacks during the
voyage through the Sulu and South China Seas
the powerful invasion armada reached its objective without
While in the Mindanao Sea
on 91 February 1945
Renshaw was struck by a torpedo from an enemy
submarine. The torpedo exploded on contact about 10 feet below the waterline
flooding the firerooms. The ship
lost all power
a large section of the hull was warped by the explosion
and bulkheads and decks were
fractured. Even though 19 men were killed and 20 injured
within a matter of minutes damage control parties had
the flooding reduced by half and through their efforts the main propulsion machinery suffered no damage.
Temporary repairs were made in April by the ship's crew and men from the destroyer tender Whitney
and the repair ship Prometheus. Renshaw then proceeded under her own power from the forward area to the
Todd Pacific Shipyards
where permanent repairs were completed early in October 1945.
On Navy Day
27 October 1945
in New York Harbor
President Harry S. Truman reviewed the greatest
victory parade in naval history from Renshaw.
Renshaw decommissioned in February 1947 and was attached to the U.S. Atlantic Reserve Fleet.
During 1949 and 1950
she was converted to a specialized antisubmarine vessel and recommissioned in June
1950 as DDE-499.
During the Korean Conflict
Renshaw had two tours of duty in the Far East
May to November 1951 and
November 1952 to June 1953
in which she served as an escort
patrol search and rescue
vessel. Subsequently Renshaw served in the Pacific Proving Grounds
February to May 1954
" rendering patrol and air control services for Joint Task Force
This was followed by a short tour in the Far East from June to August 1954 where Renshaw rescued a
British airman from the sea while acting as plane guard for the British carrier HMS Warrior
and also participated
in a hunter-killer exercise with a force composed of United States and Canadian ships. On 8 August 1955
Renshaw sailed for her fourth tour in the Far East
spending most of her time in hunter-killer exercises and task
force operations. She subsequently made additional Far Eastern deployments from Pearl Harbor
to May 1957
December 1957 to May 1958
February 1959 to July 1959
and April 1960 to October 1960.
In 1960 Renshaw received Weapon Alpha; and
on 17 December 1961
she recovered the nose-cone
of Discoverer 36. She made a further WestPac deployment in 1962. On 7 August 1962 she was redesignated a
destroyer and resumed the hull number
DD 499. On 3 October
Renshaw Participated in the recovery of
Project Mercury Astronaut Comdr. Walter M Schirra. Spending most of 1963 operating out of Pearl Harbor;
Renshaw deployed to WestPac again in November 1963
returning 6 months later.
On 3 March 1965
in company with other units of Destroyer Division 252
Harbor on short notice to augment destroyer forces for the rapidly expanding naval commitments in the South
China Sea. During April and May
she served in surveillance roles and in support of carrier striking force
operations. In June she was on Taiwan patrol returning to Vietnamese waters in July
where she remained until
September before steaming via Japan for Pearl Harbor.
In October and December Renshaw served as an alternate recovery ship in Project Gemini. Her 11th
WestPac tour began 5 .July 1966. She participated in antisubmarine operations
as an aircraft carrier rescue
in special operations with Chicago (CG-11) in the Tonkin Gulf
and in special operations and patrol
duties in the Taiwan Strait.
Renshaw remained in the Hawaiian area throughout 1967. She departed Pearl Harbor 8 April 1968 for
WestPac where she provided escort services for the fast carrier attack forces on Yankee Station in the Tonkin
Gulf. In September Renshaw returned to Pearl Harbor. In June 1969 she sailed for WestPac and Yankee
Station where she rescued one pilot from the water. In December 1969
she returned from the Far East to
Pearl Harbor. Renshaw decommissioned 14 February and was struck from the Navy list the same day. She was
sold for scrapping in October 1970 to Zidell Explorations Inc.
Renshaw earned eight battle stars for World War II service five battle stars for Korean Conflict service
battle stars for Vietnam service.
[Note: The above USS RENSHAW (DD-499) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS RENSHAW (DD-499) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]