Hull Number: DD-553
Launch Date: 11/15/1942
Commissioned Date: 02/02/1944
Decommissioned Date: 04/30/1946
Voice Call Sign: Thorobred (WWII)
Data for USS Fletcher (DD-445) as of 1945
Length Overall: 376’ 5"
Beam: 39’ 7"
Draft: 13’ 9"
Standard Displacement: 2,050 tons
Full Load Displacement: 2,940 tons
Fuel capacity: 3,250 barrels
Five 5″/38 caliber guns
Five 40mm twin anti-aircraft mounts
Two 21″ quintuple torpedo tubes
2 General Electric Turbines: 60,000 horsepower
Highest speed on trials: 35.2 knots
Namesake: JOHN DANDRIDGE HENLEY
JOHN DANDRIDGE HENLEY
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (Published 1968)
John Dandridge Henley was born 25 February 1781 at Williamsburg, Va., and was commissioned Midshipman 14 October 1799. During offensive operations against Tripoli in 1804, he served in Gunboat No. 6, commanded by Lt. John Trippe. In a stirring attack 3 August against a larger enemy warship, the two officers with only nine other men boarded and took the enemy ship in hand-to-hand fighting, although outnumbered three to one. Midshipman Henley also took part in several other attacks in the months that followed as Commodore Preble’s squadron carried out aggressive and successful operations against the Tripolitan pirates that made them ready to end their aggression. Later in his career, during the war of 1812, Henley commanded schooner Carolina during the Battle of New Orleans. After the gallant delaying action by Lt. Jones at Lake Borgne, Carolina and other ships harassed the British with naval gunfire while protecting Jackson’s flank on the Mississippi. Henley contributed importantly to the large role the small squadron played in this last great victory of the war. Rising to the rank of Captain 5 March 1817, John D. Henley continued to serve with distinction until 23 May 1835 when he died on board Vandalia at Havana, Cuba.
Stricken 5/1/1968. Sold 5/1970