Hull Number: DD-831
Launch Date: 02/25/1945
Commissioned Date: 04/24/1945
Call Sign: NBAN
Voice Call Sign: Wireworm (50's), Kaywoodie (60's)
Other Designations: DDR-831
Data for USS Gearing (DD-710) as of 1945
Length Overall: 390’ 6"
Beam: 40’ 10"
Draft: 14’ 4"
Standard Displacement: 2,425 tons
Full Load Displacement: 3,479 tons
Fuel capacity: 4,647 barrels
Six 5″/38 caliber guns
Two 40mm twin anti-aircraft mounts
Two 40mm quadruple anti-aircraft mounts
Two 21″ quintuple torpedo tubes
2 General Electric Turbines: 60,000 horsepower
Highest speed on trials: 34.6 knots
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (Published 1968)
Goodrich is named after two men, father and son. Caspar Frederick Goodrich was born 7 January 1847 in Philadelphia. Graduating from the Naval Academy in 1864, he spent 2 years in Colorado and Frolic; 3 years in Portsmouth and Lancaster; and 3 years at the Naval Academy. Between 1874 and 1881 he had duty on board Tennessee and Kearsarge followed by a tour at the Naval Torrpedo Station, Newport, RI. After serving as executive officer of Lancaster, flagship for the European Squadron, and Inspector of Ordnance at the Washington Navy Yard, Goodrich became Officer In Charge of the Newport Torpedo Station in 1886. From 1891 until 1896, he commanded successively Jamestown, Constellation, and Concord before he spent a year as President of the Naval War College at Newport. Originating the Coast Signal Service in 1881 he then served as Director. During the Spanish-American War in 1898, he commanded St. Louis and Newark, and received the surrender of Manzanillo, Cuba, following that city’s bombardment 12 August. In the years following, Goodrich commanded Iowa, Richmond, Minneapolis, and Puritan at sea and served as Commandant of the Philadelphia Navy Yard (1900) and the Portsmouth Navy Yard (1903) on land before his promotion to the rank of Rear Admiral 17 February 1904 and his appointment for 3 years as the Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific Squadron. After duty as commandant of the New York Navy Yard 1907 to 1909, he retired 7 January 1909. Recalled to active duty in World War I, Admiral Goodrich served as officer-in-charge of the Pay Officers’ Material School at Princeton until 8 November 1919 when he again stepped down from active duty, ending a 50-year naval career. He died in Princeton 26 January 1925.
Caspar Goodrich, son of the Admiral, was born in Italy. Appointed a Midshipman from Connecticut 7 September 1897, he was designated a Naval Cadet 10 June 1901 and reported to Lancaster for duty. From 1903 to 1905 Goodrich served in Maine, Cleveland, and Chicago. Assigned to Georgia on the Atlantic Station in June 1906, Goodrich was killed 15 July 1907 as the result of a turret explosion.
Stricken 2/1/1974. Sold 9/12/1977.