Displacement: 2,325 tons (2,924 tons full load)
Length: 376' 5"
Beam: 39' 7"
Draught: 13' 9"
Machinery: Four Babcock & Wilcox boilers; 2-shaft
G.E.C. geared turbines.
Performance: 60,000 shp for 38 knots.
Bunkerage: 492 tons
Range: 6,500 nautical miles at 15 knots.
Guns: Five 5"; 10 40 mm; seven 20mm
Torpedoes: Ten 21"
dp.2,060; l. 376'; b. 39' 7"; dr. I7' 9"; s. 37 k., cpl. 273; a. 5
5", 10 40mm., 7 20mm., 10 21" tt., 6 dcp, 2 dct.; cl. Fletcher)
(DD-534) was laid down 17 March 1942 by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Co., San
Francisco, Calif. ; launched 10 January 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Frank C. McCord,
widow of Commander McCord; and commissioned 19 August 1943, Comdr. W. T. Kenny,
departing San Diego 27 November 1943, Joined the Pacific Fleet in time for
operations in the Marshalls and Marianas and remained in continuous action
through the Palau, Philippine, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa campaigns.
arrived off Kwajalein as a unit of T.F. 61, 30 January 1944. During Operation
"Flintlock," she screened transports and provided rapid close support
fire. On 16 February the task force sortied from Kwajalein to Eniwetok Atoll for
operation "Catchpole." McCord at first screened the minesweepers as
they cleared the passages into the 388-square-mile lagoon and then screened the
bombardment group as Engebi Island, containing the Atoll's only airfield, was
secured, 17 to 18 February. On the 21st she steamed back to the southern end of
the lagoon for the bombardment of Eniwetok and Parry Islands.
mid-March McCord had rendezvoused with TF 39 in the Bismarck Archipelago and for
2 weeks she cruised in the Ysabel Channel in support of landings at Emirau
Island, 21 March. She next escorted replacement troops from Purvis Bay, Florida
Island, to Emirau. Returning to Purvis Bay at the end of April, she departed 1
May to escort tankers to refueling positions in the Solomons area. On 11 June,
after 2 weeks of antisubmarine patrols in the Bougainville-New Georgia area, she
arrived off New Ireland to bombard an enemy tank repair installation, resuming
escort duties upon its destruction. Interrupting her escort service between the
Admiralties and the Solomons on 23 July, she joined TF 62 at Saipan and took
part in the shelling of Tinian.
Islands offensive was next. She arrived off Pelelieu 11 September and remained
through the 30th to support the forces landed on the 15th. On her arrival at
Manus 4 October, McCord joined CarDiv 22, 7th Fleet, as it prepared for
operations in the central Philippines. She arrived at her assigned operating
area east of the Philippines as landings were made at Suluan and Dinagat, 17
October. On the 25th her task unit, 77.4.1, came under constant air attack as
the battle off Samar raged 100 miles to the north. Escaping damage, McCord
protected her unit's carriers and rescued their pilots. She returned to Manus 3
November, but was back off Leyte by the 16th to prevent enemy surface forces
from attacking Allied forces, installations, and shipping in the central
December, at Ulithi, McCord joined the fast carrier force, TF 38 The force
sortied from that island on the 10th and steamed to the Philippines to support
the Mindoro landings by launching strikes against enemy airfields and harbors in
the northern and central islands. Back at Ulithi by the 24th, they sortied again
on the 30th. First they struck at Formosa, 3 to 6 January 1945. Then, in quick
succession, they raided enemy installations and shipping in Indochina, southern
Formosa, the China coast, the Philippines, eastern Formosa, and Okinawa.
Constantly moving and always ready for targets of opportunity, the force's
strikes were successful. While in the South China Sea on the 11th and 12th they
sank or damaged almost 200,000 tons of enemy shipping.
returned to Ulithi 23 January, remaining until 10 February. On the 16th, strikes
were launched against Tokyo itself; on the 18th against Chichi Jima; and on the
20th against Iwo Jima in support of the marine units landed on the 19th. By the
24th, the planes from TF 58 were back over Tokyo and on the 25th they flew
against defense installations in the Nagoya- Kobe area.
March, McCord continued to operate in the screen of' TG 58.4 as it concentrated
its efforts against Okinawa and southern Kyushu in preparation for the
amphibious assault on the former 1 April. She remained in the Ryukyu area until
12 May when she escorted South Dakota to Guam. She returned to Okinawa on the
27th for a final 2 weeks of combat. TG 58.4 then retired to Leyte Gulf, arriving
departed 4 days later for the west coast and a navy yard overhaul. On 8 July she
arrived at Puget Sound, where she was docked when the Japanese surrender was
announced. On 7 September she steamed to San Diego, reporting on the 15th to the
15 January 1947, she remained berthed at San Diego until recommissioning 1
August 1951. Assigned to the Atlantic Fleet, McCord departed San Diego 1
November and reported to ComDesRon 28 at Norfolk on the 17th. For the next year
she operated along the east coast, cruising as far north as Halifax and as far
south as the British West Indies.
January 1953 the destroyer once again got underway for a western Pacific war
zone. By 15 February she was off the west coast of Korea operating with carriers
in TF 95. She remained in the Yellow Sea combat zone until mid-March when she
received a week's availability at Sasebo On 26 March she Joined TF 77 as it
ranged the east coast of Korea providing shore bombardment and fire support
services where needed by the U.N. forces. Departing the battleline 17 April,
McCord joined TG 96.7 in exercises off Okinawa. She rejoined TF 77, 14 May, and
remained in the Sea of Japan operations area until 5 June- when her Korean
deployment terminated and she got underway for the United States.
via Subic Bay, Singapore, Aden, Suez, and Gibraltar, she arrived at Norfolk 6
August. During the next months she operated off the southern east coast and in
the Caribbean. She decommissioned 9 June 1954 and was berthed at Norfolk, where,
as a unit of the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, she has remained into 1969.