In Dec 1964 the USS Marshal
replace USS Watts as reserve ship
and I served with the SelRes
drilling every 3rd weekend.
Fletcher Class Destroyer
2924 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9"
Armament 5 x
5"/38AA, 4 x 1.1" AA, 4 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
60,000 shaft horsepower; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2
Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots
Laid down by
Shipbuilding, Kearny NJ. April 19, 1943.
1943 Commissioned October 16, 1943.
December (?) 1945
April 27, 1951.
Sold for scrap, July 1970.
My Duties with USS Marshal
Dec 1964 - Apr 1965
In Dec '64, I also was advanced to SN
(E-3) and was permitted to strike for STG.
During one drill weekend the ship visited Vancouver, BC. In
days we were required to wear uniforms while on liberty and the
Canadians treated us well. I had been to Canada many times
and since, but this time (although I was still in high school) I
U.S. sailor on liberty in a
We looked forward to drill weekends that took us into Canadian
because the ship's store could sell sea store cigarettes (no
state tax) which cost $1.10 per carton. (In those days over
cost about $2.50 per carton or $.30 per pack.)
I served with USS Marshal SelRes as a non-designated Sonar striker
until I reported for active duty in Apr 1965.
Transferred to Fleet