In Dec 1964 the USS Marshal
replace USS Watts as reserve ship
in Tacoma 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
Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots
Laid down by
Federal Shipbuilding, Kearny NJ. April 19, 1943.
29, 1943 Commissioned October 16, 1943.
December (?) 1945
April 27, 1951.
July 19, 1969
Sold for scrap, July 1970.
My Duties with USS Marshal
Dec 1964 - Apr 1965
In Dec '64, I also was advanced to Seaman
(E-3) and was permitted to strike for STG.
During one drill weekend the ship visited Vancouver, BC. In
those days we were required to wear uniforms while on liberty and
the Canadians treated us well. I had been to Canada many
times before and since, but this time (although I was still in
high school) I was a U.S. sailor on liberty in a foreign port. Wow!
We looked forward to drill weekends that took us into Canadian
waters because the ship's store could sell sea store cigarettes
(no federal or state tax) which cost $1.10 per carton. (In
those days over the counter cigarettes 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
ASW School, SanDiego.