About the USS Halford

CLASS - FLETCHER As Built.

Displacement 2924 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9" (Max)
Armament 4 x 5"/38AA, 2 x 40mm, 10 x 20mm AA, 5 x 21" tt.(1x5), aircraft catapult.
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273.



Building Data

Laid down by Puget Sound Navy Yard June 3 1941.
Launched October 29 1942 and commissioned April 10 1943.
Decommissioned May 15 1946.
Stricken May 1 1968.
Fate Sold April 2 1970 to National Metal & Steel, Terminal Island, CA and broken up for scrap.



Named after William Halford


William Halford

William Halford was born in England 18 August 1841, and enlisted in the Navy in 1869.

While serving on> board Saginaw, which had run aground near Midway 29 October 1871, Halford was one of four who volunteered to sail the ship's boat 1,500 miles to Honolulu for help. After great suffering the party reached Kauai Island 19 December after 31 days at sea. In attempting to land through the heavy surf, all but Halford were drowned, but he managed to reach shore and bring help to his shipmates in Saginaw.


Halford received a commendation for his bravery and served until 1910, when he retired.
Promoted to Lieutenant on the retired list, he returned to the Navy in 1917 and died 7 February 1919 at Oakland, Calif.