Cotten file photo [3056]

USS Cotten

CountryUnited States
Ship ClassFletcher-class Destroyer
BuilderFederal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Kearny, New Jersey, United States
Laid Down8 Feb 1943
Launched12 Jun 1943
Commissioned24 Jul 1943
Decommissioned15 Jul 1946
Displacement2050 tons standard
Length377 feet
Beam40 feet
Draft18 feet
Power Output60000 SHP
Speed35 knots
Range6,500nm at 15 knots
Crew336
Armament5x5in, 4x40mm anti-aircraft, 4x20mm anti-aircraft, 10x21in torpedo tubes, 6 depth charge projectors,

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ww2dbaseWith Lieutenant Commander F. T. Sloat in command, destroyer Cotten departed Norfolk, Virginia, United States on 9 Oct 1943 for Pearl Harbor. Between Nov 1943 and the end of the war, she participated in every major campaign the Americans launched against Japanese positions in the Pacific, including the Gilberts campaign, Marshalls campaign, the attack on Truk, Marianas campaign (including Battle of the Philippine Sea), Philippines campaign (including Battle of the Surigao Strait), and Battle of Iwo Jima. After the war, she remained in Japan as part of the naval occupation force until Dec 1945. She was decommissioned at Charleston, South Carolina, in Jul 1946.

ww2dbaseAs the pressures in Korea built up, Cotten was recommissioned on 3 Jul 1951 and served a tour of duty in western Pacific. After several tours of duty in the Mediterranean Sea and in the Middle East, she was decommissioned again on 2 may 1960. She was sold 31 July 1975 and broken up for scrap.

ww2dbaseSource: Wikipedia.

USS Cotten Operational Timeline

24 Jul 1943 Cotten was commissioned into service.
15 Jul 1946 Cotten was decommissioned from service.

Photographs

Cotten, circa Jul 1943 off New York City, when she was first completed; note the photo had been retouched by war-time censors to remove radar antennas and Mark 37 gun director, photo 1 of 2Cotten, circa Jul 1943 off New York City, when she was first completed; note the photo had been retouched by war-time censors to remove radar antennas and Mark 37 gun director, photo 2 of 2Aerial photo of Cotten underway off New York City, 14 Aug 1943Destroyer Cotten steaming at sea, circa 1945, photo 1 of 7
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Event(s) Participated:
» Gilbert Islands Campaign
» Marshall Islands Campaign
» Attack on Truk
» Mariana Islands Campaign and the Great Turkey Shoot
» Philippines Campaign, Phase 1, the Leyte Campaign
» Typhoon Cobra
» Raid into the South China Sea
» Battle of Iwo Jima

Destroyer USS Cotten Photo Gallery
Cotten, circa Jul 1943 off New York City, when she was first completed; note the photo had been retouched by war-time censors to remove radar antennas and Mark 37 gun director, photo 1 of 2
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