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|John Austin Collett was born 31 March 1908 in Omaha, Nebr., and graduated from the Naval Academy in 1929. He was killed in action during the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands on 26 October 1942, while commanding Torpedo Squadron 10 in Enterprise (CV-6).||Bill Gonyo|
|154k||Artist's conception of the Collett as built in a cutaway view by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.||Navy Yard Associates|
|96k||Artist's conception of the Collett as she appeared following her FRAM overhaul by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.||Navy Yard Associates|
|153k||Undated, location unknown.||-|
|110k||Undated, post FRAM Conversion||Steve Singlar|
|139k||CCDP number CDP-618, undated. Photo probably taken in Hawaii.||David Buell|
|99k||USS Collett (DD 730) date and place unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.||Darryl Baker|
|164k||Undated, location unknown.||David Buell|
|250k||Undated, location unknown.||Ed Zajkowski|
|179k||Undated, location unknown.||Robert M. Cieri/Roy Thomas|
|139k||Undated, location unknown.||Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.|
|156k||Undated, location unknown.||Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.|
|126k||Undated, location unknown.||Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.|
|99k||Undated, location unknown.||Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.|
|200k||May 14 1944, Bath, ME, inclining experiment.||Ed Zajkowski|
|67k||USS Collett (DD-730) off Boston, Massachusetts, 31 May 1944. National Archives and Records Administration, Photo # 19-N-130517.||Robert Hurst|
|69k||Stern view of USS Collett (DD 730) off Mare Island on 29 Dec 1945.||Darryl Baker|
|66k||Broadside view of USS Collett (DD 730) off Mare Island on 29 Dec 1945. She was in overhaul at the yard 30 Oct 45 to 5 Jan 46.||Darryl Baker|
|82k||Bow on view of USS Collett (DD 730) off Mare Island on 29 Dec 1945.||Darryl Baker|
|138k||Aft plan view of USS Collett (DD 730) at Mare Island on 4 Jan 1946.||Darryl Baker|
|81k||Forward plan view of USS Collett (DD 730) at Mare Island on 4 Jan 1946. USS Lyman K. Swenson (DD 729) is inboard of Collett.||Darryl Baker|
|166k||USS Collett (DD 730) off Mare Island on November 12, 1947. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.||Darryl Baker|
|96k||Forward plan view of USS Collett (DD 730) at Mare Island on 14 Nov 1947. She was in overhaul at Mare Island from 13 Sep to 18 Nov 1947.||Darryl Baker|
|147k||Aft plan view of USS Collett (DD 730) at Mare Island on 14 Nov 1947.||Darryl Baker|
|95k||Mare Island Naval Shipyard, November 14 1947.||Pieter Bakels|
|84k||Circa July-August 1948, Destroyer Division 91 (L to R) 728 Mansfield (flag ship); 730 Collett; 727 DeHaven and 729 Lyman K. Swenson, at buoy in San Diego harbor.||Richard A. Bowman QM2|
|51k||USS Collet (DD-730) photographed from HMAS Sydney III, probably in Korean waters from August, 1951 to February, 1952. Source: Australian War Memorial, Photo No. P05890.045.||Mike Green|
|128k||Highlining with the USS Chara (AK-58) at sea near Songjin, Korea December 1951. From the Wilbur "Casey" Karsten collection.||David Kusel|
|202k||Men of Destroyer Division 91 crowd the foc'sle and superstructure of their ships in Sasebo, Japan, to receive their Navy Unit Commendations. During the presentation on the Mansfield, a crane crew in the background continues its task of installing new gun barrels on the De Haven. Streaks of red lead on the Collett and the Swenson in the foreground show the work that has occupied all the crews while in port. By coincidence the famed 'Sitting Duck' destroyers are berthed in their numerical order: USS De Haven (DD-727), Mansfield (DD-728), Lyman K. Swenson (DD-729), and Collett (DD-730)." Photograph and caption released by Commander Naval Forces, Far East, under date of 18 December 1951. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the "All Hands" collection at the Naval Historical Center.||Joe Radigan|
|64k||From the January 1952 ALL HANDS magazine. The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 31, Design 16d.||Stanley Svec|
|32k||DesRon 9 in Long Beach; USS Collett (DD-730), USS Lyman K. Swenson (DD-729), USS Mansfield (DD-728) and USS De Haven (DD-727).||Richard Miller BMCS USNR (Ret.)|
|24k||Circa 1960, location unknown.||Richard Miller BMCS USNR (Ret.)|
|344k||In Long Beach Navy Yard after the collision with the Ammen. On 19 July 1960, Collett collided with Ammen (DD-527) off Long Beach, Calif., killing 11 and injuring 20, all members of Ammen's crew.||Ed Zajkowski/R. S. Gregory|
|50k||As above.||Ron R|
USS COLLETT DD-730 History
CDR James Dahlman Collett May 16 1944 - Aug 17 1945 CDR Charles Richard Herms Aug 17 1945 - Mar 14 1946 CDR Paul Sheppard Savidge Mar 14 1946 - Jun 1947 (Later RADM) CDR Thomas Hodgskin DuBois ? (Later RADM) CDR Bernard Franklin Roeder Jun 1947 - Aug 1949 (Later VADM) CDR Robert Hamilton Close Aug 1949 - Sep 1951 CDR Edward Peter Madley Sep 1951 - Nov 1953 CDR John Earl Boyle Jr. Nov 1953 - Sep 1956 CAPT John Randolph Schwartz Sep 1956 - Jan 1958 CDR John Durant Patterson Jan 1958 - 1959 CDR Albert Tenney Ford 1959 - Sep 6 1960 CDR Robert Bruce Kitt Sep 6 1960 - Jul 12 1962 CDR William Webster Bischof Jul 12 1962 - Jan 1 1964 CDR William Rice Zimmerman Jr. Jan 1 1964 - May 1965 CDR Richard Roy Davison May 1965 - Nov 1966 CDR John Robert Kearney Nov 1966 - Dec 18 1968 CDR Walter Raymond Beck Dec 18 1968 - Sep 1970 LCDR David Winston Geer Sep 1970 - Dec 18 1970
(DD-730: dp. 2,200; l. 376'; b. 41'1"; dr. 19,; s. 34 k; cpl. 336; a. 6 5", 10 21" tt., 6 dcp., 2 dct.; cl. Allen M. Sumner)
Collett (DD-730) was launched 5 March 1944 by Bath Iron Works Corp. Bath, Maine; sponsored by Mrs. C. C. Baughman as proxy for Mrs. J. D. Collett, and commissioned 16 May 1944, Commander J. D. Collett in command.
Assigned to the Pacific Fleet, Collett reached Pearl Harbor 16 October 1944 and Ulithi 3 November. From this base, she screened the mighty carrier task force variously designated TF 38 and TF 58 for the remainder of the war. She first saw action in the air raids on Luzon and Formosa, which accompanied the advance of ground forces on Leyte, and prepared for the invasion At Lingayen from November 1944 into January 1945. In January the carriers she screened continued to launch air attacks on Formosa, the China coast, and the Nansei Shoto, and on 16 and 17 February sailed daringly close to the Japanese coast to strike targets on Honshu before giving air cover to the invasion of Iwo Jima from 20 to 22 February.
Collett returned to Empire waters with the carrier task force to screen during air raids on Honshu 25 February 1945, joined in the bombardment of Okino Daito Shima 2 March, and returned to screening during the air strikes on Kyushu and southern Honshu of 18 to 20 March. From 23 March to 24 April, the force concentrated its strikes on Okinawa, invaded on 1 April. On 18 April Collett joined with four other destroyers and carrier aircraft to sink Japanese submarine I-56 in 26° 42' N., 130° 38' E.
After replenishing at Ulithi, Collett rejoined TF 58 11 May 1945 for its final month of air strikes supporting the Okinawa operation, and from 10 July to 15 August sailed with the carriers as they flew their final series of heavy air attacks on the Japanese home islands. With her squadron, she swept through the Sagami Nada on 22 and 23 July, aiding in the sinking of several Japanese merchantmen. After patrol duty off Japan, and guarding the carriers as they flew air cover for the landing of occupation troops, Collett entered Tokyo Bay 14 September 1945, and 4 days later sailed for a west coast overhaul.
Remaining on active duty with the Pacific Fleet from World War II into 1960, Collett alternated local operations and cruises along the west coast with tours of duty in the Far East, the first of which came in 1946-47.
She was in the Far East upon the outbreak of the Korean war in June 1950, and after patrolling off Pusan from her base at Sasebo, and escorting cargo ships laden with military supplies to Korea, she sailed up the difficult channel to Inchon on 13 September to begin the preinvasion bombardment. She carried out her mission although hit four times by counter fire which wounded five of her men, and on the 16th, returned with the invasion force, to whom she provided gunfire support once the landings had been made, as well as protective cover at sea. Her outstanding accomplishment in the invasion of Inchon was recognized with the awarding of the Navy Unit Commendation. After taking part in the Wonsan landings on 26 October, she returned to San Diego 18 November 1950.
Her second tour of duty in the Korean war, from 18 June 1951 to 17 February 1952, found her screening TF 77 as it conducted air strikes on the Korean east coast, training with an antisubmarine group off Okinawa patrolling in the Taiwan Straits, and conducting shore bombardments along the coast of Korea. Similar duty, aside from bombardment, was her assignment during her third tour, from 29 August 1952 to 9 April 1953.
From the close of the Korean war, Collett served in the Far East in 1953 54, 1954-55, 1956, 1957, 1958, and 1959. Early in 1960 she began an extensive modernization, which continued until July 1960. On 19 July 1960, Collett collided with Ammen (DD-627) off Long Beach, Calif., killing 11 and injuring 20, all members of Ammen's crew. Despite a badly "mashed bow", Collett made port under her own power, entering the Long Beach Naval Shipyard for extensive repairs. Her bow was removed and replaced with that of Seaman (DD-791) an uncompleted destroyer in the Reserve Fleet.
On 6 November 1960, Collett departed Long Beach for coastal operations, which continued intermittently for the remainder of the year.
Collett received six battle stars for World War II service, and in addition to the Navy Unit Commendation, six battle stars for the Korean war.
June 25, 1950
In June 1950, slightly more than one-third of the United States naval operating forces were in the Pacific under the command of Admiral Arthur W. Radford. Only about one-fifth of this was in Far Eastern waters.
Vice Adm. Charles Turner Joy commanded U.S. Naval Forces, Far East. The naval strength of the Far East Command when the Korean War started comprised
1 cruiser, the USS Juneau (CLAA-119);
4 destroyers, the USS Mansfield (DD-728), USS De Haven (DD-727), USS Collett (DD-730), and USS Lyman K. Swenson (DD-729);
and a number of amphibious and cargo-type vessel