U.S.S. NICHOLAS (DD-449) 1941-1970

USS Nicholas (DD/DDE-449) was a Fletcher-class destroyer of the United States Navy, which served through most of World War II, and for 27 years and two more wars after. She was the second Navy ship to be named for Major Samuel Nicholas.

Nicholas was laid down 3 March 1941 by the Bath Iron WorksCorp., Bath, Mainelaunched 19 February 1942; sponsored by Mrs. Edward B. Tryon, descendant of Major Nicholas; and commissioned 4 June 1942, Lieutenant Commander William D. Brown in command.

Awards

In addition to her Presidential Unit CitationNicholas earned 16 battle stars in World War II, placing her among the most decorated US ships of World War II, a total surpassed among destroyers only by her sister ship, USS O’Bannon. She earned five more in the Korean War and nine in the Vietnam War for a total of 30, a number unmatched by any other U.S. Navy ship in the twentieth century.

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Name: Nicholas
Namesake: Major Samuel Nicholas
Ordered: 28 June 1940
Builder: Bath Iron Works
Laid down: 3 March 1941
Launched: 19 February 1942
Commissioned: 4 June 1942
Decommissioned: 30 January 1970
Struck: 30 January 1970
Honors and
awards:
30 battle stars
Fate: sold for scrap, October 1970
General characteristics
Class and type: Fletcher-class destroyer
Displacement: 2,050 tons
Length: 376 ft 6 in (114.7 m)
Beam: 39 ft 8 in (12.1 m)
Draft: 17 ft 9 in (5.4 m)
Propulsion: 60,000 shp (45 MW); 2 propellers
Speed: 35 knots (65 km/h)
Range: 6500 nmi. (12,000 km) @ 15 kt
Complement: 336
Armament:

USS Nicholas (DD/DDE-449) was a Fletcher-class destroyerof the United States Navy, which served through most of World War II, and for 27 years and two more wars after. She was the second Navy ship to be named for Major Samuel Nicholas.

Nicholas was laid down 3 March 1941 by the Bath Iron Works

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