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Radford II DD-446

Radford II(DD-446: dp. 2,940 (f.); 1. 376'5"; b. 39'7"; dr. 17'9"; s. 35 k.; cpl. 329; a. 5 5", 10 40mm., 7 20mm., 10 21" tt., 6 dcp.,2 dct.; cl. Fletcher)The second Radford (DD-446) was laid down by the Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Kearny, N.J., 2 October 1941, Launched 3 May 1942, sponsored by Mrs. Franeois E. Matthes; and commissioned 22 July 1942, Lt. Comdr. William K. Romoser in command.After shakedown off the New England coast, Radford towed the burning transport Wakefield (AP-21) to Halifax where the fires were extinguished. Antisubmarine patrol off the east coast followed and on 5 December Radford got underway for the Pacific.At Noumea Radford joined TG 67.5 with which she bomharded Japanese positions and installations on Guadaleanal 19 January 1943. On the night of 23-24 January, she attacked the enemy staging area on Kolombangara and within the next week had splashed three enemy planes. Radford then retired to Tulagi, whence she sailed to cover the ocoupation of the Russell Islands by U.S. troops. Radford shelled Munda Airfield and installations on New Georgia Island on the night of 5-6 March 1943 and, on the nights of 15 and 16 March, bombarded Kolombangara.On 29 June Radford steamed with the First Eehelon of the Western Force for Rendova to provide shore bombardment and antisubmarine patrol to cover the landing of troops.During this action she shot down five planes. On 1 July she damaged a Japanese submarine with gunfire and depth charges. She was involved in the night surface engagement off Kula Gulf, 5-6 July, firing on three enemy ships and picking ,up survivors of Helena. During the night of 12-13 JulykRadford acted as a screening unit for TG 36.1 while that force conducted an offensive sweep against the "Tokyo Express."On 17 July, she left the Solomons for the New Hebrides Auckland, New Zealand and Noumea, New Caledonia. Returning td Guadaleanal i4 September, she sank a number of enemy barges and on 25 November sent the Japanese submarine I-40 to the bottom off Makin. After the Gilbert Islands operations, Radford steamed for Pearl Harbor and San Francisco where she arrived 15 December for overhaul.By 2 February 1944 Radford was back at Majuro Atoll. On the 18th, she screened tankers as they fueled the Truk Island striking force, then escorted the replenishment force to the New Hebrides. In March, she returned to the Solomons and shelled gun emplacements on Bougainville.Proceeding to New Guinea in April, Radford bombarded the beach at Humboldt Bay in support of landings there on the 22d. She steamed back to the Solomons, stopped at Noumeaand returned to the New Guinea area in early June. Into September she continued support of the New Guinea eampaign with escort runs and gunfire support missions.On 12 September Radford sailed for Pearl Harbor for repairs. On 20 November she steamed for Eniwetok and Utithi. On 4 December she got underway escorting a group of merchant vessels to Leyte Gulf. She operated there and off Mindoro until steaming for Lingayen Gulf 4 January 1945. After supporting the landings on Luzon, she delivered fire support on the beaches of the Batasn Peninsula. While maneuvering into Mariveles Harbor to take the mine-damaged La Vallette in tow, Radford was herself damaged by a mine.Sailing for Leyte Gulf 20 February, she continued on to Eniwetok Atoll, Pearl Harbor, and San Francisco. She remained there undergoing repairs until 30 September 1945. Radford decommissioned 17 January 1946.After conversion to an escort destroyer (DDE-446), 26 March 1949, especially equipped for antisubmarine warfare, Radford recommissioned at San Francisco 17 October 1949. Following shakedown off the California coast, she sailed to her homeport of Pearl Harbor. In May 1950 she escorted Valley Forge (CVA-45) to Subie Bay and Hong Kong. With the outbreak of the Korean Conflict, she was dispatched to Korea where she operated until returning to Pearl Harbor 9 November.Occupied with overhaul and type training at Pearl Harbor for the next year, Radford then sailed 19 November 1951 for operations with Task Force 77, a fast carrier striking group, off Korea. Other operations found her with British units off the west coast of the embattled peninsula and steaming close inshore for bombardment and to support minesweeping operations. She also rescued survivors from the grounded S.S. Eastorr off the coast of Japan, before returning to Pearl Harbor 21 June 1952.Radford cleared Pearl Harbor 4 September 1952 for operations on patrol and in exercises in the western Pacific, based at Eniwetok. She returned to Pearl Harbor 25 November for type training until 3 May 1953, when she headed for the Far East. Onee more Radford operated with TF 77, bombarding the east coast of Korea. From 12 to 22 July, in company with Manchester (CL-83), she steamed off Wonsan Harbor, firing on targets in the vicinity of Mode Pamlo, and later entered the harbor itself. Following duty on the southern patrol in the Taiwan Strait, she returned to Pearl Harbor 30 November.During the next 16 years Radford alternated operations in the Hawaiian area with deployments to the Far East. During this period she made 11 WestPae cruises, serving on the Taiwan Patrol in 1954, 1955, and 1956 and operating in Japanese waters in 1957, 1958, and 1959. On 25 March 1960 she entered the U.S. Naval Shipyard at Pearl Harbor to begin her 7-month long FRAM (Fleet Rehabilitation and. Modernization) II overhaul, which gave her a helicopter hanger and flight deck. During 1961 she operated continuously in the Hawaiian area, picking up the nose econe of Discocerer XXV on 19 June and rescuing 5 fishermen from the sea 16 November.On 5 February 1962 Radford sailed for the western Pacific as a unit of Antisubmarine Warfare Task Group 70.4 eomposed of Bennington (CVS-20) and the eight destroyers of Destroyer Divisions 252 and 92 She participated in joint SEATO operations, was called to the South China Sea to help meet the Laotian crisis in May, and in June was called to the Taiwan Straits due to heavy Communist buildups in the area. She returned to Pearl Harbor 18 July and became DD-446 again 7 August 1962. On 3 October Radford was stationed a few hundred miles east of Midway Tsland in the 4th orbit recovery area for Project Mercury's Sigma 7 flight.In a 1963 overhaul Variable Depth Sonar and DASH equipment was installed. Radford steamed to WestPae again in 1963, 1965, and 1966. During 1967, 1968, and 1969, she operated on Yankee Station and bombarded Viet Cong targets in South Vietnam. Radford decommissioned at San Francisco and was struck from the Navy list 10 November 1969, to be sold for scrap.Radford earned 12 battle stars for World War II service five battle stars forKorean War service; and four for Vietnam service.


Hull and drive

The hull of the USS Radford was 114.7 m long and 12.2 m wide. The draft was 5.4 m, the displacement was 2,050 tons . The ship was powered by two General Electric steam turbines, and the steam was generated in four Babcock & Wilcox boilers. The power was 60,000 shaft horsepower, the top speed was 38 knots .

Armament and Electronics

The main armament of the USS Radford when it was commissioned were five 5-inch / 127-mm Mark 30 single turrets. In addition, there were various anti-aircraft guns , which were reinforced in the course of the war. In 1948/49 the ship was converted into a submarine destroyer and received increased anti-submarine armament, including a Mk. 108 anti-submarine rocket launcher in front of the bridge.

The USS Radford was equipped with radar . An SG and an SC radar were mounted on the mast above the bridge, with which aircraft could be located at distances between 15 and 30 nautical miles and ships between 10 and 22 nautical miles.


History [ edit | edit source ]

Radford participated in the Battle of Kolombangara and the Battle of Kula Gulf. She engaged in an offensive sweep against the Tokyo Express, and received Presidential Unit Citation for the rescue of 468 survivors from USS Helena (CL-50). She attacked and sank the Japanese submarine I-19 Ώ] on 25 November 1943, Received damage from a Japanese mine supporting the liberation of Luzon in December, 1944 and received a Presidential Unit Citation from Philippines Government, was decommissioned on 17 January 1946 and placed in reserve at San Francisco.

Radford off Korea, 1951.

Radford was recommissioned on 17 October 1949, and operated with the United States Seventh Fleet in support of United Nations Forces during the Korean War. Following the armistice in 1953, she alternated operations along the west coast and in Hawaiian waters with annual deployments to the western Pacific with the Seventh Fleet. In 1960, Radford underwent an extensive Fleet Rehabilitation and Modernization (FRAM II) overhaul at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard.

On 3 March 1965, Radford, in company with other units of Destroyer Division 252, departed Pearl Harbor on short notice to augment destroyer forces for the rapidly expanding naval commitments in the South China Sea. In October and December Renshaw served as an alternate recovery ship in Project Gemini and participated in Sea Dragon and Market Time operations, patrolled on search and rescue duties and carried out Naval Gunfire Support missions during the Vietnam War from 1965 through 1969. Her 11th WestPac tour began 5 July 1966. During this period, she participated in anti-submarine operations, escorted attack carriers in the Gulf of Tonkin, had 2 tours of duty on NGFS, a turn on Taiwan patrol, served as forward picket for the Seventh Fleet units operating in the South China Sea and escorted President Johnson's support units to Malaysia during his tour of southeast Asia. DesDiv 252 returned to Pearl Harbor on 16 December 1966.

Radford following her FRAM II modernization with DASH-flight deck aft.

Radford was decommissioned at San Francisco just months after returning from her 1969 WestPac tour. She was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 10 November 1969, and sold for scrap in October 1970, but not before she fought one last battle on her own. She broke away from the tug that was towing her from Valejo to the Portland scrap yard, and took them on a 34-mile, all day chase toward the Oregon coast.

Radford received 12 battle stars for World War II service, 5 battle stars for the Korean War, 4 for the Vietnam War, and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.


RADFORD DD 446

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    Fletcher Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid October 2 1941 - Launched May 3 1942

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Killer Bar Text

1st Commissioning July 22 1942 to January 17 1946

The ship's hull number is incorrectly given as DD-466 in the cancel.

2nd Commissioning October 17 1949 to November 10 1969

As DDE-446
First Day Postal Service

As DD-446
USCS Postmark Catalog shows Type 2(n+), clearly there are no parenthesis

Other Information

RADFORD earned 12 battle stars for World War II service, 5 battle stars for Korean War service, and 4 for Vietnam service

NAMESAKE - Rear Adm. William Radford (March 1 1808 - January 8 1890)
Radford entered the U.S. Navy during 1825. He commanded the landing party from WARREN which captured the Mexican warship MALEK ADHEL at Mazatlan and took part in other Pacific coast operations of the Mexican War. During the Civil War, he commanded the ill-fated CUMBERLAND but was on board the Frigate ROANOKE as a member of a Court of inquiry when his ship was attacked by the Confederate Casemate Ram VIRGINIA. Captain Radford subsequently commanded the Armored Ship NEW IRONSIDES during Union attacks on Fort Fisher in December 1864 and in January 1865. Promoted Rear Admiral in 1866, he commanded the European squadron during 1869 and 1870. Rear Adm. Radford died at Washington, D.C., January 8 1890

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History

Radford participated in the Battle of Kolombangara and the Battle of Kula Gulf. She engaged in an offensive sweep against the Tokyo Express, and received Presidential Unit Citation for the rescue of 468 survivors from USS Helena (CL-50). She attacked and sank the Japanese submarine I-19 [ 1 ] on 25 November 1943, Received damage from a Japanese mine supporting the liberation of Luzon in December, 1944 and received a Presidential Unit Citation from Philippines Government, was decommissioned on 17 January 1946 and placed in reserve at San Francisco.

Radford was recommissioned on 17 October 1949, and operated with the United States Seventh Fleet in support of United Nations Forces during the Korean War. Following the armistice in 1953, she alternated operations along the west coast and in Hawaiian waters with annual deployments to the western Pacific with the Seventh Fleet. In 1960, Radford underwent an extensive Fleet Rehabilitation and Modernization (FRAM II) overhaul at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard.

On 3 March 1965, Radford, in company with other units of Destroyer Division 252, departed Pearl Harbor on short notice to augment destroyer forces for the rapidly expanding naval commitments in the South China Sea. In October and December Renshaw served as an alternate recovery ship in Project Gemini and participated in Sea Dragon and Market Time operations, patrolled on search and rescue duties and carried out Naval Gunfire Support missions during the Vietnam War from 1965 through 1969.

Her 11th WestPac tour began 5 July 1966. During this period, she participated in anti-submarine operations, escorted attack carriers in the Gulf of Tonkin, had 2 tours of duty on NGFS, a turn on Taiwan patrol, served as forward picket for the Seventh Fleet units operating in the South China Sea and escorted President Johnson's support units to Malaysia during his tour of southeast Asia. DesDiv 252 returned to Pearl Harbor on 16 December 1966.

Radford was decommissioned at San Francisco just months after returning from her 1969 WestPac tour. She was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 10 November 1969, and sold for scrap in October 1970, but not before she fought one last battle on her own. She broke away from the tug that was towing her from Valejo to the Portland scrap yard, and took them on a 34-mile, all day chase toward the Oregon coast.

Radford received 12 battle stars for World War II service, 5 battle stars for the Korean War, 4 for the Vietnam War, and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.


USS Radford (DD-446)

USS "Radford" (DD-446), named for Rear Admiral William Radford , was a "Fletcher"-class destroyer in the United States Navy during World War II , the Korean War and the Vietnam War .

"Radford" was laid down by the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company at Kearny, New Jersey on 2 October 1941 , launched on 3 May 1942 by Mrs. Francois E. Matthes and commissioned on 22 July 1942 .

"Radford" participated in the Battle of Kolombangara and the Battle of Kula Gulf . She engaged in an offensive sweep against the Tokyo Express , and received Presidential Unit Citation for the rescue of 468 survivors from USS|Helena|CL-50. She attacked and sank the Japanese submarine "I-19" cite book | url = http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USN/USN-Chron/| title = The official chronology of the U.S. Navy in World War II | chapter = Chapter V: 1943 | chapterurl = http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USN/USN-Chron/USN-Chron-1943.html | first = Robert | last = Cressman | location = Annapolis, Maryland | publisher = Naval Institute Press | year = 2000 | isbn = 9781557501493 | oclc = 41977179 | accessdate = 2007-11-25 ] on 25 November 1943 , Received damage from a Japanese mine supporting the liberation of Luzon in December, 1944 and received a Presidential Unit Citation from Philippines Government, was decommissioned on 17 January 1946 and placed in reserve at San Francisco .

"Radford" went through a Fleet Rehabilitation and Modernization (FRAM I) and recommissioned on 17 October 1949 , operated with the United States Seventh Fleet in support of United Nations Forces during the Korean War , alternated operations along the west coast and in Hawaiian waters with annual deployments to the western Pacific with the Seventh Fleet, underwent an extensive FRAM II overhaul at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard in 1960 .

On 3 March 1965 , "Radford", in company with other units of Destroyer Division 252, departed Pearl Harbor on short notice to augment destroyer forces for the rapidly expanding naval commitments in the South China Sea. In October and December Renshaw served as an alternate recovery ship in Project Gemini and participated in Sea Dragon and Market Time operations, patrolled on search and rescue duties and carried out Naval Gunfire Support missions during the conflict in Vietnam from 1965 through 1969.

Her 11th WestPac tour began 5 July 1966 . During this period, she participated in anti-submarine operations, escorted attack carriers in the Gulf of Tonkin, had 2 tours of duty on NGFS, a turn on Taiwan patrol, served as forward picket for the Seventh Fleet units operating in the South China Sea and escorted President Johnson's support units to Malaysia during his tour of southeast Asia. DesDiv 252 returned to Pearl Harbor on December 16 , 1966 .

"Radford" was decommissioned at San Francisco and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 10 November 1969 , and sold for scrap in October 1970 , but not before she fought one last battle on her own, broke away from the tug that was towing her from Valejo to the Portland scrap yard, and took them on a 34 mile, all day chase toward the Oregon coast.

"Radford" received 12 battle star s for World War II service, 5 battle stars for the Korean War , 4 for the Vietnam War , and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal .

External links

* [http://www.navsource.org/archives/05/446.htm navsource.org: USS "Radford"]
* [http://www.hazegray.org/danfs/destroy/dd446txt.htm hazegray.org: USS "Radford"]
* [http://www.ussradford446.org/ USS Radford National Naval Museum located in Newcomerstown, Ohio]
* [http://www.destroyerhistory.org/fletcherclass/ussradford/index.html USS "Radford" website] at [http://www.destroyerhistory.org/index.html Destroyer History Foundation]

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Mid-Watch in Verse: USS Radford (DD-446)

This is a continuation of the Mid-Watch in Verse series. A Deck Log from a US Navy vessel chronicles exacting administrative detail regarding the status of the ship, it’s location, speed, etc. However, for a four hour period at the beginning of each year, the Officer of the Deck (OOD) is allowed to be creative by writing the Mid-Watch report (0000 – 0400) in verse if they choose to do so. This series highlights examples of this tradition and the officers who posted them. I focus on WWII era deck logs. For a more thorough history of the practice check out this article from the Naval History and Heritage Command.

The USS Radford (DD-446) was a Fletcher-class destroyer that was commissioned 22 July 1942. She was the second of this very successful class to be commissioned. Many of the Fletcher-class ships continued their service into the 1960s and 1970s in the US Navy and other navies around the world. A website dedicated to the Radford can be found here.

The Radford is best known for participating in more campaigns than most ships during her time of service. During WWII, she received the Presidential Unit Citation for her action during the Battle of Kula Gulf, in which she rescued 440 crewmen from a sinking USS Helena (CL-50), all the while dodging enemy torpedoes and gunfire. Additionally, the Radford teamed up with another destroyer to sink a Japanese cruiser and a destroyer and to damage another destroyer (see part of the action report here). This action earned the Radford‘s commander, William K. Romoser, the Navy Cross (see this link for the citation).

Just a few days before the Helena‘s sinking, the Radford caught a Japanese submarine on the surface and attacked it. The operational report indicated that the sub’s conning tower was blown away by the initial attack. Radford also recorded many hits with her guns on other parts of the sub. The sub disappeared below the surface, and a huge sub-surface explosion was felt in the ship after dropping depth charges. This marked the end of the Japanese sub I-19 (see action report here). Commander Romoser received the Legion of Merit for this action (see citation here). In an interview later that year, Romoser said of the sub, “He was caught with his pants down.”

The Radford went on to earn five battle stars during the Korean War and four during the Vietnam War to add to the 12 earned during WWII.

The poem in this post is coincidentally written by the aforementioned William K. Romoser. When posted to the Radford‘s log on 1 January 1943, Romoser was the skipper of the ship. In all of the New Year’s deck logs I’ve seen, this is the only one that was posted by ship’s captain. Junior officers, or the occasional Chief, usually post the mid-watch deck log. Here is a link to the copy of the original log containing the poem.

U.S.S. RADFORD (DD 446)

W. K. ROMOSER, Commander, U.S.N., Commanding

00 – 04

Yesterday was December’s last

Today’s the second, time goes fast!

For us no New Year’s has there been

As we steam on with Force Eighteen.

The reason is that just in nine

The Good Ship RADFORD crossed the line.

So now all hands can boast quite true

They’re Shellbacks and Golden Dragons too!

GIFFEN, Admiral is our Pa

And is riding in the WICHITA

In cruising pattern one we’re seen

We’re number two in five George screen

We’re steaming on at speed sixteen

All’s clear ahead, so says our screen

Fifteen knots is standard speed

One four four turns is all we need.

We’re using boilers one and four,

Steaming on just one, no more

For now we’re where the sea may be

Infested with the Japanese!

Most nights at sea are quite alike

Baker’s set, as is two Mike

The ship is darkened so that we

Won’t for a sub a target be.

And so the RADFORD steams ahead

No running lights of green and red

Prepared to fight with any foe

And strike for Freedom one more blow.

Romoser’s Annapolis “Lucky Bag” photo

William Kilian Romoser was born on 21 July 1903 to William H. Romoser and Elizabeth W. Kilian in Baltimore, MD. He attended Lehigh University for a year before accepting an appointment to Annapolis on 11 July 1922. After graduating from the Naval Academy in 1926, Romoser embarked on a remarkably successful career (Here is a link to his Lucky Bag yearbook graduation entry). From 1926 through 1937, he served aboard five different ships (three destroyers, a light cruiser, and a battleship). He also attended Naval Flight School at Pensacola, FL. Nineteen thirty seven began his career of commanding a wide variety of posts and ships.

Romoser served as commander of six vessels:

    – 4 March 1940 – 10 Jun 1940 – 15 June 1940 – 31 May 1942 – 22 July1942 – 10 October 1943 – 1945 – 1950 – October 1951 – 9 November 1951 – 9 October 1952

A complete listing of his posts can be found at the Together We Served website. Here is a graphic of that list.

Among a variety of other awards and medals, Romoser earned a Navy Cross, a Silver Star, and three Legions of Merit. Follow this link to see the actual citations. He retired from the Navy at the rank of Rear Admiral.

William Kilian Romoser died on 1 November 1986 in Virginia Beach, VA. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Romoser’s son, William K. Romoser, Jr. also attended the Naval Academy and eventually attained the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He died in 2018. I was able to provide the deck log poem above to his grandson, Scot, who provided me with some material for this post.


Chiến tranh Thế giới thứ hai

[[Tập tin:USS Radford (DD-446) steaming into Tulagi Harbour with 468 survivors form USS Helena (CL-50), 6 July 1943.jpg|thumb|left|USS Radford quay trở về Tulagi với một số người sống sót từ tàu tuần dương hạng nhẹ Helena vào ngày 6 tháng 7 năm 1943]] Radford đã tham gia trận Kolombangara và trận chiến vịnh Kula. Nó tham gia một cuộc tấn công càn quét các chuyến Tốc hành Tokyo của quân Nhật, và đã được tặng thưởng Đơn vị Tuyên dương Tổng thống khi cứu vớt 468 người sống sót từ chiếc tàu tuần dương hạng nhẹ Helena vào ngày 6 tháng 7 năm 1943. Nó cũng đã đánh chìm tàu ngầm Nhật I-19 vào ngày 25 tháng 11 năm 1943. Ώ]

Radford bị hư hại do một quả thủy lôi của quân Nhật trong khi hỗ trợ việc giải phóng Luzon vào tháng 12 năm 1944, và đã được tặng thưởng Đơn vị Tuyên dương Tổng thống của Chính phủ Philippines. Con tàu được cho xuất biên chế vào ngày 17 tháng 1 năm 1946 và được đưa về lực lượng dự bị tại San Francisco.

Thập niên 1950-1960

[[Tập tin:USS Radford (DD-446) off Korea c1951.jpg|thumb|left|Radford ngoài khơi Triều Tiên, năm 1951.]] Radford nhập biên chế trở lại vào ngày 17 tháng 10 năm 1949, và hoạt động cùng Đệ Thất hạm đội để hỗ trợ cho lực lượng Liên Hiệp Quốc trong cuộc Chiến tranh Triều Tiên. Sau khi đạt được thỏa thuận đình chiến vào năm 1953, nó luân phiên hoạt động dọc theo vùng bờ Tây Hoa Kỳ và vùng biển quần đảo Hawaii, với những đợt bố trí hoạt động hàng năm tại vùng Tây Thái Bình Dương cùng Đệ Thất hạm đội. Đến năm 1960, nó trải qua đợt nâng cấp FRAM II (Fleet Rehabilitation and Modernization) tại Xưởng hải quân Trân Châu Cảng.

Vào ngày 3 tháng 3 năm 1965, ngay sau lệnh huy động khẩn, Radford cùng các đơn vị khác thuộc Đội khu trục 252 rời Trân Châu Cảng để tăng cường cho lực lượng khu trục mở rộng hoạt động tại biển Hoa Nam. Trong tháng 10 và tháng 12, nó phục vụ như tàu thu hồi thay thế trong Kế hoạch Gemini, rồi tham gia các chiến dịch Sea Dragon và Market Time, tuần tra tìm kiếm và giải cứu cũng như các nhiệm vụ hỗ trợ hỏa lực hải pháo trong cuộc Chiến tranh Việt Nam từ năm 1965 đến năm 1969. thumb|left|Radford sau khi được hiện đại hóa FRAM II. Lượt phục vụ thứ mười một tại vùng Tây Thái Bình Dương của Radford bắt đầu vào ngày 5 tháng 7 năm 1966. Trong giai đoạn này, nó tham gia các hoạt động chống tàu ngầm, hộ tống các tàu sân bay trong vịnh Bắc Bộ, hai lượt làm nhiệm vụ hỗ trợ hỏa lực hải pháo, một lượt tuần tra tại Đài Loan, phục vụ như tàu canh phòng cho các đơn vị thuộc Đệ Thất hạm đội hoạt động trong biển Hoa Nam. Nó từng hộ tống các đơn vị phục vụ cho chuyến đi của Tổng thống Lyndon B. Johnson đến Malaysia trong lượt công du của ông tại Đông Nam Á. Đội khu trục 252 quay trở về Trân Châu Cảng vào ngày 16 tháng 12 năm 1966.

Radford được cho xuất biên chế tại San Francisco chỉ vài tháng sau khi quay trở về từ lượt phục vụ Tây Thái Bình Dương năm 1969. Tên nó được cho rút khỏi danh sách Đăng bạ Hải quân vào ngày 10 tháng 11 năm 1969 nó được kéo từ Vallejo, California đến Portland, Oregon để tháo dỡ.


USS Radford (DD 446)

Decommissioned 17 January 1946.
Reclassified DDE-446 on 26 March 1949.
Recommissioned 17 October 1949.
Reclassified back to DD-446 on 30 June 1962.
Decommissioned 10 November 1969.
Stricken 10 November 1969.
Sold in October 1970 and broken up for scrap.

Commands listed for USS Radford (DD 446)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. William Kilian Romoser, USN22 Jul 194210 Oct 1943
2T/Capt. Gale Emerson Griggs, USN10 Oct 194310 Sep 1944
3Lt.Cdr. Gordon Leonard Caswell, USN10 Sep 194412 Dec 1944
4Cdr Jack Emerson Mansfield, USN12 Dec 194417 Jan 1946

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Notable events involving Radford include:

14 Feb 1945
Mined and seriously damaged 3 of the crew died and 4 wounded

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