USS Willis A. Lee (DL-4)


USS Willis A. Lee (DL-4)

Career (US)
Namesake: Willis A. “Ching” Lee
Builder: Bethlehem Steel, Fore River Shipyard
Laid down: 1 November 1949
Launched: 26 January 1952
Commissioned: 5 October 1954
Decommissioned: 19 December 1969
Reclassified: DL-4, 9 February 1951
Struck: 15 May 1972
Fate: Sold for scrap, 18 May 1973
General characteristics
Class & type: Mitscher class destroyer
Displacement: 4,730
Length: 493'0" (150.3 m)
Beam: 50'0" (15.2 m)
Draft: 14'0" (4.3 m)
Speed: 30 kts. (55.6 km/h)
Complement: 403
Armament: 2x 5"/54 (127 mm/54) caliber Mark 42 gun, 4x 3" (76 mm), 8x 20mm, 2x ASW rocket. (Weapon "Alfa"), 1x depth charge track

USS Willis A. Lee (DD-929) was a Mitscher-class destroyer in the United States Navy. She was named for Vice Admiral Willis A. “Ching” Lee USN (1888–1945).

Willis A. Lee was laid down by the Shipbuilding Division of the Bethlehem Steel Company at Quincy in Massachusetts on 1 November 1949, reclassified as a destroyer leader and designated DL-4 on 9 February 1951, launched on 26 January 1952 by Mrs. Fitzhugh L. Palmer, Jr., niece of Vice Admiral Lee and commissioned at the Boston Naval Shipyard on 5 October 1954, Comdr. F. H. Schneider in command.

Willis A. Lee participated in quarantine operations during the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962. Willis A. Lee was decommissioned on 19 December 1969, stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 15 May 1972 and sold for scrap to the Union Minerals and Alloys Corporation of New York City on 18 May 1973.

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