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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2018 12:28 pm 
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The image of USS LIVERMORE (DD-429) shows her in her post Anti-Kamikaze Mod in the summer of 1945, likely dating in June 1945. You can see the two quad 40-mm mounts aft and the two twin 40-mm mounts amidships that replaced ALL of her torpedo tubes. Also, she has the Mk 28 radar on her Mk 37 director. I wish I knew where this image came from, because I have not located it at NARA or elsewhere. Which is weird because she was modified at NYNY at the same time as her sister in May-June 1945 and post-refit photos of her are available.

USS LIVERMORE would have been painted the same as her sister, USS EBERLE (DD-430), Ms 21 because they were both assigned to the odd numbered DesRon 11. Whether she was painted with older 5-N purple-blue or newer #7 5-N Neutral Gray paint can be debated. This photo of USS LIVERMORE seems to either have been taken backlit to the sun or is a multiple copy from the original photo when compared to the USS EBERLE image below. I would guess the odds are greater that LIVERMORE and EBERLE are painted in Neutral Gray #7.

USS LIVERMORE and her sister were ordered to the Pacific, but didn't reach the war zone until the war was over.

DANFS entry; Though she departed New York 22 June, V-J Day found her still training at Pearl Harbor. She reached Japan 27 September escorting transports carrying soldiers of the Army's 98th Division for occupation duty.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2018 2:20 pm 
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many thanks Rick! Always precious and precise :cool_1:


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I am pretty sure the answer is "yes", but want to confirm... Were Laffey's portholes all plated over by November, 1942?

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2018 1:09 pm 
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Well, at least some were NOT plated over. The exact number and locations can be disputed.

Here are a couple of the last images of USS LAFFEY (DD-459) in September 1942, some portholes appear to be open and others could be simply closed with the cover in place or plated over.

In this 4 September 1942 image of USS LAFFEY, I have adjusted the contrast, etc to try and pull out the portholes;

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This image was taken on 16 September 1942.

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And here is an image of her near identical sister, USS WOODWORTH (DD-460) on 13 August 1942. She still has all of her above the main deck portholes in place.

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Excellent - thanks Rick.

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