Fletcher Class destroyer DD-446 USS Radford
I recently built Tamiya’s 1/350 USS Fletcher Class destroyer. I made it with the USS Radford’s number 446. I chose it because it was the ship that picked up my uncle and a few hundred other survivors of the USS Helena when it was sunk in 1943 by Japanese warships.
I found some photos of the Radford from different times throughout its life time ( 1942-1970) and thought I’d share them here. It’s interesting to see the changes made to the ship over the years.
The Fletcher class destroyer DD-661 USS Kidd is the last destroyer still in its world war 2 configuration. It is on display in Baton Rouge ,Louisiana. If fate brings you to Baton Rouge , it would be worthwhile to visit the ship.
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