USS McKean (DD-784)










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Entry: 93428
Subject: MIGHTY MAC'S ATTACK

Thomas E. (T.E.) Moore wrote on July 5, 2016


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Service or Relationship: Other

Comments: The USS McKean-DD-784 ( Mighty Mac), dropped 84 depth charges in a
24 hour period, under her Skipper, Cdr. John C. Weatherwax, USN. Soviet submarines were
based at Seisun Naval Base, Port Arthur, during the Korean War. Three classes of Soviet
subs were based there during the Korean War. There was an intensive 29 hour attack by UN
forces, on a submarine sonar contact, in the Yellow Sea on 28, July 1951. It was hushed-up,
by the CIA.

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Entry: 86183
Subject: CAPTAIN JOHN CRAIG WEATHERWAX

Thomas E. (T.E.) Moore wrote on May 13, 2013


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Service or Relationship: Other

Comments: Captain John Craig Weatherwax, USN, USNA-1939, was the skipper

of Mighty Mac in the Russian Submarines fracas of 18,Dec. 1950.



Because Washington and the Kremlin would not acknowledge this



top secret fracas, Mighty Mac and Capt. Weatherwax did not



receive any recognition, until the book Blind Man's Bluff, by



Sherry Sontag and Christopher Drew came out some 47 years later.



Mr. Weatherman was in the USS Omaha-CL-4 boarding party, that



seized the German freighter S.S. Odenwald off Brizil in WW-II,



and he later became a submariner. Some of his duty assignemts;



USS California-BB-41,1939, USS Omaha-CL-4,1940-1943, XO,USS Hake-



SS-256, 1945-acting Capt.1945, Capt. USS Tench-SS-417,1946, Capt.



USS Flounder-SS-251,1946-47, Commanding Officer, Fleet Anti-

Submarine War Fare School, San Diego,Ca, 1969. The Captain has



passed on. God bless this brave man.

Keywords: USS McKean-DD-784--USS Frank Knox-DDR-742 Skipper, CDR.Dewitt J.



Griffin--USS Taussig-DD-746 Skipper, CDR. William C. Myer--



USS Dixie-AD-14 Skipper, Capt. Joseph R. Hamley--USS Endicott-

DMS-35 Skipper, LCDR. Louie W. Bernard--USS Greenlet-ASR-10



Skipper, LCDR. Miano D. Granger All the ships in on the two



Russian Submarines fracas, 18-20 Dec.1950 at; Lat. 33-26.2N



Long. 129-17.0E, Course 145(T), Speed 7 Knots.



Entry: 83559
Subject: FAMILY MEMBERS

Paul Blanchard wrote on July 5, 2012

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City and State: SAN ANTONIO TX

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Dad was on the mckeen allan (al) blanchard

Keywords: DDR dad was on the mckeenn 1951 1952



Entry: 83067
Subject: LOOKING FOR ROBERT HIMBAUGH

David Rodriguez wrote on May 20, 2012


City and State: EL PASO TX

Unit: DDR 784

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I was on DDR 784 McKean 1952 thru 1955 as Gunners
Mate homeport Longbeach CA,went to Kobe and Yakuska
Japan , Korea, Far east tour. David Rodriguez Anyone
out there?

Keywords: DDR 784 Robert Himbaugh



Entry: 55099
Subject: SHIPMATE TO JJ FLYNN

Earl Farris SR. wrote on January 9, 2006

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City and State: LINDSAY OK

Unit: USS MCKEAN DD 784

Service or Relationship: Friend of Veteran

Comments:

Keywords: Iwas a close friend of JJ Flynn, I was on the McKean from 1948 to 1952, JJ would compair faces with different cars. I stood watches in the forward engine room with JJ and we pulled severial liberties together. we sank a Russian submarine in December of 1950 Of the coast of Sasebo Japan. Tell JJ hello for me.



Entry: 49887
Subject: LOOKING FOR SOMEONE WHO KNEW EDWARD MULSTAY

Katrina Bland wrote on March 31, 2005

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City and State: SAN DIEGO CA

Unit: NONE

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments:

Keywords: Looking for someone who may have new my grandfather his name was Edward J Mulstay, He was on the McKean 1941 WW2 if anyone remembers him please contact me.



Entry: 47278
Subject: USS MCKEAN DD 784

Richard Shaw wrote on December 4, 2004

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City and State: MISSION VIEJO CA

Unit: USS MCKEAN

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments:

Keywords: DD 784 Korean waters 1950-51 with Task force 77.
Inchon, Wonson, shore bombardments.



Entry: 44380
Subject: NEW ZEALAND VISIT 1967

Peter Stanford wrote on July 10, 2004

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City and State: CHESTER

Unit: VISITOR

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: have always remembered the visit of uss mc kean
to new zealand in 1967 and the wonderful hospitality shown to us during your visit to auckland would be nice to hear from anyone that remembers the visit, would also like to hear the history of the ship and as to where it is now i do have some pics of the ship taken in auckland
harbor if anyone would like a copy please let me
know, thanks again to all the crew.
p stanford

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Entry: 44379
Subject: NEW ZEALAND VISIT 1967

Peter Stanford wrote on July 10, 2004

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City and State: CHESTER

Unit: VISITOR

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: have always remembered the visit of uss mc kean
to new zealand in 1967 and the wonderful hospitality shown to us during your visit to auckland would be nice to hear from anyone that remembers the visit, would also like to hear the history of the ship and as to where it is now i do have some pics of the ship taken in auckland
harbor if anyone would like a copy please let me
know, thanks again to all the crew.
p stanford

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Entry: 43081
Subject: E MAIL RESPONSE

John Thomson wrote on May 15, 2004

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City and State: MT. PLEASANT SC

Unit: MM2 1954-1958

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

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Entry: 22282
Subject: I'M STILL AROUND

Ken Beals wrote on January 14, 2002

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City and State: TAVARES FL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Would like to find out whatever happened to Homer Taylor

Keywords: Served on the McKean 1952-1956



Entry: 14847
Subject: SERVED ON MCKEAN 1950-1951 DECOMMISIONED

Emery Lee Ison wrote on February 6, 2001

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City and State: TOLEDO OH

Unit: GM3

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: GM3

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Entry: 14675
Subject: MC KEAN SUB ACTION SASEBO 12/21/50

Pat Fusco wrote on January 29, 2001

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City and State: STATEN ISLAND NY

Unit: PASSENGER ENROUTE TO JUNEAUCLAA119

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: both mckean and knox expended all depth charges.picked up ship juneau 12/22 or 23 via hi line dates approximate believe at or near hungnam any information as to conclusion of action

Keywords: passenger on mckean enroute to assignment to uss juneau from sasebo with uss frank knox 12/20/50 engaged in anti sub action at habour entrance all day until following morning



Entry: 12256
Subject: MAY 1950-51

Jackie Lankford wrote on October 10, 2000

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City and State: BELLS TX

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I served on the USS Boxer, 51, 52, 53 and 54.

Keywords: Served in Korean on the McKean in 1950 and 51



Entry: 12123
Subject:

Karen Rumbo wrote on October 3, 2000

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Comments: Used to get into fights, was in Pearl Harbor, did the fancy rope work on the Arizona with another crew member.

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Entry: 11559
Subject: LOOKING FOR

Karen Rumbo wrote on September 8, 2000

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Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Have been trying to find Homer Taylor for years. Anyone with info please email. Taught my dad to play guitar. Dad used to be the one everyone wanted to party with. His name is Ken Beals

Keywords: Ken Beals USS McKean 784



Entry: 10094
Subject: REUNION INFORMATION

Carl Graham wrote on July 4, 2000

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City and State: BOYNTON BEACH FL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I SERVED ON THE MCKEAN FROM 12/11/51 TO 7/12/52,
AS A 3RD CLASS METAL SMITH.
THIS WAS DURING THE KOREAN CONFLICT.
THANK YOU FOR THE INFORMATION.
CARL GRAHAM

Keywords: SNAPPER



Entry: 9207
Subject: SEARVED ABOARD 4/5/65 THRU 8/24/67

Gerry Gagnon wrote on June 6, 2000

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City and State: AMHERST NH

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Entry: 7546
Subject: SHIP CREW MEMBER

Don Hudnall wrote on March 18, 2000

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City and State: LUFKIN TX

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Served 1948-1952.

Keywords: Nickname "TEX". Inchon, Wonsan, Sonjgin shore bombardments. Task Force 77.



Entry: 6013
Subject: REUNIONS

JoAnn Flynn wrote on January 4, 2000

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City and State: REHOBOTH MA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My dad served on the USS McKean in 1047-1952. His name is JJ (John) Flynn. Anyone served with him please contact us.

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Entry: 3883
Subject: USS MCKEAN DD-784

Verner L. Newman III wrote on November 3, 1999

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City and State: LAWRENCE KS

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Newman the 3rd--Wonson, Inchon-1950-51-53
USS Everett PF-8
USS McKean DD-784
USS Chevalier DDR-805

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Entry: 3778
Subject: CREW MEMBER

John Q. Price wrote on October 28, 1999

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City and State: HOWARD OH

Unit: U.S.S. MCKEAN DD-784

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Comments: Served aboard U.S. Destroyer off the coast of Korea from May 1950 till March 1951.

Shore bombarding, supporting ground troops. Three
battle stars. Inchon, wanson and sonjgin.

Steamed with task force 77 sending in air strikes
from the carriers. AD-1'S, F9F Panthers and Corsairs.

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