FLETCHER CLASS CONFIGURATION: J

The U.S.S. Little (DD 803) was a Square-Bridge Fletcher-class Destroyer in the 1943-1945 J configuration. Modified, square-faced bridge; five single 5-inch gun mounts (two forward and three aft); five twin 40-mm gun mounts; seven single 20-mm gun mounts; two quintuple 21-inch torpedo tube mounts; and a pole foremast with SC and SG radar.  

CAMOUFLAGE

DD 803 was painted in Camouflage Measure 31, Design 16D (1944 MS 31/16D)

CREW COMPLIMENT

16 officers

309 enlisted crew

Commanding Officer: Commander Madison Hall, Jr.

KEY DATES

Monday, September 13, 1943 – Keel Laid at Todd-Pacific Shipyards, Seattle, WA

Monday, May 22, 1944 – Launched

Saturday, August 19, 1944 – Commissioned U.S.S. Little DD 803

Thursday, May 03, 1945 – Sunk in 850 Fathoms – Okinawa Gunto

CASUALTIES ON 05/03/1945

Number of crew lost: 30

Number of crew wounded: 49

BATTLE STARS

First Battle Star: Iwo Jima (February 19 to March 2, 1945)

Second Battle Star: Okinawa (April 1 to May 3, 1945)

SHIP STATISTICS

Ship Length: 376′ 6″

Ship Beam: 39′ 8″

Top Speed: 35 Knots

Displacement: 2,050 Tons

ARMAMENT

Five 5″ 38 DP
Five 40mm Twins
Seven 20mm Anti-Aircraft
Ten 21″ TT (Torpedo Tubes)
30 Gallon Depth Charges

POWER PLANTS

Two – 650 PSI Steam Turbine Main Engines
Backup: One – Electric Auxiliary Diesel Standby