USS Bigelow (DD-942) was a Forrest Sherman-class destroyer in the United States Navy. The ship was named for Watertender Second Class Elmer Charles Bigelow (1920-1945), who was killed in action extinguishing a magazine fire while serving on board Fletcher during action against enemy Japanese forces off Corregidor in the Philippines on 14 February 1945. Bigelow was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.
|Namesake:||Elmer Charles Bigelow|
|Ordered:||30 July 1954|
|Builder:||Bath Iron Works|
|Laid down:||6 July 1955|
|Launched:||2 February 1957|
|Acquired:||1 November 1957|
|Commissioned:||8 November 1957|
|Decommissioned:||5 November 1982|
|Struck:||1 June 1990|
|Fate:||Sunk as target, 2 April 2003|
|Class and type:||Forrest Sherman-class destroyer|
|Length:||407 ft (124 m) waterline, 418 ft (127 m) overall.|
|Beam:||45 ft (14 m)|
|Draft:||22 ft (6.7 m)|
|Propulsion:||4 x 1,200 psi (8.3 MPa) Foster-Wheeler boilers, Westinghouse steam turbines; 70,000 shp (52,000 kW); 2 x shafts.|
|Speed:||32.5 knots (60.2 km/h; 37.4 mph)|
|Range:||4,500 nautical miles (8,300 km; 5,200 mi) at 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)|
|Complement:||15 officers, 218 enlisted.|
Bigelow was part of Combined Task Group CTG 136.1.1 tasked with blockading Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Bigelow received the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for participating from 24 October 1962 to 21 November 1962.
Bigelow decommissioned 5 November 1982.
She was sold for scrap to the Fore River Shipyard and Iron Works at Quincy, Massachusetts on 11 December 1992. When the Fore River Shipyard went bankrupt she was resold to N. R. Acquisition Incorporated of New York City by the Massachusetts Bankruptcy Court. She was re-acquired by the Navy for disposition as a target ship, stricken 1 June 1990 and was "Disposed of in support of Fleet training exercise" (presumably sunk as a gunnery target) on or before 2 April 2003.
- "Bigelow". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Navy Department, Naval History and Heritage Command.
- Naval Historical Center. The Naval Quarantine of Cuba, 1962: Quarantine, 22 -26 October.
- Naval Historical Center. U.S. Navy Ships and Units Which Received the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for Participating in the Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962.
- Navysite.de - Bigelow.
- Navweaps.com 20 mm Phalanx Close-in Weapon System (CIWS).
- All Hands Magazine January 2001 Archived 20 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
- NavSource.org contains an image of the CIWS mount.
- Skipper is veteran of Vietnam; The Patriot - News. Harrisburg, Pa.: 19 May 1987. pg. A.2
- N.V.R. indicates that the ship was disposed of on 2 April 2003. That date may be merely the date on which the N.V.R. updated its records; it is not indicated that the ship was sunk on that date.