USS Metcalfe (DD-595) in Puget Sound from the port side on December 16, 1944. Metcalfe was commissioned on November 18, 1944, so the paint is recently applied. The lightest color is very light and is most likely light gray. Photo source: NARA BS 75607.
Metcalfe from the starboard side in Puget Sound again on December 16, 1944. Note that the lightest color appears light from this side also. There is a battleship being refitted in the background behind Metcalfe. Photo source: NARA BS 75607.
USS Metcalfe (DD-595) in another photo in Puget Sound on December 16, 1944. The lightest color is a little darker near the bow because of shadows. Photo source: NARA BS 75609.
Metcalfe in another in the series in Puget Sound on December 16, 1944. The contrast between the medium color, ocean gray, and the light color is high which is usually an indication that the light color is light gray. Lighting conditions may be causing the bow panel to appear to be darker. Photo source: NARA BS 75608.