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CORTRON CORTDIV Destroyer Escort Squadrons & Divisions

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We have a specific topic on the many Destroyer Squadrons but not for the Destroyer Escort CORTRON and RESCORTRON Squadrons

 

After the Korean War, most of the DE Squadrons were reorganized for DEWLINE, radar picket, convoy escort (polar ops) and overseas deployments primarily in WESTPAC and the MED. As with most everything in the USN, Escort Squadrons (CORTRON) were odd numbered on the Pacific coast and even numbered on the Atlantic coast. From the mid 1950's to the mid 1960's there were around 18 squadrons, further broken down into Destroyer Escort Divisions (CORTDIV). Some were short lived, tasked with the DEWLINE program or specific ops. These were mostly the high number CORTRON. The first four CORTRON established were training and reserve training ASW squadrons (1,2,3,&4) although CORTRON 3 was later operational and deployed to the far east. The others were activated by President Kennedy to establish a radar picket line and ASW escort force in the Atlantic and Mediterranean. To this end, CORTRON 6, 8, 10, & 14 were homeported at Newport, R.I. In the Pacific were CORTRON 3, 5, 9, & 11 on the Westcoast and CORTRON 7 at Pearl Harbor. These were among the first USN surface forces deployed to Vietnam in 1962 to train the VNN.

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RESCORTRON 4 - Reserve Destroyer Escort Squadron 4, ASW training for the Atlantic Fleet Reservists

This would be pre 1964ish?

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USS EDMONDS (DE-406) Three war John C. Butler class in service 1944 to 1964

Morotai, Leyte, Samar, Iwo Jima, Okinawa - Rescued the crew of the USS BISMARCK SEA (CVE-95)

Joining the U.S. 5th Fleet at Ulithi in January 1945, Edmonds screened escort carriers in the Iwo Jima operation in February. On 21 January Bismarck Sea was sunk after the crash of a Japanese kamikaze detonated the escort carrier's ammunition. Edmonds directed the rescue operations, saving 378 of the carrier's crew including the commanding officer, in spite of darkness, heavy seas, and continuing air attacks. Thirty of her own crew went over the side to bring the wounded and exhausted carrier men to safety.

 

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CRUDESPAC - RESDESRON ONE - Cruisers-Destroyers Pacific Reserve Destroyer Squadron 1

EDMONDS arrived at Portland, Oregon, in March 1959 for duty in the reserve training program. In September 1961, the warship began preparations for an overseas cruise with her reserve crew, ultimately sailing for the Far East on 22 January 1962. Arriving in Da Nang, South Vietnam on 18 February, the destroyer escort conducted training operations with the South Vietnamese Navy through 10 April, including exercises in the Gulf of Siam. After port visits to Hong Kong and Yokosuka and Sasebo, Japan, she steamed east to her new home port of Treasure Island, California, arriving there on 17 July. EDMONDS spent the next two years conducting training cruises north to Canada and south to Mexico, with the occasional voyage to Pearl Harbor, until December 1964 when she began inactivation procedures.

 

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