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USS PETERSON (DE-152) Edsall class in service 1943 to 1973

WWII sub killer and Fleet Sonar School Key West vessel

 

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USS KOINER (DER-331) Edsall class U-Boat killer n service 1944 to 1968.  She was a DER Radar Picket from 1954 to 1968

Service in WWII, Korea (USCG), Pacific Barrier Air Defense & Vietnam Market Time/Gunline service

 

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USS MILLS (DE/DER-383) Edsall class radar picket in service 1943 to 1970

1950's oval patch style

 

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USS MILLS (DE/DER-383) Edsall class radar picket 1960's Gemsco

 

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

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

 

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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

 

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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USS RHODES (DER-384) Edsall class radar picket in service 1943 to 1963.  01 December 1954: Reclassified DER 384, 01 August 1955: Recommissioned at Norfolk, Va., assigned to the Atlantic Fleet Destroyer Force as a unit of CortRon 18 at Norfolk, January 1956: Homeport reassigned to Newport, R.I. as a unit of the Atlantic Barrier Patrol

 

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USS RHODES (DER-384) THE EYES AND EARS OF THE NAVY

 

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Some years ago I was attending a USMC Logistics course at Coronado. Students were all Marine officers and we had a presentation on Naval ship types given by a fairly newly minted Ensign. After he went through his dog & pony a Marine Captain aviator raised his hand and asked him, "What about the BGBs and the LGBs? The puzzled Ensign said he didn't know what the Captain meant. The Captain replied, "You know, the Big Grey Boats and the Little Grey Boats." The room cracked up. The Ensign left with a red face. Semper Fi.......Bobgee

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USS COOK (DE/FF-1083) Knox class Destroyer Escort/Fast Frigate in service 1971 to 1992

 

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US made Orange version DE-1083

 

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US made Gold version DE-1083

 

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Redesignated as Fast Frigate USS COOK (FF-1083) in 1975

 

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Blue & Gold version Philippine made FF-1083

 

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US made Swiss Tex version FF-1083 circa 1975

 

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USS THADDEUS PARKER (DE-369) John C. Butler class in service 1944 to 1967.

Reserve training ship for NYC and Port Newark, NJ

 

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USS FORSTER (DE/DER-334) Edsall class destroyer escort in service 1944 to 1971. She also was in USCG service from 1951 to 1954 as (WDE-434).  She was "loaned" to the South Vietnamese Navy in 1971 along with the USCGC Squadron (many of which later escaped to the Philippines in 1975).

 

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The Vietnamese reclassified her as a frigate and renamed her RVNS Trần Khánh Dư (HQ-04). In 1974, she participated in the Battle of the Paracel Islands. In 1975 she was undergoing an overhaul in the RVNS shipyard and was captured intact in the fall of Saigon.  The communists renamed her VPNS Dai Ky (HQ-03),  The U.S. Navy wrote her off as “Transferred to Vietnam, 30 April 1975.”

 

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USS WHIPPLE (DE-1062) Knox class homeported at Pearl Harbor, in service 1970 to 1992. Redesignated FF-1062 in 1975

RESOURCES BEYOND CALCULATION

 

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USS WHIPPLE (DE-1062) AS (Anti-Submarine) Division Sub Killers

 

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USS FINCH (DER-328) Edsall class Radar Picket in service 1943 to 1974. USCG service 1951 to 1954.

Converted to DER radar picket in 1955. Member of the Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club

 

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On 1/25/2017 at 3:51 PM, 10esee said:

USS SAVAGE (DER- 386)

 

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Nice one 10esee, Here's a different version I have

 

USS SAVAGE (DER-386) Edsall class in service 1943 to 1969. She was converted to a Radar Pickett in 1954

 

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Record Vietnam Service - Market Time Mother Ship

 

On 17 May 1965, Savage sailed for South Vietnam where she spent more time on station in Operation Market Time than any other DER. She guarded against sea infiltration by North Vietnamese and assisted land forces by providing naval gunfire support. She had no periods out of Vietnam service until October when she made a five-day visit to Hong Kong.
 
From October 1965 through October 1968 the ship made five more tours off Vietnam on Operation Market Time, operating 50–100 yards (46–91 m) offshore, searching junks and small fishing boats for Viet Cong weapons and infrequently providing naval gunfire support with her two 3-inch (76 mm) guns from 1 to 15 January,12 June to 16 September 1966, 24 August to 8 September 1967, 16 September to 12 October and 2 to 18 December 1968. She made Taiwan Strait patrols in June, September, and December 1967; and in July and October 1968.
 
During her 1967 and 1968 Market Time patrols, she also served as "mother ship" to 5 – 6 U.S. Navy PCF's (swift boats). All of Savage's officers (except for the Executive Officer and Commanding Officer) functioned as additional officers to the two crews per Swift Boat (daytime and nighttime) covering the Mekong River Delta and the Mekong River in the "brown water navy".
 
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On 1 February 1969 she arrived back in Pearl Harbor and entered the naval shipyard for restricted availability and upkeep. On 7 July 1969 she departed for San Francisco and deactivation at San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard in Vallejo, California. On 17 October 1969, she was decommissioned for the last time and joined the inactive reserve fleet.

 

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USS OTTERSTETTER (DER-244) Edsall class in service 1943 to 1960  Converted from destroyer escort to radar picket in 1951

Yet another typical Japanese made error patch - misspelling OTTER(S)TETTER

 

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USS BOWEN (DE-1079) Knox class in service 1971 to 1994

 

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USS BOWEN (FF-1079) Knox class in service 1971 to 1994

Gemsco 1975 DE to FF Redesignation patch

 

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5" Japanese made circa 1970's

 

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Cold War era patch and ballcap patch

 

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USS BOWEN (FF-1079) Knox class in service 1971 to 1994

 

1983 Beirut Crisis Gunline patch Commanded by CDR Arthur Drennan, US Naval Academy Class of 1964, Bowen was part of the Naval expeditionary force deployed off the coast of Beirut during the Lebanese Civil War. In early September 1983, U.S. Marines at the Beirut International Airport came under artillery fire. After repeated warnings, Bowen was ordered to fire in defense of the Marines. On 8 September 1983, Bowen opened fire with her 5" Gun, destroying several artillery pieces and a fire control tower in the mountains, 9 miles south-east of Beirut.

 

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Bowen's action received international media attention and cemented her place in history as the first Naval Warship to engage in hostile fire in the Mediterranean since World War II. In all, Bowen made 6 firing runs, firing a total of 75 shells at hostile targets. For their actions, Bowen's crew was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation, the Navy Expeditionary Medal and proudly adopted the slogan "First to Shoot in Beirut". In early October 1983, after one month on the "Gun Line", Bowen was relieved by the USS New Jersey (BB-62).

 

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USS HOWARD D CROW (DE-252) Edsall class in service 1943 to 1968.  Manned by the USCG during WWII, made 10 Atlantic convoy crossings.  On 11 February 1945 the "Crow" likely helped sink U-869.  Fleet weather ship in the Pacific 1945.

Reserve training ship during the Korean war, Berlin Crisis & Vietnam homeported at Fleet Sonar School Key West, Newport Rhode Island, and ResDesRon 34 at Galveston Texas

 

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On 6/17/2017 at 3:11 PM, Salvage Sailor said:

Class leader USS KNOX (DE-1052) In service 1969 to 1992

 

 

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1975 cut edge FF Version of USS KNOX (FF-1052)

 

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Photo from my collection, USS KNOX (FF-1052) Off of Diamond Head and Waikiki, Oahu

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USS LOCKWOOD (DE/FF-1064) Knox class in service 1970 to 1993. Motto: Secure Against The Waves

 

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DE-1064 Patch circa 1970-1975 prior to her redesignation as FF-1064

 

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Photo and patches circa 1975 after redesignation as FF-1064

 

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Motto: Secure Against The Waves

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Motto: Secure Against The Waves

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USS JOSEPH K. TAUSSIG (DE-1030) Dealey class Destroyer Escort in service 1957 to 1972 made by Beta Royal Sales Co., NYC

This interim class of DE's had a short service life due to mechanical and other design problems.

 

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