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USS CONY (DD-508 / DDE-508)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NILX

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - COFFEE

CLASS - FLETCHER As Built.
Displacement 2924 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 4 x 40mm, 4 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; Allis Chalmers Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bath Iron Works, Bath Me.December 24 1941.
Launched August 16 1942 and commissioned October 30 1942.
Decommissioned June 18 1946 and recommissioned November 17 1949.
Reclassified DDE-508 March 26 1949, reverted back to DD-508 June 30 1962.
Decommissioned and stricken July 2 1969.
Fate Sunk as target off Puerto Rico March 20 1970.

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-Joseph Saville Cony, born in 1834 in Eastport, Maine, he was first appointed to acting ensign on November 3, 1862. Hewent onto commanding several successful small-boat expeditions along the coastof Carolinaincluding on board the 'Western World' and as an executive officer on the'Shokokon,' during the Civil War. On September 7, 1863, he was promoted toacting master and served until he was honorably discharged on November 7, 1865.On February 10, 1867, while he was serving on board his merchant command shipthe 'City Of Bath,' the ship was burned and sankoff Cape Hatteras. Cony was one of the men wholost there lives in the sinking. His body was never found.Bill Gonyo
Cony 102kArtist's conception of the Cony as she appeared in late World War II by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Cony 78kArtist's conception of a cutaway view of the Cony by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Cony 174kUndated, location unknown.-
Cony 61kUndated, location unknown.-
Cony 22kUndated, location unknown.-
Cony 53kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Cony 38kUSS Cony (DDE-508) underway, location unknown. Photo courtesy Arcadian Photos.Robert Hurst
Cony 50kCirca 1942, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Cony 111kBroadside view of USS Cony (DD-508) in Boston Harbor, 15 November 1942. Boston Navy Yard photo 5281-42, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-10797.Stephen P. Carlson, Preservation Specialist, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Cony 61kBroadside view of the USS Cony (DD 508) off San Francisco after her overhauled at Hunters Point Navy Yard on 26 Jun 1943.Darryl Baker
Cony 57kBow on view of the USS Cony (DD 508) off San Francisco after her overhauled at Hunters Point Navy Yard on 26 Jun 1943.Darryl Baker
Cony 94kForward plan view of the USS Cony (DD 508) at Hunters Point Navy Yard. Circled areas indicate modifications accomplished during overhaul period.Darryl Baker
Cony 129kAmidships plan view of the USS Cony (DD 508) at Hunters Point Navy Yard. Circled areas indicate modifications accomplished during overhaul period.Darryl Baker
Cony 122kMare Island damage photo from December 6 1943. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Tracy White
Cony 144kMare Island damage photo from November 6 1943. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Tracy White
Cony 193kMare Island damage photo from December 5 1943. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Tracy White
Cony 248kMare Island damage photo from December 6 1943. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Tracy White
Cony 129kMare Island damage photo from December 6 1943. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Tracy White
Cony 102kAft plan view of USS Thatcher (DD 514) at Mare Island on 5 Feb 1944. Thatcher was in overhaul at Mare Island from 13 Dec 43 until 10 Feb 44. The ship in the background is the USS Cony (DD-508).Darryl Baker
Cony 105kForward plan view of USS Thatcher (DD 514) at Mare Island on 5 Feb 1944. Thatcher was in overhaul at Mare Island from 13 Dec 43 until 10 Feb 44. The ship in the background is the USS Cony (DD-508).Darryl Baker
Cony 205kUSS Cony (DD 508) off Mare Island on February 25, 1944. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Cony 125kAmidships looking aft plan view of USS Cony (DD 508) at Mare Island on 28 Feb 1944. Cony was in overhaul at Mare Island from 4 Dec 43 until 29 Feb 44.Darryl Baker
Cony 99kStern view of USS Cony (DD 508) at Mare Island on 25 Feb 1944. Cony was in overhaul at Mare Island from 4 Dec 43 until 29 Feb 44.Darryl Baker
Cony 93kBroadside view of USS Cony (DD 508) off Mare Island on 25 Feb 1944. Cony was in overhaul at Mare Island from 4 Dec 43 until 29 Feb 44. The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 31, Design 21d.Darryl Baker
Cony 106kLeyte Invasion, October 1944, USS Cony (DD-508) lays a smoke screen near USS West Virginia (BB-48), to protect shipping off Leyte from Japanese air attack, during the landings there on 20 October 1944. Note manned anti-aircraft batteries on board the battleship, including a Mark 51 director in the foreground, 20mm gun at left, 40mm quad gun mount in center and 5"/38 twin gun mounts beyond. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fred Weiss
Cony 55kThe principal speaker at the 17 November 1949 recommissioning of USS Cony (DDE-508) at Boston Naval Shipyard was Congressman John F. Kennedy, whose district included the yard. The ceremony took place at Pier 1 East, the traditional location for such ceremonies. Boston Naval Shipyard photographs, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-10799.Stephen P. Carlson, Preservation Specialist, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Cony 131kAs above.Stephen P. Carlson, Preservation Specialist, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Cony 91kAs above.Stephen P. Carlson, Preservation Specialist, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Cony 121kAs above.Stephen P. Carlson, Preservation Specialist, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Cony 130kUSS Cony (DDE-508) undergoes an inclining experiment in Dry Dock 1 of the Boston Naval Shipyard on a snowy 7 December 1949. On the opposite side of the pier can be seen the stern of the demasted USS Constellation (IX-20) and the masts of USS Constitution (IX-21). U.S. Navy photo NY2-1101-49, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-10798.Stephen P. Carlson, Preservation Specialist, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Cony 114kBroadside view of USS Cony (DDE-508) during trials on 15 December 1949. U.S. Navy photo NY2-1132-49, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-10797.Stephen P. Carlson, Preservation Specialist, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Cony 97kAerial view of USS Cony (DDE-508) during trials off Cape Ann, Massachusetts, on 15 December 1949. NAS Quonset Point photo NA43-1921, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-10797.Stephen P. Carlson, Preservation Specialist, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Cony 34kUSS Cony (DDE-508, ex-DD) after conversion underway circa 1952, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Cony 88kAs seen from the USS Bennington (CVA-20) in 1953.Tommy Trampp
Cony 104kUSS Cony (DDE-508) in Hampton Roads, Virginia, 12 March 1957. Old Point Comfort, with the Chamberlain Hotel and Fort Monroe, is in the center and right background. Note bridge-tunnel construction work in the left background. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center. Photo #: NH 104882.Robert Hurst
Cony 91kTask Group ALFA, formation portrait of the anti-submarine group's ships and aircraft, taken during 1959 exercises in the Atlantic, while Secretary of the Navy William B. Franke was embarked. Ships include the group flagship, USS Valley Forge (CVS-45) in center, two submarines, and seven destroyers. Identifiable among the latter are USS Eaton (DDE-510) at left front, USS Beale (DDE-471) following Eaton, USS Waller (DDE-466) in the center foreground, and USS Conway (DDE-507) at right front. The reamianing two are the USS Bache (DD-470) and USS Cony (DD-508) of DesRon 28. Aircraft overhead include two formations of S2F "Trackers" from the Valley Forge air group, plus one shore-based P2V "Neptune" from Norfolk Naval Air Station, Virginia. Two HSS-1 helicopters are flying low, directly over the submarines. Official U.S. Navy Photograph.Fred Weiss
Cony 144kUSS Valley Forge (CVS-45) Steams in formation with other units of Task Force ALFA, during anti-submarine exercises in the Atlantic, 1959. The other ships present are (from left): USS Murray (DDE-576), USS Beale (DDE-471), USS Bache (DDE-470), USS Eaton (DDE-510), USS Conway (DDE-507), USS Cony (DDE-508) and USS Waller (DDE-466). Photograph was released for publication on 3 August 1959. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Cony 102kPhoto #: NH 67963. Destroyer Squadron Twenty-Eight Commanding officers of the squadron's ships display their Anti-Submarine Warfare "A" awards in a ceremony held on board one of the DesRon28 destroyers, circa the late 1950s or early 1960s. Flanking them are Vice Admiral Edmund B. Taylor, Commander Anti-Submarine Defense Force, Atlantic Fleet (at left) and Rear Admiral Frederick V.H. Hilles, Commander Destroyer Flotilla 4 (at right). The DesRon28 insignia is in the foreground. Those holding the "A" awards are (from left to right): Commander George R. Bryan, Commanding Officer, USS Conway (DDE-507); Commander David A. Johnson, Commanding Officer, USS Beale (DDE-471); Commander Bruce Glendinning, Commanding Officer, USS Cony (DDE-508); Commander Ralph F. Monger, Commanding Officer, USS Murray (DDE-576); Commander James L. Rothermel, Commanding Officer, USS Waller (DDE-466); and Captain Arthur G. Esch, Commanding Destroyer Division 282, who accepted the award on behalf of USS Eaton (DDE-510), three time winner of the "A" award. Photograph received from USS Waller, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Cony 189kOfficial U.S. Navy photo of USS Randolph (CVS-15) during an UNREP (UNderway REPlenishment) in the Atlantic, somewhere along the East coast, while conducting ASW (anti-submarine) operations, September 1960. She is replenishing from USS Marias (AO-57) along with USS Cony (DDE-508).Robert M. Cieri
Cony 220kUSS Conway (DD-507), USS Waller (DD-466) and USS Cony (DD-508) at Fleet Week 1960 in New York City.ETC Robert C. Wolff USN (Ret.)
Cony 183kUSS Cony (DD-508) at Fleet Week 1960 in New York City.ETC Robert C. Wolff USN (Ret.)
Cony 142kOff the Norfolk Naval Operating Base in October 1963 as seen from the USS Keppler (DD-765).Ed Zajkowski
Cony 119kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
Cony 42kKey West Florida, November 1966. Richard Leonhardt
Cony 47kKey West Florida, November 1966. Richard Leonhardt
Cony 60kKey West Florida, November 1966. Richard Leonhardt
Cony 55kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Cony 47kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Cony 100k-120kUniform Ship's name shoulder patch.Al Grazevich

USS CONY DD-508 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Harry Darlington Johnson    Oct 30 1942 - May 13 1944 (Later ADM)
CDR Allen Willis Moore    May 13 1944 - Apr 29 1945
LCDR Theodore Charles Siegmund    Apr 29 1945 - Jun 18 1946
(Decommissioned Jun 18 1946 - Nov 17 1949)
CDR Joseph Allen Dodson Jr.    Nov 17 1949 - 1951
LCDR John Barry Mutty    1951 - Apr 5 1952
CDR William James Manning    Apr 5 1952 - Aug 27 1953
CDR Donald Alfred Dertien    Aug 27 1953 - ? 1955
CDR Louis K. Tuttle Jr.    ? 1955 - 1957
CDR Robert Anthony Bogardus    1957 - 1958
CDR Bruce Edmond Glendinning    1958 - Aug 8 1960
CDR Frank Clyde Dunham Jr.    Aug 8 1960 - 1962
CDR William Henry Morgan    1962 - Feb 28 1963
CDR Thomas Bachelder Brenner    Feb 28 1963 - 1964
CDR William Sherrod Guthrie    1964 - Nov 5 1965
CDR Karl Revere Thiele    Nov 5 1965 - May 1967
CDR William Patrick St. Lawrence Jr.    May 1967 - Apr 1968
LCDR Paul Smith    Apr 1968 - Jul 2 1969

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Ken Cox
Address: 104 Winterdale Dr., Lake Alfred, FL 33850
Phone: 863-307-3187
E-mail: kcox@tampabay.rr.com


Note About Contacts.

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Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
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Destroyer History Foundation
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