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USS EUGENE A. GREENE (DD-711 / DDR-711)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NHFG

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - VIBRANT

CLASS - GEARING As Built.
Displacement 3460 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 390' 6"(oa) x 40' 10" x 14' 4" (Max)
Armament 6 x 5"/38AA (3x2), 12 x 40mm AA, 11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.8 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Federal Shipbuilding, Newark NJ. August 17 1944.
Launched March 18 1945 and commissioned June 8 1945.
Reclassified DDR-711 July 18 1952, Reverted to DD-711 March 15 1963.
Completed FRAM upgrade October 1963.
Decommissioned Aug. 31, 1972.
Loaned to Spain, renamed Churruca (D61).
Stricken Jun. 2, 1975.
Sold to Spain May 17, 1978.
Stricken by Spain September 15 1989.
Fate Used for target practice and sunk by the Spanish on December 12, 1991.

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Greene 17kEugene A. Greene, born 21 November 1921 in Smithtown, L.I., N.Y., enlisted in the Naval Reserve 13 January 1941, and after aviation training, was commissioned ensign 30 August 1941. Serving in Bombing Squadron 6 in Enterprise (CV-6), he was killed in action 4 June 1942 in the Battle of Midway. He distinguished himself in breaking through heavy Japanese fighter and antiaircraft opposition to dive bomb a Japanese carrier, and was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his selfless heroism. The name Eugene A. Greene was assigned to DE-549 on 28 October 1943, canceled on 10 June 1944, and reassigned to DD-711 on 10 July 1944.Bill Gonyo
Greene 154kArtist's conception of the Greene as built in a cutaway view 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
Greene 20kUndated, location unknown.-
Greene 22kUndated, location unknown.-
Greene 40kUndated, location unknown.-
Greene 48kPrior to the end of the World War II, either July or early August, 1945, Location unknown.Charles Allen Curtis
Greene 121kStarboard side to, Rio de Janiero, Brazil, March 10 1947. Tied alongside (from inboard) USS Gearing (DD-710), USS Gyatt (DD-712), USS Eugene A. Greene (DD-711). The ships were returning from Montevideo, Uruguay where they represented the United States for the Inaugrataion of President Thomas Berrata. (Additional information provided by S. Lukacinsky)Robert Norville/Scott Guthrie
Greene 86kWestern Mediteranean 1948.Marc Piché
Greene 89kMalta February 19 1949.Marc Piché
Greene 135kOctober 1951, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Greene 32kCover of the recommissioning pamphlet from December 1 1952.Francisco Javier Santos Vazquez
Greene 162kUSS Bordelon (DD-881) and USS Eugene A. Greene (DD-711) at Brest, France circa 1955.Marc Piché
Greene 161kUSS Eugene A. Greene (DD-711), USS Bordelon (DD-881) and USS Ruchamkin (APD-89) in Best, France circa 1955. Paul's dad served aboard the Ruchamkin.Paul D. Albertine
Greene 212kJune 10 1955, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Greene 135kGenoa, Italy on August 16 1956.Carlo Martinelli
Greene 183kUSS Bordelon (DD-881), USS Dyess (DD-880) and USS Eugene A. Greene (DD-711) in Italian waters on October 1 1956.Carlo Martinelli
Greene 55kNOB Norfolk, August 1964. (Full Image)© Richard Leonhardt
Greene 50kNOB Norfolk, August 1964. (Bow Up Of Ship)© Richard Leonhardt
Greene 80kNOB Norfolk, August 1964© Richard Leonhardt
Greene 69k1966, location unknown.Bob Clark
Greene 43kRefueling from USS Neosho (AO23) 1966.Bob Clark
Greene 17kHelo replenishment from USS Constellation (CVA 64) 1966.Bob Clark
Greene 70kTaken by Barry Litchfield from USS Ponchatoula (AO-148) during replenishment operations in Tonkin Gulf, 1966-67.Barry Litchfield
Greene 59kTaken by Barry Litchfield from USS Ponchatoula (AO-148) during replenishment operations in Tonkin Gulf, 1966-67.Barry Litchfield
Greene 161kLa Spezia, Italy on May 28 1970.Carlo Martinelli
Greene 49kThis close-up of USS Eugene A. Greene (DD 711) shows the typical bridge of a FRAM-I destroyer, considerably larger than the original one and fully enclosed, for all-weather operations. Also visible are the port triple mount of Mk.32 torpedo tubes (on the 01 level) and the dish of the Mk.25 radar for her Mk.37 gun director (atop the bridge). This is possibly one of the last photographs of Eugene A. Greene as an active U.S. warship, as it was taken (at Barcelona, Spain) in mid-1972, in the closing days of her final deployment and a little over two months before her transfer to the Spanish Navy. Ship alongside is USS Barney (DDG 6).Fabio Peña
Greene 155kAerial photograph of USS Eugene A. Greene (DD 711), scanned from a Spanish newspaper ("La Vanguardia Española", July 18, 1972). This photo illustrated an article announcing the forthcoming transfer of five FRAM-I destroyers (one of them Eugene A. Greene) to Spain.Fabio Peña
Greene 63kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Greene 63kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Greene 81kDesRon 4 plaque, USS Gearing (DD-710), USS Eugene A. Greene (DD-711), USS Robert H. McCard (DD-822), USS Vogelgesang (DD-862), USS Harold J. Ellison (DD-864), USS Dyess (DD-880), USS Bordelon (DD-881) and USS Furse (DD-882). Courtesy of Foro 11a Escuadrilla de Escoltas (http://www.destructorchurruca.es.vg/).Francisco Javier Santos Vazquez
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On Spanish Service
Greene 23kCosme Damián Churruca y Elorza was born in Motrico, 27 September 1761 and was Killed in the Battle of Trafalgar, 21 October 1805. Spanish scientist and sailor, Flag Officer [now Rear Admiral] in the [Spanish] Royal Navy and mayor of Motrico. He distinguished himself in the Battle of Trafalgar, where he commanded the ship-of-the-line San Juan Nepomuceno, on board which he was killed.Francisco Javier Santos Vazquez
Greene 27kUndated, location unknown.Francisco Javier Santos Vazquez
Greene 65kUndated, location unknown. Courtesy of Foro 11a Escuadrilla de Escoltas (http://www.destructorchurruca.es.vg/).Francisco Javier Santos Vazquez
Greene 24kUndated, location unknown. Courtesy of Foro 11a Escuadrilla de Escoltas (http://www.destructorchurruca.es.vg/).Francisco Javier Santos Vazquez
Greene 208k1984, location unknown. Courtesy of Foro 11a Escuadrilla de Escoltas (http://www.destructorchurruca.es.vg/).Francisco Javier Santos Vazquez
Greene 64kHer Battle Flag, now on display at the Naval Museum in El Ferrol.Francisco Javier Santos Vazquez
Greene 15kShip's ribbon which was worn on the hat with the Spanish Navy uniform.Francisco Javier Santos Vazquez
Greene 31kShip's patch.Francisco Javier Santos Vazquez
Greene 27kShip's patch.Francisco Javier Santos Vazquez
Greene 14kCoat of arms for the Spanish DesRon 11, USS Eugene A. Greene (DD-711), USS Furse (DD-882), USS O'Hare (DD-889), USS Leary (DD-879) and USS Noa (DD-841).Francisco Javier Santos Vazquez

USS EUGENE A. GREENE DD-711 / DDR-711 History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry
(Located On The hazegray Web Site, This Is The Main Archive For The DANFS Online Project.)

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR William Veazie Pratt II    Jun 8 1945 - Sep 1947
CDR William Conrad Abhau    Sep 1947 - Aug 1948 (Later RADM)
CDR Theodore Harry Brittan    Aug 1948 - 1949
CDR Edward Aberle (Count) Ruckner    1949 - Jul 26 1950 (Later RADM)
CDR Gerald Sanford Norton    Jul 26 1950 - Aug 1951
CDR David Delmas Harris    Aug 1951 - Apr 1 1952
(Decommissioned Apr 1 1952 - Dec 1 1952)
CDR Frederick Charles Seyford    Dec 1 1952 - Jun 1954
CDR Daniel Franklin Larkin Jr.    Jun 1954 - 1956
CDR Merrill Homer Sappington    1956 - 1957  (Later VADM)
CDR Charles Barnes (Barney) Rhinehardt    1957 - 1958
CDR Harold (Hal) Baumberger    1958 - 1959
CDR Joseph Wilmer (Will) Guidry    1959 - 1961
CDR Charles Francis (Chuck) Poenicke Jr.    1961 - 1962
CDR Felix Salvatore (Hap) Vecchione    1962 - Aug 1963
CDR David Arthur Long    Aug 1963 - Aug 1965
CDR Earl William Sapp    Aug 1965 - 1967
CDR Emil Francis Wasniewski    1967 - Aug 1 1969
CDR Richard John Dietz    Aug 1 1969 - May 1 1971
CDR Arthur William Pattee    May 1 1971 - Aug 31 1972

Commanding Officers under Spanish Command
Thanks to Fabio Peña and Ministerio de Defensa de España, Gabinete del AJEMA

CdF Juan Reina Carvajal    Aug 31 1972 - Nov 25 1974 (Later RADM)
CdF Juan Sobrino Buhigas    Nov 25 1974 - Jul 21 1975
CdF Jose Jaudenes Agacino    Jul 21 1975 - Jul 21 1976 (Later RADM)
CdF Luis Sanchez Masia    Jul 21 1976 - Jan 21 1978
CdF Ramon Espinosa Garcia de Rueda    Jan 21 1978 - Jan 22 1979 (Later VADM)
CdF Domingo Jara Serantes    Jan 22 1979 - Sep 1 1980
CdF Jesus Portillo Julvez    Sep 1 1980 - Mar 1 1982 (Later VADM)
CdF Jorge Flethes Scharfhausen    Mar 1 1982 - Sep 7 1983
CdF Enrique Amusategui de La Cierva    Sep 7 1983 - Mar 14 1985
CdF Jose Carlos Perez Moreiras    Mar 14 1985 - Sep 18 1986 (Later RADM)
CdF Francisco Rapallo Comendador    Sep 18 1986 - Mar 14 1988 (Later ADM)
CdF Angel tajuelo Pardo de Andrade    Mar 14 1988 - Sep 15 1989 (Later VADM)

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Glen and Laverne Herman
Address: 2423 South Locust, Visalia, CA 93277
Phone: (559) 732-1766
E-mail: None


Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.


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Destroyer History Foundation
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