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USS FRANK KNOX (DD-742 / DDR-742)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NHWQ

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - DALTON

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; Westinghouse Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.8 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bath Iron Works, Bath ME May 8 1944.
Launched September 17 1944 and commissioned December 11 1944.
Completed FRAM upgrade May 1961.
Reclassified DDR-742 March 18 1949.
Reverted to DD-742 January 1 1969.
Decommissioned and Stricken January 30 1971.
Sold to Greece and stricken August 1 1973, renamed Themistocles.
Stricken in August 31 1992.
Fate Sunk as a target September 11 2001, by H.S. Nereus (S-111) and H.S. Kyklon (P-53) off Crete.

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Knox 93kWilliam Franklin Knox was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on 1 January 1874. He attended Alma College, in Michigan, and served in Cuba with the First Volunteer Cavalry (the "Rough Riders") during the Spanish-American War. Following that conflict, Knox became a newspaper reporter in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the beginning of a career that grew to include the ownership of several papers. He changed his first name to Frank in about 1900. During World War I, Knox was an advocate of preparedness and United States participation. He served as an artillery officer in France after America entered the hostilities. In 1930, Frank Knox became publisher and part owner of the Chicago "Daily News". An active Republican, he was that party's nominee for Vice President in the 1936 election. Knox, who was an internationalist and supporter of the World War II Allies, became Secretary of the Navy in July 1940, as President Roosevelt strived to create bi-partisan appeal for his foreign and defense policies following the defeat of France. As Secretary, Frank Knox worked hard to expand the Navy into a force capable of fighting in both the Atlantic and Pacific. His selection of new uniformed leadership in the wake of the Pearl Harbor disaster was important to seeing the Navy through the difficult, losing months of 1942 and the intense fighting that marked the U.S. offensives that followed. Though he tended to leave military matters to the officer corps, his administrative talents and good judgment made invaluable contributions to the victory that he would not live to see. On 28 April 1944, following a brief series of heart attacks, Secretary Knox died in Washington, D.C.Bill Gonyo
Knox 100kUndated, location unknown.Lt. Wayne Warlick USN (Ret)
Knox 66kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Knox 121kUndated, location unknown. Navy photo 1075165.David Buell
Knox 268kUndated, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Knox 107kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR (Ret.)
Knox 149kPhoto #: NH 99040. USS Frank Knox (DD-742) on the building ways at the Bath Iron Works shipyard, Bath, Maine. Probably taken while she was being painted in preparation for launching, which took place on 17 September 1944. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C. Collection of Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King, USN. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
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The Ship's Sponsor Mrs. Frank Knox at Bath, Maine on September 17 1944.Mike Mohl
Knox 107kPhoto #: NH 99041. USS Frank Knox (DD-742) sliding down the ways at the Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, during her launching, 17 September 1944. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C. Collection of Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King, USN. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Knox 185kPhoto #: NH 99044. USS Frank Knox (DD-742) launching, at the Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, on 17 September 1944. Taken by the Douglas Photo Shop, Bath, Maine. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C. Collection of Rear Admiral Paul H. Pihl, USN. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart/Mike Mohl
Knox 46kNovember 1944, Bath Iron Works.Pieter Bakels
Knox 87kNovember 29 1944, Bath Iron Works.Pieter Bakels
Knox 76kNovember 29 1944, Bath Iron Works.Pieter Bakels
Knox 260kNovember 29 1944, Bath Iron Works.Ed Zajkowski
Knox 128kUSS Frank Knox (DD-742) underway at high speed on a trial run off Rockland, Maine, 2 December 1944. Photographed from an aircraft based as Naval Air Station Brunswick, Maine. The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 33A, Design 28D. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Knox 67kUSS Frank Knox off Rockland, Maine for trials, December 2 1944.Gerd Matthes
Knox 79kA series of 4 photos showing refueling at sea with the fast carriers off Japan on July 13 1945.David Buell
Knox 77kAs above.David Buell
Knox 77kAs above.David Buell
Knox 81kAs above.David Buell
Knox 96kNavy Photo 6198-46, stern view of USS Frank Knox (DD 742) moored at south end of Mare Island on 5 Sep 46. She was in overhaul from 28 June to 12 Sep 1946.Darryl Baker
Knox 96kSeptember 1946, Mare Island.Pieter Bakels
Knox 90kSeptember 1946, Mare Island.Pieter Bakels
Knox 99kSeptember 1946, Mare Island.Pieter Bakels
Knox 165kRefueling from the USS Philippine Sea on October 22 1950.Ron Reeves
Knox 99kMarch 14 1952, Mare Island.Pieter Bakels
Knox 63kMarch 14 1952, Mare Island.Pieter Bakels
Knox 110k1955, location unkown.David Buell
Knox 168kUSS Frank Knox (DD 742) on June 1 1956, location unknown. Photo is from the Photo Lab, Commander Naval Forces Far East, from the files of Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Knox 227kSan Diego September 1960.Lee Noland
Knox 107kPhoto #: NH 99048. USS Frank Knox (DDR-742) off the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, at the conclusion of her FRAM II modernization, 25 April 1961. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Knox 95kPhoto #: NH 99052. USS Frank Knox (DDR-742) underway off the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, 25 April 1961, at the conclusion of her FRAM II modernization. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Knox 107kUSS Frank Knox (DDR-742)Off the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, at the conclusion of her FRAM II modernization, 25 April 1961.Note that hull numbers painted on her bow have not yet had countershading applied. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Knox 133kUSS Frank Knox (DDR-742) Off the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, at the conclusion of her FRAM II modernization, 25 April 1961. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Knox 106kUSS Frank Knox (DDR-742) Off the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, at the conclusion of her FRAM II modernization, 25 April 1961. Note that variable-depth sonar (VDS) gear has not yet been installed on her fantail. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Knox 156kUSS Frank Knox (DDR-742) showing FRAM II modifications, underway circa 1962, location unknown. Photo courtesy Mr. W. H. Davis from the 1964-65 Edition of Jane's Fighting Ships.Robert Hurst
Knox 148kUSS Frank Knox (DDR-742) Comes alongside USS Coral Sea (CVA-63), while operating at sea on 2 May 1964. Photographed by Wiggand. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Knox 21kTaken coming alongside the USS Hassayampa (AO-145) for refueling in the Indian Ocean, circa 1964.Terry Kuehn
Knox 112kPhoto #: USN 1114711. USS Frank Knox (DDR-742) aground on Pratas Reef, in the South China Sea, July 1965. Official U.S. Navy Photograph.Tony Cowart
Knox 113kPhoto #: USN 1113134. USS Frank Knox (DDR-742) aground on Pratas Reef, South China Sea, in July 1965. A H-34 type helicopter is hovering over her bow to evacuate crewmen. This was the only safe method of transportation two and from the stranded ship during the rough seas that persisted during most of the several weeks of salvage operations that finally freed Frank Knox. Official U.S. Navy Photograph.Tony Cowart
Knox 119kPhoto #: NH 74179. USS Frank Knox (DDR-742) aground on Pratas Reef, South China Sea, with several ships attempting to pull her off. She went aground on 18 July 1965. This view was probably taken at about the time she was finally refloated on 24 August 1965. Ships pulling are (from left to right): Grapple (ARS-7), Conserver (ARS-39), Sious (ATF-75), Greenlet (ASR-10) and Cocopa (ATF-101). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Knox 86kYokosuka Japan, June 13 1966. Great Dry Dock Image© Richard Leonhardt
Knox 90kYokosuka Japan, June 13 1966. (Another Dry Dock Image)© Richard Leonhardt
Knox 69kSan Diego, March 1967.Larry Backus
Knox 91kSan Diego, March 1967.Larry Backus
Knox 90kSan Diego, March 1967.Larry Backus
Knox 82kSan Diego, March 1967.Larry Backus
Knox 180kWellington, NZ, January 20 1968.Chris Howell
Knox 131kUSS Frank Knox (DD-742) Underway near Hawaii, January 1969. Official U.S. Navy Photograph.Fred Weiss
Knox 178kUSS Frank Knox (DD-742) Underway off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, 15 January 1969. Photographed by PH2 S.C. Wyckoff. Official U.S. Navy Photograph.Fred Weiss
Knox 34kShip's patch.S. E. 'Bill' Wightman
Knox 34kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
On Greek Service
Knox 138kOn Greek service, the HNS THEMISTOCLES, D-210, ex-USS Frank Knox, DD 742. Undated, location unknown.Anthony J. Vrailas
Knox 166kUndated, location unknown.Panagiotis Moschovitis/Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Knox 134kUndated, location unknown.Panagiotis Moschovitis/Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Knox 45kOn exercises in the Agean Sea during 1985.Cüneyt Demir
Knox 16kSeptember 11 2001 periscope views of her fate as a target to the Greek submarine Nereus.Panagiotis Moschovitis
Knox 15kAs above.Panagiotis Moschovitis
Knox 15kAs above.Panagiotis Moschovitis
Knox 27kAnother view of the torpedo hit on the hull.Panagiotis Moschovitis
Knox 180kNewspaper clipping of the sinking.Ed Zajkowski
Knox 35kShip's patch from Greek service. Themistocles (527-460 BC) Athenian statesman who persuaded greek city-state (polis) Athens to build a navy and then led it to victory over the Persians in 480 BC. The ships's patch depicts an ancient greek helmet and a trireme, a type ofancient greek warship.Anthony J. Vrailas

USS FRANK KNOX DD-742 / DDR-742 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Joel Clarence Ford Jr.    Dec 11 1944 - Jul 10 1946
LT Philip Carleton Koelsch    Jul 10 1946 - Aug 1946 (Acting)
CDR Charles Marriner Bertholf    Aug 1946 - Aug 1947
CDR James Barrington Burrow    Aug 1947 - Aug 1948
CDR Sam Johnston Caldwell Jr.    Aug 1948 - Aug 1949
CDR Gary William Jewett Jr.    Aug 1949 - Jun 1950
CDR Dewitt James Griffin    Jun 1950 - Apr 17 1952
CDR Cease    Apr 17 1952 - Apr 10 1953
CDR Alexander Scott Goodfellow    Apr 10 1953 - Feb 1954 (Later RADM)
CDR John James Haffey Jr.    Mar 1955 - Jul 1956
CDR Gerald Frederick Case    1959 - 1961
CDR Stanley Wadsworth Henderson    1961 - Jun 1963
CDR John Andrew Swank    Jun 1963 - 1964
CDR Orlin Neil Putman    1964 - Jul 1964
CDR Nicholas Grkovic    Jul 1964 - Aug 1 1965
LCDR William Louis Reger    Aug 1 1965 - Jul 1966
CDR Edward James Messere    Jan 1966 - Dec 28 1967
CDR James George Baker    Dec 28 1967 - Nov 1969
CDR Jack William O. Davis    Nov 1969 - 30 Jan 1971

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Orville Krieg
Address: 585 Sky Harbor Drive #125, Clearwater, FL 33759
Phone: (727)724-1279
E-mail: orv.nancy@verizon.net


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