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USS Charles R. Greer (DE 23)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - G - B - C
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 2 stars - WWII Victory Medal

Class: Evarts
Type: GMT (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, short hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1,140 tons (light), 1,430 tons (full)
Length: 283' 6" (wl), 289' 5" (oa)
Beam: 35' 0" (extreme)
Draft: 11' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Model 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 19 kts
Range: 4,150 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 - 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 - 1.1"/75 cal. Mk2 quad AA (4x1), 9 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 183
Charles R. Greer (DE 23) Building and Operational Data:
  • 07 September 1942: Keel laid by the Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, Cal.
  • 18 January 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. E. Greer
  • 25 June 1943: Commissioned, Lt. N. C. Sutton, USNR, in command
  • 02 November 1945: Decommissioned at San Pedro, Cal. after 2 years and 4⅔ months of service
  • 16 November 1945: Struck from the NVR
  • 01 February 1947: Sold, scrapped
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    C.R. Greer
    98k 18 January 1943: Mrs. Steven M. Greer, Sponsor of the USS Charles R. Greer (DE 23) at Mare Island just prior to the launching of the ship.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-23-576-43)
    Darryl Baker
    PNCM, USNR (ret.)

    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
    C.R. Greer
    120k 18 January 1943: Mrs. Steven M. Greer, Sponsor, christens Charles R. Greer at Mare Island. From left to right: Radm. W. L. Friedell (Shipyard Commandant), Mrs. Greer, Capt Crisp (Yard Manager), and Mrs. Margaret Hinkle, sister of Charles Greer.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-23-567-43)
    C.R. Greer
    94k 18 January 1943: Charles R. Greer after her launching at Mare Island.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-23-603-43)
    C.R. Greer
    120k 18 January 1943: Tugs along side of the newly launched Charles R. Greer. Small tug in the foreground is YMT-4 later classified as YTL-89 and is another Mare Island built ship launched in 1919.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-23-604-43)
    C.R. Greer
    104k 18 January 1943: Charles R. Greer after her launching at Mare Island.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-23-605-43)
    C.R. Greer
    121k overhead underway, undated DESA Archives
    C.R. Greer
    116k undated, taken from the USS Wileman by Lt. George Robertson Ed Williams
    grandson of
    Lt. Robertson
    C.R. Greer
    129k 05 April 1945: Charles R. Greer underway in Puget Sound. Darryl Baker
    PNCM, USNR (ret.)

    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
    C.R. Greer
    154k 05 April 1945: Bremerton, Wash. - USS Charles R. Greer (DE 23) lays to off the Puget Sound Navy Yard.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #NH 81341 from the Naval History and Heritage Command, Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1974)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom

    Charles R. Greer History
    View the USS Charles R. Greer (DE 23) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View a short article on the design and development of the Evarts Class DE submitted by Bob Sables.

    Charles R. Greer's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 25 Jun. 1943 - 31 Jul. 1943Lt. Nathan Clayton Sutton, USNR (Comm. CO)
    2.) 07 Aug. 1943 - 31 Aug.1943Lt. John Paul Sparrow, USNR
    3.) 31 Aug.1943 - 25 Jul. 1944Lcdr. William Thomas Denton, USNR
    4.) 25 Jul. 1944 - 04 Oct. 1944Lcdr. Alexander Jackson Jr., USNR (Comm. CO) (USNA '25) (Pascagoula, Miss.) (ret. as Radm.)
    5.) 04 Oct. 1944 - 02 Nov. 1945Lt./Lcdr. Adolphus Gerhard Raht, USNR (Decomm. CO)

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