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USS Wintle (DE 25)


Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - Q - A - U
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/ 3 stars - WWII Victory Medal


Specifications:
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
Wintle (DE 25) Building and Operational Data:
  • 01 October 1942: Keel laid as BDE-25 by the Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, Cal.
  • 18 February 1943: Launched
  • 14 June 1943: Retained for U.S. Navy use and named Wintle
  • 10 July 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr Leonard W. Bailey, USNR, in command
  • 15 November 1945: Decommissioned at Mare Island Navy Yard after 2.3 years of service, struck from the NVR
  • 28 November 1945: Sold for scrapping to the Union Minerals & Alloy Corp., New York City, N.Y.
  • 25 August 1947: Scrapped at the National Metal & Steel Corp., Terminal Island, Los Angeles, Cal.
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    Wintle 28k Jack William Wintle was born on 18 April 1908 at Pittsburg, Kan. He was appointed a midshipman at the Naval Academy on 14 June 1928 and graduated on 2 June 1932. He reported for duty in California (BB 44) on the 30th and completed a three-year tour of duty in the battleship before being transferred to submarine tender Bushnell (AS 2). That assignment lasted 17 months. On 7 August 1936, he reported to the Puget Sound Navy Yard to help supervise the fitting out of Perkins (DD 377); and he remained in the destroyer after she went into commission on 18 September 1936. In the summer of 1939, Lt. (jg.) Wintle received postgraduate instruction at the Naval Academy before reporting for duty at the Philadelphia Navy Yard to help prepare Du Pont (DD 162) for re-commissioning and service on the Neutrality Patrol. His tour of duty in that destroyer, one of the first in the Atlantic Squadrons to be fitted with sonar, ended in August 1940 when he was sent to New Orleans where he served almost two years instructing NROTC midshipmen. Late in April 1942, he reported to the Bureau of Navigation in Washington where he learned that his next assignment was to be aide and flag lieutenant to the Commander, South Pacific Area and South Pacific Force. On 15 June 1942, Wintle received his promotion to lieutenant commander and, four days later, reported for duty in his new assignment in the South Pacific. Lt. Comdr. Wintle served under Rear Admiral Daniel J. Callaghan, Chief of Staff to the Commander South Pacific Area and South Pacific Force, through the early months of the bitter struggle for Guadalcanal in late 1942. Late in October 1942, when Rear Admiral Callaghan went to sea as the commander of a cruiser-destroyer force, Wintle joined him in his flagship San Francisco (CA 38) as a member of his staff. On the night of 12 and 13 November, Callaghan's force met a Japanese raiding force built around battleships Hiei and Kirishima. During the confused melee off Savo Island, San Francisco suffered a terrific pounding from enemy ships-and briefly lost power completely. At that point, several Japanese salvos scored on her superstructure, obliterating her flag and navigating bridges. All but one member of the admiral's staff were killed, and Lt. Comdr. Wintle was among the casualties. For this sacrifice, Wintle was awarded the Navy Cross, posthumously.

    USS Wintle (DE 25) (1943-1945) was the first ship to be named in his honor.       (Photo from the U.S. Naval Academy Yearbook; The Lucky Bag, Class of 1932.)
    Bill Gonyo
    Wintle 109k 18 February 1943: USS Wintle (DE 25) is halfway down the building ways during her launching at Mare Island. (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-25-1278-43) Darryl Baker
    Wintle 146k 28 February 1943: This picture was in the 28 February 1943 edition of Mare Island Navy Yard newspaper "The Grapevine" and shows the distinguished guests at the launching of Wintle. Left to right: A. M. Street, husband of the sponsor, Evelyn Street, Radm W. L. Friedell (Shipyard Commandant), Jessie Sardo, Joyce Pelegrini, Rose Miller, Mrs. M. A. Hunt, Mrs. A. M. Street (Sponsor) and Capt. F. G. Crisp (Yard Manager)
    Wintle 152k 7 July 1943: Bow view of USS Dempsey (DE 26) (inboard) and USS Duff (DE 27) (outboard) pictured at Mare Island Navy Yard outfitting pier. Wintle is aft of Dempsey and Duff. (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-25-4547-43)
    Wintle 60k starboard side, undated Maynard Brown

    View the USS Wintle (DE25) 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.
    Wintle's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 10 Jul. 1943 - 23 Feb. 1945Lcdr. Leonard Scott Bailey, USNR (Comm.)
    2.) 23 Feb. 1945 - 22 Oct. 1945Lcdr. Alexander Leipper, USNR
    3.) 22 Oct. 1945 - 31 Oct. 1945Lt. Bulow W. Dysart, USNR (Decomm.)

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