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USS Emery (DE 28)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - Y - J - M

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 4 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
Emery (DE 28) Building and Operational Data:
  • 29 October 1942: Keel laid by the Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, Cal.
  • 17 April 1943: Launched as BDE-28
  • 14 June 1943: reallocated to the United States; assigned the name Eisner
  • 14 July 1943: renamed Emery
  • 14 August 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr R. G. Coburn, USNR, in command
  • 15 November 1945: Decommissioned at San Francisco, Cal. after 2 years and 3 months of service
  • 28 November 1945: Struck from the NVR
  • 21 July 1947: Sold for scrapping to the National Metal & Steel Corp., Terminal Island, Los Angeles, Cal.
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    17k Jack Mandeville Emery was born on 09 October 1916 in Piedmont, California, the son of Ralph DeVotie and Katherine Frances (Kelly) Emery, and the grandson of Joseph Emery, East Bay capitalist, who founded the city of Emeryville, California. He attended Piedmont High School and was a life member of Boy Scout Troop 51 in Oakland. After graduating high school, he attended the University of California, where he was a member of the ROTC, and in July 1937 made a training cruise to Hawaii aboard USS Colorado (BB 45). Emery was appointed ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve on 20 May 1939, and reported for active duty in USS Arizona (BB 39) on 13 November 1939.

    On the morning of 07 December 1941, Ensign Emery was serving as Signals Officer on the staff of Rear Admiral Isaac Kidd aboard Arizona. He was killed in action when Arizona exploded and was lost in the attack on Pearl Harbor that morning. The ship had sustained eight bomb hits; one hit on the forecastle, glancing off the face plate of turret II penetrated the deck to explode in the black powder magazine, which in turn set off adjacent smokeless power magazines. A cataclysmic explosion ripped through the forward part of the ship, touching off fierce fires that burned for two days; debris showered down on Ford Island in the vicinity. He is memorialized at the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor.

    USS Emery (DE 28) (1943-1945) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo from FOLD 3)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Manager, Navsource
    DE / FF / LCS Archive
    106k 17 April 1943: Radm W. L. Friedell, USN, Shipyard Commandant, presents a silver tray to the ship's sponsor at the launching ceremonies for the USS Emery (DE 28) at Mare Island Navy Yard. Left to right: Radm W. L. Friedell, Mrs. W. D. McDonald (Matron of Honor) and Miss Edna K. McDonald (Sponsor).

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-28-2718-43)
    Darryl Baker
    PNCM, USNR (ret.)

    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
    140k 17 April 1943: The USS Emery (DE 28) Sponsor and Matron of Honor are shown at the bow of the ship ready to christen her at Mare Island. Left to right: Mrs. W. D. McDonald (Matron of Honor) and Miss Edna K. McDonald (Sponsor).

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-28-2726-43)
    112k 17 April 1943: Miss Edna K. McDonald (Sponsor) is shown christening the USS Emery (DE 28) at Mare Island. Left to right: Mrs. W. D. McDonald (Matron of Honor) Capt. F. G. Crisp (Yard Manager), Miss Edna K. McDonald (Sponsor) and Radm W. L. Friedell (Shipyard Commandant.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-28-2731-43)
    129k 17 April 1943: Emery is at the end of the ways during her launching at Mare Island.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-28-2719-43)
    76k 17 April 1943: Broadside view of Emery after her launching at Mare Island.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-28-2720-43)
    90k 07 July 1943: Emery is shown at her outfitting berth at Mare Island.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-28-4949-43)
    57k undated postwar image Jerry Church

    Emery History
    View the USS Emery (DE 28) 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.

    Emery's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 14 Aug. 1943 - 22 Dec. 1944Lcdr. Ralph Grimes Coburn Jr., USNR (Comm. CO) (Chicago, Ill.) (ret. as Radm., USNR)
    2.) 22 Dec. 1944 - 10 Nov. 1945Lcdr. Robert Paul Wermuth, USNR (Chicago, Ill.)
    3.) 10 Nov. 1945 - 15 Nov. 1945Lt. Frederick Robert Zech, USNR (Decomm. CO)

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