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USS Greiner (DE 37)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - Y - H - P
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

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
Greiner (DE 37) Building and Operational Data:
  • 07 September 1942: Keel laid as BDE-37 by the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Wash.
  • 20 May 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Cecily Reddin, yard cafeteria worker and the wife of PSNY outside machine shop employee Edmond O. Reddin
  • 18 August 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr. F. S. Dowd, USNR, in command
  • 19 November 1945: Decommissioned at Oakland, Cal. after 2 years and 3 months of service
  • 05 December 1945: Struck from the NVR
  • 10 February 1946: Sold to J. G. Berkit & Co., scrapped at the National Metal & Steel Corp., Terminal Island, Los Angeles, Cal.
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    82k DE's 37 & 38 (Greiner & Wyman) were laid down the same day during a Labor Day
    celebration at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, 1942.

    (Source is Seattle NARA RG-181)
    Tracy White
    Seattle, Wash.
    131k August 1943 - Inclining tests being conducted at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash. John Klar
    Somerville, N.J.
    105k 02 September 1943 - Puget Sound Naval Shipyard

    Greiner Memorabilia
    News Articles
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski

    Greiner History
    View the USS Greiner (DE 37) 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.

    Greiner's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 18 Aug. 1943 - 08 Aug. 1944Lcdr. Frank Samuel Dowd, USNR (Comm. CO)
    2.) 30 Sep. 1944 - 01 Oct. 1945Lcdr. Loren Hall Kiser, USN (Decomm. CO) (Minneapolis, Minn.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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