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USS Buckley (DE 51)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - Navy Unit Commendation
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 3 stars - WWII Victory Medal

Class: Buckley
Type: TE (turbine-electric drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1400 tons (light), 1740 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 198
Buckley (DE 51) Building and Operational Data:
  • 29 June 1942: Keel laid by the Bethlehem Steel Corp. Hingham, Mass.
  • 09 January 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. James Buckley, mother of Aviation Ordnanceman John Daniel Buckley
  • 30 April 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr. A. W. Slayden in command
  • 30 June 1945: Commenced conversion to "Picket Ship", at Blair Shipyard, Yonkers, N.Y., reclassified DE(TEP)-51
  • 30 September 1945: Conversion completed, moved to the Brooklyn Navy Yard
  • 23 October 1945: Departed the Brooklyn Navy Yard for Jacksonville, Fla.
  • 27 October 1945: Celebrated Navy Day at Jacksonville, Fla. in company with Stribling (DD 867) and Angler (SS 240)
  • 01 November 1945: Arrived at the Inactive Ship Facility, Green Cove Springs, Fla.
  • 03 July 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 3 years and 2 months of service
  • 26 April 1949: Reclassified DER 51
  • 29 September 1954: Reclassified DE 51
  • 01 June 1968: Struck from the NVR
  • 10 June 1969: Sold for scrapping
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    Buckley 110k The launch of the USS Buckley at the Bethlehem-Hingham yard near Boston. This was one of the first long-hulled DE's, and the start of a most impressive building programme at this yard.

    [U.S. Navy photo, from the book "Allied Escort Ships of World War II (A Complete Survey)", by Peter Elliott]
    Edib Krlicbegovic
    Bosnia - Hercegovina
    Buckley 214k 09 January 1943: Hingham, Mass. - The future USS Buckley photographed as she slides down the building way for the first time after being christened.

    (U.S. Navy photo NAID #38330001 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    Buckley 50k underway, undated

    (U.S. Navy photo #19-N-44456, NARA II, College Park, Md.)
    Tracy White
    Seattle, Wash.
    Buckley 830k 24 April 1943: the Atlantic Ocean - Buckley photographed off the Boston Navy Yard.

    (U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-51 19-N-131015 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.; courtesy of  Chris Wright)
    Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.
    Buckley 79k May 1943 Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    Buckley 258k 03 July 1943: the Atlantic Ocean - USS Buckley (DE 51) circles at twenty knots, during speed trials off Rockland, Maine. The diameter of circles appears to be about 300 metres (1,000 feet).

    (U.S. Navy Photo #80-G-269442 and 80-G-269441 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Buckley 247k
    Buckley 21k undated wartime image

    (National Archives #BuShips44457)
    Nick Tiberio
    Shelton, Conn.
    Buckley 63k May-June 1944: Boston, Mass. - USS Buckley in drydock at the Boston Navy Yard, her bow bent from ramming U-66.

    (Photo from Captain Jerry Mason, USN ret.)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.
    Buckley 58k May-June 1944: Boston, Mass. - Lcdr. Brent Abel, USNR, receives the Navy Cross for action as Commanding Officer of USS Buckley from Captain George L. Menocal at the Boston Navy Yard where Buckley is undergoing repairs.

    (Photo from Captain Jerry Mason, USN ret.)
    Buckley 174k 10 June 1944: The Atlantic Ocean - USS Buckley (DE 51) underway off Boston, Massachusetts (position 42 20'N, 70 50'W). The ship was photographed from a blimp of  lighter-than-air squadron ZP-11 based at NAS South Weymouth, Mass.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #80-G-236608 from the United States National Archives)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    Buckley 309k 10 June 1944: The destroyer escort USS Buckley (DE 51) underway in the Atlantic Ocean off Boston, Massachusetts 1944. Photographed from a blimp of squadron ZP-11.

    (U.S. Navy photo #80-G-236610 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    Buckley 134k 16 September 1944: Two starboard views of Buckley at Boston wearing MS32/3D camouflage scheme. The vertical colors are dull black (BK) ocean gray (5-O) and light gray (5-L). In this photo, Buckley has 40mm gun tubs replacing her torpedo tubes. At 0840 she had left South Boston for Massachusetts Bay to conduct sea trials and to calibrate her magnetic compesses and HF/DF equipment. She returned to the South Boston Yard at 1848 and moored to the east side of Pier #1, Berth #1. On 18 September she departed Boston for the Naval Mine Depot at Yorktown, Va.

    (U.S. Navy Bureau of Shipping Photo #BS 131021 and BS 131022 courtesy of C. Lee Johnson from the United States National Archives)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    Buckley 84k
    Buckley 94k circa 1945: The destroyer escort Buckley, following conversion for radar picket service. Note her newly-fitted 5"/38 main battery guns and mainmast. Buckley was redesignated DER 51 in April 1949.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #NH 107405 from the Naval History and Heritage Command, obtained from the collection of Bruce H. Franklin, author of "The Buckley-Class Destroyer Escorts")
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom

    Buckley History
    View the USS Buckley (DE 51) DANFS history entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway web site.
    History unavailable on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Buckley as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Buckley's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 30 Apr. 1943 - 12 Aug. 1943Lcdr. Alvin Weems Slayden (Comm. CO) (USNA '32) (Waverly, Tenn.)
    2.) 12 Aug. 1943 - 09 Jan. 1945Lcdr. Brent Maxwell Abel, USNR (NROTC '40) (Scarsdale, N.Y.)
    3.) 09 Apr. 1945 - 03 Oct. 1945Lcdr. Robert Rennolds Crutchfield, USNR (Montrose, Va.) (ret. as Radm.)
    4.) 03 Oct. 1945 - 02 Apr. 1946Lt. Robert Watkins Bartley, USNR (Decomm. CO)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: Nick Corbo
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