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USS Daniel T. Griffin (DE 54 / APD 38)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - X - N - O

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/1 star - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II 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
Daniel T. Griffin (DE 54) Building and Operational Data:
  • 07 September 1942: Keel laid by the Bethlehem Steel Corp. Hingham, Mass.
  • 25 February 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. D. T. Griffin
  • 09 June 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr P. M. Fenton, USNR, in command
  • 23 October 1944: Reclassified APD 38, conversion commenced the Brooklyn Navy Yard
  • 30 May 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 3.0 years of service
  • 15 November 1966: Transferred to Chile, renamed Virgilio Uribe (APD-29) (decommissioned and scrapped, 1995)
  • 01 December 1966: Struck from the NVR
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    View the USS Daniel T. Griffin (DE 54 / APD 38) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    Daniel T. Griffin's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 09 Jun. 1943 - 01 Oct. 1943Lcdr. P.M. Fenton, USNR (Comm.)
    2.) 02 Oct. 1943 - 01 Jan. 1944Lt. F. Denfield, USNR
    3.) 01 Apr. 1944 - 03 Apr. 1945Lcdr. J.A. Eastwood, USNR
    4.) 02 Jul. 1945 - 03 Oct. 1945Lt. E.R. Ferguson, Jr., USNR
    5.) 03 Jan. 1946 - 30 May 1946Lcdr. Edgar W. Lakin (Decomm.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: Lester B. Phillips
    Address: 1525 Rosedale Lane #7 / Caņon City CO 81212
    Phone: (719) 269-1300

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    Additional Resources

    Navsource APD Pages, USS Daniel T. Griffin
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
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    The Destroyer History Foundation
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