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USS Foss (DE 59)
Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - G - F - M
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal
Second Row: European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - WWII Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row: Korean Service Medal w/1 star - United Nations Korea Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal
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
Foss (DE 59) Building and Operational Data:
31 December 1942: Keel laid by the Bethlehem Steel Corp. Hingham, Mass.
10 April 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. George R. Foss, mother of Ensign Foss
23 July 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr J. J. Jordy, USNR, in command
winter 1947-1948: Provided Portland, Maine, with emergency electric power (using her ship/shore power conversion equipment) after normal power resources had failed because of forest fires
29 September 1950: Homeport assignment changed from Norfolk, Va. to San Diego, Cal.
21 September 1951: Homeport assignment to Pearl Harbor, Hi.
30 October 1957: Decommissioned at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, Cal.
1 November 1965: Struck from the NVR
6 September 1966: Sunk as a target off the California coast near San Diego by USS Sabalo (SS 302)
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||18 December 1944: off Brooklyn, N.Y. - An aerial starboard bow view of Foss taken in waters near New York City. Foss arrived at the New York Navy Yard on 2 December 1944 for some work involving experimental sonar being carried out by the Bureau of Ships. (U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-59 19-N-46534 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.; courtesy of Chris Wright)
||18 December 1944: off Brooklyn, N.Y. - An aerial starboard beam view of Foss taken in waters near New York City. These photos were shot from an altitude of 300 feet by aircraft from NAS New York at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn. (U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-59 19-N-76533 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.; courtesy of Chris Wright)
||date / location unknown: a post-war shot of Foss. (U.S. Navy photo #80-G-630973 from the National Archives and Records Administration)
||W. Ross Yates
||A series of three small photos showing Foss being hit by the torpedo that sunk her.
View the USS Foss (DE 59) DANFS history entry
located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website.
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
26 September 2013 at Norfolk, Va.
Contact Name: Lee McMillion
Address: 5901 Mt. Eagle Drive #1604 / Alexandria VA 22303
Phone: (703) 960-3262
E-mail: le at mcmillion.org
Contact Name: Wes Yates
E-mail: chompers at embarqmail.com
Contact Name: Bill Mitchell
E-mail: bbmitch25 at aol.com
Note About Contacts
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Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Foss
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