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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

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
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
  • 27 October 1945: Celebrated Navy Day at Fort Lauderdale, Fla. in company with Clamagore (SS 343)
  • 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.
  • 01 November 1965: Struck from the NVR
  • 06 September 1966: Sunk as a target off the California coast near San Diego by USS Sabalo (SS 302)
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    ***HMS Calder*** 181k 20 January 1943: Hingham, Mass. - DE 58 / HMS Calder (K.349) on the left and Foss (DE 59) on the right. (U.S. National Archives, photo #BS85616). Robert Hurst
    Foss 470k 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) Ed Zajkowski
    Foss 501k 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)
    Foss 48k date / location unknown: a post-war shot of Foss. (U.S. Navy photo #80-G-630973 from the National Archives and Records Administration) Robert Hurst
    Foss 122k starboard bow W. Ross Yates
    Foss 386k 30 October 1957: Vallejo, Cal. - The decommissioning ceremonies of USS Foss. Ship's Commanding Officer, Lcdr Clifford L. Stewart is to the far right. Capt. Lowell T. Stone, Commander Mare Island Group Reserve Fleet, is the speaker at the microphone. (Photo from the files of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum. Darryl Baker
    Foss 50k A series of three small photos showing Foss being hit by the torpedo that sunk her. W. Ross Yates

    View the USS Foss (DE 59) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website.
    Foss's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  23 Jul. 1943 - 06 Dec. 1943Lcdr. Jules James Jordy (Comm.)
    2.)  06 Dec. 1943 - 02 Nov. 1944Lcdr. Drayton N. Hamilton, USNR
    3.)  02 Nov. 1944 - 17 Oct. 1945Lt. Douglas S. Lambeth, USNR
    4.)  17 Oct. 1945 - 15 Nov. 1945Lcdr. E.B. Hollingsworth, USNR
    5.)  15 Nov. 1945 - 02 Apr. 1946Lcdr. Omar C. Fitch, USNR
    6.)  01 Jul. 1946 - 01 Nov. 1946Lcdr. James R. English, USNR
    7.)  01 Nov. 1946 - 01 May 1948Lcdr. Arthur Herbert Tagland
    8.)  01 May 1948 - .. .... ....Lcdr. William Winfield Meadors
    9.)  .. Aug. 1952 - .. Aug. 1953Lcdr. Roger Elmore Spreen (ret. as Radm.)
    10.) ~1954 - .. .... ....Lcdr. Harold Dean Durham
    11.) ~1955 - .. .... ....Cmdr. David Sloane Stanley
    12.) ~1956 - 30 Oct. 1957Lcdr. Clifford Lee Stewart (decomm.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Next Reunion:
    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

    Contact Name: Wes Yates
    E-mail: chompers at
    Contact Name: Bill Mitchell
    E-mail: bbmitch25 at

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    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Foss
    The Destroyer History Foundation
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