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USS Gantner (DE 60 / APD 42)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - 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
Gantner (DE 60) Building and Operational Data:
  • 31 December 1942: Keel laid by the Bethlehem Steel Corp. Hingham, Mass.
  • 17 April 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Samuel M. Gantner, widow of Boatswain's Mate Gantner
  • 23 July 1943: Commissioned at the Boston Navy Yard, Lcdr. Barklie M. Henry in command
  • 23 February 1945: Reclassified APD 42, converted at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
  • 02 August 1949: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 6 years and 9 days of service, assigned to the San Diego Group, Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • 15 January 1966: Struck from the NVR
  • 22 February 1966: Transferred (MAP sale) to Taiwan, renamed Wen Shan (PF-34) (stricken in Taiwan, 1991; scrapped, 1992)
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    Gantner 149k Gantner in an undated wartime photo

    (National Archives #BS68492)
    Nick Tiberio
    Shelton, Conn.
    Gantner 165k Gantner in an undated wartime photo

    (National Archives #BS68490)
    Gantner 308k 22 July 1944: Having left the Brooklyn Navy Yard on the evening of 21 July, the port side of USS Gantner (DE 60) was photographed while steaming in the training area south of Montauk Point, Long Island.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 91550, Courtesy of A.D. Baker III, from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    Gantner 161k 22 July 1944: the Atlantic Ocean - The destroyer escort USS Gantner (DE 60) underway off New York City.

    (U.S. Navy photo #NH 91549, courtesy of Arthur D. Baker III 1981, from the collections of the U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom

    Gantner History
    View the USS Gantner (DE 60) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Gantner's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 23 Jul. 1943 - 31 Dec. 1943Lcdr. Barklie McKee Henry (Comm. CO) (Ventnor City, N.J.)
    2.) 01 Feb. 1944 - 01 Dec. 1944Lcdr. Robert Newton Bavier Jr. (New Rochelle, N.Y.)
    3.) 01 Dec. 1944 - 01 Sep. 1945Lcdr. Fred L. Seely Jr.
    4.) 01 Aug. 1946 - 01 Jan. 1947ComWest Sea Fron
    5.) 01 Feb. 1947 - 01 Jun. 1947Lcdr. Sydney George Rubinow Jr. (Alameda, Cal.)
    6.) 01 Jul. 1947 - 01 Aug. 1947Cdr. Harold Braune
    7.) 01 Aug. 1947 - 31 Aug. 1948Lt. W. R. Loomis (XO)
    8.) 01 Sep. 1947 - 01 Jan. 1949Lcdr. J. B. Kaye

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