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USS Voge (DE 1047)

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Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Armor Glass"

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation w/ 1 star - CG Meritorious Unit Commendation w/ 1 star
Second Row: Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (3) - Navy Expeditionary Medal - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row: Humanitarian Service Ribbon - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/ 3 stars - CG Special Operations Service Ribbon w/ 3 stars

Class: Garcia
Type: SCB No. 199A / 1961 - 1963
Number in Class: 10
Displacement: 2,620 tons (std), 3,400 tons (full)
Length: 390' 0" (wl), 414' 6" (oa)
Beam: 44' 0" (extreme)
Draft: 24' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 Foster Wheeler 1200-psi boilers; 1 Westinghouse geared turbine; 35,000 shp; 1 shaft
Speed: 27 kts
Range: 4,000 nm @ 20 knots
Complement: 13 / 234
Guns: 2 - 5"/38 Mk30 Gun (2x1) (350 rounds)
ASW Weapons: 1 - Mk16 ASROC launcher (1x8) (16 missiles), 6 - 12.75" (324mm) Mk 32 torpedo tubes (2x3) / Mk 46 torpedos (18)
Radars: AN/SPS-10 (surface), AN/SPS-40 (air)
Sonars: AN/SQS-26AXR in DE 1040 - 1045, AN/SQS-26BX in DE 1047 - 1051
Fire Control Systems: Mk56 Mod 43 Gun FCS, Mk114 Mod 8/11 ASW FCS
Helicopter: 1 - SH-2 LAMPS Helicopter
Voge (DE 1047) Building and Operational Data:
  • 21 March 1963: Building contract awarded to the Defoe Shipbuilding Co.
  • 21 November 1963: Keel laid at the Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, Mi.
  • 04 February 1965: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Alice Voge Oetting, widow of Rear Admiral Voge
  • 25 November 1966: Commissioned at the Boston Naval Shipyard, Cdr William F. Keller in command, assigned to CortRon 6, homeported at Newport, R.I.
  • 16 August 1973: Homeport changed to Mayport, Fla.
  • 30 June 1975: Reclassified Frigate (FF 1047)
  • 31 August 1976: Collided with unidentified Soviet submarine in the Ionian Sea, 1 sailor injured.
  • 23 September 1989: Decommissioned after 22.7 years of service
  • 15 December 1992: Struck from the NVR
  • 25 July 1995: Sold for scrapping, later repossessed by the Navy from the scrapper
  • 26 May 2000: Scrapping contract awarded to the Metro Machine Corporation, Philadelphia, Pa. for $2,600,000.00. The contract was completed on 16 January 2001.
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    Voge 26k Richard George Voge was born on 4 May 1904 in Chicago, Ill. He completed the course at Harrison Technical High School in Chicago in 1921 and entered the Naval Academy later that year. He graduated on 4 June 1925 and received his ensign's commission. His first assignment, three years in Pittsburgh (CA 4), took him first to European waters for a year when his ship served as the flagship for the Commander, Naval Forces, Europe. During the last two years of that tour, he cruised the western Pacific while Pittsburgh carried the flag of the CinC, Asiatic Fleet. That cruise afforded Voge his first hint of action in April and May of 1927 when Nationalist Chinese attempted to take Shanghai from the hands of the foreign forces which held the city. Voge served with the landing forces put ashore to deter the attack. Though the Chinese quickly captured the native sections of the city, they demurred at taking on the American and European forces protecting the International Settlement. In early 1929, Voge returned to the United States from the Far East to attend the Submarine School at New London, Conn. After completing that course and qualifying for submarine duty, he spent the bulk of his remaining time at sea in submarines. In January 1931, he went to the Far East to serve in S-29 (SS 134) until June 1932 when he returned to the United States for war plans and intelligence training at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station. That assignment lasted from July 1932 to September 1933 when he became an instructor in marine engineering at the Naval Academy. In June 1935, Voge assumed command of S-18 (SS 123) at Pearl Harbor. He remained in Hawaii, in command, first of S-1/8 until May 1937, and then of S-33until June 1937 when he departed in the latter submarine, bound for the east coast. S-33 was decommissioned at Philadelphia in August 1937, and Voge was reassigned to the Naval Ordnance Plant at Baldwin, Long Island. A four-month tour of duty as commissioning executive officer of Rowan (DD 405) from late September 1939 to late January 1940 followed the two years ashore at Baldwin. In mid-February 1940, Comdr. Voge returned to the Asiatic Fleet and assumed command of Sea Lion (SS 195), based at Cavite in the Philippines, and commanded that submarine until the opening day of American participation in World War II. At the outbreak of hostilities on 08 December 1941, Voge suffered the double ignominy of having his command caught in overhaul and, three days later, of losing her to enemy bombs while still at Cavite Navy Yard. Voge recovered from that blow, assumed command of Sailfish (SS192) on 17 December, and led her on five successful war patrols during the first eight months of 1942. Until the Battles of Coral Sea and of Midway in May and June, respectively, only Pacific Fleet submarines like Sailfish were able to fight to impede the Japanese onslaught; and their war patrols provided the one bright spot for the Allied cause in the Pacific. In August 1942, upon the completion of his fifth war patrol in Sailfish, Voge received orders to join the staff of Commander, Submarine Force, Pacific Fleet, as operations and combat intelligence officer. He retained that position, in which he was promoted to captain to date from 20 July 1943, until late in the war, when he was ordered to Washington, D.C., to serve in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. On 01 November 1946, Capt. Voge was retired from the Navy and advanced to the rank of rear admiral. A little over two years later, Rear Admiral Voge died at the United Hospital at Port Chester, N.Y.

    USS Voge (DE 1047) (1966-1989) was the first ship to be named in his honor.        (Photo from the U.S. Naval Academy Yearbook; The Lucky Bag, Class of 1925.)
    Bill Gonyo
    Voge 171k 04 February 1965: Bay City, Mi. - Voge being side-launched at Defoe Shipbuilding Co.
    (wire service photo dated 08 December 1965)
    Tommy Trampp
    Voge 92k undated image
    Voge 51k date / location unknown Robert Hurst
    J.A. Furer 202k undated: Newport, R.I. - Postcard view of Pier 1. USS Julius A. Furer DEG 6) and Voge are alongside USS Yosemite (AD 19), USS Dealey (DE 1006), USS Cromwell (DE 1014), and USS Compton (DD 705) are behind them nested alongside another tender.
    (Photo © The John Twomey Distributing Co., Newport, R.I.)
    Mike Smolinski
    Voge 78k 12 June 1970: Voge in the North Atlantic.
    (Photo © Richard Leonhardt)
    Richard Leonhardt
    Voge 6293k 1972 movie, one minute. Shows USS Voge (DE 1047) moving up from lifeguard station to refuel from USS Nantahala (AO 60), after USS Edward McDonnell's breakaway. My ship, the USS Intrepid (CV 11) was on port side of Nantahala, so my vantage point was excellent. We had pretty heavy seas that day, she took some hefty white water over the bow ....exciting footage. Jim Converse
    former Lt.(jg),
    USS Intrepid (CVS 11)
    Voge 171k undated image Tommy Trampp
    Voge 81k early September 1976: Toulon, France - Voge in drydock at Toulon after the collision with a Soviet Echo II submarine in late August 1976. John Locke
    Austin, Tex.
    Jan. '75 - Sep. '76
    Voge 105k
    Voge 219k 25 March 1977: at sea off the Virginia Capes - The Frigate USS Voge (FF 1047) comes alongside the aircraft carrier USS America (CV 66) to take part in a refueling operation.
    (U.S. Navy photo #K-116928 by PHAN McHugh from the Naval Photographic Center)
    Voge 122k 03 March 1985: at sea - Voge photographed enroute to the Mediterranean. Carl T. Orbann
    Executive Officer
    USS Underwood (FFG 36)
    Voge 237k circa 1986 - 1987: Marseille, France - Voge photographed by Philippe while on a port visit to Marseille. Philippe Gonzales
    Voge 112k 20 November 1986: At sea - A aerial port quarter view of Voge underway.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-87-01420 from the Defense Visual Information Center)
    Voge 144k 12 August 1988: At sea - A port beam view of Voge underway with the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) battle group. The ship, which is part of Task Group 24.2, is in the 18-ship formation that is transiting the North Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-89-01279 by PH2 William Lipski from the DVIC)
    Voge 360k 01 September 1988: At sea - A starboard quarter view of Voge conducting a high-speed evasive maneuver while operating with the USS John F. Kennedy (CV67) battle group.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-89-02073 by JO1 Millie Tamberg from the DVIC)
    Voge 129k 08 November 1988: Augusta Bay, Sicily, Italy - A view of ship's composing the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) battle group tied up alongside each other. They are, left to right: Voge, the frigate USS McCandless (FF 1084), the destroyer tender USS Yellowstone (AD 41), the nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser USS Bainbridge (CGN 25) and the guided missile frigate USS McInerney (FFG 8).
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-89-02109 by JO1 Millie Tamberg from the DVIC)
    Voge 107k January 1989: The Mediterranean Sea - Voge approaching the starboard side of USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67). Bob Royes
    ***Edward McDonnell / Voge*** 100k date unknown: Philadelphia, Pa. - Voge outboard, and Edward McDonnell (FF 1043) sharing a berth just ahead of the heavy cruiser Des Moines (CA 134) at the Inactive Ship Facility in the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.
    (from the authors collection, photo taken from Warship Boneyards by Kit and Carolyn Bonner)
    Robert Hurst

    Voge History
    View the USS Voge (DE 1047) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Voge's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, & Russ Moody
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  25 Nov. 1966 - 24 Apr. 1968Cmdr. William F. Keller
    2.)  24 Apr. 1968 - 28 Nov. 1969Cmdr. Francis B. Shemanski (Stevens Point, Wis.)
    3.)  28 Nov. 1969 -16 Apr. 1971Cmdr. Floyd H. (Hoss) Miller (SUNY Mar. '53) (Freeport, N.Y.) (ret. as Radm.)
    4.)  16 Apr. 1971 - 25 Aug. 1972Cmdr. Henry Clayton Atwood, Jr.
    5.)  25 Aug. 1972 - 18 Mar. 1974Cmdr. Manuel A. Hallier (Philadelphia, Pa.)
    6.)  18 Mar. 1974 - 09 Jan. 1976Cmdr. Perry Yates Jackson, Jr. (USNA '58) (Jersey City, N.J.)
    7.)  09 Jan. 1976 - 06 Jul. 1977Cmdr. Ralph William Ortengren, Jr.
    8.)  06 Jul. 1977 - 24 Jul. 1980Cmdr. Gordon E. Scott (Poultney, Vt.)
    9.)  24 Jul. 1980 - 01 Oct. 1982Cmdr. William Robert Parchen
    10.) 01 Oct. 1982 - 23 Feb.y 1985 Cmdr. Thomas Anthony Barry (USNA '65) (Newport, R.I.)
    11.) 23 Feb. 1985 - 25 Mar. 1987Cmdr. Paul Nels Johnson (USNA '66) (Honolulu, Hi.)
    12.) 25 Mar. 1987 - 01 Aug. 1989Cmdr. James Douglas Barton

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    2016 Reunion: 05 - 09 October 2016 at Warwick R.I.
    (Voge's 50th Commissioning Anniversary)
    Contact: Tom Anderson
    Address: 373 S.Willow St., Manchester, N.H. 03103
    Phone: (501) 259-1369
    E-mail: ussvogegroup at

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