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USS Gray (DE 1054)


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N - V - X - R
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (3)
Second Row: Navy Expeditionary Medal - National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Second Row: Vietnam Service Medal w/ 3 stars - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal


Specifications:
Class: Knox
Type: SCB No. 199C / 1964
Number in Class: 46
Displacement: 3020 tons (std), 4065 tons (full)
Length: 415' (wl), 438' (oa)
Beam: 46' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 24' 9" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 Combustion Engineering 1200psi boilers; 1 Westinghouse geared turbine; 35,000 shp; 1 shaft
Speed: 27 kts
Range: 4,500 nm @ 20 knots
Complement: 16 / 211
Missiles: 1 8-tube Mk25 Sea Sparrow BPDMS in DE 1052-1069, 1071-1083, 1 8-tube Mk29 NATO Sea Sparrow IPDMS in DE 1070, Harpoon missiles from modified ASROC launcher
Guns: 1 x 5"/54 cal. DP Mk 42 (600 rds)
ASW Weapons: 1 Mk16 ASROC launcher (16 missiles), 4-12.75" (324mm) Mk 32 (4x1 fixed) tubes / Mk 46 torpedos (6)
Radars: AN/SPS-10 (surface), AN/SPS-40 (air), AN/SPS-58 threat warning in some ships
Sonars: AN/SQS-26CX, AN/SQS-35 IVDS in FF-1052, 1056, 1063-1071, 1073-1076, 1078-1097
Fire Control Systems: Mk68 Mod. 11/13/14 Gun FCS, Mk114 Mod 14/16 ASW FCS
Helicopter: 1 - SH-2 LAMPS Helicopter
Gray (DE 1054) Building and Operational Data:
  • 22 July 1964: Building contract awarded to Todd Shipyard Corp.
  • 19 November 1966: Keel laid by the Todd-Pacific Shipyard Corp., Seattle, Wash.
  • 3 November 1967: Launched
  • 4 April 1970: Commissioned, Cmdr. Frederick C. Johnson in command
  • 30 June 1975: Reclassified Frigate (FF 1054)
  • 29 June 1991: Decommissioned after 21.5 years of service
  • 11 January 1995: Stricken from the NVR
  • 25 July 2001: Sold for scrapping
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    Gray 7k Ross Franklin Gray was born in Marvel Valley, Alabama on 1 August 1920. After leaving school and working as a carpenter, Gray enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve from that state in July 1942 and underwent recruit training at Parris Island, South Carolina. He then joined the Twenty-Third Marines, Fourth Marine Division. In Spring 1943, he was promoted to Private First Class and transferred to Company A, First Battalion, Twenty-Fifth Marines. Following participation in the Marshalls and Marianas Campaigns in 1944, Gray was promoted to Sergeant and received training in the laying and clearing of minefields.

    With his unit, he next took part in the bitter battle for Iwo Jima. On 21 February 1945, northeast of Airfield Number One, Gray cleared a path through heavily mined area then, while continually under fire, attacked and destroyed six Japanese emplacements with satchel charges. As the intense fight for Iwo Jima continued, Sergeant Gray was killed by an enemy shell on 27 February 1945. For his "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his own life" during the 21 February action, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. Ross F. Gray is buried at Ada Chapel Cemetery, West Blocton, Alabama.

    USS Gray (DE 1054) was the first ship named in his honor.

    (U.S. Navy photo #NH 103802 from the U.S. Naval Historical Center)
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    Gray 123k Summer 1980: San Diego, Cal. - USS Gray (FF 1054) anchored in San Diego harbor. Richard Stiles
    Gray 151k 9 March 1982: At sea - A port beam view of the Knox class frigate USS Gray (FF 1054) underway off the coast of California. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-84-00103 by PH1 R.G. Swan from the Defense Visual Information Center) Navsource
    Gray 160k 9 March 1982: At sea - A port beam view of Gray underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-84-00104 by PH1 R.G. Swan from the DVIC)
    Gray 1779k 9 March 1982: At sea - A port bow view of Gray underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-84-00105 by PH1 R.G. Swan from the DVIC )
    Gray 172k 9 March 1982: At sea - A port bow view of Gray underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-84-00106 by PH1 R.G. Swan from the DVIC )
    Gray 123k 9 March 1982: At sea - A port bow view of Gray underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-84-00107 by PH1 R.G. Swan from the DVIC )
    Gray 122k 9 March 1982: At sea - A port bow view of Gray underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-84-00108 by PH1 R.G. Swan from the DVIC )
    Gray 175k 9 March 1982: At sea - A port quarterview of Gray underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-84-00109 by PH1 R.G. Swan from the DVIC )
    Gray 95k 9 March 1982: At sea - A starboard beam view of Gray underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-84-00110 by PH1 R.G. Swan from the DVIC )
    Gray 113k 9 March 1982: At sea - A high angle starboard bow view of Gray underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-84-00111 by PH1 R.G. Swan from the DVIC )
    Gray 87k 9 March 1982: At sea - A starboard bow view of Gray underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-84-00112 by PH1 R.G. Swan from the DVIC )
    Gray 106k 9 March 1982: At sea - A starboard bow view of Gray underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-84-00113 by PH1 R.G. Swan from the DVIC )
    Gray 103k 9 March 1982: At sea - A starboard bow view of Gray underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-84-00114 by PH1 R.G. Swan from the DVIC )
    Gray 95k 9 March 1982: At sea - A starboard bow view of Gray underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-84-00115 by PH1 R.G. Swan from the DVIC )
    Gray 105k 9 March 1982: At sea - A high-angle bow view of Gray underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-84-00116 by PH1 R.G. Swan from the DVIC )
    Gray 75k 9 March 1982: At sea - A bow view of Gray underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-84-00117 by PH1 R.G. Swan from the Defense Visual Information Center )
    Gray 136k 9 March 1982: At sea - A high-angle stern view of Gray underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-84-00118 by PH1 R.G. Swan from the DVIC )
    Gray 81k 10 February 1986: At sea - An aerial view of Naval Reserve Force frigates USS Wadsworth (FFG 9), USS Duncan (FFG 10), Gray, USS Lang (FF 1060) and tank landing ship USS Racine (LST 1191) underway with fleet oiler USS Cimarron (AO 177), frigate USS Stein (FF 1065), and Canadian guided missile destroyer HMAS Hobart (D-39). The ships are participating in an anti-submarine exercise off the coast of California. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-03122 from the DVIC )
    Gray 183k 1 January 1987: At sea - An aerial portside view of Gray underway. Exact date shot unknown. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-05-06675 from the DVIC )
    Gray 189k 1 January 1987: At sea - An aerial port side view of Gray with the USN Newport Class Tank Landing Ship USS Racine (LST 1191) in trail underway at sea. Exact date shot unknown. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-05-06662 from the DVIC )

    Gray Memorabilia
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    View the USS Gray (DE 1054) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    Gray's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, & Russ Moody
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  04 Apr. 1970 - 06 Dec. 1971Cmdr. Frederick Charles (Fox) Johnson (ret. as Radm.)
    2.)  06 Dec. 1971 - 04 May 1973Cmdr. Gary Robert Susag
    3.)  04 May 1973 - 03 Oct. 1974Cmdr. John P. Walker, Jr.
    4.)  03 Oct. 1974 - 10 Jan. 1976Cmdr. Kenneth Buren McGee
    5.)  10 Jan. 1976 - 21 Apr. 1978Cmdr. Roger Peter Onorati
    6.)  21 Apr. 1978 - 16 Jan. 1981Cmdr. Eigil Lund Hansen, Jr.
    7.)  16 Jan. 1981 - 19 Feb. 1983Capt. Michael Andrew Rose
    8.)  19 Feb. 1983 - 13 Jul. 1985Cmdr. Michael Patrick Donnelly
    9.)  13 Jul. 1985 - 15 Aug. 1987Cmdr. David Van Saun
    10.) 15 Aug. 1987 - 10 Oct. 1989Cmdr. Alan Bruce Dunn
    11.) 10 Oct. 1989 - 30 Sep. 1991Cmdr. Wilson Otto Shealy, Jr.

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    Additional Resources

    USS Gray Web Log
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Gray
    USS Gray Page on Destroyers Online
    USS Gray Page on Military.Com
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